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The Witches Are Coming

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,136 ratings  ·  266 reviews
A brilliant and incisive look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered not just politics but American culture itself.<br /><br />What do Adam Sandler, Donald Trump, and <i>South Park</i> have in common? Why are myths like "reverse sexism" and "political correctness" so seductive? And why do movie classics of yore, from <i>Sixteen Candles</i> to <i>Revenge of the Nerds</i>, make rape look ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Hachette Books
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Christine (Queen of Books) I would defer to the publisher's website, which lists a publication date of November 5th, 2019 (as of today - Aug. 5).

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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
<b> <i>"Yes, we are witches, and we're hunting you."</i></b><br /><br />What an impressive and readable collection of essays. Lindy West, the author of <i>Shrill</i>, has returned and she's ready to share some facts and clapbacks. <br /><br />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 ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
<b> Thank you, Netgalley, for an advanced copy for review! </b><br /><br />I have been reading a ton of feminist literature recently and they were starting to blend together, so I took this nice and slow. <br /><br />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 hadnt 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. <br /><br />Firstly, this book ...more
3.5 stars. I'ma bit conflicted on this onebutI 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). Westwrites in this way that is <b>so chatty and fun and easy to read</b> that I kept having these little fissures of shock every time I remembered that, oh yeah, she's <b>also <i>really fucken smart.</i></b><br /><br />So why, then, ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2019
This was goddamn incredible - a fantastic, funny, insightful <b>clapback</b> of a book. I sometimes incorporate my favorite quotes from a work in a review, but if I did that with <i>The Witches Are Coming</i>, 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 ...more
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 distilled ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I havent watched the tv show Shrill but I remember reading a little of the book, but I never finished it because it was a time when I used to abandon books midway a lot. But I also remember that I found it very interesting and powerful. So when I saw this book on my list for November, I knew I had to pick it up immediately and Im so glad I didnt put it off. <br /><br />As I always like to do, I listened and read this book simultaneously and while its a very wonderful book to read, the authors narration ...more
Laura • lauralovestoread
3.75 stars!! This is a witch hunt. Were witches and were hunting you.<br /><br />I am hitting the Nonfiction November stride! I really hadnt read much by Lindy West before, but her larger than life personality came across so vividly in these essays, and she covered so much. <br /><br />From thoughts on South Park and Adam Sandler, jalapeo bagels with cream cheese and cayenne (which sound amazing by the way..) to deeper issues with the #metoo movement, climate change, President Donald Trump, and abortion. <br /><br />I gained insight ...more
Elle Rudy
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
<i>This is a witch hunt. Were witches, and were hunting you.</i><br /><br />God, I missed Lindy West. I mean, she didnt go anywhere and I read <i>Shrill</i> only two months ago and I still havent seen the show and shes written pieces for a dozen or so other media outlets, but I still miiiiiiissed her!<br /><br />While <a href="" title="Shrill Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West" rel="nofollow">Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman</a> was a lot of Wests own personal life, growth and realizations, <i>The Witches Are Coming</i> examines societal shifts more holistically and offers a ruthlessly necessary cultural critique. If her ...more
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 <a href="" title="Trick Mirror Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino" rel="nofollow">Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion</a> which was far more challenging to me as a reader, feminist, and white woman in middle America. <br /><br />Sure, this digs into today's political climate, but it does so in a way that explores entertainment that today's adults ...more
Robin Bonne
Lindy West puts my complex feelings about the current political climate into words.
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 preaching ...more
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.<br /><br />"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.<br />White Americans hunger for plausible deniability and swaddle themselves in it and always have--for the sublime relief of deferred responsibility, ...more
Beau North
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Going to take me a few days to process my thoughts and review this one but for now Ill say 5+ stars ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I basically counted down the days until this book came out and I inhaled it in one day. Lindy West is one of my favorite writers because shes fearless and hilarious. This one didnt disappoint. ...more
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
Peter Z.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Author infected with acute TDS. Book follows.
i love lindy west !!!! <br /><br />rtc
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. <br /><br />Ive enjoyed Lindy Wests writing since I used to read Jezebel regularly and I liked Shrill. <br /><br />This book of essays was pretty good, and had some funny parts. Some of the essays seemed repetitive and I dont feel like I really heard anything new. The essay on the Adam Sandler movies cracked me up. <br /><br />This was a quick and entertaining read and I look forward to anything else Lindy West writes. ...more
Michelle M
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn. Lindy West's rage in this is delicious.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am in tears. This book was hilarious and heartfelt and intelligent and infuriating. One of the best ones I've read this year.
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.)<br /><br />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 some of my favorite ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019-nonfiction
In her second essay collection, West scorches Trump, Adam Sandler, South Park, internet trolls and more.<br /><br />Scratch that: to call this an essay collection is an insult to Ellen Willis. I have not read Shrill (though I was charmed by the Hulu series), but it must have been better than this. West's writing is facile and undisciplined. Even in the strongest piece, a takedown of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, she can't help but misrepresent the men's views. She is clueless about pop culture, believing that, ...more
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Lindy West: writer, activist, national treasure.<br /><br />I can't really express how much amazing is in this book. West's blistering, laugh-out-loud wit and pointed sarcasm make this an incredibly fun book to read, but more importantly, they serve to highlight why the things she's writing about are so important for us to not just whisper about politely but instead scream about from rooftops.<br /><br />Right from the get-go, West is taking back what this sad era of politics is trying to use against women (and humanity ...more
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.<br /><br />I am not a pop culture person, I've never been on Twitter, and I had never heard of any of the famous internet cats ...more
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.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God, Lindy doesnt fuck around. Absolutely riveting read, deep honesty, and a TON of smart connections, themes, precedents that I hadnt 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 Lindys done it. Possibly, probably the best book Ive read all year, and I guarantee Im going to be reading it again, soon. ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smart, sassy and outspoken. Lindy West has a unique voice that she isnt afraid to use. Putting to words what so many feel but cant always express, West does a great job of calling so many out, advocating for change, and making sure we all keep important conversations going.<br /><br />I think this book is best read over time, allowing for each essay to sink in and (hopefully) for you to discuss them. Because this definitely isnt a book to just read and walk away from. Its a vehicle for discussion.<br /><br />I received ...more
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 Lindys voice, her humor makes some of these upsetting topics easier to read about, and shes accessible, nothing overly complicated or hard to follow. Reading this got me more excited to watch her show, and Id definitely pick up anything by her in the future. ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Five stars for the passion and wit. I am loathe to disagree with any of her views or say anything negative lest I fall on the blade of that sharp tongue. For the most part I have only kudos for Lindy West's virtuoso performance (she also narrates her book) even if I have a few caveats of my own.
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Lindy West is a columnist at <i>The Guardian</i>, a contributor to <i>This American Life</i>, and a freelance writer whose work focuses on feminism, social justice, humor, and body image. Her work has appeared in <i>the New York Times</i>, <i>Cosmopolitan</i>, <i>GQ</i>, <i>Vulture</i>, <i>Jezebel</i>, <i>The Stranger</i>, and others. She is the founder of <i>I Believe You, It's Not Your Fault</i>, an advice blog for teens, as well as the reproductive rights ...more
“I think we can all agree that this fully checks out and that indeed it is men who are the true victims of witch hunts. Which they invented. To kill women.” 2 likes
“Sexism is a male invention. White supremacy is a white invention. Transphobia is a cisgender invention. So far, men have treated #MeToo like a bumbling dad in a detergent commercial: well intentioned but floundering, as though they are not the experts. You are the experts.” 1 likes
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