POP REVIEW #1: BAD FEMINIST

Welcome to our first ever POP REVIEW!  

POP REVIEWS are book reviews in 100 words or less.  The goal is to create a lasting impression that will help you decide whether or not you want to dive in to any given particular book using extremely selective language.  Because important details must be discarded for the sake of brevity, each POP REVIEW will also come with a summarial ranking and an addendum of important details I would have mentioned in the review if not for the strictly-held word-count limit. 

This will all make sense soon!

And so, without further ado...

POP REVIEW #1: BAD FEMINIST, by ROXANNE GAY

This collection of essays discusses topics ranging from Fat Camp to Chris Brown; pervasive Prince Charming mythology to the devastation of gang rape.  Gay had me laughing and glowing one moment and then, in an instant, positively haunted, heartbroken.  She writes brilliantly, honestly, and sometimes scathingly about the demands we hold ourselves accountable to, the (racial/gendered/cultural/political) lens through which we experience the world, what pop culture can do for us even at its most tasteless.  Gay ultimately explains why she considers herself a Bad Feminist, and her arguments resonated with me. I too, am a Bad Feminist.

Addendum, or: What You Should Know Also: How truly funny this book could be; and how equally enraging these stories could be. How hard it was to read just before bed, how much I learned, how connected I felt with somebody else, how badly I want to be Roxanne Gay’s friend.  That the essays range from discussing problematic feminism to race relations and race identity culture and class wars. That Hunger Games, Sweet Valley High, Wendy Davis, sexual violence, the Boston bombers, Trayvon Martin, Lena Dunham, Junot Diaz, trigger warnings, Django Unchained. Tyler Perry, Miss America, Blurred Lines, Yeezus, Fifty Shades of Grey, academia, and so much more are discussed, analyzed, put in context.  And that there is truly so much more. 

Bookspace Rating: Five Stars and a delicious glass of wine.

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Happy New Year! A little late.

The blog has been a little quiet, I admit.  It has worn this winter weather in silent, frigid dignity while Bookspace Detroit has grown leaps and bounds over the last few weeks.  It is still early to say but I am so excited about everything to come for the bookstore, that I hope in the next few weeks we'll be shouting it from the rooftops.

In the meantime, my New Year's Resolution is to update with far more frequency on the blog, our facebook page, and our instagram.  We'll have weekly Pop Book Reviews (that is, reviews in 100 words or less), suggestions for Books-as-Gifts (the best of all gifts), pictures of books, pictures of words, the works.  

In the meantime, thanks for your patience and understanding.  Here's what's coming up on the blog in the next few days:

  • Pop Reviews of Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, the Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, and more...
  • Notes on bookstore design and visions for the future
  • More pictures.
  • And this:  everyone get a hold of this book, because in a few months we won't be able to talk about anything else::