Book Of Jezebel: Witty! Unruly! Evidence Of A Serious Cultural Problem!


And it’s now in bookstores everywhere.

Today marks the launch of our first official foray into book publishing with the dynamic, illustrated 300-page hardcover title ‘The Book of Jezebel.’

Our crush Maureen Corrigan of NPR’s Fresh Air describes the book as “jolly feminist cultural commentary… packed with gorgeous graphics and photos, as well as witty and unruly entries on everything from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House on the Prairie’ books to speculums.” And Mark Judge at right wing outlet The Daily Caller threw an awesome tantrum about our putative daddy issues, concluding that “the rage of the Jezebels is indicative of a serious cultural problem that is potentially fatal for the United States… Nothing short of a matriarchal utopia will suffice.” (See, he gets it!)

In other words, the early press—which also includes mentions in the Huffington Post, Glamour, and Time—is everything we could have hoped for.

Even better, the book is now available for purchase. As in….right now. (Run to your local bookstore or click here.)

For those who may still be wondering what this is all about, let’s start with what the book is not: Fair and balanced. Comprehensive. (We forgot stuff, and believe us, we’re keeping a list.) In any way apologetic.

Here’s what it is: A smart, funny, very opinionated, beautifully illustrated and sometimes gross (See: “Cuticle”) 21st century reference book that includes over 1,000 entries on everything from Destiny’s Child and Joan Didion to Sassy Magazine and Sweet Valley High. It features the contributions of over 30 different writers, including veterans like Dodai Stewart and Tracie Egan, favorites like Moe Tkacik and Irin Carmon, longtime friends like Kate Harding, Amanda Hess and Latoya Peterson, and current badasses like Erin Ryan and Lindy West. It also showcases fantastic work by over a dozen artists, including the renowned illustrators Molly Crabapple, Susie Cagle, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and Domitille Collardey (who is responsible for the most disgusting taxonomy of clogged pores ever committed to paper).

You can learn more about the book on the official website here, and follow our Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook accounts. You can also meet up with us in person at one of the various events we’re headlining around the country, which include appearances in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. And you can send feedback to us at [email protected]. But seriously, just go buy the book. If you’ve read this far, we promise (in a heartfelt, yet in no way legally binding manner) you’ll love it.

(Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Book writers and editors Anna Holmes, Kate Harding, Jessica Coen, Amanda Hess, Jessica Grose, Dodai Stewart.)

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