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

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

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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

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age - Daniel J. Levitin

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Daniel Levitin is a distinguished neuroscientist and expert on cognitive science, and what he’s offering in A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age (Dutton, $28) are some very helpful ways to sift through the growing barrage of information facing us day in and day out. How to tell fact from fiction. How to make sense of statistics. How to think critically about all the words and numbers coming at us nonstop. These are the challenges that Levitin addresses, and he provides some essential tools for navigating daily through the news and getting to the truth of matters. As he reminds us, we all would do well to heed that old maxim (often falsely attributed to Mark Twain): “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525955221
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Published: Dutton - September 6th, 2016

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