Books

Socialist Anxiety: Sally Rooney’s New Novel Reveals an Author Trapped By Herself

The insistent classification of Rooney’s work as Marxist has long felt like a stretch.

Mother Monsters: Two New Books Get Raw about Mothering as a “Natural” Role

“Maybe this was what happened to all moms and no one had told her.” Read more »

“Rise to the Sun” Torches the Illusion of Perfection

What does it mean to love people, even when we know we could lose them? Read more »

You Can Sit With Us: Reflecting on the Legacy of the “Baby-Sitters Club”

Why do we love what we do? How has our love failed us? Read more »

White Magic: The Spellbinding Writing Power of Elissa Washuta

Elissa Washuta demonstrates the inherent power of storytelling. Read more »

Time After Time: Queer History Comes Alive in “One Last Stop”

Queer history is many times, many places, many persons. Read more »

Capitalism Is a Cult, and You’re Already a Lifetime Member

Similar to the language of scams and gaslighting, cultish language purposely obscures and confuses both followers and nonbelievers. Read more »

Romantic Resilience: Jamal Jordan Captures the Beauty of Queer Love in Color

This book is offering a unique gift to the world, one that presents a new story with new definitions and new possibilities. Read more »

Afrominimalism Offers a New Vision for Black People

Minimalism’s loudest voices have historically been white people who consistently overlook how people of color, especially Black people, have to approach minimalism differently. Read more »

Kristen Arnett’s “With Teeth” Packs a Huge Bite

As unreliable a character as Sammie is, the reader knows she’s not a liar. Read more »

Jessica Darling Saved Teen Girls in the 2000s. Can She Do It Again?

For a lonely teenage girl looking for a reflection of herself in a culture that disdains her, a brutally honest, interiority-heavy YA book can be a lifeline. 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 »

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 »