Posts Tagged Books

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Sister Citizen

We at Feministing have long been fans of Melissa Harris-Perry who has become a voice for young women in politics and specifically for young women of color who were tired of feeling invisible in political conversations. Her political analysis is on point, but she is also unconventionally honest, which sometimes makes her controversial. And she is not afraid to walk that line between academic rigor and mainstream accessibility. (She also blurbed my book–which was an honor since I am a long time fan).

So, when I sat down with her new book Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America, I was already expecting her usual rigorous, forward-thinking candor in laying out the ways that black women’s identities ...

We at Feministing have long been fans of Melissa Harris-Perry who has become a voice for young women in politics and specifically for young women of color who were tired of feeling invisible in ...

Two awesome upcoming NYC events

New York readers, mark your calendars! Here are two great events for your entertainment and edification, featuring an all-star cast of amazing feminist thinkers and writers.

First, a reading of Big Big Love with Hanne Blank at Re/Dress, October 13

You might remember Hanne from her Feministing Five interview earlier this year. Hanne is the author of Virgin, the forthcoming Straight and of Big Big Love, the one-of-a-kind book about sex and love for plus-size people. This event is to celebrate the new edition of Big Big Love, which came out September 20 (you can buy it here). Re/Dress is a plus-size vintage closing store in Brooklyn – though they also have some great non-vintage stuff too! I am ...

New York readers, mark your calendars! Here are two great events for your entertainment and edification, featuring an all-star cast of amazing feminist thinkers and writers.

First, a reading of Big Big Love with Hanne Blank at Re/Dress, ...

Making Stories Heard

Check out this deeply convincing guest post from Dr. Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D. Full bio follows the post.

I believe in the power of stories.

And I don’t mean 40-watt-light bulb-power or meanest-girl-in-high-school-power or even Mayor-of-new-york-power.  I mean earth shattering, life changing, transformative power.  The kind of power that makes you feel like you can do anything.  Stories have the power to change the world.

I wrote about how stories I read about third world feminist structures changed my world in Click!  The Moment We Knew We Were Feminists, edited by Feministing’s own Courtney Martin.  And I’m not the only one who were politicized/empowered/relieved by the page – Chimamanda Adichie, Sherman Alexie, and my feminist-writer-hero-friend Neesha Meminger have all written ...

Check out this deeply convincing guest post from Dr. Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D. Full bio follows the post.

I believe in the power of stories.

And I don’t mean 40-watt-light bulb-power or meanest-girl-in-high-school-power or even Mayor-of-new-york-power.  I mean earth ...

Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life book party and reading

It’s official–my first book, Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life, will be out in early October. You can pre-order it on Amazon or at Powell’s. I am excited, nervous and having “I can’t believe it” moments every few hours or so, as to be expected. I held the first real life copy of it last weekend and did this weird mixture of tears, laughter and almost fainting. I had a similar reaction when I read my first review a few weeks ago in Publisher’s Weekly.

If you are in the NYC area we will be having a Feministing book release party at Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY on October 7th starting at 7pm. ...

It’s official–my first book, Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life, will be out in early October. You can pre-order it on Amazon or at Powell’s. I am excited, nervous and ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Fatal Invention

Dorothy Roberts’ new book seeks to prove a controversial premise: “In less academic terms: race is the product of racism; racism is not the product of race.”

Roberts, a well-established and highly regarded professor of law is the right person for this daunting task. In Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century, she takes on the idea of biological race and breaks down exactly how this concept falls apart under closer inspection.

I’m still grappling with how important this book is, and how necessary challenging these ideas of race and biology are in today’s world.

She explains exactly what is at stake:

To this day, the delusion that race is a biological inheritance rather ...

Dorothy Roberts’ new book seeks to prove a controversial premise: “In less academic terms: race is the product of racism; racism is not the product of race.”

Roberts, a well-established and highly regarded professor of law ...

Vice President Dick Cheney: Convenient Storyteller

Former Vice President Dick Cheney tells great stories. Too bad most of them aren’t true.

Cheney is currently on a book tour promoting his new book In My Time. And as in past years, when Cheney’s mouth is moving controversial, questionable, and inaccurate things come out. This book tour is yet another attempt by Cheney to revise history and pretend that the Bush administration didn’t make deadly mistakes.

Cheney gleefully admits that as a result of the revelations in his book, “there are going to be heads exploding all over Washington.” Well, gee that just makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over.

It’s pretty interesting to watch a man go from talk show to ...

Former Vice President Dick Cheney tells great stories. Too bad most of them aren’t true.

Cheney is currently on a book tour promoting his new book In My Time. And as in past ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection


Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection by developmental psychologist Niobe Way is a must-read for anyone concerned with the so-called “boy crisis,” anyone who is raising a boy in the U.S., and anyone who doubts that feminism can—and should—improve the lives of boys and men.

In this richly-researched book, based on in-depth, one-on-one interviews with teenage boys in the U.S. as they progress through high school, Way debunks the cultural myth that boys don’t have, need, or desire close friendships. By attempting to truly listen—through the distracting noise of our own assumptions and expectations—to what boys themselves are actually saying, she paints a reality that is both more heartbreaking and more hopeful than the myth. ...


Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection by developmental psychologist Niobe Way is a must-read for anyone concerned with the so-called “boy crisis,” anyone who is raising a boy in the U.S., ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Lucy

Melissa Harris Perry and others have been deconstructing just how disturbing the movie, The Help, really is. I haven’t seen it, nor have I read the book, but I recently picked up another book at my mom’s recommendation that deals with some of the same themes in a way that was powerful, complex, and surprising in so many profound ways. Published in 1990, it’s called Lucy and it’s written by the incredible novelist, Jamaica Kincaid.

Lucy, believed to be strongly autobiographical, focuses on the experiences of Caribbean immigrant au pair, Lucy Josephine Potter. We see American culture–family, gender, class–all through Lucy’s eyes. She is a fearless witness, a truth teller, and a woman changed by her observations. Much of ...

Melissa Harris Perry and others have been deconstructing just how disturbing the movie, The Help, really is. I haven’t seen it, nor have I read the book, but I recently picked up another book at my ...

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