Books

Palatable Love: Seeking a Happily Ever After in a White Publishing World

For many diaspora writers, success is predicated on a hefty down payment of writing through the white gaze.

“Impersonation” Explores a Power Struggle Between Two Feminist Moms

What can a woman and a mother with no money afford to say no to? Read more »

“Aria” Looks at Revolution through the Eyes of Children

Children can act as a conduit for the reader who doesn’t understand something political. Read more »

“The Hierarchies” Imagines a World Where Sex Robots Have Human Impulses

It’s a shocking and eye-opening debut, one that has me looking at my coffee maker a little differently. Read more »

“True Story” and “Fighting Words” Extend the Legacy of “Speak”

Twenty-one years later, we’re still telling similar stories to Speak—and yes, 21 years later, we still need them. Read more »

Meat and Potatoes: In “Tomboyland,” Melissa Faliveno Asks Who Can Explore Queerness

Given Faliveno’s commitment to honesty, there isn’t a moment in Tomboyland that feels chastising or heavy-handed. Read more »

“Miracle Country” Is a New Kind of Climate Change Memoir

Miracle Country shines in the moments when Atleework dives deep into her own thoughts and feelings. Read more »

In “I Kissed Alice,” A Fanfiction Romance Blossoms Offline

Rhodes and Iliana find freedom in each other. Read more »

Alisson Wood Reclaims Her Power in “Being Lolita”

“My voice is my power, and I’m now able to share this with other women and make them feel like they’re not alone.” Read more »

A New Fairy Tale: “One to Watch” Imagines a Fat Bachelorette

Kate Stayman-London beautifully pulls back the curtain on what fat women in particular endure, not only when attempting to find love, but also in simply existing. Read more »

Valorizing Purity: What White Women Gain from Racial Hatred

Women have often been written out of the history of hate and related phenomena. Read more »

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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 »

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 »