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Pretty Bitches
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Lizzie Skurnick is the creator of the long-running New York Times Magazine word-coinage column "That Should Be a Word." Her coinages have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Slate, The Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, on NPR's Weekend Edition and more. She served a term as Vice President of the National Book Critics Circle and has been a judge for the LA Times book prize and the PEN Book awards. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, NPR, Elle, Jezebel and many other publications, she teaches at NYU. She lives in New York City.

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"Clever and potent.... The book's smart premise and the incisive essays themselves are immensely relatable and should provide a great catalyst for personal introspection and thoughtful and productive discussion."--Booklist (starred review)
"Funny, trenchant, moving, breathtaking -- the essays here remake a language that has been used so often to trap women so that it can free them instead. A prismatic look at the state of being a woman today, from some of our best living writers."--Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh, The Queen of the Night, and How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
"Lizzie Skurnick has been the go to person for words for as long as I can remember. Now, she has gone even further, redefining the way we use them. This collection of breathtaking essays shows how seemingly innocuous words (and some pretty ugly ones, too) were once used to keep women down -- but not anymore. Take that, mansplainers. Pretty Bitches is truly something."--Marcy Dermansky, author of Very Nice and The Red Car
"Sharp-witted and intimate.... An eloquent inquiry into how language enshrines gender stereotypes."--Publishers Weekly
"Note to men: When you describe an ex-girlfriend or wife 'crazy, ' all it tells me is that you're an emotional idiot. Note to women: This great new book by Lizzie Skurnick recasts the various insults directed at us for decades and centuries, breathing confident life into what it means to be an unabashed, bossy, crazy-ass bitch."--Anna Holmes, founder of Jezebel and editor of The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things and Hell Hath No Fury: Women's Letters from the End of the Affair
"This book is hilarious, amazing, and inspiring. An incredible anthology of brilliant women. Buy this book today, preferably more than one copy."--Molly Jong-Fast, author of The Social Climber's Handbook and Girl [Maladjusted]: True Stories from a Semi-Celebrity Childhood
"This uplifting collection serves as a good first step toward highlighting what's wrong with how women are talked about.... A galvanizing, sharp compendium."--Kirkus

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