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"Shrill author Lindy West's latest essay collection is a thoughtful and funny examination of rape culture in media. Some of the topics she tackles: Adam Sandler, Donald Trump, South Park, 'reverse sexism,' and classic movies like Sixteen Candles that make rape look like 'silly fun.'Bustle
"Equal parts hilarious and sobering, West's words will help fellow witches articulate why they are so fired up (YES!)."Booklist
"In this time of great frustration, this collection is a clearing in the woods to meet, to reflect, to dance, and to cackle around the fire."Abbi Jacobson, creator of Broad City and New York Times bestselling author of I Might Regret This
"Lindy continues to be one of the funniest, smartest writers around."Jessica Valenti, New York Times bestselling author of Full Frontal Feminism and Sex Object
"GET ME A BROOM."-Samantha Irby, New York Times bestselling author of We're Never Meeting in Real Life
"One of our foremost thinkers on gender unveils her unifying theory of
America: that our steady diet of pop culture created by and for embittered, entitled white men has stoked our sociopolitical moment.
Adam Sandler, South Park, and Pepe the Frog all come under West's withering scrutiny in this funny, hyper-literate analysis of the link between meme culture and male mediocrity."Esquire.com, -
"A biting and profoundly funny social and political critique of rape culture, toxic masculinity, and misogyny."Library Journal
"Cultural critic (Lindy) West focuses her keen eye and sardonic sense of humor on, among other topics, misogyny in the Trumpian political landscape..."Publishers Weekly
"A cornucopia of shrewd cultural observations... [West's] sharp wit and no-nonsense sense of humor also shines through... [West] drives home the critical issues of our time while taking time to tickle our funny bones. Satirical, raw, and unapologetically real, West delivers the bittersweet truths on contemporary living."Kirkus Reviews
"A thoughtful and funny examination of rape culture in media."Bustle
"With her signature wit, brio, and laser-like clarity of vision, one of our foremost thinkers on gender unveils her unifying theory of America: that our steady diet of pop culture created by and for embittered, entitled white men has stoked our sociopolitical moment. Adam Sandler, South Park, and Pepe the Frog all come under West's withering scrutiny in this funny, hyper-literate analysis of the link between meme culture and male mediocrity."Esquire
"The book made me simultaneously laugh out loud and want to pull my hair out. West's snappy writing is funny but full of anger,
and I felt myself instantly sucked in."Steph Coelho, Book Riot
"Lindy West brought us to tears (through laughing, mostly) with Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman, a razor-sharp memoir about toxic misogyny and fat shaming that went on to inspire the fantastic Hulu series. West is back and funny as ever in her forthcoming non-fiction book, The Witches Are Coming, a cultural critique of American culture, the #MeToo movement and what it means to not be a mediocre white man - in a society that so often protects and promotes him."NBC News
"The Witches Are Coming is Lindy West's follow-up to her wonderful, best-selling book Shrill. She's back with more of her incisive cultural critiques, writing essays on feminism and the misogyny that is (still) embedded in every part of our culture. She brings humor, wit, and much-needed clarity to the gender dynamics at play in media and culture."Book Riot
"[This book] highlights one of West's greatest gifts, beyond her voice and humorher ability to shine clarifying light on the dark, knotted bits of culture without divesting herself of that culture completely."Seattle Met
"From Facebook to Goop, cancel culture to climate change, the essays here add West's discerning and quick-witted voice to the conversation about what social and environmental justice looks like, and what it can look like in the future. So if you need a little magic in your Halloween reading, pick this one up."LitHub
"West's unique perspectives on racism, sexism, climate change, and more are so necessary, and this collection is a call to action that can't be ignored."BookRiot
"A fiery book from an admirable author."Morgan Jerkins, New York Times Book Review
"Only Lindy West, one of our foremost thinkers on gender, could capture the agony and the ecstasy of 21st century life in one slim volume... In these 17 stellar essays, West crafts a blistering indictment of the systems that oppress usthe government that denies our rights, the media that denies our stories, the society that denies our dignity. Yet even so, West's work is always threaded through with hopean unshakable belief that we can and will triumph over the forces that seek to break us. Coupled with her laser-focused cultural criticism, what emerges is a portrait of hope amid the uncertainty."Esquire
"The Witches are Coming is simultaneously whip smart, infuriating, a call to action and, of course, laugh-out-loud funny."Huffington Post
"When I have a hard time making sense of and finding the words to describe the complexities of women's issues, I turn to Lindy West. There's something about her sharp, steady, and ferociously funny writing that re-centers and refocuses my mind on what's in front of me and why it matters. West has a gift for packaging the truth into easily digestible sentences. And her latest collection of essays, The Witches Are Coming is no different... The next time you're feeling lost or can't find the words to describe why you're angry about a particular topic, pick up The Witches Are Coming. Lindy will lead the way."Hello Giggles
"As a girl, Lindy West obsessed about pop culture. As a critic and columnist, she analyzed it. Now she's creating it... In her wise, witty new collection of essays, The Witches Are Coming...West blasts the misogyny lurking in the media we love."
