Book Review: “Vagina” by Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf is a well-established third-wave feminist known for her book The Beauty Myth. In 2012, she came out with a new biography centered both in and around her lady parts. The book was not well received. Katie Roiphe of Slate said of Vagina that, “I doubt the most brilliant novelist in the world could have created a more skewering satire of Naomi Wolf’s career than her latest book.” So, with that in mind, I didn’t set out to fall in love. I listened to Vagina in an audiobook format, and it was a strange journey. Read More Book Review: “Vagina” by Naomi Wolf

Book Review: “Skinny” by Donna Cooner

[TW: weight, body image, gastric bypass]

I have”¦ mixed feelings about Skinny, Donna Cooner’s debut YA novel about a teen who undergoes gastric bypass surgery. On the one hand, I’m glad it exists. On the other, I wish it weren’t quite so preachy. Read More Book Review: “Skinny” by Donna Cooner

Book Review: “Jeneration X”

I like Jen Lancaster. There, I said it. She’s not Dostoyevsky, we don’t see eye to eye politically and there’s no way I’d willingly move to the Chicago suburbs. But she’s neurotic and owns her quirks without being all “tee hee! I’m quirky, y’all!” Also, we shared a magical evening back when her second book was released. (And by “magical evening” I mean “I got drunk with her and her husband Fletch while they gave me life advice and bought me a prime rib sandwich.” Magical.)

This year, I wrote to Penguin and begged for Jeneration X. And on a stressful Friday, I came home and found my wish granted.

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We Review It: Tickle My Tush

If you’ve been reading this column long enough, you know that we’re not just interested in sex – we’re also big nerds and love books. So when the folks at Tickle Kitty contacted us to see if we wanted to review Dr. Sadie Allison’s newest book, we jumped at the chance. Even if you’ve never thought about anal play being for you, read on – actually, you’re precisely the audience Sadie is writing for. Read More We Review It: Tickle My Tush

Origin Stories: Animorphs

“We’re pretty sure the cop is a Controller. And I don’t care what you say, Jake, I think Tom is, too. So, here’s the deal. You want to get into this fight against the Yeerks?” Marco asked me. “Fine. Let’s see how much you want to do it when it turns out it’s your own brother you have to destroy.”

That stopped me cold.

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Book Review: When She Woke

Other reviews will tell you that Hillary Jordan’s second novel When She Woke is a futuristic re-telling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, with overtones of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. While that’s a good strategy for selling books, and a nice shorthand for giving potential readers an idea of the tone and feel of the story, it’s not quite true. Jordan uses The Scarlet Letter as a jumping off point for creating her own story in a world that’s as frightening as it is different from Atwood’s Gilead. Read More Book Review: When She Woke