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Personal essay collections take aim

Four funny women—Kelly Oxford, Ophira Eisenberg, Jen Kirkman and Selena Coppock—target unflattering labels in new autobiographical collections.

By Matthew Love
Liar, slut, barren old maid, dumb blond: These are just a few of the labels women have had to deal with just for being women. But in new essay collections from four funny females, some insult-inviting qualities become strengths. Kelly Oxford, Ophira Eisenberg, Jen Kirkman and Selena Coppock speak from the heart about their lives, and at the same time, stick it to the insidious overlords of the patriarchal hegemony. Or something like that, we think. Selena Coppock’s The New Rules for Blondes Release Party happens at Littlefield Tue 23. The Screw Everyone Book Party is at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Apr 25 and the I Can Barely Take Care of Myself Book Tour comes to the Bell House Apr 27.

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