We've teamed up with independent bookseller Powell's books to bring you tit
We've teamed up with independent bookseller Powell's books to bring you tit
If you haven't heard, Bitch Media has teamed up with independent bookseller Powell's Books to make the sometimes hard-to-find titles we review at Bitch available to readers from coast to coast and around the world. Enter, Bitch Reads!

This month, we're featuring reads from the Law & Order issue, as well as some of the most popular titles we've reviewed online. Powell's, the biggest independent bookseller online, offers a socially responsible alternative to Amazon and is committed to a well-informed community!

Add a few of the titles below to your collection or send along a gift to bolster a friend's reading list. You can't go wrong with a Bitch Reads selection!

Rad American
Women A-Z
Kate Shatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

"Ever wanted a women-centric history book to hand to a kid? Publisher City Lights/Sister Spit recently released this exciting new book that tells the stories of 26 important American women, one for each letter of the alphabet. Rad American Women A-Z features biographies of women from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Huston. Author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl highlight a great selection of women—the group is diverse in terms of race, era, and in their field of work, ranging from scientists to writers and activists."
—Sarah Mirk
Aisha Franz

"German cartoonist Aisha Franz's new graphic novel follows a mother and two daughters over the course of 24 hours as they wait for the girls' father to take them on a trip no one wants to go on. While the mother wrestles with lost time and lost identity and the elder sister busies herself with the boys, the youngest daughter is caught up with an alien she's befriended. Realistic and surreal at once, Earthling reminds us of the alien feelings of adolescense and the parts of growing up that don't shift or change as much as we expect them to."
—Tara Michelle Ziniuk
Octavia's Brood
Walidah Imarisha

"Octavia’s Brood, named in honor of Black feminist sci-fi writer and MacArthur 'Genius' grant winner Octavia Butler, is a collection of radical science fiction written by organizers, change makers, and visionaries. 
We started the anthology with the belief that all organizing is science fiction. When we talk about a world without prisons; a world without police violence; a world where everyone has food, clothing, shelter, quality education; a world free of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism; we are talking about a world that doesn’t currently exist. But collectively dreaming up one that does means we can begin building it into existence."
—Walidah Imarisha
Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe
Yumi Sakugawa 

"Although Yumi Sakugawa's new book could be at home in the self-help or meditation sections, it reads like poetry or like a familiar friend whispering in your ear. If you're feeling disconnected, down, or decentered, crack open the lovely collection of illustrations and advice that range from the delicate to the psychadelic, filled with cosmic monsters that are just as gorgeous and complex as we are."
—Kristin Rogers Brown
How to Grow Up
Michelle Tea

"At times, Tea’s memoir—which supersedes any self-help book I desperately thumbed through in the back of a bookstore in my twenties—is light-hearted. But it also resonates with truthful witchy wisdom. In one of Tea’s 'Rules of Love,' for example, she advises us not to send our tattoo artist a flirtatious text from our porch stoop as the night swells around us. At each session, the tattooist oohs and ahhs not over our beauty, but instead over the beauty of the tattoo itself."
—Sarah Maria Medina
Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices On Marriage, Relationships, & Identity
Carter Sickels (ed)

"There's more than just one way to be in love. Untangling the Knot collects 25 moving essays on love and marriage from queer perspectives, ranging from people who are never going to ring wedding bells to personal reflections on having family respect your vows. Each story offers a refreshing and honest take on modern relationships."
—Sarah Mirk
Plucked: A History of Hair Removal
Rebecca M. Herzig 
"What is more unwanted, body hair or the various methods devised, developed, and sold to remove it? The question is posed throughout Plucked: A History of Hair Removal, a thoughtful analysis of the practice from Rebecca M. Herzig, a professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Bates College. Plucked's thorough investigation of hair removal's history makes this consuming read a wake-up call for those of us who haven't yet interrogated our shaving, plucking, threading, and lasering habits."
—Crystal Erickson
Motherhood Smotherhood
J.J. Keith

"Some books just beg to be read out loud. J.J. Keith's Motherhood Smotherhood is written in a voice that is simultaneously witty, frank, and no-holds-barred. The book consists of a series of essays that are loosely organized around the theme that certain cultural trends are making parents feel like they should be spending an insane amount of effort on the minutiae of child rearing, and that these trends are dumb and should be ignored. Keith's message of not taking parenthood too seriously is certainly valuable, and the book is quite a fun romp. You just can't take the book too seriously, is all."
—Katura Reynolds
I Am Not a Slut: Slut Shaming in the Age of the Internet
Leora Tanenbaum

"Reading I Am Not a Slut is like watching a documentary wherein a young gazelle is separated from its herd, stalked, attacked, and devoured by a cheetah. In this scenario, the gazelle is teenage girls, and the cheetah is the dangerously fraught world of sexual expression and develoment in a hyperconnected, social media-driven world. I Am Not a Slut makes the excellent point that young women are faced with an impossible sexual double standard, a misogynistic social order, and an omnipresent collection of sources documenting their every definition."
—Katie Presley
Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism
Amber Jamilla Musser
"Forget 50 Shades of Grey. S&M isn't just a game of erotic play between dominatrix and slave filled with chains, whips, and shiny black leather. In Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism, Amber Jamilla Musser explores the appeal of masochism via empatheic readings of historical texts, extracting meaning from writing that might otherwise appear outdated or limited in its perspective. For those with a basic understanding of the philosophical complexities of arguments concerning subjects, objects, and notions of 'other,' Musser presents a compelling and deeply satisfying read."
—Crystal Erickson
Untold Stories: Life, Love, and Reproduction
Kate Cockrill

"Telling stories matters. Telling stories that won't get told unless you tell them matters even more. In the face of systemic oppresion, culturally mandated shame, bureaucratic ignorance, and violent prejudice, the telling of untold stories is paramount and tantamount to revolution. Untold Stories is the first publication by the Sea Change Project, a Bay Area organization dedicated to 'shifting the culture of shame around reproduction.' The book's 16 essays were chosen specifically because their perspectives are rarely represented in reproductive rights narratives."
—Katie Presley

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