Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why - Sady Doyle

Staff Pick

In her first book, Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why (Melville House, $25.99), the immensely talented young feminist writer, Sady Doyle, explores the phenomenon of women celebrities who rise to fame only to be derailed by a public “trainwreck.” Doyle, a staff writer at In These Times who founded the blog “Tiger Beatdown,” suggests that this is the predictable outcome for women who dare to deviate from conventional rules of female behavior. While her focus is on contemporary figures such as Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus, and most of all Britney Spears, she traces the historical lineage of the trainwreck phenomenon back to Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Brontë, Sylvia Plath, and Billie Holiday. The explosion of new media has only exacerbated the problem in recent times, making it easier to humiliate women public figures and harder for them to regain their footing. Political trainwrecks get brief attention from Doyle, but her ideas certainly reverberate in the aftermath of the 2016 campaign.

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781612195636
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Published: Melville House - September 20th, 2016

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781612196480
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Published: Melville House - August 29th, 2017

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation - Rebecca Traister

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

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape - Peggy Orenstein

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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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062209740
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 7th, 2017

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