A New York Times Editor’s Choice
A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, August 2014
An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for August 2014
A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay
“Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking listeners on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django Unchained) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society but also one of our culture.
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.
“A strikingly fresh cultural critic.”
“Gay’s essays are consistently smart and provocative…Her essay collection will give you dinner-party conversation through September.”
“A trenchant collection…Whatever her topic, Gay’s provocative essays stand out for their bravery, wit, and emotional honesty.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Bahni Turpin crisply delivers this expansive collection of essays. Author Gay covers an array of political, feminist, and culturally charged topics. Turpin sounds like she’s giving a well-informed speech with the right inflections to emphasize specific points. Her tone is clear and deliberate, forcing one to focus on the content. As she recounts personal stories and numerous critiques of films and books, she draws listeners in with a matter-of-fact tone. Both humorous and raw moments are delivered with sharp clarity. Whether the topic is Gay’s nemesis when playing in a Scrabble championship or deconstructing rape jokes, Turpin delivers with an assertiveness that will catch listeners’ attention.”
“Smart readers cannot afford to miss these essays, which range from socially significant art (Girls, Django in Chains) and feminist issues (abortion) to politics (Chris Brown) and why Gay likes pink.”
“Roxane Gay is so great at weaving the intimate and personal with what is most bewildering and upsetting at this moment in culture. She is always looking, always thinking, always passionate, always careful, always right there.”
Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?
“With prodigious bravery and eviscerating humor, Roxane Gay takes on culture and politics in Bad Feminist—and gets it right, time and time again. We should all be lucky enough to be such a bad feminist.”
Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure and Bad Mother
Bahni Turpin has won seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and three prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.
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- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Genre: Nonfiction/Social Science
- ISBN-13: 9780062379764