Posts Tagged Books

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Mother, Stranger

I’ve written about Cris Beam’s books before. Her last book, I Am J, was a young adult novel featuring a young Puerto-Rican trans character.

Cris’s new book is actually a release from a new publishing company that is putting its eggs all into the digital basket. The Atavist, has created a new publishing platform specifically for ipad and iphone that allows for many types of multimedia content to be offered alongside the text. The pieces are in between a full-length book and a long article, around 8,000 words.

Mother, Stranger is about Cris’s relationship with her mother, who she was estranged from at age 14. It focuses on her mother’s mental illness.

The interactive elements include photos from Cris’s ...

I’ve written about Cris Beam’s books before. Her last book, I Am J, was a young adult novel featuring a young Puerto-Rican trans character.

Cris’s new book is actually a release from a new publishing company ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Straight

So I’m kind of cheating on this one, because I haven’t actually read Hanne Blank‘s new book, Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. But I know her work, and I know how fabulously important this topic is, so I’m endorsing it sight unseen.

A recent interview with Hanne in Salon gives a flavor of what the book covers:

Men and woman have been having sex for as long as there have been humans. So how can we talk about there being a “history” of heterosexuality?

We can talk about there being a history of heterosexuality in the same way that we can talk about there being a history of religions. People have been praying to God for a really ...

So I’m kind of cheating on this one, because I haven’t actually read Hanne Blank‘s new book, Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. But I know her work, and I know how fabulously important ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Mindy Kaling has been making people laugh for a while–and from what I read in her memoir it wasn’t always on purpose. Kaling, a comedian, writer and sometimes actor in the awesomely hilarious show The Office, has a book out, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. It is a memoir of sorts, that is a series of lists, memories, pictures and anecdotes about growing up in the suburbs, hard work, girlfriends, boyfriends and getting her dream job. It is a coming of age story–the kind that defines a type of American experience (which must be why it is ranked number 1 on Amazon in “american history” cuz that like totally makes sense…uh).

So, while I was on ...

Mindy Kaling has been making people laugh for a while–and from what I read in her memoir it wasn’t always on purpose. Kaling, a comedian, writer and sometimes actor in the awesomely hilarious show ...

An awesome guide for shopping for the book lovers in your life

Friend and fellow writer Anna Clark has put out the third edition of her awesome Choose Books: A Gift Guide for People Who Care About Stories. Anna, alongside being a well-rounded journalist, is also an avid supporter of literary arts. Her coverage of the literary world is vast and impressively wide reaching.

Her argument for choosing books as gifts is pretty darn compelling:

The gift of a great story is at best transformative and soul-opening; at basic, it is a joy. (And I’d suggest that this is true for both the receiver and the giver of the book.) Books last longer and matter more than, say, necklaces or sweaters, while rarely costing more than about fifteen dollars. As well, your purposeful ...

Friend and fellow writer Anna Clark has put out the third edition of her awesome Choose Books: A Gift Guide for People Who Care About Stories. Anna, alongside being a well-rounded journalist, is also an avid ...

Celebrate the release of What You Really Really Want

Friend of Feministing Jaclyn Friedman has a new book out, What You Really Really Want; The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety, and you’re invited to the book launch party!

This Sunday, Jaclyn is celebrating the release of the book, as well as her fortieth birthday (which is today, happy birthday Jaclyn!) with a blow-out bash in New York.

Jessica Valenti will be emceeing, Samhita and I will be speaking, there’ll be burlesque performances, awesome DJs, door prizes from Babeland, and Salon’s Irin Carmon will be interviewing Jaclyn live on stage. You do not want to miss this.

Sunday, November 20 at 7pm
Fontana’s
105 Eldridge Street, New York
No cover, 21+
Co-sponsored by ...

Friend of Feministing Jaclyn Friedman has a new book out, What You Really Really Want; The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety, and you’re invited to the book launch party!

This Sunday, Jaclyn is ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Blueprints for Building Better Girls

The girls and women who animate the stories of Elissa Schappell are so real, so familiar, that there were times that reading her work almost frightened me. It wasn’t so much a clever turn of phrase–although there’s no question that Schappell can write her ass off; it was more the texture and aliveness of her characters that stunned me. I found myself reading about a scene at a college party and flashing back to long forgotten moments of my own, stories of girls I’ve known that I had long buried under the bureacracy of my real world life. All the sudden, there we all were, lost, self-destructive, euphoric, hungry.

And it wasn’t just the characters in isolation that struck me ...

The girls and women who animate the stories of Elissa Schappell are so real, so familiar, that there were times that reading her work almost frightened me. It wasn’t so much a clever turn of phrase–although ...

Excerpt: The Guy’s Guide to Feminism

The Guy’s Guide to Feminism is a new book by Michael Kimmel and Michael Kaufman. Kimmel, as regular readers will know, is one of the leading thinkers on masculinity in America and the author of Guyland and Manhood in America. Kaufman is the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign and the author of a number of books about gender, including Cracking the Armor.

The Guy’s Guide is a fun, quick read that makes the case that feminism is as good for men as it is for women. At the book’s site, they’re publishing a short excerpt every week. This week, they provide an easy diagnosis guide to determine if you have caught the scurrilous and highly infectious ...

The Guy’s Guide to Feminism is a new book by Michael Kimmel and Michael Kaufman. Kimmel, as regular readers will know, is one of the leading thinkers on masculinity in America and the author of Guyland ...

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