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Girls Write Now: 
Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female VoicesBy Girls Write Now(Tin House Books) Girls Write Now, a book of personal essays written by high school girls, is both a feat of literary awesomeness and a slice of inspirational magic. Framed by defining quotes from today’s most influential feminists, including Roxane Gay and Gloria Steinem, these stories bring the reader through moments that have shaped their authors’ lives, from immigrant journeys across the sea to trips to the neighborhood laundromat. Every page...
The biggest reason I loved books when I was a kid was because they made me feel less alone. There were pivotal moments of identification with the narrators I was reading about, whether they were facing the same familial struggles or just had the same weird pet peeve as me. I’m white, and there was no shortage of characters who looked like me in the books, movies, and television I grew up with; I had the privilege of feeling seen and heard by my culture. Unfortunately,...
  Choose Your Own Disaster By Dana Schwartz(Grand Central Publishing) You might know Dana Schwartz from her prolific Twitter accounts (her alter ego, the satirical @GuyInYourMFA, has over 94,000 followers) but after reading the journalist’s first memoir-slash-choose-your-own-adventure novel, you’ll wish she was your real-life best friend, too. In Choose Your Own Disaster, Schwartz seamlessly moves from thoughtful and often hilarious observations into more difficult and heavy topics, including sexual assault, body image, and bulimia, all while refusing to shy away from the least glamorous details of...
Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to ActivismBy Nadya Tolokonnikova(HarperOne) In the first few pages of Read & Riot, author Nadya Tolokonnikova reminds readers that her protest of Putin’s authoritarian rule landed her and her Pussy Riot bandmates in a Russian prison. So it should come as no surprise that the type of resistance she proposes in this activism guide is not for the faint of heart. This is not a book to read straight through. Rather, it’s designed more as a reference guide. Each...
Training School for Negro GirlsBy Camille Acker(The Feminist Press at CUNY) With this impressive debut short story collection, author Camille Acker establishes herself as a gifted and agile writer with an assured and masterful voice. The collection is centered around the lives of ordinary residents of Washington, D.C., over the past several decades. From a young girl in the ’90s who is losing her older brother to forces that she doesn’t understand, to a motivational speaker’s spouse in the midst of a serious marriage crisis,...
  Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke FreeBy Linda Kay Klein (Touchstone) Imagine your sexuality as a lollipop. Who’s going to want a lollipop that someone’s already sucked on? This is the type of metaphor at the root of the trauma author Linda Kay Klein experienced at the hands of the white evangelical purity movement. When she’s not immersing readers into the same world she spent years trying to free herself from, Klein is sharing research,...
  Two sisters: one remembers magic, the other doesn't, and neither is supposed to know that magic even exists. This comic may sound like something from the Harry Potter series, but it is a lot sexier and way more colorful, featuring Latinx women, Los Angeles, beautiful people, and a hint of CW-esque drama. This is Sam Humphries' and Jen Bartel’s newest work, Blackbird. Our two sisters are named Marisa and Nina Rodriguez. Nina, the younger sister, has a feeling something terrible is going to happen—and then it...
Lisa Marie Basile, poet witch of the internet age and founder of Luna Luna magazine magazine, has created Light Magic for Dark Times, a self-care witchcraft spellbook for our darker moments, bursting with practical and poetic advice. Thanks to her creative writing, Basile's magic feels like a dip into The Artist’s Way for witches, structured with journal prompts to help the reader get a better sense of their goals, ailments, and passions. This allows for a good amount of self-discovery and autonomy, and the opportunity to use...
A new month is here, and it's a great month for books! See which October books by women and nonbinary authors we're most excited about—we'll note when we've reviewed or covered them, or have coverage planned. All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole ChungNicole Chung's debut memoir tells the story of growing up as a Korean adoptee in an all-white town, and her search for her birth family as an adult. Out October 2. Read our review here. What If This Were Enough?: Essays by...
All You Can Ever Know: A MemoirBy Nicole Chung (Catapult) Nicole Chung was born severely premature to Korean immigrants who put her up for adoption after their doctor warned the baby would struggle her whole life. Growing up, this is all Chung knew about her origins. But when she became pregnant with her first child, Chung began a search for her birth family that led to her learning the difficult truth about her birth mother; developing a close relationship with her biological sister; and reconnecting...