My Year of Misandry: Bastard out of Carolina

by Jessica LeAnne Jones Nearly two centuries ago, a niche genre emerged from the post-bellum South called Southern Gothic. Writers like Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams, and Harper Lee warped stereotypes of the South, setting a twisted story of redneck eccentricity against a lush backdrop of Southern landscape. Continuing with that tradition is Dorothy Allison with her semi-autobiographical novel Bastard out of …

My Year of Misandry: The Lullaby of Polish Girls

by Jessica LeAnne Jones I’m not one of those people who read “celebrity” books. Whether it’s an autobiography or a fictional story that a celebrity created, I’ll admit to being a literary snob and passing over a movie star’s novel to read a book written by someone with more literary experience and authority. However, I made an exception for Dagmara …