Author Helen Castor Talks Putting Joan of Arc Back Into Her Own World

Few historical figures are quite so famous as Joan of Arc, the teenage peasant girl who drove the English from Orleans and became a legend. What’s less widely known is the context that made her such a phenomenon—and that’s what Helen Castor tries to remedy with Joan of Arc: A History. » 7/01/15 4:40pm Wednesday 4:40pm

Karolina Waclawiak on Disappearing Trophy Wives and Courtney Stodden

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Karolina Waclawiak’s new novel, The Invaders, focuses in on an aging trophy wife in a Connecticut beachside community who begins spiraling out of control alongside her drug-addled stepson, Teddy. While Waclawiak’s Cheryl escaped her working class life only to end up in a stifling community of wealth, Teddy, born into… » 6/24/15 6:10pm 6/24/15 6:10pm

Here's the Exclusive First Look at Carrie Brownstein's Memoir Cover

Back in mid March, Riverhead Books announced the upcoming release of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, a memoir by Sleater-Kinney guitarist and one half of Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein. Today, Jezebel is thrilled to give you an exclusive first look at book’s evocative cover. » 6/18/15 9:20am 6/18/15 9:20am

Watch The Slits' Viv Albertine Talk Feminism in Early Punk Rock

Viv Albertine, the charismatic guitarist for seminal London punk band The Slits, dropped a memoir last year entitled Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. In it, she detailed her teenhood in London when punk was at its peak and the rise and decline of both that and The Slits. » 6/16/15 7:50pm 6/16/15 7:50pm

Yoko Ono on Peaches' Performances: She's the Future of Women Artists

The feminist musician and artist Peaches has just released a book entitled What Else Is In the Teaches of Peaches (Akashic), a collection of photographs chronicling her concerts and performances over the course of several years. What follows is Yoko Ono’s essay from the book, critiquing Peaches’ performance of Ono’s… » 6/09/15 4:10pm 6/09/15 4:10pm

Even in Adult Fiction, Judy Blume Never Strays Far From Adolescence

Because Judy Blume is most celebrated for her frank depictions of burgeoning sexuality, her new book, In the Unlikely Eventa novelized tale of the circumstances in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1951 and 1952, where three planes crashed in the span of two months—is being presented as an entirely different… » 6/05/15 2:39pm 6/05/15 2:39pm

Three YA Novelists Discuss Rape Culture in Teen Fiction: A Chat

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Kristin Halbrook and Courtney Summers are two gifted Young Adult novelists whose new books confront the realities of sexual assault. Because their previous books handled topics like abuse and bullying with insight and nuance, I trusted that neither author would be writing rape for shock value, instead exploring the… » 6/01/15 6:30pm 6/01/15 6:30pm

Jillian Lauren On Her New Book, Adoption & Touring With Weezer

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Perhaps Margaret Cho said it best when she called Jillian Lauren a “punk rock Scheherazade.” Lauren hit the literary scene in 2010 with the publication of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, her New York Times bestselling-memoir and, like the legendary Scheherazade, Lauren seems to save her own life by telling fascinating… » 5/20/15 3:10pm 5/20/15 3:10pm

A Conversation with Maggie Nelson About The Argonauts, Motherhood, Love

Maggie Nelson writes like no one else on the planet. Her work dives—headlong, yet gracefully—into the ugly, messy, or simply complicated; she treats our bodies’ instincts, whether fear, desire, or violence, with the same erudite analysis more often accorded to art and literature, the offspring of those instincts. She… » 5/18/15 1:45pm 5/18/15 1:45pm

How To Make Black Widow Truly Awesome, According To Richard K. Morgan

Black Widow’s rise to badassery arguably began in 2004, when Richard K. Morgan wrote a miniseries that revamped her backstory and gave her a much stronger inner life. And now that we’re all talking about Black Widow in the wake of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Morgan has some thoughts about how to achieve her full… » 5/08/15 3:26pm 5/08/15 3:26pm

These Are the Best Captions in Kim Kardashian's Book of Selfies

Selfish, Kim Kardashian-West’s book of selfies, was released Tuesday and I spent nearly half an hour flipping through each of its 445 pages. Though I had spent many months looking forward to the silly collection of photographs, I was delighted to find that Selfish had a surprise waiting up the sleeves of its dust… » 5/06/15 1:30pm 5/06/15 1:30pm

Top 10 Most Horribly Mistreated First Wives In Gothic Fiction

In Gothic fiction, it never pays to be the first wife. The things these women go through are awful, and are made worse by the fact they usually end up as the backdrop of someone else’s story. Here’s our ranking of the 10 Gothic first wives who suffered the most — and what you can learn from them. » 4/22/15 1:27pm 4/22/15 1:27pm