Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

Good and Mad

“In a year when issues of gender and sexuality dominated the national conversation, no one shaped that exchange more than Rebecca Traister. Her wise and provocative columns helped make sense of a cultural transformation.”—National Magazine Award Citation, 2018“The most brilliant voice on feminism in this country.”—Anne Lamott, author of Bird by BirdFrom Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies c...

Details Good and Mad

TitleGood and Mad
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Politics, History, Womens

Reviews Good and Mad

  • Steve
    Powerful, important, mind-opening stuff, that's well worth reading.(I'm not holding my breath, but) I hope the book sells like hotcakes and becomes a popular manifesto for "woke" women activists, candidates, advocates, volunteers, and leaders ... and girls ... and parents and teachers and spouses and mentors and writers and siblings and friends and role models ( ... and, yes, men too).It's not an easy read. In fact, it's the opposite, because it ...
  • Corrie
    I devoured this. Traister has done it again. (If you haven't read All the Single Ladies, you need to go read it right now.) A mixture of personal narrative, history, journalism and feminist critique, pick this up if you've found yourself angry at some point over the past two years, two decades or really, the last two millennia... (Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC)
  • Heather
    An extremely concise and comprehensive look at the #metoo movement and the reawakening of feminist anger and the revolutionary period we are in. I especially like her responses to those who counter that the movement is too radical and irrational. Very optimistic ending(obviously would have liked an extra chapter on the Kavanaugh confirmation and her opinion on its effect on movement) much needed in these times on the cumulative advances created b...
  • Mara
    This was a spirited defense of women's anger -- secondarily as something emotionally healthy (which is seems to be the usual focus for this type of book), but primarily as a CONSTRUCTIVE political force in American life. Traister persuasively argues that attempts at quelling or suppressing female anger is not only a manifestation of patriarchal BS from individuals trying to control the women in their lives, but also a larger, more insidious impul...
  • Melissa
    From Seneca Falls to The Woman’s March to today, the only thing that has changed society is people who are “Good and Mad” and not going to take it anymore. This book could not be more timely and on point. Rebecca Traister has again managed to tap directly into the current moment and laid out not only the bizarro world and surreal times we currently find ourselves in, but gives great insight into how gender politics have played into how we g...
  • Madelon
    The title of this book, GOOD AND MAD, drew my attention like a moth to a flame. Yes, my name is Madelon, and I answer happily to Maddy, but more often than not I hear "Hey, Mad." I have embraced the moniker as a statement of who I am and not necessarily my emotional state. And, I have been called an 'angry little woman.' How could I not read this book?Women have been trained for centuries (maybe even millennia) to suppress anger and rage. Who is ...
  • Laura L
    This is a vital book. The timing, of course, couldn't be better for a book that pulls together history and culture and current events and psychology into a exploration of anger as a force for change.I devoured this book, I had purchased a copy of the audiobook and within and hour of listening I went to my independent bookstore (shout out Queen Anne Book Co) and bought a copy so that I could highlight passages and take notes.Traister is able to pu...
  • Kari
    I tore through this. I loved it - kept reading things to my husband that resonated (and that I knew he would recognize in me) and I cried a lot. There were so many recent things that I hoped would be included (like Nanette!) and then they were and I was delighted every time. I felt so deeply as I was reading it that these were pieces of history I should have been taught as a young girl, about all these brave and angry women who have made change i...
  • Robyn Hammontree
    I finished this book on my lunch break, and I don't think I've ever needed a book more in my life. I read a lot of books, y'all. I would give this one 10 out of 5 stars if I could. It is spectacular. It is liberating. It is validating. It is important. It is among those very few books about which I will say, "Everyone needs to read this. Now." So please, please, please: if you are a woman, or a human who loves women, or a person who cares about t...
  • E.B.
    FUCK. YES.
  • Emily
    Absolutely incredible. A comprehensive history of the moment, of the movement- with biting one-liners that will get you thinking and leave you angry. But in the very best way.
  • Morgan Schulman
    I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is very powerful and at times hard to read. It does a wonderful job of capturing the breaking point of women’s anger – the slow build up overtime until the breaking point with the election of 2016. Definitely necessary for anyone who is new to reading about feminism, or is not comfortable with their anger themselves.
  • Morgan Schulman
    I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is very powerful and at times hard to read. It does a wonderful job of capturing the breaking point of women’s anger – the slow build up overtime until the breaking point with the election of 2016. Definitely necessary for anyone who is new to reading about feminism, or is not comfortable with their anger themselves.
  • sharon
    I want to buy every woman I know a copy of this book.I read Good and Mad in two big gulps over the weekend of Kavanaugh's confirmation. It could not have been more timely, more relevant, or more inspiring as I struggled to process my own rage and determination. Female anger, as Traister points out, is not new. But the ability to expose it, raw and electric as a live wire, in public, in politics, in protest, feels like a sea change in recent years...