"Searingly smart... [with an] overarching tone of swashbuckling courage: West knows what she wants to say, and she really doesn't care what you think... a stirring manifesto for honesty... and an exhortation to give a damn."LA Times
"[A] hilarious, astute essay collection chock full of her signature wit and personal anecdotes."BUST Magazine
A cornucopia of shrewd cultural observations from New York Times columnist West (Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, 2016).
In 18 pointed essays, the author addresses a variety of topics, including frivolous internet sensation Grumpy Cat, South Park, Guy Fieri, and the global significance of abortion rights and gender equality. In West's opening tirade, she denounces Donald Trump's repetitive usage of the term "witch hunt" while scrutinizing his uncanny "ability to conjure reality out of hot air and spittle." This essay serves as the launching pad for further pieces exposing the sorry state of contemporary American politics and popular culture. Tough, irritated, and eager to speak her truth, the author expounds on the unifying aspects of visibility and activism to cultivate change, especially when countering the denigration of women. Her sharp wit and no-nonsense sense of humor also shine through her dissection of the work of Adam Sandler, Gwyneth Paltrow's diet plan (her avocado smoothie "could give diarrhea an existential crisis"), and how movies like Clue shaped her perspectives and appreciation for one-liners and physical comedy. West rarely minces words, especially regarding documentaries on the Ted Bundy murders and the Fyre Festival or when expressing her sheer appreciation for the legacy of Joan Rivers, and her writing is fluid and multifaceted. Though she often rages at social injustice, she also becomes solemnly poetic when discussing her fondness for the drizzly Pacific Northwest, where she was raised and still resides, a place where she can still feel her deceased father's presence "in the ridges and grooves of my city—we are close, superimposed, separated only by time, and what's that? This is the only religion I can relate to." Only occasionally are the smoothly written essays hijacked by intrusive asides—e.g., her experience inside a proselytizing Uber driver's car, a scene wedged into her reflections on climate change. Though uneven at times, the author drives home the critical issues of our time while taking time to tickle our funny bones.
Satirical, raw, and unapologetically real, West delivers the bittersweet truths on contemporary living.
The term witch hunt has become a popular rallying cry for many on the political right, most recently employed by those who stand accused of anything ranging from making insensitive jokes to committing sexual assault. It's a favorite expression of President Trump, reminds New York Times journalist West (Shrill) in this sharp, up-to-the-minute, witty collection of essays. Here, West reclaims the phrase, embracing it as a mantra in the ongoing fight against the misogyny, racism, transphobia, and xenophobia ever present in American culture. West's commentary often finds unexpected connections. For example, her examination of Grumpy Cat is a lens through which we can understand how Americans are "addicted to plausible deniability," and ready to embrace obvious lies to avoid reckoning with the original sins of our country's founding. Or her devastating critique of Joan Rivers, who pushed against certain forms of bias in the entertainment industry while ruthlessly enforcing others. VERDICT Covering everything from the 2016 election and #metoo to abortion rights and fat-positive body representation to the climate crisis, West's latest will have progressive readers, especially longtime followers of her work, nodding along, quoting passages to friends. Hand to fans of Rebecca Traister, Ijeoma Oluo, and Roxane Gay. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/19.]—Kiera Parrott, Library Journal & School Library Journal