Dead Girls: Essays On Surviving An American Obsession by Alice BolinDead Girls: Essays On Surviving An American Obsession by Alice Bolin

Dead Girls: Essays On Surviving An American Obsession

byAlice Bolin

Paperback | June 26, 2018

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A New York Times Editor's Choice, best of summer 2018 according to Bitch Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, The Millions, Esquire, Refinery29, Nylon, PopSugar, The Chicago Tribune, Book Riot, and CrimeReads

"Stylish and inspired." - New York Times 

In this poignant collection, Alice Bolin examines iconic American works from the essays of Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial, illuminating the widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster men’s stories. Smart and accessible, thoughtful and heartfelt, Bolin investigates the implications of our cultural fixations, and her own role as a consumer and creator.

Bolin chronicles her life in Los Angeles, dissects the Noir, revisits her own coming of age, and analyzes stories of witches and werewolves, both appreciating and challenging the narratives we construct and absorb every day. Dead Girls begins by exploring the trope of dead women in fiction, and ends by interrogating the more complex dilemma of living women – both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate.

Reminiscent of the piercing insight of Rebecca Solnit and the critical skill of Hilton Als, Bolin constructs a sharp, perceptive, and revelatory dialogue on the portrayal of women in media and their roles in our culture. 

Title:Dead Girls: Essays On Surviving An American ObsessionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:June 26, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062657143

ISBN - 13:9780062657145

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“The book is a great diagnosis of some pretty popular addictions and ills—and after reading it, you feel like you made a new friend.”