Staff Pick

Rebecca Traister’s new book was one of the most anticipated works of non-fiction in 2016, and for good reason. Described by writer Anne Lamott as “the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country,” Traister had already produced a searing examination of sexism and gender stereotyping in the 2008 presidential campaign (Big Girls Don’t Cry) before turning her attention to the experience of unmarried women throughout American history. All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation (Simon & Schuster, $27; paper, $17) is a masterful exploration of how unmarried women are redefining notions of love, attachment, and marriage, and in the process are gaining unprecedented political, social, and economic power. Traister intersperses her own personal (and often very funny) experiences into the larger historical context, making for a fascinating book that has serious implications for American politics now and in the future.

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ISBN: 9781476716565
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 2016

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ISBN: 9781476716572
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 11th, 2016

In Peggy Orenstein’s book, aptly titled Girls and Sex, she examines the hyper-sexualized lives of American girls aged 15-20. The book investigates how these teenagers navigate a world that places a premium on their sexualization - and makes them complicit in the scheme. From campus hook up culture and rape to purity balls and sex ed classes, Orenstein examines their lives from every angle, basing her observations on in-depth interviews with girls across the country. The patterns and habits she notes are alarming, but there are also noteworthy points of hope.

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ISBN: 9780062209726
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Published: Harper - March 29th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780062209740
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 7th, 2017

A thirty year old journalist running late for an interview, ends up being raped at knife point. Afterwards, her assailant says he will find her. But years after his conviction and imprisonment, the author ends up finding him. In harrowing detail no newspaper would print, Connors confronts her ordeal and then uncovers the cycle of poverty, domestic violence and substance abuse that shaped her attacker’s life. I couldn’t put it down.

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ISBN: 9780802122605
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - - April 5th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780802126696
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Published: Grove Press - April 11th, 2017

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