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The Fragile Earth

The Writer's Library

White Hot Light

by Frank Huyler & Gary Bennett HarperAudio (August 25, 2020)

Another "pitch-perfect book of short essays" (New York Times Book Review) from the acclaimed author of Blood of Strangers, this one exploring the contemporary practice of medicine from the perspective of a doctor...


Appalachian Fall

My Life as a Villainess

by Laura Lippman HarperAudio (August 04, 2020)

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman, a journalist for many years, collects here her recent essays exploring motherhood as an older mom, her life as a reader, her relationships with her parents,...


Unspeakable Acts

by Sarah Weinman, Gabra Zackman & Graham Halstead HarperAudio (July 28, 2020)

A brilliant anthology of modern true-crime writing that illustrates the appeal of this powerful and popular genre, edited and curated by Sarah Weinman, the award-winning author of The Real Lolita

The appeal of...


Mother to Son

by Jasmine L. Holmes, Robin Eller & Jackie Hill Perry Blackstone Publishing (June 23, 2020)

"Wynn is my son. No little boy could be more loved by his parents. Inquisitive, fiercely affectionate, staunchly opinionated, he sees the world through eyes of wonder and has yet to become jaded by society's...


Love in the Blitz

by Eileen Alexander, Oswyn Murray, Stephanie Racine & Sian Clifford HarperAudio (May 26, 2020)

On July 17th 1939, Eileen Alexander, a bright young woman recently graduated from Girton College, Cambridge, begins a brilliant correspondence with fellow Cambridge student Gershon Ellenbogen that lasts five...


Weird but Normal

by Mia Mercado HarperAudio (May 19, 2020)

Birth control. Body hair removal cream. Boobs. It's all weird, but also pretty normal.

Navigating racial identity, gender roles, workplace dynamics, and beauty standards, Mia Mercado's hilarious essay collection...


The Boatman and Other Stories

by Billy O'Callaghan, Gary Furlong & Jan Cramer HarperAudio (April 28, 2020)

"I know of no writer on either side of the Atlantic who is better at exploring the human spirit under assault than Billy O'Callaghan."--Robert Olen Butler

The prizewinning Irish short-story writer and author...


Madame Clairevoyant's Guide to the Stars

by Claire Comstock-Gay & Lori Prince HarperAudio (April 21, 2020)

A soulful exploration of the twelve astrological signs embodied by our living "stars"--from divas to philosophers, poets to punks--and the ways they can help us better understand ourselves and each other, from...


Sensuous Knowledge

by Minna Salami & Robin Miles HarperAudio (March 31, 2020)

The creator of the internationally popular, multiple award-winning blog MsAfropolitan applies an Africa-centered feminist sensibility to issues of racism and sexism, challenging our illusions about oppression...


One Hundred Daffodils

by Rebecca Winn Grand Central Publishing (March 24, 2020)

With the observational eye of a John Muir-like naturalist and a keenly insightful take on nature's ability to heal, One Hundred Daffodils is a contemporary-yet-timeless story of a woman's search for meaning,...


Had I Known

by Barbara Ehrenreich & Suzanne Toren 12/Twelve (March 24, 2020)

A new selection of the most provocative, incendiary, and career-making pieces by bestselling author, essayist, political activist, and "veteran muckraker" (The New Yorker) Barbara Ehrenreich.

A self-proclaimed...


Pretty Bitches

by Lizzie Skurnick, Carolyne Leys, Andrea Lopez & Shana Small et al. Seal Press (March 03, 2020)

These empowering essays from leading women writers examine the power of the gendered language that is used to diminish women -- and imagine a more liberated world.

Words matter. They wound, they inflate, they...


Bluets

by Maggie Nelson Blackstone Publishing (January 28, 2020)


Colonize This!

by Kristyl Dawn Tift, Staci Mitchell, Ariana Delawari & Sharmila Devar et al. Seal Press (January 28, 2020)

Newly revised and updated, this landmark anthology offers gripping portraits of American life as seen through the eyes of young women of color

It has been decades since women of color first turned feminism upside...


Fight of the Century

by Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman & an All Star Cast Simon & Schuster Audio (January 21, 2020)

To mark its 100-year anniversary, the American Civil Liberties Union partners with award-winning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman to bring together many of our greatest living writers, each contributing...


Fear of Falling

by Barbara Ehrenreich, Carmela Marner & Molly Parker Myers 12/Twelve (January 07, 2020)

A brilliant and insightful exploration of the rise and fall of the American middle class by New York Times bestselling author, Barbara Ehrenreich.

One of Barbara Ehrenreich's most classic and prophetic works,...


Blood Rites

by Barbara Ehrenreich & Amy Landon 12/Twelve (January 07, 2020)

New York Times bestselling Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the mystery of the human attraction to violence.

A New York Times Notable Book

An ALA Notable Book

n BLOOD RITES, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the mystery...