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The Witches Are Coming

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A brilliant and incisive look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered not just politics but American culture itself.

What do Adam Sandler, Donald Trump, and South Park have in common? Why are myths like "reverse sexism" and "political correctness" so seductive? And why do movie classics of yore, from Sixteen Candles to Revenge of the Nerds, make rape look lik
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Hachette Books
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Amir Talai
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing this because I like being first at stuff and Lindy is awesome.
Amy Imogene Reads
"Yes, we are witches, and we're hunting you."

What an impressive and readable collection of essays. Lindy West, the author of Shrill, has returned and she's ready to share some facts and clapbacks.

I have to be honest, these essays were at times hard to read--not necessarily due to the author, but due to the wounds that they reopened for me. Being a woman in today's world isn't easy, and we're still fighting to be heard. Being a woman in America...yeah, it's rough, especially given the current political le
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Bon
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Netgalley, for an advanced copy for review!

I have been reading a ton of feminist literature recently and they were starting to blend together, so I took this nice and slow.

This book was fantastic, taking a place for me among the recent feminist literary giants like Feminasty or Good and Mad of the past year or so. Surprisingly, I hadn’t heard of Lindy or her social media storm and other happenings of the past few years, so I went in unbiased, and I was glad for it.

Firstly, this bo
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Lauren
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, favorites
This was goddamn incredible - a fantastic, funny, insightful clapback of a book. I sometimes incorporate my favorite quotes from a work in a review, but if I did that with The Witches Are Coming, I'd be copying and pasting the whole book. This was my first read from Lindy West, and I was astounded at how much I love her writing. She discusses serious issues here, the most pressing and infuriating issues of our moment, but couches them in brilliant and funny entryways to make them accessible and inarguable to a ...more
Racheal
3.5 stars. I'm a bit conflicted on this one but I can't bring myself to rate it less than 4 stars because a) I love Lindy West and want her to succeed b) I enjoyed parts of this immensely - there were moments that made me think, moments that made me feel (I got teary-eyed over Guy Fieri for gods sakes). West writes in this way that is so chatty and fun and easy to read that I kept having these little fissures of shock every time I remembered that, oh yeah, she's also really fucken smart.

So why, t
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Mara
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars: It hadn't really occurred to me before reading this book, but Lindy West is a critic uniquely suited to reflecting on our current cultural and political moment. Long before the madness of the 2016 election cycle, she built a career on dealing with and reflecting on internet trolls, and in this collection, she does a wonderful job connecting that cycle of bad-faith arguments and impotent rage to pop culture and politics as we currently see them. This book was full of beautifully dist ...more
Elle Rudy
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
“This is a witch hunt. We’re witches, and we’re hunting you.”

God, I missed Lindy West. I mean, she didn’t go anywhere and I read Shrill only two months ago and I still haven’t seen the show and she’s written pieces for a dozen or so other media outlets, but I still miiiiiiissed her!

While Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman was a lot of West’s own personal life, growth and realizations, The Witches Are Coming examines societal shifts more holistically and offers a ruthlessly necessary cultural critiqu
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Kelly
It's weird to know you're going to recommend this book, even when you have reservations about it. Perhaps I've never really connected with West the way others have -- Shrill wasn't my favorite -- and perhaps I'm spoiled by having read and loved Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion which was far more challenging to me as a reader, feminist, and white woman in middle America.

Sure, this digs into today's political climate, but it does so in a way that explores entertainment that today's adults grew up wi
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Misha
This book was just what I needed. Smart, funny, insightful, unflinching. I appreciate West's moral interrogation of pop culture, toxic masculinity, sexism, racism, and America's historical (and current) amnesia.

"When faced with a choice between an incriminating truth or a flattering lie, America's ruling class has been choosing the lie for four hundred years.
White Americans hunger for plausible deniability and swaddle themselves in it and always have--for the sublime relief of
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Jillian
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve enjoyed Lindy West’s writing since I used to read Jezebel regularly and I liked Shrill.

