Bad feminist : essays / Roxane Gay.
LJ Reviews 2014 March #2
Salon columnist, PANK coeditor, and Rumpus essays editor, with 9,600 followers on Twitter and 85,000 followers on Tumblr, Gay is a young cultural critic to watch. And she's just put herself on the map with a debut novel, An Untamed State, about a young Haitian woman examining her assumptions after a violent kidnapping. 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. With a 30,000-copy first printing and some intense publicity for a nonfiction paperback original.[Page 94]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
LJ Reviews 2014 September #1
In her first essay collection, American novelist Gay (An Untamed State) tries to define the place of feminism today, in a country where Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and reality TV shows like Flavor of Love still find purchase. Incisive, self-aware, risky, and often funny, the author's writing is reminiscent of Nora Ephron's 1975 collection of feminist essays, Crazy Salad. While Gay also examines gender and pop culture, she adds texture and nuance to this conversation by taking up race and privilege, topics that are too often glossed over in feminist literature. The daughter of Haitian parents and raised mostly in Omaha, NE, Gay possesses a distinct perspective and singular voice. While she criticizes how little women's roles have evolved since the women's movement, she does so not to diminish feminism but rather to point out the increasing need for it and the need to redefine it—especially for younger generations who have largely been left out of the conversation. VERDICT Gay moves us in a positive direction by foregoing bitter rants and proselytizing and modeling instead on honesty, openness, and self-reflection. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/14.]—Meagan Lacy, Guttman Community Coll., CUNY[Page 106]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
LJ Reviews 2014 November #1
Popular and prolific essayist and novelist Gay (An Untamed State) reflects on feminism, politics, and popular culture. (LJ 9/1/14)[Page 100]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2014 June #5
This trenchant collection assembles previously published essays and new work by cultural critic and novelist Gay (An Untamed State). Even though she loves pink, feels nostalgic about the Sweet Valley High series, and lets degrading rap lyrics blast from her car stereo, Gay is passionately committed to feminist issues, such as equal opportunity and pay and reproductive freedom. Writing about race, politics, gender, feminism, privilege, and popular media, she highlights how deeply misogyny is embedded in our culture, the careless language used to discuss sexual violence (seen in news reports of sexual assault), Hollywood's tokenistic treatment of race, the trivialization of literature written by women, and the many ways American society fails women and African-Americans. Gay bemoans that fact that role models like Bill Cosby and Don Lemon urge African-Americans to act like ideal citizens while glossing over institutional problems in the education, social welfare, and justice system that exacerbate racism and poverty. Although Gay is aware of her privilege as a middle-class Haitian-American, she doesn't refrain from advising inner-city students to have higher expectations. Whatever her topic, Gay's provocative essays stand out for their bravery, wit, and emotional honesty. Agent: Maria Massie, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. (Aug.)[Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC