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NOT THAT BAD Paperback – 1 May 2018

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: HARPER COLLINS USA (1 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062413511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062413512
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.2 x 20.1 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 263 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

"This is a devastating book, heartbreaking in how familiar and relatable each story is--yet there's power and solidarity in it, too."--Shondaland

"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

"A profoundly personal anthology."--Harper's Bazaar

"Not That Bad is essential reading."--Refinery29

"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

"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

"Critical reading."
--Paste Magazine, "The Best Nonfiction Books of 2018"

From the Back Cover

In this valuable and timely anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay has collected 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, and bullied” for speaking out.

Highlighting the stories of well-known actors, writers, and experts, as well as new voices being published for the first time, Not That Bad covers 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 and street harassment.

Often deeply personal and always unflinchingly honest, 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.

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5.0 out of 5 starsThank you Roxane and your brave essayists.
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