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The Night Library: Her Body and Other Parties


For the September meeting of the Cauldron’s feminist bookclub: The Night Library, we will be reading Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado.

In these stories, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.

Our bookclub meets bi-monthly IRL. We will have a digital discussion component as well!

FYI: Upcoming book selections + discussion dates will be announced here (and all over our social media duh).

What is The Night Library?

Books are our favorite tool for making sense of this wild world. The Night Library is The Cauldron’s feminist, radically open, community-minded book club hosted by bats Betsy Willett and Meghan Nesmith. We’ll embrace texts from philosophy to pop culture, with an emphasis on diverse voices and authors, and leave no mind un-magicked.

Betsy Willett is a writer, researcher, editor, art lover, and book nerd and can be found parenting her puppy in Cambridge.

Meghan Nesmith is a writer, editor, and obsessive living in JP who can be found reading in the bath, in the rain, and on trains.

Earlier Event: July 17
The Night Library: The Argonauts
Later Event: November 6
The Night Library: The Round House