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Not That Bad
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Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, which was a New York Times bestseller; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; the memoir Hunger, which was a New York Times bestseller and received a National Book Critics Circle citation; and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. A contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, she has also written for Time, McSweeney's, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Bookforum, and Salon. Her fiction has also been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012, The Best American Mystery Stories 2014, and other anthologies. She is the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and sometimes Los Angeles.

Reviews

"Critical reading."
--Paste Magazine, "The Best Nonfiction Books of 2018"
"From the author of Bad Feminist and Hunger (drop everything if you haven't read this) comes a collection of first-person essays about rape, assault and sexual harassment. It couldn't be more timely. Gay's introduction moved me to tears, as did many of the pieces contributed by household names--Gabrielle Union, Ally Sheedy--but accounts from "regular" women moved me even more. Perhaps that's the lesson we're meant to take away from Not that Bad: we're all "regular." Shocking as they are, many of these stories will be familiar to us all--and we all deserve better."--Elisabeth Egan, "The 17 Best Books to Read this Summer," Glamour
"The lauded social critic and provocateur curates a diverse and unvarnished collection of personal essays reckoning with the experiences and systemic dysfunction that produced #MeToo."--O: The Oprah Magazine
"Not That Bad is essential reading."--Refinery29
"A profoundly personal anthology."--Harper's Bazaar
"A timely, necessary anthology."--PureWow
"It's hard to imagine a more fitting editor for a collection like this... everyone should read it."--Brooklyn Rail
"This is a devastating book, heartbreaking in how familiar and relatable each story is--yet there's power and solidarity in it, too."--Shondaland
"Timely. . . . It is a critical work that makes this much clear: The violations #MeToo rages against can and do damage people for a lifetime."--The Globe and Mail

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