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I spontaneously bought a bottle of Moët, packaged in a bent-up box thick with dust, the afternoon of Tuesday, November 8. I was walking down Church Avenue in Kensington past my local pharmacy (where I was greeting with a “Salaam! Have you voted?”), a Bangladeshi dress boutique, a Polish deli, a halal butcher, a Jewish center, a 50-year-old pizzeria, when the surge of optimism rose in me. By Wednesday morning, I had taken the bottle out of...
These are women we wish to be, women we are, women we admire, women we fear. The women writers I spoke to about their favorite female fictional characters overflowed with names—Lauren Olamina from Octavia Butler’s  Parable of the Sower, Lily Bart in Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, Dicey Tillerman in Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming—but we asked each for one. This list could be so much, and so easily longer—pull in Anne Shirley, Katniss Everdeen, Laura...
  Here are the new books we’re most excited to curl up with this October   The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (October 27)Schiff wrote two of our favorite biographies of all time, Cleopatra: A Life and Véra (Mrs. Nabokov), both of which are incredible renderings of very different (and very differently) influential women, and both of which beautifully demonstrate Schiff’s historical bona fides as well as her ability to spin a compelling narrative. So we really couldn’t be...

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