  • Genevieve
    Rebecca Traister's Good and Mad could not have been released at a more perfect time. This book focuses on the history of women's anger and especially highlighted today's political and social climate and the #metoo movement. This was a powerful feminist read and although hard to read at times, it has such an important message. For centuries, women have been taught to suppress their anger. There has been a breaking point in the past two years for w...
  • Alyssa Foll
    This book could not be more timely. Rebecca Traister, author of "All the Single Ladies," looks at the intersection of feminism and political science, namely in this book, the power of women's anger and how it affects the political landscape of our country. I'm reminded that change is slow and that things often don't have immediate effect, but the power of women's anger, determination, and persistence is what drives our country forward.
  • Megan
    Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister chronicles the awakening of female anger in the wake of the 2016 US election. In it, Traister discusses the #metoo movement created by Tarana Burke, Time’s Up, Run for Something, and the numerous other movements and organizations that have sprung up from women’s desire to...
  • Jonat Kenerson
    This book is essential reading for anyone feeling distressed, confused or angry at this political moment. I think that's especially true for the men that want to help. I think the anger that's described and examined here will help men understand the emotion and activism affecting the women in their lives that are fighting for something better. We might both be angry, but theirs is one that's more personal, active and complicated and it's worth th...
  • Vassiki
    I picked this book up because of it's title, as I needed validation for my rage, pure and simple. It gave me so much more than that.It is an astute commentary on social change in America, written from a feminist perspective. It covers recent movements such as Women's March in response to 2016 elections, #MeToo and the massive numbers of progressive women running for office and winning. The historical scaffolding for what made these movements poss...
  • Molly
    This book was an incredible articulation of the rage, the anger, the frustration that many women I know, myself included, have been feeling since the 2016 election, and maybe since even before that. I saw Traister speak about this book just before starting to read it, and it was powerful how she backed up what so many of us were feeling with other women's stories, with history, with data. Though this book was written before the Kavanaugh hearings...
  • Joanna
    I LOVED this book. So much so that I wrote an email to the author halfway through to tell her how much I loved it, and I NEVER do that. GO. Read this now. It's a comprehensive history of feminism so even if you are new to all this, it won't feel like a required reading book for a class. It'll blow your mind to realize how ingrained sexism is in our daily lives. It'll make you feel MORE angry but also more hopeful about the future. It's enraging b...
  • Drew Vogel
    I have quibbles, but overall, this is a very good book, and very well-written. It's full of fascinating historical details wedded to a trenchant analysis of the contemporary moment. There's no getting around the fact that the book is enraging (much more so for women, I presume), but conveniently, it also validates and celebrates that anger, and that's incredibly valuable. It's good to be angry, especially if that anger can be channeled in a const...
  • Michelle
    This is the perfect book for the moment, follow up with Traister’s conversation on the Ezra Klein Show to extend the timeline a little further. I need every human in my life to read or listen to this (I listened), because this breakdown of the history and form and function of women’s anger is essential to understand what’s been happening. Traister does a good job of contextualizing with respect to race and class throughout as well. I can’...
  • Zoe
    Crying and laughing and yelling at the speakers as I listen to this audiobook. Resisting the urge to put my fist in the air as I listen on headphones in the grocery store. But why should I resist? Why can't I be angry? Anger is powerful and necessary. It is motivating. It is healthy. Listen to this book when you're angry. Listen to this book when you've been lulled into complacency. Listen to Rebecca's words over and over until they seep into you...
  • Amber
    I read this pretty quickly, and it usually takes me at least a couple of weeks to read non-fiction books. Validating on many fronts, Traister makes a case for women’s anger. She calls out the complacency of white women and gives credit where it’s due for the progress we’ve made so far. It was inspiring to say the least.
  • Kristin
    What a detailed book about the history of women’s anger as well as what has led us to this moment in time. Traister does a really great job of weaving all the stories together while giving the readers lots of details and information that fill the pages of this book.
  • Rebecca Renner
    This very well-written book takes a deep dive into the political potential of women's anger to affect change in the world. Traister also looks at the ways it already has. If you're good and mad, I recommend you read this book — then run for office.
  • Aditi
    I think this book will become part of how we understand this moment in history. It helped me realize this response to women’s anger isn’t new and how far we have yet to go. It left me inspired to write more. ‪I think this book will become part of how we understand this moment in history. It helped me realize this response to women’s anger isn’t new and how far we have yet to go. It left me inspired to write more‬.
  • peaseblossom
    An excellent analysis and affirmation of women’s political anger, linking the present moment to past struggles for women’s liberation. I think the second half of the book is stronger than the first, but it’s all timely and worthwhile.