Books

All Together Now: Novels Fight the Myth of the Mean Girl

These new YA protagonists aren’t afraid of their power or the power that their confidence might instill in readers. Read more »

Unraveling the Tragedy of Heterosexuality

Mutual dislike and violence are not an unfortunate bug in the heteropatriarchal system; they’re fundamental to it. Read more »

To Be Young, Messy, and Black: “Luster” Depicts Millennial Black Girl Angst

Edie refuses to practice tokenism to secure financial, personal, creative, and romantic stability. Read more »

BitchReads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read in August

We’re late, we know. Read more »

“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 »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »

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 »