Books

10 Essential Books About Writing

Must-read titles for writers include works by Elena Ferrante, Akwaeke Emezi, Meg Wolitzer, Yoko Ogawa, and more.

In Real Life, as in Disney's Brave, Some Choose Horses over Husbands.

Growing up in 4-H, I heard the joke often: girls would rather give up boys than our ponies. When women talk about horses, they often speak of freedom and power, of connectivity and understanding, of trust—often using the same language we use when we discuss intimate relationships with humans. Read more »

The Five Best Genderqueer Characters in Comics

Xavin explaining not fitting in to male-female gender roles in Runaways. via Both print comics and webcomics seem to be paying more attention to being inclusive these days,... Read more »

What Happens When Your Son Falls in Love with a "Girly" Book Series?

It doesn’t take a skilled gender detective to deduce the target audience of the Rainbow Magic books for early readers. These wildly popular books feature covers that literally... Read more »

New Memoir "Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina" Digs into the DNA of Racial Identity

Bird of Paradise is a charming, engaging memoir from hip-hop journalist ... Read more »

The Best Lines from 1968 Book: The Bisexual Revolution

To celebrate the release of our new Pulp issue, I dredged up a handful of pulpy 1960s bottom-of-the-barrel paperbacks from a Portland vintage store. I’ll be bringing three of these long-forgotten titles back to light this week.  Today... Read more »

The Best Lines from Long-Lost 1966 Book "The Promiscuous Breed"

To celebrate the release of our new Pulp issue, I dredged up a handful of pulpy 1960s bottom-of-the-barrel paperbacks from a Portland vintage store. I’ll be bringing three of these long-forgotten titles back to light this week.  Today... Read more »

Beautiful Creatures is a Cut Above Other Supernatural Teen Romances

‘Tis the season of the perennial teenage supernatural romance.  New film Beautiful Creatures is a chicken-and-dumplings plate with a heapin’ helping of that angst-filled young love so common to tween fantasy, spiced with Flannery O’Conner-flavored Southern Gothic and... Read more »

Everything’s About Money and Love: Q&A with Mystery Author Laura Lippman

I’m a lifelong fan of bestselling mystery writer Laura Lippman, whose character Tess Monaghan stars in stories that are often critical of pop culture. Bitch last talked to Lippman—who’s on our... Read more »

Food, Family, and Identity: Q&A with Author of New Memoir Licking the Spoon

There’s a difficult scene in toward the beginning of Candace Walsh’s memoir, Licking The Spoon, where five-year-old Walsh is essentially force-fed her dinner amidst tears, gagging, and vomit. This particularly heartbreaking image... Read more »

Magic, Sex, and Christians: Rereading the Classic "Mists of Avalon" on its 30th Anniversary

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s massively popular Arthurian fantasy The Mists of Avalon. Alas, I was unable to read this... Read more »

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... 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 »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »