Books

Policing Parents: Jessamine Chan’s “The School for Good Mothers” Imagines a Carceral State for “Bad” Moms

In Jessamine Chan’s debut novel, “The School for Good Mothers,” the question of how to punish bad mothers is answered by the state, in an America not much different from our own.

“Rise to the Sun” Torches the Illusion of Perfection

What does it mean to love people, even when we know we could lose them? Read more »

You Can Sit With Us: Reflecting on the Legacy of the “Baby-Sitters Club”

Why do we love what we do? How has our love failed us? Read more »

White Magic: The Spellbinding Writing Power of Elissa Washuta

Elissa Washuta demonstrates the inherent power of storytelling. Read more »

Time After Time: Queer History Comes Alive in “One Last Stop”

Queer history is many times, many places, many persons. Read more »

Capitalism Is a Cult, and You’re Already a Lifetime Member

Similar to the language of scams and gaslighting, cultish language purposely obscures and confuses both followers and nonbelievers. Read more »

Romantic Resilience: Jamal Jordan Captures the Beauty of Queer Love in Color

This book is offering a unique gift to the world, one that presents a new story with new definitions and new possibilities. Read more »

Afrominimalism Offers a New Vision for Black People

Minimalism’s loudest voices have historically been white people who consistently overlook how people of color, especially Black people, have to approach minimalism differently. Read more »

Kristen Arnett’s “With Teeth” Packs a Huge Bite

As unreliable a character as Sammie is, the reader knows she’s not a liar. Read more »

Jessica Darling Saved Teen Girls in the 2000s. Can She Do It Again?

For a lonely teenage girl looking for a reflection of herself in a culture that disdains her, a brutally honest, interiority-heavy YA book can be a lifeline. Read more »

BitchReads: 17 Books Feminists Should Read in June

The books just keep on coming. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »