Books

Joan Didion Taught Us How To Embrace Complication

The lens we use in storytelling impacts the reality of readers, and Didion was committed to getting it right.

Policing Parents: Jessamine Chan’s “The School for Good Mothers” Imagines a Carceral State for “Bad” Moms

In Jessamine Chan’s debut novel, “The School for Good Mothers,” the question of how to punish bad mothers is answered by the state, in an America not much different from our own. Read more »

Rethinking Legacy: "Tastemakers" is a Starting Point for the Problematic History of Recipes and Food Media

The James Beard award winner Mayukh Sen’s first book invites trouble, but more questions come up in the process. Read more »

Juhea Kim Talks Korean History and Why Books Should Break Us Open

A new book explores the power of artistic imagery from Venus to Beyoncé. Read more »

“A Snake Falls to Earth” Gives YA Readers a Vivid Coming-of-Age Story

Darcie Little Badger’s second novel follows an unlikely pair: Nina, a young Lipan Apache girl, and Oli, a cottonmouth snake. Read more »

Women in the Picture: The Art Historian Challenging the Western Gaze Through a Feminist Lens

A new book explores the power of artistic imagery from Venus to Beyoncé. Read more »

“Sex Cult Nun”: Faith Jones Interrogates the Abusive Community Her Grandfather Created

“Sex Cult Nun” is a startling memoir of child abuse about the Children of God. Read more »

Facial Difference and PTSD: Ariel Henley on Growing up with Crouzon Syndrome

What Henley addresses with intelligent ferocity in her memoir is the emotional and psychological abuse that she endured throughout elementary and middle school growing up with Crouzon syndrome. Read more »

Righteous Spirit: Indigenous Horror Authors Tap into Tribal Traditions

These writers are resisting the long impact of colonization and Christianity, which forced Indigenous communities to either hide or abandon their stories. Read more »

BitchReads: 9 Books Feminists Should Read in November

Dig into these smart, irresistible new titles. Read more »

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Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Demanding the Impossible: Walidah Imarisha Talks About Science Fiction and Social Change

Before she was a poet, journalist, documentary filmmaker, anti-prison activist, and college instructor, Walidah Imarisha was fascinated... Read more »