The Witches Are Coming (Hachette Books)

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In this wickedly funny cultural critique, the author of the critically acclaimed memoir and Hulu series Shrill exposes misogyny in the #MeToo era.


From the moment powerful men started falling to the #MeToo movement, the lamentations began: this is feminism gone too far, this is injustice, this is a witch hunt. In The Witches Are Coming, firebrand author of the New York Times bestselling memoir and now critically acclaimed Hulu TV series Shrill, Lindy West, turns that refrain on its head. You think this is a witch hunt? Fine. You've got one.

In a laugh-out-loud, incisive cultural critique, West extolls the world-changing magic of truth, urging readers to reckon with dark lies in the heart of the American mythos, and unpacking the complicated, and sometimes tragic, politics of not being a white man in the twenty-first century. She tracks the misogyny and propaganda hidden (or not so hidden) in the media she and her peers devoured growing up, a buffet of distortions, delusions, prejudice, and outright bullsh*t that has allowed white male mediocrity to maintain a death grip on American culture and politics-and that delivered us to this precarious, disorienting moment in history.

West writes, "We were just a hair's breadth from electing America's first female president to succeed America's first black president. We weren't done, but we were doing it. And then, true to form-like the Balrog's whip catching Gandalf by his little gray bootie, like the husband in a Lifetime movie hissing, 'If I can't have you, no one can'-white American voters shoved an incompetent, racist con man into the White House."

We cannot understand how we got here-how the land of the free became Trump's America-without examining the chasm between who we are and who we think we are, without fact-checking the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and each other. The truth can transform us; there is witchcraft in it. Lindy West turns on the light.


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Praise for The Witches Are Coming:

Esquire, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019"
Library Journal, "Editors' Fall Picks for 2019"
Bustle, "10 New #MeToo Movement Books To Read in Fall 2019"
TIME, "Most anticipated books for Fall 2019"
USA TODAY, "Best Books Coming Out in Fall 2019"
Houston Chronicle, "Books... we can't wait to read this fall 2019"
Bustle, "15 New Books Under 300 Pages That Will Help You Smash Your Reading Goal Before the End of the Year!"
Bookriot, "50 Of The Best Books to Read This Fall"

"Equal parts hilarious and sobering, West's words will help fellow witches articulate why they are so fired up (YES!)."-- Booklist

"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 biting and profoundly funny social and political critique of rape culture, toxic masculinity, and misogyny."--Library Journal

"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

"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

"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

Lindy West is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of Shrill, a memoir, which is being adapted into a Hulu series starring Aidy Bryant. Her essays on feminism, social justice, body image and popular culture have been featured in Jezebel, CosmopolitanGQ, and on This American Life. From 2014 to 2017 she wrote a weekly political column for The Guardian. She  is also the founder of I Believe You/It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teenagers, as well as the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion. She lives in Seattle.

Event date: 
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
4814 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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ISBN: 9780316449885
Published: Hachette Books - November 5th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780316348461
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2017