Recommended Reading


(*s are my favorites)


The Diet Survivor’s Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care

Fat Is a Feminist Issue

*Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

The Feminine Mystique

Full Exposure: Opening Up to Sexual Creativity and Erotic Expression

Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters

The Good Body – Acting Edition

Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism

*The Guy’s Guide to Feminism

The Hungry Self: Women, Eating and Identity

I Can’t Believe She Did That!: Why Women Betray Other Women at Work

Losing It: America’s Obsession with Weight and the Industry that Feeds on It

Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules

My Secret Garden

*Manifesta [10th Anniversary Edition]: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

A Passion for Friends (Toward a Philosophy of Female)

Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps — And What We Can Do About It

*Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend

*Saturday Night

*The Second Sex (Vintage)

The Twisted Sisterhood: Unraveling the Dark Legacy of Female Friendships

Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

Vindication of the Rights of Woman

*What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety

Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny

Women on Top


Buddy Holly: A Biography

Sex and The Single Girl: Before There Was Sex in the City, There Was (Cult Classics)

Televi$ion, The Business Behind The Box

C’mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus

Prime-Time Feminism: Television, Media Culture, and the Women’s Movement Since 1970 (Feminist Cultural Studies, the Media, and Political Culture)

On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio

Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

Today I Am a Ma’Am: And Other Musings on Life, Beauty, and Growing Older

David Merrick – The Abominable Showman: The Unauthorized Biography (Applause Books)

About Television

Great TV Sitcom

After All

Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes

Critiquing the Sitcom: A Reader (The Television Series)

The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

Cue the Bunny on the Rainbow: Tales from Tv’s Most Prolific Sitcom Director (Television Series)

Second Act Trouble: Behind the Scenes at Broadway’s Big Musical Bombs

Tinker in Television: From General Sarnoff to General Electric

The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy

Here We Go Again: My Life In Television


Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970

I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood

Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña

Those Girls: Single Women in Sixties and Seventies Popular Culture (Culture America)

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test


Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Writing to Change the World

How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights

The Elements of Style (4th Edition)

On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

Max Perkins: Editor of Genius

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