What do you get when you combine Powell's Books and feminists reads? You gu
What do you get when you combine Powell's Books and feminists reads? You gu
Just In Time For Your Next Beach Day: Summer BitchReads!
Headed to the beach? Ready to pack the picnic basket for a day in the park? Stuck in bed with a nasty summer cold but still determined to read through it? Good news: the newest BitchReads edition is here, and this selection might be our best yet! Now you have 11 brand-new, fiercely feminist titles to devour, no matter where you're headed. 

BitchReads, our wildly popular collaboration Powell's Books, brings you a list of hard-to-find titles we've reviewed at Bitch directly to your doorstep. Powell's,
the nation's largest independent bookseller, offers a socially responsible alternative to Amazon. Here in Portland (which is where the Bitch HQ is located) you'll find new and voracious readers alike browsing the shelves at Powell's all day long—or asking questions at the latest book release. (Most recent reading we attended, you ask? Lindy West!).

So take a second to scan through this treasure trove of hard-to-find must-reads. You won't find another feminist reading list quite like it!

Sex with Shakespeare: A Memoir
Jillian Keenan

In her insightful and refreshing new memoir, Jillian Keenan chronicles her long love affair with the Bard and his creations, as well as her experience coming to terms with her own sexual identity. Keenan identifies as a masochist, with a spanking fetish, and considers her kink to be her sexual orientation. In her book, she points out the many (sometimes surprising) instances of sexual commentary running throughout Shakespeare’s work, while characters including Juliet, Caliban, and—very memorably—A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s Helena speak and interact with her, personally and directly. The magical-realism aspect may sound whimsical, but the book does not shy away from serious issues.

–Karla Kane
Turning Japanese: A Memoir

In her latest graphic memoir, Turning Japanese, MariNaomi renders the in-between spaces of culture and identity in her distinctly simple yet bold style. The award-winning artist shares a story of her younger self grappling with growing up biracial in the Bay Area, when she knew no one else who looked like her—except her own sister. To dig deeper into her own Japanese heritage, she takes a hostess job at a Japanese bar to practice the language that her own Japanese mother neglected to teach her, but as the memoir shows, she ended up learning much more about the culture and herself.

–Amy Lam
Know the Mother
Desiree Cooper

In her first collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, Desiree Cooper counters motherhood mythology with raw reality. Over the course of thirty finely wrought vignettes, she renders a portrait of motherhood that is not just wide and multi-faceted, but also ambivalent and messy. Cooper wants readers to look beyond the gauzy picture of smiling unbothered motherhood to see flesh and bone—women’s humanity. The American cultural conception of motherhood is white—both in its innocence and its Caucasity. Cooper allows for the existence of Black mamas in Know the Mother, subtly illustrating how race is inextricable from their mothering experiences.

–Tamara Winfrey Harris
Hot Dog Taste Test
Liza Hanawalt

Enter the surreal world of a food book like no other. Cartoonist, Bojack Horseman designer, and Lucky Peach comics artist Lisa Hanawalt explores the cuisine in her signature bizarre style and neon color palette, pairing thoughts on Las Vegas buffets with poop jokes and bird drawings.
Hanawalt's work taps into a silly, offbeat humor that I didn't even know I had, cracking me up as she shares stories from behind-the-scenes at a fancy restaurant and her very strong opinion on the best way to eat eggs.  

–Sarah Mirk
Black Dove
Ana Castillo

We Xicanas love our icons fiercely. For the daughters of mostly working-class families, that reverence comes from what those icons represent: The few who are able to escape strongly imposed social norms in a culture that has generationally and historically minimized its women. In her 40-year writing career, Castillo has personified resilience. Her just-released memoir, Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me (The Feminist Press), is a collection of essays that weaves intergenerational stories, revealing the intimate, passion-filled, and sometimes devastating truths that have influenced her celebrated writing and identity.

–Viva Flores
Lindy West

West’s new book, Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman, is a joy to read. West’s book covers all the major stories and controversies of her career, including her public disagreement with Dan Savage over fat politics, the Daniel Tosh rape joke clusterfuck, her ongoing battle with misogynist trolls, and her confrontation with a man who harassed her online by impersonating her dead father. Along the way, she weaves a narrative that showcases her growth as a writer and as a person over the course of her career and that attempts to answer the question she gets so often from readers and fans: “Where do you get your confidence?”

–Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino
In the Country We Love
Diane Guerrero

In her brand-new memoir, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin star Diane Guerrero recounts her life as a child of undocumented Colombian immigrants. Guerrero guides us through the obstacles she faced after her parents were deported when she was 14 years old. In a voice that’s honest, raw, and funny, Guerrero highlights the predicament that millions of undocumented immigrants face in America. She gives readers an intimate sense of the extreme pressure children of immigrants face, the fear that comes with being undocumented, and the unfaltering resilience of immigrant communities.

–Roberta Nin Feliz
Powell’s Books is an independent bookseller based in Portland, Oregon. Emily Powell, the third generation owner believes, "The power of the written word cannot be underestimated. We see lives transformed on a daily basis, in person and across our online community, by books and their ability to inform, entertain, and inspire. We understand that we serve readers who are as unique and complex as the books on our shelves."

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Rachel Ignotofsky

This book of illustrated biographies of scientific pioneers is hands-down gorgeous. Rachel Ignotofsky's bright, bold drawings light up the short stories about the life and work of women ranging from Wang Zhenyi (a 16th century Chinese astronomy) to Mae Jemison (an American astronaut and educator). Kids will love paging through this, looking at all the detailed drawings, but they'll likely have to rip it out of the hands of the adults who are marveling at each new page of factoids.

 –Sarah Mirk
Man and Wife
Katie Chase

In Man and Wife, girls and women come of age in a world that is at first almost-imperceptibly askew, but with each page becomes more and more eerie. In suburbs that feel like our own, but with a hint of The Twilight Zone, through rites of passage, forced marriages, and blood feuds, the women in this collection of short stories seek new ways to live while deciding what to hold on to from their pasts. Chase's stories are haunting and smart, with the capacity to illuminate the strangeness of our own lives.

–Dahlia Grossman-Heinze
Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking
The Ladydrawers and Anne Elizabeth Moore

Over the past two decades, "fast fashion"—inexpensive, trendy clothing meant to last only a season before being discarded—has become the new normal for many of us. But if you've never thought much about the human cost of your H&M or Forever 21 duds, the comics anthology Threadbare will give your head a good spin. In short comic vignettes drawn by Chicago-based collective The Ladydrawers, longtime activist Moore follows the trail of fast fashion to unsettling places, connecting the dots between global manufacturing, sex work, and poverty. Moore's conversations with sweatshop workers, models, retail clerks, and humanitarian aid workers highlight the vast need for global labor reform—and the arresting visuals are stunning proof of where graphic journalism can go.

–Andi Zeisler
So Sad Today
Melissa Broder

Melissa Broder needed a safe space to vent about her feelings of anxiety and depression. So she turned to Twitter, creating the anonymous account @SoSadToday where she started posting dark and funny reflections on the futility of life. Broder is talented at using 140 characters to say something both profound and hilarious: The account gained over 300,000 followers and spawned a book by the same title. The book version of So Sad Today is a collection of personal essays that capture both Broder’s wit and the unforgiving relentlessness of anxiety and depression.

–Vanessa Willoughby
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