The Witches Are Coming (Hardcover)

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In this wickedly funny cultural critique, the author of the critically acclaimed memoir and Hulu series Shrill exposes misogyny in the #MeToo era.

THIS IS A WITCH HUNT.
WE'RE WITCHES,
AND WE'RE HUNTING YOU.

From the moment powerful men started falling to the #MeToo movement, the lamentations began: this is feminism gone too far, this is injustice, this is a witch hunt. In The Witches Are Coming, firebrand author of the New York Times bestselling memoir and now critically acclaimed Hulu TV series Shrill, Lindy West, turns that refrain on its head. You think this is a witch hunt? Fine. You've got one.

In a laugh-out-loud, incisive cultural critique, West extolls the world-changing magic of truth, urging readers to reckon with dark lies in the heart of the American mythos, and unpacking the complicated, and sometimes tragic, politics of not being a white man in the twenty-first century. She tracks the misogyny and propaganda hidden (or not so hidden) in the media she and her peers devoured growing up, a buffet of distortions, delusions, prejudice, and outright bullsh*t that has allowed white male mediocrity to maintain a death grip on American culture and politics-and that delivered us to this precarious, disorienting moment in history.

West writes, "We were just a hair's breadth from electing America's first female president to succeed America's first black president. We weren't done, but we were doing it. And then, true to form-like the Balrog's whip catching Gandalf by his little gray bootie, like the husband in a Lifetime movie hissing, 'If I can't have you, no one can'-white American voters shoved an incompetent, racist con man into the White House."

We cannot understand how we got here-how the land of the free became Trump's America-without examining the chasm between who we are and who we think we are, without fact-checking the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and each other. The truth can transform us; there is witchcraft in it. Lindy West turns on the light.

About the Author


LINDY WEST is an opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Shrill, and executive producer of the acclaimed Hulu adaptation starring Aidy Bryant. She lives in Seattle.

Praise For…


Advance praise for The Witches Are Coming:


Esquire, "Best Nonfiction Books of 2019"

Library Journal, "Editors' Fall Picks for 2019"

Bustle, "10 New #MeToo Movement Books To Read in Fall 2019"

TIME, "Most anticipated books for Fall 2019"

USA TODAY, "Best Books Coming Out in Fall 2019"

Houston Chronicle, "Books... we can't wait to read this fall 2019"

Bustle, "15 New Books Under 300 Pages That Will Help You Smash
Your Reading Goal Before the End of the Year!"

Book Riot, "50 Of The Best Books to Read This Fall"

Bustle, "The 20 Best New Books of Fall 2019 According to Authors"

St. Louis Dispatch, "20+ eye-opening books you'll want to read this fall"

Book Riot, "5 Boss Lady Books of Nonfiction"

Den of Geek, "Autumnal Book Guide: 15
Best Fall 2019 Reads"

Esquire, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019"

Book Riot, "Ready, Set, Hold: November 2019"


"Shrill author Lindy West's latest essay
collection is a thoughtful and funny examination of rape culture in media. Some
of the topics she tackles: Adam Sandler, Donald Trump, South Park, 'reverse sexism,' and classic movies like Sixteen Candles that
make rape look like 'silly fun.'—Bustle

"Equal parts hilarious and sobering, West's words will
help fellow witches articulate why they are so fired up (YES!)."—Booklist

"In
this time of great frustration, this collection is a clearing in the woods to
meet, to reflect, to dance, and to cackle around the fire."—Abbi Jacobson, creator of Broad City and New York Times bestselling author of I Might Regret This

"Lindy
continues to be one of the funniest, smartest writers around."—
Jessica Valenti, New York Times bestselling author of Full Frontal Feminism and Sex Object


"GET ME A BROOM."—-Samantha Irby, New York Times bestselling author of We're Never Meeting in Real Life

"One of our foremost thinkers on gender unveils her unifying theory of
America: that our steady diet of pop culture created by and for
embittered, entitled white men has stoked our sociopolitical moment.
Adam Sandler, South Park, and Pepe the Frog all come under West's
withering scrutiny in this funny, hyper-literate analysis of the link
between meme culture and male mediocrity."—Esquire.com

"A biting and profoundly funny social and political
critique of rape culture, toxic masculinity, and misogyny."—Library Journal

"Cultural critic (Lindy) West focuses her keen eye and
sardonic sense of humor on, among other topics, misogyny in the Trumpian
political landscape..."—Publishers Weekly

"A cornucopia of shrewd cultural observations... [West's] sharp wit and no-nonsense sense of humor also shines through... [West] drives home the critical issues of our time while taking time to tickle our funny bones. Satirical, raw, and unapologetically real, West delivers the bittersweet truths on contemporary living."—Kirkus Reviews

"A thoughtful and funny examination of rape culture in media."—Bustle

"With her signature wit, brio, and laser-like
clarity of vision, one of our foremost thinkers on gender unveils her unifying
theory of America: that our steady diet of pop culture created by and for
embittered, entitled white men has stoked our sociopolitical moment. Adam
Sandler, South Park, and Pepe the Frog all come under West's
withering scrutiny in this funny, hyper-literate analysis of the link between
meme culture and male mediocrity."—Esquire

"The book made me simultaneously laugh out loud
and want to pull my hair out. West's snappy writing is funny but full of anger,
and I felt myself instantly sucked in."—Steph Coelho, Book Riot

"Lindy West brought us to tears (through laughing, mostly) with Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman, a razor-sharp memoir about toxic misogyny and fat shaming that went on to inspire the fantastic
Hulu series. West is back and funny as ever in her forthcoming non-fiction
book, The Witches Are Coming, a cultural critique of American culture, the
#MeToo movement and what it means to not be a mediocre white man - in a society
that so often protects and promotes him."—NBC News

"The Witches Are Coming is Lindy West's follow-up to her wonderful,
best-selling book Shrill. She's
back with more of her incisive cultural critiques, writing essays on feminism
and the misogyny that is (still) embedded in every part of our culture. She
brings humor, wit, and much-needed clarity to the gender dynamics at play in
media and culture."—Book Riot
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316449885
ISBN-10: 0316449881
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English