Not That Bad

Not That Bad

In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, and Bob Shacochis. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying “something in totality that we cannot say alone.” Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.

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This is a devastating book, heartbreaking in how familiar and relatable each story is—yet there’s power and solidarity in it, too.
 
  • Shondaland
 
The lauded social critic and provocateur curates a diverse and unvarnished collection of personal essays reckoning with the experiences and systemic dysfunction that produced #MeToo.
 
  • O: The Oprah Magazine
 
Timely. . . . It is a critical work that makes this much clear: The violations #MeToo rages against can and do damage people for a lifetime.
 
  • The Globe and Mail
 
One of 21 Books We’re Most Excited to Read in 2018
  • Elle
 
Not That Bad is essential reading.
  • Refinery29
 
If you’re looking for an inspiring read this Summer, this new collection will have you feeling powerful and highly informed.
 
One of the 10 of the Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018
  • Vogue
 
It’s hard to imagine a more fitting editor for a collection like this… everyone should read it.
 
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