I first heard Julie Holland, MD, discussing her book Moody Bitches on NPR, and I won't lie: I was steaming mad. She was saying that women in the United States are overmedicated — whether it's birth control, mood stabilizers, painkillers, or antidepressants, her sense is that American women are having their natural moods, cycles, and instincts done away with by big pharma. I was like, "Uh, NO! I love my meds. I hate anxiety, periods, and pain. Why would those things ever help me in any way?!" But after I read it, I realized that while Dr. Holland isn't espousing a totally meds-free life, she's encouraging us to look deeper at our relationship to our feminine cycles and embrace the moody bitch inside. I can't recommend this fucking book enough.
I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but every once in a while you see a cover so great that you go ahead and buy it without knowing anything about it because you know it'll be worth it. That's what it was like for me when Kim Drew posted Rin Johnson's Nobody Sleeps Better Than White People on her Instagram. Johnson's poems are about race and about love and about the art world and about cell phones. Some are funny, some will gut you, and you will want to read them over and over — I read this book, then I read it again, and then I read it again before I wrote this. I will read every poem again when I am done writing this, too.