Books

“Who I Was With Her” Explores Queer Grief and Loneliness

Nita Tyndall surveys what it’s like to grieve in silence.

Amanda Leduc and Fantasy Authors Challenge the Trope of “Broken” Disabled People

Fairy tales and their contemporary counterparts—superhero tales, science fiction, fantasy—shape our collective ideas about what it means to be powerful and beautiful.  Read more »

Escapist Young Adult Novels Offer a Breath of Fresh Air in the Current Political Climate

These stories are escapist fiction—literature that doesn’t explicitly focus on the social and political issues in our real world, allowing the reader to temporarily forget about them and fall into the story. Read more »

Corseted Up: Victorian Ideals Are Still Binding up Women

A woman who meets the world with intensity is a woman who endures lashes of shame and disapproval. Read more »

Women of a Certain Rage: Two New Books Tackle Getting Older—and More Pissed Off

 Like aging itself, Why We Can’t Sleep and In Our Prime are both reflective and daunting. Read more »

Judged Judy: Judy Blume’s 40 Years Old Fight to Tell the Truth about Sex, Religion, and Turtles

For refusing to condescend to her readers in the face of physical harassment and threats of nonpublication, Blume has been, regardless of whether it was her intention, a protector of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. Read more »

Cleaned Up: “Strung Out” Complicates the Conversation about Women and Opioid Addiction

We can only help people if they’re alive; the only bottom you can’t recover from is death. Read more »

Paranormal Boyfriends, Purity Myths, and Practical Virgins: The Literature of Losing It

Being abstinent in these books is not empowering for female characters; instead, it’s a consequence of decisions enforced by their male counterparts.  Read more »

“What Kind of Girl” Flips the Teen Domestic Violence YA Narrative on Its Head

High school is still high school and teenagers still struggle to understand how abuse happens. Read more »

BitchReads: 27 Novels Feminists Should Read in 2020

We’ve already published our most-anticipated lists of nonfiction and young-adult books, but this one, featuring 27 adult novels, is special. Read more »

Snow Thank You: “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” Can’t Redeem a Villain

Redemption has to be earned; attempting to retcon it through a perilous backstory is always a dicey proposition. 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 »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »

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 »