Books

Socialist Anxiety: Sally Rooney’s New Novel Reveals an Author Trapped By Herself

The insistent classification of Rooney’s work as Marxist has long felt like a stretch.

“When Women Invented Television” Revives the Forgotten Women of TV

It’s time to honor the women behind television. Read more »

“Love Is an Ex-Country” Triumphantly Prioritizes the Power of Joy

Joy is a way to heal people and to move forward in a world that’s constantly throwing ridiculous things at us. Read more »

“Libertie” Questions the Nature of Freedom Itself

What does it mean to be free? Read more »

How Do Transracial Adoptees Survive the White Gaze? Just Ask Rebecca Carroll.

Your story is bigger than your adoption. Read more »

“Of Women and Salt” Treats Immigrant Mothers as More Than Martyrs

Gabriela Garcia teaches us that we do migrant women a disservice when we romanticize their struggles. Read more »

With “Justine,” Forsyth Harmon Charts Teen Queerness

Justine may weigh very little, but it’s emotionally heavy. Read more »

“What’s Mine and Yours” Complicates the School Segregation Story

Naima Coster’s prescient novel brings human faces to a broader social issue. Read more »

“Honey Girl” Is about a Woman Coming Home to Herself

Honey Girl is not a romance novel. Read more »

“No One Is Talking about This” Brings Online Pangs to Real Life Tragedy

No One Is Talking About This is a reflection of our ebbing and flowing need for connection. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »