Books

BitchReads: 11 Books Feminists Should Read in October

For those updating their fall reading lists, we have books for everyone.

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 »

Haunted Housewife: The Horror—and the Humor—of Shirley Jackson

As both writer and housewife, she embodied identities that were incompatible according to the norms of her time. Read more »

Trauma or Tragedy: Disability Representation in Children’s Books Has a Long Way to Go

It isn’t easy to find a children’s book or young adult novel that accurately depicts disability. Read more »

Woman-Made World: Inside the Inevitable Rise of the Feminist City

There are ways to transform the city that would advance the liberation of women and marginalized people. Read more »

Rebekah Weatherspoon Is the Queen of Erotic Romance

If you want to read romances with a bit more erotic heat to them, look no further than Rebekah Weatherspoon. 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 »

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 »

Demanding the Impossible: Walidah Imarisha Talks About Science Fiction and Social Change

Before she was a poet, journalist, documentary filmmaker, anti-prison activist, and college instructor, Walidah Imarisha was fascinated... 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 »