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The Witches Are Coming

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  18,857 ratings  ·  2,648 reviews
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
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Hachette Books
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Emily May
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism, nonfiction, 2020
3 1/2 stars. I did enjoy this one quite a bit. Lindy West is such a funny, insightful person and I literally laughed out loud a good few times while reading this. And, to be honest, it doesn't hurt that I agree with 90% of what she says.

But maybe that's a bit of the problem? I felt like this book didn't really say anything new, break any new ground. It's a book that preaches directly to the choir of liberal readers like myself who nod along to the same ideas we've been reading and listening to
Mario the lone bookwolf
It seems as if nothing has been learned out of the sad period of inquisition and burning witches, because just not talking about problems such as sexual abuse, fat shaming, rape culture, abortion, gender pay gap, sexism in media, etc, and doing as if they didn´t exist anymore in White Educated Industrialized Rich Democratic, or bigoted, hypocritical, etc. countries, is worsening the problem through downplaying and ignorance.

West owns the ridiculous democratic, educational, media, heck, all syste
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I agree with much of what Lindy West says in her new book, but I can't shake the feeling I had when I read her first book. That feeling is of confusion - why aren't I liking this book better when I agree with a lot of what is being said? In no way am I trying to be judgmental or say the tone of this book is wrong - it's just not my particular style.

There were some essays I liked more than others (I also share being mystified by Adam Sandler's popularity), I laughed out loud during the Goop one
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. These essays have receipts.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't want to start on a bad note, but I didn't love this book. I felt it preached to the people who pretty much already 100% agree with the author and though I agree with her on many points, I also found some of them a little problematic and likely alienating to those who are slightly less fervent than the author about certain issues. Of course an author knows her audience and there's nothing wrong with that, but I had expected something a little different here, which may well be my own fault ...more
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,
Amir Talai
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s absolutely wonderful, as is all of lindys writing. Thought provoking and funny. I devoured it.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
I deliberately chose The Witches Are Coming from the library's new release shelf because on occasion I like to step outside my comfort zone and read something that differs from my beliefs or opinions - in this case, subject matter involving some fairly extreme left-wing politics. This is one of those times that it did not fare so well. (Or, to paraphrase the elderly knight at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - "He chose . . . poorly." LOL) Author West certainly has some talent when ...more
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 ...more
Julie Ehlers
Given the way the last couple years have gone, I expected The Witches Are Coming to be about all of the elements of Trump's America that are relevant to Lindy West's interests: reproductive rights, pussy grabbing, Brett Kavanaugh. And certainly the book is about those things, but it also deals with some unexpected topics: South Park, Joan Rivers, West's husband's audiophile gear swap & sell group on Facebook. West always has a larger point to make, of course, and it's always a good and relevant ...more
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
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
“[The accusation of witch hunt] has the power to transform pretty much any credible accusation against a man into an unfair — nay unconstitutional — and unfounded smear campaign.” Doesn’t that ring a bell as we approach the first day of the Trump impeachment hearings? I had never heard of this author, but after reading the blurb and the introduction I was expecting something more serious than this book delivered. I learned after the fact that the author was responsible for a comedy TV series and ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Thank you, and Hachette Audio, for the gifted audiobook.

Lindy West narrates this herself, and listening to her is an experience. More thoughts to come.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“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 critiq
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
Skyler Autumn
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: surprise
5 Stars

The Witches Are Coming is hilarious and clever array of essays covering topics from Adam Sandler movies to Gwyneth Paltrow's Goopiness to the adversity that comes with having a larger body type. Lindy West covers it all in quick succession but with talking points that will stick with you and make you want to accost strangers into reading this book so you can just discuss it with somebody... anybody!

The Witches are Coming is play on the slogan that seems to be the favourite defence of so
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

4.5 stars

Perhaps I was in the exact right mood for this collection on the eve of the new year and the new decade. I found it to be just as compelling and well-written as Shrill. West has a knack for distilling complicated ideas and truths into pieces and parcels that are funny and easily understandable. This was just extremely for me, all of the through lines that connect media and internet trolls and pop-culture and activism and where we failed and where we have hope and the current presidency
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
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
i'm speechless. this is one of the best non-fiction books i've ever read. i was able to connect to each essay, and because i listened to the audiobook which is narrated by the author herself, i could hear the emotions in her voice. i could hear her anger, her passion, i could hear how much she cares about everything she's telling us. the essay on global warming especially absolutely broke my heart, because it's so obvious how scared she is and it echoed my own fears.
know that when i say we need
Apr 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: one-star, audio
My love for Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman cannot be understated. It was a memoir that was authentic, smart, and funny. When I started that book, I had no idea who Lindy West was; when I finished that book, it landed on my favorites shelf and I told everybody to listen to it. It was like the second coming of Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. Then this book happened and *crickets* from over here.

Lindy, you know I love you but seriously? How can you be SO intolerant
Nov 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm quitting this book, something I rarely do. I can't even bring myself to hate-read the rest of the way. I tried the intro and six essays. It's awful. She laid out such an interesting premise in her intro (and in the book title) and then immediately lost it in favor of fake-woke criticisms of everything and everyone but herself. Is there a guilty pleasure you enjoy? She probably shat on it in one of these essays! And she's not even funny! No more West for me. ...more
Diane S ☔
Dnf at page 125. I'll just say this is not the book for me. ...more
Parts of this were some of my favorite things she's written, but overall I did like Shrill better, and that's mostly in terms of pure personal enjoyment. This is definitely worth checking out, and her audiobook skills are still great. ...more
Lindy West is a wonder. Insightful, searing, funny, observant, wise. I find her to be a passionate advocate for change in American society and culture. In "The Witches are Coming", she touches on many of the things that I care about which of course makes her very compelling to me. She touches on Americas need to believe in lies and fantasies and that the desire to maintain some sort of fantasy is the root cause of a lot of what's wrong in America and why we can't fix it. West is a loud, articula ...more
I read Lindy West's book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman earlier this year and absolutely loved it. I said then, tentatively, that she may be my spirit animal. I say it now confidently - Lindy West IS my spirit animal. I wish that I had half of her intelligence, articulation, and bravery. I read her words, and it's like she's speaking from inside my own head, only smarter, funnier, and with better insight.

Her previous book was political, in a 'this is how the world being the way it is has affec
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 adul
Woman Reading
3.5 Stars

Prior to picking up this title for a buddy read, I knew nothing about Lindy West. From the GR summary, I thought that West was a comedian, but she’s a great deal more than that.

In The Witches Are Coming, she tackles American culture and how it’s been structured by white males for the benefit of white males. West speaks out on behalf of not only women but for all those other ethnicities and races who didn’t get the mantle of power and status as their immediate birthright because they wer
I haven’t 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 I’m so glad I didn’t put it off.

As I always like to do, I listened and read this book simultaneously and while it’s a very wonderful book to read, the author’s
Laura • lauralovestoread
3.75 stars!! “This is a witch hunt. We’re witches and we’re hunting you.”

I am hitting the Nonfiction November stride! I really hadn’t read much by Lindy West before, but her larger than life personality came across so vividly in these essays, and she covered so much.

From thoughts on South Park and Adam Sandler, jalapeño 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.

I gained
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very funny book and I agreed with basically everything in it. I really respect the way the author isn't afraid to share her truth or call society out on their short comings. She is not afraid to tackle the controversial topics head on and she does it so hilariously. This book is very current and readable, I flew through it.

I obviously don't know the author personally but it did seem that she tended to see every single thing in life as very black and white; there is the right way/decision and th
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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 ...more

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