Books

The Best Queer YA Novels of 2019

It’s been a stunning year for queer young-adult novels.

Moving Past Toxicity: Fighting for a New Vision of Masculinity

What is the masculinity that exists beyond patriarchy? Read more »

Curses and Kitchens: “Jell-O Girls” Looks at the Secret, Sexist History of America’s Classic Dessert

“Jell-O Girls” is at once a memoir, a family history, and an overview of the domestication (and dissolution) of the American kitchen. Read more »

24-hour Women: Drinking to Escape Patriarchy

Alcoholic men are often praised for admitting they have a problem while alcoholic women are shamed. Read more »

Barbara Ehrenreich and Alissa Quart on Changing the Narrative of Poverty in Media

Barbara Ehrenreich and Alissa Quart, the brains behind the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, discuss their respective books, the importance of identifying with one another across class, and #MeToo. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read In August

Summer might be ending, but the great books continue. Read more »

At the Borders, On the Margins: Jean Guerrero’s “Crux” puts a reporter’s lens on family and memory

Memoir fans will love the ambitious and sometimes experimental structure of Jean Guererro’s debut. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: Daughter Credentials

When you have to give birth to people in order to care about them, you probably don’t really care about them? Read more »

Traveling Lite: Why Women’s Travel Memoirs Get Sold Short

Men’s stories are seen as universal, women’s as particular.  Read more »

BitchReads: 11 Books Feminists Should Read In July

Always carry a book with you. Read more »

Creative Friction: For Francesca Lia Block, Writing is Healing

Francesca Lia Block’s new book weaves memoir with lessons on the craft of writing to create a unique and visceral guide to creativity.  Read more »

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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 »

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 »