Not That Bad
Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, and Bob Shacochis. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying “something in totality that we cannot say alone.”Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.

Not That Bad Details

TitleNot That Bad
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherHarper Perennial
ISBN-139780062413505
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Writing, Essays, Anthologies

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  • Hanna
    January 1, 1970
    This has been, by far, the toughest book I've ever read. A numerical rating doesn't even seem to make sense with this essay collection. How do you rate people's trauma? Raw. Unflinching. Haunting. An essay collection that will be sitting with me for a long time.
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  • elissa
    January 1, 1970
    One of my former massage school students (who was also a great intern when I was a TA) will have an essay in this anthology. Very cool! https://miriamzperez.com/writing/
  • Maggie Wrobel
    January 1, 1970
    Unforgettable, tragic, essential and true. This book is a monumental achievement - a light in the current, ever-present murky darkness. It’s not easy to read, nor should it be, but it offers within it a type of solace through catharsis.Thank you to Roxane and the incredibly brave, strong women who lent their voices to it.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.How could I give this any fewer than full stars, when the writers in this anthology have laid bare their experiences in such honest, vivid essays? This is not easy, enjoyable reading- this is essential, brutal, truthful writing about rape and assault, and the deeply personal ways in which those who experience it are affected- days, weeks, months, years, decades later. Deep gratitude t Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.How could I give this any fewer than full stars, when the writers in this anthology have laid bare their experiences in such honest, vivid essays? This is not easy, enjoyable reading- this is essential, brutal, truthful writing about rape and assault, and the deeply personal ways in which those who experience it are affected- days, weeks, months, years, decades later. Deep gratitude to those who shared their stories with readers, and I have great hope that this book will reach those who still can't comprehend the impact of these crimes.
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  • Karena
    January 1, 1970
    Roxane Gay has put something together here that is almost indescribable. The very essence of rape culture has permeated our society so subtly that most don’t know of it other than in the most physical sense of the word. But in this collection of essays, writers of all backgrounds tell of how their lives have been affected. It is a masterful collection, one that is unflinching in its emotions and relatable in each person’s words.
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    Pre-order this book asap.
  • xTx xTx
    January 1, 1970
    wow. gay has put together a mass of voices and in their bulk, the truth of their words, the words of their truth, cannot be ignored. in fact, they are overwhelming. All nuance all same all speak as one. Sad all together. sad in small doses. a mirror. a scream. a throat ripped open with both hands.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    A must read.
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