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Author: Alice Bolin Narrator: Em Eldridge Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9780062880529
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Dead Girls is everything I want in an essay collection: provocative lines of inquiry, macabre humor, blistering intelligence... I love this book. I want to take it into the middle of a crowded room and hold it up and scream until someone tackles me the ground; even then, I’d probably keep screaming.”
— Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

"Bracing and blazingly smart, Alice Bolin's Dead Girls could hardly be more needed or more timely. A critical contribution to the cultural discussion of gender and genre, Los Angeles and noir, the unbearable persistence of the male gaze and the furtive potency of female rage.” 
— Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-winning author of You Will Know Me

Named a most anticipated book of 2018 by Bitch Magazine

In this poignant collection, Alice Bolin examines iconic American works from the essays of Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial, illuminating the widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster men’s stories. Smart and accessible, thoughtful and heartfelt, Bolin investigates the implications of our cultural fixations, and her own role as a consumer and creator.

Bolin chronicles her life in Los Angeles, dissects the Noir, revisits her own coming of age, and analyzes stories of witches and werewolves, both appreciating and challenging the narratives we construct and absorb every day. Dead Girls begins by exploring the trope of dead women in fiction, and ends by interrogating the more complex dilemma of living women – both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate.

Reminiscent of the piercing insight of Rebecca Solnit and the critical skill of Hilton Als, Bolin constructs a sharp, perceptive, and revelatory dialogue on the portrayal of women in media and their roles in our culture.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The author’s voice is eerily enthralling, systematically on point, and quite funny.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An irresistible read.”

    Robin Wasserman, author of Girls on Fire

  • "Dead Girls is everything I want in an essay collection: provocative lines of inquiry, macabre humor, blistering intelligence…I love this book.”

    Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

  • “Potent and nimble.”

    Elissa Washuta, author of Starvation Mode

  • “In her searing new essay collection, Bolin probes the generations-old obsession with young, tragic heroines…Bolin ponders the role of nonfiction in eternalizing or stunting the world’s toxic dead-girl fetish; the memoirist’s pen, she believes, is especially mighty. Smart, thorough, and urgent, Bolin’s essays are a force to be reckoned with.”

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  • “A critical contribution to the cultural discussion of gender and genre, Los Angeles and noir, the unbearable persistence of the male gaze, and the furtive potency of female rage.”

    Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A Bitch magazine pick of most anticipated books of 2018

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About the Author

Alice Bolin’s nonfiction has appeared in many publications including ELLE, The Awl, the LA Review of Books, Salon, VICE’s Broadly, the Paris Review Daily, and the New Yorker‘s Page-Turner blog. She currently teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Memphis. Visit her at AliceBolin.com and on Twitter @alicebolin.

About the Narrator

Em Eldridge is a professional narrator and an ACX Audible Approved producer who has narrated over twenty-five books, earning an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine and a Voice Arts Award. She is also an award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter and accomplished classical singer and violinist.