When She Woke

When She Woke

In When She Woke, an antibiotic-resistant STD that gives men no symptoms but leaves women infertile and a nuclear terrorist attack on Los Angeles in near-future America have unleashed a social response so conservative that the United States has become a theocratic caricature of itself. Steep economic decline coupled with isolated technological advances and near-martial […]

The Mothers; Or: Ginger, Get The Popcorn!

The Mothers; Or: Ginger, Get The Popcorn!

Sometimes, a good book slow rolls you. You begin reading, and you don’t even really notice that you’re that interested until you suddenly realize you’re 215 pages in, and you think, “Huh. This is pretty good.” By the time you get to the end, you’re utterly in love, but you can’t remember where exactly it […]

State of Wonder; Or, The Origin of a Miracle

Ann Patchett blew me away with Bel Canto and The Patron Saint of Liars; she continued in this tradition with State of Wonder. In State of Wonder, our protagonist, Marina, is a Minnesota-born Indian-American pharmacologist who works for a major pharmaceutical company. Her company is pouring unlimited funds into the research and development of a […]

Maude; Or, Superwoman In Disguise

I downloaded Maude, by Donna Mabry, on my Kindle about two years ago because it was free at the time. There was a sale, or something. And I thought, “Why not?” I was never overly interested, and it just sat there for ages. I finally got to it because I’ve read though everything else I […]

Salvage The Bones; Or, Before Resurrection, There Is Death

I finished Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward weeks ago, but have been putting off writing about it because I haven’t known how to discuss it. I’m still not really sure. When I set out to read only women authors last September, my reasons were mostly outward-facing. I wanted to support the work of other […]

The (Not So?) Secret History of Wonder Woman

I am into comics. I am fascinated by history. Feminism is my jam. And Jill Lepore is the Michelle Obama of historical narrative nonfiction: the motherfucking best. So when I saw that Jill Lepore was writing a book about the feminist history of the man who wrote Wonder Woman, this was pretty much my reaction: […]

Flight Behavior; Or, 50 Ways To Leave Your Husband

I borrowed Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver, and I wish I hadn’t. Seems like I’m always having to return to someone the books I most want to have on my shelf forever. I loved this book, as I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read of Kingsolver’s. She makes everyone’s experience so understandable, so relatable. The protagonist is […]

Summer; Or; I’m Too Bored To Be Shocked

Finished up Summer, by Edith Wharton in short order. As a rule, I love Edith Wharton. I love the way her writing, like her characters, is suffused with tension, unarticulated, below the surface. Much is left to the imagination, the wink-and-nod understanding of the reader. I suspect that in the time she was writing, this […]

Surfacing; Or, Everyone Is Fucked Up

The honor of first book completed in 2015 goes to Surfacing, by Margaret Atwood. Reading Surfacing was like reading a shorter, more coherent version of Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury. The Narrator (we never learn her name) narrates in something akin to stream-of-consciousness, though for the most part her line of thought is more intelligible […]

In Which Joe Biden Thinks You’re Full of Shit, and The Overly Attached Girlfriend Wants You To Know Choice is Good

In my third year of law school, I wrote my long paper* on assisted reproductive technologies, or ARTs. Writing the paper meant researching both the science and the law surrounding the various technologies available. In it, I argued that health insurance should cover, in parity with its coverages for other conditions and procedures, all forms of […]