This book of essays was pretty good, and had some funny parts. Some of the essays seemed repetitive and I don’t feel like I really heard anything new. The essay on the Adam Sandler movies cracked me up.

This was a quick and entertaining read and I look forward to anything else Lindy West writes.
Kelly Hager
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book feels incredibly timely. It could've been literally written last week, what with Lindy West mentioning the limitations of kindness as a political device and Greta Thunberg. (Is she a literal witch or has she just been paying better attention than the rest of us? Is it both? They're probably not mutually exclusive.)

I laughed out loud multiple times and I also sighed more than once. I highlighted parts of my egalley and shared them on my Facebook* and shared some via text to
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Liadan
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book both made me laugh at loud, and made me furiously angry. Not at Lindy West, though - at the people and institutions she calls out in this book. If you didn't pick up Shrill or aren't familiar with her essays, let me tell you that West is a brilliant writer. The kind that can galvanize you for a cause and make you laugh until you cry within the same five pages. I was incredibly excited to see that I'd won an advance copy of this book, and I was not at all disappointed. An excellent read ...more
Karlee
Oct 29, 2019 added it
Lindy West is incisive, funny and as much of a power house as ever in her new essay collection. While I did leave the book feeling a lot of existential dread, she also works in the ways we can feel hopeful: we can stop ignoring systemic problems, call out people and oppression as we see them and work together to make tomorrow better.
Elizabeth
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God, Lindy doesn’t fuck around. Absolutely riveting read, deep honesty, and a TON of smart connections, themes, precedents that I hadn’t connected in this way before... all those little things that you know some part of yourself deep down inside has been struggling to put together and put the right words to, and Lindy’s done it. Possibly, probably the best book I’ve read all year, and I guarantee I’m going to be reading it again, soon.
Elizabeth Mellen
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Shrill, so when I saw this was coming, I knew I had to read it. I love Lindy’s voice, her humor makes some of these upsetting topics easier to read about, and she’s accessible, nothing overly complicated or hard to follow. Reading this got me more excited to watch her show, and I’d definitely pick up anything by her in the future.
Morgan Schulman
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reader-s-copy
I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review

This is the freshest feminist pop-culture book I’ve read in a long thing- The genre basically died out into thousand and eight due to being overworked to death, but West’s book fills in a lot of the gap’s in a very considerate way that is also very entertaining. I’ve been reading 3rd/4th Wave feminist books for the past 25 years and I don’t see much that I haven’t read before, but this one was special and I recommend it to bot
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Jamie Canaves
Lindy West at her best–including her essay “Ted Bundy Was Not Charming–Are You High?”–and everything I needed to read, hear, digest, and think about right now.

--from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a820...
Kinsey
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
"You can hate someone and love them at the same time. Maybe that's a natural side effect of searching for heroes in a world not built for you."

Raw and confessional and irreverently funny, The Witches Are Coming is a tour de force that takes everything happening in our current cultural climate and holds it up to the light. As with any collection of essays there are stronger and weaker topics, but Lindy West manages to show how everything is connected in unexpected ways (such as her essay abou
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Dana
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
LINDY YES.
I highlighted like most of this book. 🙌
Angela
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Of course the kids of Trump supporters think that Priuses - which, by the way, are still mass transit-killing, fossil fuel-burning luxury items manufactured by the automotive industry, so, yes, extremely granola - are effeminate and embarrassing, virtue signaling for cucks, because waste is manly and destruction is manly and real manly men drive trucks guns bang bang toot toot truck deer beer mud truck vroom black smoke logging antlers tits fire and blood."

