Books

Rethinking Legacy: "Tastemakers" is a Starting Point for the Problematic History of Recipes and Food Media

The James Beard award winner Mayukh Sen’s first book invites trouble, but more questions come up in the process.

Loose Threads: Anna Qu Wants Us to Know the Truth About Garment Factories

Anna Qu relied on her powers of observation to survive a punishing home environment. Read more »

Soft Power: Nichole Perkins Redesigns the Politics of Desire

People still have a hard time recognizing that Black women need to be protected. Read more »

Written On the Body: For Deborah Copaken, Biology Is a Battlefield

She is using her body as a megaphone. Read more »

Emilly Prado Closes the Coffin on Her Old Life

Everybody’s sense of memory changes over time. Read more »

Worthy Secrets: Stepford-esque Men Create True Horror in “The Husbands”

Chandler Baker’s second adult novel takes a look at what equality really means. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in August

The books just keep on coming. Read more »

The Costly Quest for Superhuman Strength

Our culture—our time, our work, and of course, our bodies—is more consumed by optimization than ever. Read more »

“Stolen” Reclaims the Narrative of the Troubled Teen

A survivor challenges institutional child abuse masquerading as therapy. Read more »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »