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Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a best book of 2017. Her third book, Girlhood, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2021. Febos is the inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary and the recipient of the 2018 Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, and Anderson Cooper Live; has taught at conferences and colleges nationwide; and has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute, Ucross Foundation, and Ragdale. She is the recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is an associate professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program. Her essays have appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Paris Review, The Sun, The Believer, The Sewanee Review, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Vogue, The Guardian, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
10 books on the list
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Girlhood is a powerful and insightful set of stories that examines the narratives and societal expectations placed on women as they transition from girlhood to adulthood. Author Melissa Febos explores how these narratives shape the way women view themselves and provides a guide for transforming society's expectations. Through investigative reporting, memoir, and scholarship, Febos offers a philosophical treatise and anthem for women about the transitions into and away from girlhood. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to better understand the experiences of women.
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"Body Work" is a daring and psychologically insightful exploration of writing about intimate experiences. Melissa Febos has created a captivating guide to the writing life, drawing on her own experiences from addiction and recovery to becoming an acclaimed author and writing professor. Through this bold mix of memoir and master class, readers will find inspiration in Febos' candid exploration of subjectivity, privacy, and the power of divulgence. Empowering and honest, "Body Work" is a must-read for anyone hoping to see themselves in a story.
"Abandon Me" by Melissa Febos is a stunning memoir that explores the nature of identity and art through the lens of love and loss. Febos weaves together her experiences reconnecting with her birth father, her relationship with the sea captain who raised her, and a passionate long-distance love affair, exploring the themes of compulsion, self-erasure, and obsession. With visceral, erotic prose, Febos captures the intense bonds of connection and the fear and exhilaration of losing oneself in another. This memoir is a fearless exploration of the deep truths of the human experience.
Discover a rich exploration of women's anger in Burn It Down. This book features a diverse group of women writers who dive into topics like the #MeToo movement, political office representation, and more. Who gets to be angry and how do women express their anger? From personal stories to systemic issues, Burn It Down is an essential read for any woman who has felt the flames of rage but questioned if it was okay to express it.
Discover a leather-bound collection of the best literary material in McSweeney's #61. Get lost in new stories by Brandon Hobson and Salvador Plascencia, posthumously translated microfiction by Hebe Uhart, and letters from Maria Bamford and more. Complete with full-color comics by Jon McNaught and foil-stamped art by Sophy Hollington, this book is a luxurious addition to your bookshelf.
Escape to the Big Apple, where thirty brilliant writers share the magic and misery of living in New York City. From subway crushes to manic streets, their stories capture the allure of a city that allows you to be whoever you want to be. But when the magic wears thin, when friends leave and rents soar, they share a universal grief that comes with saying goodbye to the city that never sleeps.
Renowned writers, including Lauren Groff, Elizabeth Kolbert, Pam Houston, and Pico Iyer, among others, explore the idea of how brief interactions with strangers can leave a lasting impact. These intimate and insightful essays, all written in the second person as letters, cover themes like Gratitude, Wonder, and Farewell, and take readers on a journey across the globe, exploring human connection. Moving and unforgettable, 'LETTER TO A STRANGER' is a must-read for anyone who has been haunted by a person they met once and will remember forever.
This memoir tells the story of a college student turned professional dominatrix, revealing the dark and wild world that can come with unchecked risk-taking. Despite the self-destruction that ensues, the author never plays the victim, instead illuminating powerful truths about her journey out of a self-made hell. A poetic and nuanced exploration of a unique and taboo profession.
This collection of passionate essays by twenty-six bestselling authors will transport readers back to their teenage years and college dorms. Through heartbreak and hilarity, these soul-baring stories remind us to keep reaching for true love. From Duran Duran to a murderous pottery wheel, these intimate reflections are sure to fascinate and move any reader who remembers their first crush.
'KINK' is an anthology of literary fiction that explores the theme of desire, BDSM, love, and sexual kinks with a bold and imaginative vision. The collection includes works by renowned fiction writers and covers topics such as bondage, power-play, and submissive-dominant relationships. These stories take us to underground sex clubs, private estates, and even a Victorian-era sex theater. The true power of this anthology lies in its beautiful and moving portrayal of diverse interests and desires, presented by some of the most exciting writers of our time.