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Good and Mad

How Women's Anger Is Reshaping America
Narrated by: Rebecca Traister
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
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From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times best-selling author of All the Single Ladies - whom Anne Lamott called “the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country” - comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement.

In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women’s March, and before the #MeToo movement, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic - but politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded women’s slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men.

With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel - from suffragettes chaining themselves to the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Here Traister explores women’s anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is perceived based on its owner; as well as the history of caricaturing and delegitimizing female anger; and the way women’s collective fury has become transformative political fuel - as is most certainly occurring today. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions.

Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister’s latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.

©2018 Rebecca Traister (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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"Rebecca Traister's steady and powerful narration lends strength to her chronicle of women's anger.... It is a deeply researched study, and Traister's narration clearly reframes key moments in history from a perspective different from those typically taught in history class." (AudioFile)

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  • 10-04-18

Empowering. Evocative. Affirming

This book must be read!! I’ve been mad since the ‘70’s as an out lesbian feminist but since 2016 I’ve been an angry woman-sick of the harassment and abuse I’ve both experienced and witnessed. I am a congenial, likeable person but I’ve often been accused of being “so angry”. Thank you, Rebecca Traister for not only affirming that anger but giving the historical and contemporary context in which to UNDERSTAND and USE it!! Highly recommended to every woman with a pulse.

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The perfect book for October 2018.

I've been listening to Good and Mad all day ... it's like having my best friend speaking into my ears, full of wisdom and savvy and, yes, rage. This is the book we need, now and for the foreseeable future. I already plan to give copies to everyone I can think of. It's somehow both soothing and energizing, both infuriating and deeply comforting. Things are put into context and thus it becomes possible to confront them.

(As it happens, my real best friend died of multiple myeloma in the summer of 2016. She didn't live to see Trump elected, or Sally Yates fired, or Elizabeth Warren told on the senate floor to shut up. She missed the whole MeToo movement. She didn't witness Parkland or the March for Our Lives. She didn't see Bill Cosby get convicted of rape. She never knew what it's like to wake up every day and be disgusted at the spectacle we face, or afraid that it may get worse. She probably never heard of Brett Kavanaugh, but I know she'd have liked Christine Blasey Ford. She was a lifelong ball of fury when it came to issues of justice and equality, and until I started listening to Rebecca Traister read this book, I didn't even know how much I still miss her.

I'm sharing all that to let you know that it feels like Good and Mad might be one of those books that's more than a book ... it might be the catalyst that launches an unstoppable reaction. Get it. Read it. Listen to it. Share it!)

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TIME IS UP FOR OLD WHITE MEN<br />

I know in my heart that every word in this book is true. it is my hope that every woman will read this book and come to the conclusion that the old white men that's been in power need to be held responsible. VOTE THEM OUT.

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I have been waiting for a book like this

A text for women of all ages and those who love them, Traister's words are insightful and incisive. They are a clear-eyed affirmation of the righteous indignation most women are feeling now. She gives it context both historically and presently, blowing away the gaslighting of the last 40 years.

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Fuck yeah!

THE most important read of 2018!!
Traister’s refreshingly intersectional lens gives perspective and voice to a diverse swath of the femme experience with anger and action.

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YAS QUEEN

this book is so good and so powerful. A must listen, recomending to all my friends!

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A vivid and spot on account

Traister does an exceptional job of discussing how the power of liberal women's anger is redefining politics. She makes a powerful case for intersectionality as a primary force.

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Social good begins within

My thoughts on anger have completely changed! It is an act of necessary revolution. Whereas I used to be afraid of my anger, I now want to understand it.

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oh my

Thank you, Rebecca Traister, for your work. This is a fantastic book, historical- and I believe historic- compelling, and inspiring. Very well written and enjoyably narrated.

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Anger as fuel for societal change

Rebecca Traister is the most important feminist writer of our time, drawing on the legacies of the women who have fought before us against the injustices of being silenced and subjugated. She posits that we women contribute to our own subjugation when we tamp down our anger to abide by the status quo, especially those of us who benefit from the patriarchy, but there is a new hope to effect social change heralded by the ground swell of political activism by women on behalf of women and minorities.