Books

10 Essential Books About Writing

Must-read titles for writers include works by Elena Ferrante, Akwaeke Emezi, Meg Wolitzer, Yoko Ogawa, and more.

BitchReads: 10 Books Feminists Should Read in April

This month, we’re reading “Young Mungo” by Douglas Stuart, “The Red Zone” by Chloe Caldwell, “Harley Quinn: Reckoning” by Rachael Allen, and more. Read more »

Hot and Unbothered: The Romance Novels Rewriting Disability and Sex

Gabriela Ramos Tavárez celebrates recent romance novels that give voice to the sex lives people with disabilities can have.  Read more »

BitchReads: 12 Books That Shaped Us as Feminists

For Women’s History Month, Bitch staffers share the titles that have influenced our feminist thinking, including work by Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Julia Serano, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Octavia Butler, and more. Read more »

In “Body Work,” Melissa Febos Delivers a Meta-Memoir

Melissa Febos’s latest, “Body Work,” is a bold and exhilarating mix of memoir and master class. Read more »

“The Invisible Kingdom” Shines a Light on Women’s Chronic Pain

Bitch interviewed Meghan O’Rourke, author of The Invisible Kingdom, about the gender bias in medicine and the plight of the “invisible” illness. Read more »

Another Appalachia: Neema Avashia Confronts Growing Up Indian and Queer in West Virginia

We talked to “Another Appalachia” author Neema Avashia about anti-queer and anti-trans legislation, coping with loss, and how people are more than the politics of their communities. Read more »

This TikTokker Has Your Next Queer Rom Com Reading Rec

“It’s Gay and It Slaps”  Read more »

Not Just for Kids: A New Book Addresses the Unbearable Truth of Sexual Assault

Anastasia Higginbothom writes children’s books on serious and challenging topics. Her latest is “You Ruined It: A Book About Boundaries,” which addresses sexual assault. Read more »

Fighting TERFs, Vomiting, and Writing Bathos: Grace Lavery on Her Eccentric, Exciting Memoir

“Someone I used to live with described my writing process as watching someone vomit compulsively for hours at a time,” says Grace Lavery, author of “Please Miss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Penis.” Read more »

In “High-Risk Homosexual,” Living Authentically Is Bittersweet

High-Risk Homosexual pulls apart the neat narratives we often see about what it means to come out—and to pursue your creative dreams.  Read more »

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Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  Read more »

Know & Tell: The Literary Renaissance of Trans Women Writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. Read more »

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 »