Books

Righteous Spirit: Indigenous Horror Authors Tap into Tribal Traditions

These writers are resisting the long impact of colonization and Christianity, which forced Indigenous communities to either hide or abandon their stories.

SXSW Film: <em>Fly Away</em> Depicts Autism with Honesty, Tenderness

Fly Away, opens on Jeanne, a single mother, as she is awoken by her teenage daughter’s cries. “Bad girl! I hate myself!” It might not be a surprising sentiment for a teenager in the throes of an angst-ridden moment, but Mandy is severe on the spectrum of autism, and the middle of the night... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Dorothy Allison

I am in awe of feminist author and activist Dorothy Allison. Born in South Carolina in 1949 and now living in California, Allison has attracted numerous accolades in the last thirty years for her six published books. (They include Lambda Literary Awards, ALA Awards for Lesbian and Gay Writing and... Read more »

Bibliobitch: The Uncoupling

Meg Wolitzer’s new novel, The Uncoupling, has an intriguing premise, in a... Read more »

The Awesomeness of Bossypants

I rode on a plane over the weekend, and since I love excuses to buy shiny new hardcover books (and I do not love air travel), I got a copy of Tina Fey’s Bossypants to take along. Note to others who might make a similar decision:... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Sweet Valley Confidential

Life was wonderful and simple when I was queen... Read more »

On Our Radar

Hello, hello! Ready for some thought-provoking links? I knew you were! Today, in bad taste… anti-abortion group Life Always is comparing aborted fetuses to people killed by the earthquake in Japan. The... Read more »

Bitch YA Book Club: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Welcome to our first Bitch YA Book Club! Today, Erin Blakemore asks Jennie Law, Ellen Papazian, and Jessica Stites what they thought about Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. What did you think about this book? Add your own... Read more »

On Our Radar

Phew! This week saw lots of compelling internet content, including the following: Queerty... Read more »

SXSW Film: <em>The Dish and the Spoon</em>

Alison Bagnall’s The Dish and the Spoon opens with Rose (Greta Gerwig) despondently crying as she drives to... Read more »

Pages

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 »