Books

Female Trouble: Why Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” Still Possesses our Imaginations

What makes Daphne du Maurier’s prose feel fresh and unique to this day is just how real it is in capturing the way women observe.

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 »

BitchReads: 17 Books Feminists Should Read in July

 This BitchReads list is curated to encourage everyone to find the small joys, including books, that will help us through this trying time. Read more »

Unabashed Triumph: “You Should See Me in a Crown” Reimagines the Prom Queen

This is a book that, at its core, offers hope. Read more »

Slaying the Girlboss: New Books Explore the Underbelly of Corporate Feminism

Against differing backdrops, Andrea Bartz and Leah Stein offer their own look into the darker underbelly of these easily marketable spaces. Read more »

A Multifaceted Beauty: In Emma Dabiri’s “Twisted,” Black Hair Is Both Historic and Personal

Emma Dabiri’s analysis also shines in its unexpected critique of today’s natural hair movement in an international context. Read more »

Very Online: Anti-Racist Readers Are Plaguing the DMs of Black People

We’re in the time of the online anti-racism book club. Read more »

Unexpected Connection: “Felix Ever After” Lets Queer and Trans Teens Be Messy

The characterization in this book should serve as an example to others writing queer YA in 2020. Read more »

Rupture and Reform: “You Exist Too Much” Is a Meditation on Queerness and Desire

Obsession serves a two-pronged function in queer stories. Read more »

Very Online: The Literary World May Never Recover from #PublishingPaidMe

For Black writers, Twitter acts as a guiding force. Read more »

Detangling the Web: “These Women” Breaks the Crime Thriller Mold

Ivy Pochoda’s book is about the pitfalls sex workers face and how their precarious position prevents them from seeking and obtaining justice. 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 »

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 »