The Books Women Shouldn’t Read

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Let me prove that I’m not a misandrist by starting [my book list] with Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, because any book Paul Ryan loves that much bears some responsibility for the misery he’s dying to create.

Have you read Esquire’s list of “The 80 Best Books Every Man Should Read”? Don’t. Instead, read Rebecca Solnit’s essay in response, which excoriates the notion that there should be gendered book lists at all, while offering up her own list of male authors to avoid.


You can find Charley Locke's journalism on WIRED, tweets @CHARLEY_LOCKE, and drawings on her parents' fridge. You can also sometimes spot Charley imperiously making book recommendations while managing the McSweeney's Pop-Up Shops. More from this author →