Books

In the Muck: With “In the Dream House,” Carmen Machado Archives Queer Women’s Pain

“Our culture does not have an investment in helping queer folks understand what their experiences mean.”

“All This Could Be Yours” Complicates the Narrative of Shitty Men and Forgiveness

By focusing on the women who Victor has harmed, Jami Attenberg offers a fleeting world where even messy, sometimes-bad women deserve justice on their own terms. Read more »

Beyond Coming Out: 6 Lesbian Novels That Bring the Romance, and Sex

We deserve books that actively center our pleasure, too. Read more »

How-To Guides Might Be the Future of Self-Care

“Self-care is so overwhelming.” Read more »

8 Books to Read in Honor of Filipino American Heritage Month

From fantasy to nonfiction, a graphic novel and queer romance, here are eight recently published and upcoming books by Filipino authors. Read more »

7 Scary Books Feminists Should Read This Halloween and Beyond

Horror’s roots live with women. Read more »

Morbid Awakenings: Caitlin Doughty Is Helping Kids—and Adults—Ask Questions about Death

In the United States, death is hard to talk about; it’s arguably even harder to ask other people questions about. Read more »

Good As Hex: Lindy West’s “The Witches Are Coming” Brews up Anger and Optimism

Though Lindy West’s sarcasm is as extravagant as ever, it can’t be mistaken for cynicism. Read more »

(Mis)measuring Intelligence: Environmental Racism Is Assaulting the Minds of People of Color

Harriet A. Washington argues that intelligence is malleable rather than fixed or inherited, and that it’s possible to solve the problem of poisons and pathogens attacking the nervous systems of people of color. Read more »

A Depressed Black Teen Takes Center Stage in Morgan Parker’s YA Debut

“It’s unfair to make a book that is only the dark because we know that that’s just not how life happens.” Read more »

Leah Vernon Won’t Be Hemmed in by the Fashion Industry

The fat, Black, Muslim, blogger speaks truth to power on her Instagram account, in her new book, and in this raw, honest interview. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »