fiction

Crushed Blackademics: The Case for Black Women to Ditch Academia

Edith Vane suffers the whips and scorns of academia in a world where tenure is an illusion. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books You Should Read In July

There’s a memoir that’s funny as hell, a deep dive into an iconic comic book character, and even a fantasy. Read more »

Transcending Genre: “The Boss” Brings Womanism To Urban Literature

The book seems to be about sexy, scantily clad women, but the core theme is wealth redistribution. Read more »

Resistance Narratives: Lidia Yuknavitch on Joan of Arc, Bodies, and Reimagining the Love Story

Intersectional feminism is rising, cracks and fissures are emerging, blind spots are being illuminated, failures examined, possibilities getting born. Good. Bring it. Read more »

Storytelling Will Spark the Overthrow: A Review of Lidia Yuknavitch’s “The Book of Joan”

[E]ven if the bodies in The Book of Joan are devoid of gender, they do still cling to sex, love, emotion—they have to, because what else is there to live for when the world’s gone to shit? Read more »

Get Out of Gilead: Anti-Blackness in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

The Handmaid’s Tale remains silent on the central feature of American history, anti-blackness, while it takes from the oppression of Black women and applies it indiscriminately to white women. Read more »

Street of Miracles: In Kai Cheng Thom's New Novel, Trans Femmes of Color Save Each Other

Thom maps the Street of Miracle’s inter-community contours, where there’s sisterhood, protection, and deep love—and also jealousy, internalized oppression, political differences, different amounts of privilege, and lovers quarrels. Read more »

Pop Culture Prepared Me: The Trumpocalypse

So glad yet horrified that pop culture prepared me for these terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad, troubled dystopian horror times! Read more »

My President Loves to Read

When Obama talks about the power and meaning that he has gleaned from books, I hear the words of every person I’ve ever known who loves to read. Read more »

Bitch's Best Books of 2016

How many of the Bitch community’s best books of 2016 have you read? 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 »