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How well do you really know your friends? Rachel DeLoache Williams discovered the hard way that her friend “Anna Delvey” was not, in fact, a European socialite and heiress, but a grifter named Anna Sorokin. Things came to a head when Anna took Rachel on a glamorous trip to Morocco where they stayed in a $7000-a-night hotel until Anna’s credit card was declined. Before they could leave the country, Rachel had to put the bill on her card—but back in the States, suddenly Anna wasn’t returning her calls…
Liz Astrof’s collection of essays on being a working mom is blunt and hilarious, as you might expect from an award-winning TV writer on shows like The King of Queens and Two Broke Girls…but you’ll be surprised by how moving and insightful Astrof can be about her own difficult childhood and how she reckons with that history while struggling to be a better parent herself. (Oh, and there’s an amazing story about the time she thought Home Improvement star Tim Allen wanted to murder her.)
Heather Armstrong went from internet celebrity (for her site dooce.com) to “queen of the mommybloggers” to a veritable cottage industry—all while struggling with depression, a struggle that became truly life-or-death when one episode led her to contemplate ending it all. Instead, she sought a radical new treatment: allowing doctors to induce clinical brain-death in an attempt to “reboot” her brain chemistry. She “died” ten times over the course of a month—and hasn’t experienced a moment of suicidal depression since. Her memoir is as shocking as it is powerful, perfect for fans of real-life medical stories like BRAIN ON FIRE.
This isn’t a cutesy little spellbook, or a paranormal novel—this is Bad Feminist for Wiccans, and anybody else who’s fascinated by the intersection of witches and womanhood. Pam Grossman is the creator and host of the popular WitchWave podcast, and presents here a thoughtful exploration of the witch throughout history, unpacking how this ancient trope can be one of female empowerment. She also explores many examples of the witch figure in pop culture, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Riverdale and beyond, that will have you updating your Netflix queue immediately.