3.5 stars rounding up. Lindy is just
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Meghan
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think this book will have a strong following, it just wasn't for me. I found a lot of the arguments to be very commonly agreed upon in most feminist academia or writings these days, so people who have followed those conversations won't find much new ground here. West is rather far to the left in her personal leanings, which is completely fine, but that means it wouldn't likely reach an audience that hadn't come across these ideas yet either. Basically, it felt like a well written book that's p ...more
Peter Z.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Author infected with acute TDS. Book follows.
Meghan
This is a witch hunt. We are witches, and we’re hunting you.

I was beyond fortune to read an early copy of this book. Thank you Hachette Books and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Let’s get political and angry now.

Rants, Raves, and Reviews
Essay collections, especially political ones, bring so much emotion up for me. I don’t choose to read them often, as I’ve been privileged in my life to be able to ignore politics. I am trying not to these days, but thanks
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Ari
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I want to quickly mention that what follows is my own personal conspiracy theory and I don't know shit. But also, unrelatedly, I am very smart."
If Lindy West hadn't captured my attention with Shrill or in the first chapter of The Witches Are Coming, she had me firmly by the ear with that statement (which will likely become my opening statement for EVERY future conversation in which I have opinions).
Leaning into the theme -- I was straight cackling within the first three pages of this boo
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Tzipora
This is a very uneven book and while it may have been intentional, some lighter stuff to pull us in and work up to the deeper, important pieces near the end, it definitely didn't work that way for me. It's not even the subject matter as much as the at times overly dramatic way Lindy writes. Where she really shines is the later essays on abortion, climate change, race, female anger, etc. There's no need to try so hard to be quirky or state things in that slightly overdone way that I found somewha ...more
Laura
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is incendiary. I liked Shrill a lot, but this one took that up about ten notches. West is a brilliant essayist--she is sharp, smart, funny, and perhaps most notably, deeply caring. She makes jokes, but this is a serious and earnest collection of essays about the disastrous state of the US (and the world). Every one of these essays is a small, glittering, angry, inspiring gem.

I am not a pop culture person, I've never been on Twitter, and I had never heard of any of the famou
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Jordan
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, netgalley
4 Stars

The Witches Are Coming is a collection of new and old works by Lindy West. Each chapter is organized around a central concept such as Joan Crawford and West’s view of her as a female entertainer in male-dominated Hollywood. The chapters range in terms of quality and logic. It is not necessary to read West’s previous writings to understand this collection.

While not flawless, TWAC should appeal to its target audience of the older Milennial liberal feminist. West includes many
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Sarah Wingo
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Go pre-order this book. It comes out November 5th, I got an advance digital copy through NetGalley.

This book feels like catharsis, just a tiny bit of fist pumping “f@&$ yes!” In the sea of misery that is the current state of the world.


I couldn’t stop screen shoting this book, I kept highlighting, and silently fist pumping in my head. And it’s not just that Lindy West is preaching to the choir that is me, because okay sure she is, but she’s doing it with wit and humor and c
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Deedi (DeediReads) Brown
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it, net-galley
All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/reads/.

Thank you to NetGalley and Hachette Books for the advanced reading copy of this book! It will be published on November 5th.

The Witches Are Coming is straight-up feminist / liberal candy. She’s not going to change anybody’s minds with this book — she’s definitely going to be preaching to the choir — but members of that choir are going to eat. it. up. (As did I.)

The book is made up of essays that offer commentary on today’s political and social climates/>The
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Tess
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thrilling roller coaster of an essay collection, Lindy West's newest THE WITCHES ARE COMING is a must-read. It's certainly not an easy read though, as your blood pressure will probably rise and you will want to take to the streets. West nails truths about feminism, the Trump administration, the crazy times we're living in, and coming to terms with pop culture we know and love. There is a lot packed in, but once you strap in, it will be hard to put it down.

My only question is - who is this col
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Lindy West is a columnist at The Guardian, a contributor to This American Life, and a freelance writer whose work focuses on feminism, social justice, humor, and body image. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vulture, Jezebel, The Stranger, and others. She is the founder of I Believe You, It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens, as well as the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion.
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