In her debut collection of short stories, Chinelo Okparanta takes a look at what it’s like to be a woman in Nigeria. Okparanta, who lived in the African country until she was 10, tells tales of women struggling to survive within the confines of a culture that has not been (and is still not) especially kind to their gender, and although the stories might be fictional, there is clearly a lot of truth behind them. In “America” she focuses on a ... Read More
Memoirs from children of celebrities and politicians abound, but the offspring of our country’s leading intellectuals have been less effusive. That gap has started to close, however, thanks to Najla Said’s Looking for Palestine, a memoir from the daughter of the late Edward Said, the outspoken advocate for Palestine who single-handedly founded post-colonial studies. Said grew up with her Palestinian father and Lebanese mother on the Upper West ... Read More
Editor Henriette Mantel shares more than a lack of children with her fellow contributors to No Kidding—all have professional backgrounds in writing and performing, most of them in comedy. Yet despite these similarities, the 37 by-turns-funny-and-poignant essays showcase a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and voices. Some women had been fairly sure since they were children themselves that they didn’t want kids, some simply never thought of ... Read More
Although Marisha Pessi, author of the 2007 bestseller Special Topics in Calamity Physics, should be arrested for italics abuse, a crime against literature crazily splattered all over her second novel (and I am so not kidding), she’s spun such a gripping yarn that by the end, nearly 600 pages later, I had somehow forgiven the excessiveness. Night Film is a genre-bending page-turner melodramatically haunted by two absent characters, reclusive cult ... Read More
“The first time Andy met Louisa, she was covered in blood.” So begins The Explanation For Everything, the engrossing and sometimes frustrating third novel from Lauren Grodstein. The opening sentence is actually the beginning of a strangely adorable meet-cute in an emergency room, but by the end of the first chapter, Louisa is again covered in blood, killed in a drunk-driving accident, leaving Andy and their two young daughters behind. The rest ... Read More
  Samantha Shannon’s debut novel (the first of a seven-part series) has already been compared to both Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and this comparison is spot on. The Bone Season begins in underground London in the year 2059. Hundreds of years earlier, the fabric that separated the human world from the spirit world had been torn. Because of that, clairvoyance—the ability to connect with ghosts—has become prevalent across the ... Read More
In her guide for women looking to gain political office, Rebecca Sive argues for the necessity of such a book by opening up with the noteworthy statistics that, “Women occupy fewer than 20 percent of the seats in the U.S. Congress. Only 5 of our 50 states have women governors. And though thousands of women hold local and state offices, those percentages are dismal as well.” This lack of women in political office compelled Sive, who has served in ... Read More
Just in time for Women’s Equality Day on August 26, we've partnered with Open Road Media to give away a brand new Kobo Arc tablet stocked with classic works from some of the feistiest and most influential female writes of the past fifty years.  The giveaway includes one Kobo Arc tablet pre-loaded with the following ebooks: Fear of Flying by Erica Jong A literary sensation when first published in 1973, Fear of Flying established ... Read More
When shopping for shoes, we're typically attracted by appearance and, of course, price point. Human rights and sustainability don't enter the equation as much as they should. But that can change thanks to Nicora Johns, a spankin' new footwear company with both environmental and labor considerations driving its business. As a longtime cobbling connoisseur, 32-year-old founder Stephanie Fryslie decided to take matters into her own hands. Literally. Fryslie works ... Read More
I've had my share of intimate rendezvous with a not-to-be-named musician or two, but I didn't realize the intricacies of dating a rock star until I was actually in a committed relationship with one. The rock star relationship lifestyle ain't no walk in the park. Just ask the ladies of Rock of Love. Or don't... 1. They're not as cool as they seem.In fact, if you stripped away all their stage-cred and hype, they'd just be talented guitar nerds. And if you're ... Read More
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