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.

On the Map: Feminist Road Trippin

Two twenty-something, upper class, educated, Jewish girls traipse around the United States looking for the feminism of a new generation, and once they find it, one of them kills herself. That’s not exactly what the back cover of... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Inexcusable

In Chris Lynch's 2005 young adult novel Inexcusable (2005 National Book Award Finalist – Young People's Literature, 2005 School Library Journal's Best Books, 2006 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults) is a disturbing tale of the effects of rape culture from the inside. In narrator Keir Sarafian, high... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Testimony of an Abortion Addict

Irene Vilar's extraordinary and incendiary new memoir, Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict, is a potential launching pad for a discussion about abortion that is more personal than political. Having terminated fifteen pregnancies in sixteen years, Vilar turns her experiences into... Read more »

No Blood for Book Reviews!

Crime novelist and book reviewer Jessica Mann isn’t going to take it anymore. In yesterday’s Guardian she was quoted as saying that she will no... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Maggie Stiefvater

Full disclosure: I have not actually read anything by YA fiction author Maggie Stiefvater. However, I was tipped off to her existence earlier this week while reading... Read more »

The Spearhead on Sci-Fi: NO GIRLS ALLOWED!

Blogger “Whiskey” has an article up on men’s culture site The Spearhead” today called “The Feminization of Science Fiction (and Fantasy)”. The... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: A Woman Alone--Forough Farrokhzad

All the poets Iran is famous for – Khayyam, Hafez, Rumi – lived hundreds of years ago... and were dudes. But modernist poetry in Iran is alive and well, and its most important female poet, Forough Farrokhzad, is a contemporary Iranian iconoclast on par with former prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Archie Andrews, Serial Flip-Flopper

I only ever flipped through Archie comics while waiting in line to buy groceries, bored by the overwhelming whiteness of Riverdale and confused by Jughead's hat. But it always seemed weird that a series about such a squeaky-clean golly-gee group of teenagers revolved around something as potentially... Read more »

Sm{art}: Elle Martini leaves you wanting more..

I met her in the backyard. She was soaking up the sun, wishing it would never set. She greeted me with excitement, her energy radiating. When she spoke I could sense she was a strong woman that had worked hard for what she had. I quickly learned that she was a Portland-based writer &... Read more »

Jonathan Safran Foer is "Against Meat." What about you?

Today The New York Times published their food issue. (Mmm…) And while all of the articles are interesting (... Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »