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The Witches Are Coming

Narrated by: Lindy West
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
4.5 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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Esquire, Most Anticipated Books of 2019
Library Journal, Editors' Fall Picks for 2019

This is a witch hunt. We're witches, and we're hunting you.

From the moment powerful men started falling to the #MeToo movement, the lamentations began: This is feminism gone too far, this is injustice, this is a witch hunt. In The Witches Are Coming, firebrand author of the New York Times best-selling memoir and now critically acclaimed Hulu TV series Shrill Lindy West turns that refrain on its head. You think this is a witch hunt? Fine. You've got one.

In a laugh-out-loud, incisive cultural critique, West extolls the world-changing magic of truth, urging listeners to reckon with dark lies in the heart of the American mythos, and unpacking the complicated, and sometimes tragic, politics of not being a white man in the 21st century. She tracks the misogyny and propaganda hidden (or not so hidden) in the media she and her peers devoured growing up, a buffet of distortions, delusions, prejudice, and outright bullsh*t that has allowed white male mediocrity to maintain a death grip on American culture and politics-and that delivered us to this precarious, disorienting moment in history.

West writes, "We were just a hair's breadth from electing America's first female president to succeed America's first black president. We weren't done, but we were doing it. And then, true to form-like the Balrog's whip catching Gandalf by his little gray bootie, like the husband in a Lifetime movie hissing, 'If I can't have you, no one can' - white American voters shoved an incompetent, racist con man into the White House."

We cannot understand how we got here - how the land of the free became Trump's America - without examining the chasm between who we are and who we think we are, without fact-checking the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and each other. The truth can transform us; there is witchcraft in it. Lindy West turns on the light.

©2019 Lindy West (P)2019 Hachette Books

Critic Reviews

"A biting and profoundly funny social and political critique of rape culture, toxic masculinity, and misogyny." (Library Journal)

"One of our foremost thinkers on gender unveils her unifying theory of America: that our steady diet of pop culture created by and for embittered, entitled white men has stoked our sociopolitical moment. Adam Sandler, South Park, and Pepe the Frog all come under West's withering scrutiny in this funny, hyper-literate analysis of the link between meme culture and male mediocrity." (Esquire.com)

"A cornucopia of shrewd cultural observations.... [West's] sharp wit and no-nonsense sense of humor also shines through.... [West] drives home the critical issues of our time while taking time to tickle our funny bones. Satirical, raw, and unapologetically real, West delivers the bittersweet truths on contemporary living." (Kirkus Reviews)

Editor's Pick

Hallelujah, the witches are here
"When you take one of the funniest and smartest human beings of all time and then give her a book title about witches, how could it be anything but amazing?? I’m Lindy West’s #1 Stan, and when I heard this book was coming out, I very nearly came into work on my day off to try to get a copy. (If you must know: editor Courtney, i.e. an angel, texted to tell me the copies weren’t ready yet, saving me a two-hour round trip on the train.) Fast forward to early last month, when I finally got my hands on The Witches are Coming and drank it down in huge gulps by the pool. Lindy West’s essays are as sharp as ever, mining juicy tidbits from her life, such as why she finally quit Twitter, how a local Facebook swap group went awry, and her unexpected obsession with Guy Fieri. Whether you’ve been following Lindy West since her Gawker days, became an admirer after watching Shrill, or are new to the fan club, welcome. The witches have arrived, and I am here for it.."
Rachel S., Audible Editor

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Pointed, heartfelt, and hopeful

West offers keen insight into so many aspects of our culture. She’s a voice worth listening to.

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a great book to choose for reading on your lunch breaks/commute. easy to stop and start. I did the opposite and blew through it in a day. 🤷‍♀️ Love Lindy and will read anything she puts out!

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Lindy West is the voice of my generation. Every moment of this book was enjoyable.

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The Witch We Need NOW!

I did not want this book of Lindy West's essays to end. Ever. Her insights and humor and, most importantly, HOPE are a much need balm for these batshit (end) times. West's proud feminism, liberalism, and body positivity, her understanding of human nature, and her fierce resistance to the political pablum we are spoon fed every day by the denizens of right wing and social media made me feel less desperate where we are as a nation. Her reading is engaging and absolutely perfect for her material. I'm already looking forward to her next book!