Books

Not Safe For Work: “Reckoning” Reminds Us That the Fight against Sexual Harassment Didn’t Start with #MeToo

The book is a fascinating, often dizzying ride through legal history, cultural evolution, feminist-movement dynamics, and media mythmaking.

Invisible Signs: What We’re Still Missing When We Talk about Domestic Violence

No Visible Bruises will raise awareness and save lives. Read more »

Cherríe Moraga Honors Her Foremothers in “Native Country of the Heart”

Capturing our foremothers’ stories is one of the ways in which women of color remember themselves. Read more »

There’s No Such Thing as Objective Science

Science intentionally created, and continues to recreate, race. Read more »

Monstrous Poetry: Kenji Liu Is Using Frankenstein as a Metaphor for Toxic Masculinity

It’s easy to write something that criticizes toxic masculinity, or our current president, or any number of things in the news about guys acting badly. Read more »

Esmé Wang Finds Meaning in “The Collected Schizophrenias"

There are no easy solutions to the problems Esmé Weijun Wang poses, but she has provided us with the truth of her own story. Read more »

Vivien Green Fryd Charts the Feminist Artists Who’ve Painted #MeToo for Decades

Against Our Will challenges us to witness without looking away, exploring sexual violence as a discrete subject of American art with unflinching analysis. Read more »

First of Many: Jamia Wilson, Lisa Lucas, and Kima Jones on the Future of What We Read

These pioneers are transforming the future of literary culture for readers and writers of color. Read more »

“Homecoming” Homework: 7 Books to Read after Watching Beyoncé’s Epic Documentary

Homecoming is so much more than just pop culture; it’s a masterclass on “schoolin’ life.” Read more »

Family Matters: "Good Talk" Offers a Panacea for the Worst of Times

For a country obsessed with the national “conversation about race,” Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, offers an illustration of all the ways it can go right—and wrong. Read more »

Here, Now, Everywhere: Deborah E. Lipstadt’s new book charts the resurgence of antisemitism

Lipstadt’s uncompromising perspective is guaranteed to leave readers uneasy, no matter where they lie on the political spectrum. 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 »

Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. 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 »