Steph Auteri

Steph Auteri writes about sexuality and more for the Atlantic, Pacific Standard, the Washington Post, VICE, and other publications. She is the author of A DIRTY WORD and the founder of Guerrilla Sex Ed. You can learn more at Follow her on Instagram: @stephauteri and Twitter: @stephauteri.

Demonic Horror Books That Will Possess Your Heart

Pop these demonic horror books onto your TBR for a scary good reading time.

These Frequently Banned Sex Ed Books Are Essential Reading in My Home

Diversity. Inclusion. Sexuality. These topics have been deemed verboten. But banned sex ed books like It’s Perfectly Normal are essential reading in my home.

Books for the Extremely Online

If you spend more of your waking hours online than off, read these books that capture the surrealism of a Very Online life, including The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam.

Books That Bring the ’80s Nostalgia Are Like a Warm, Fuzzy Blanket

There's something cozy about revisiting that 80s nostalgia, and we're in an era chock full of it in books.

Sci-Fi Books About Space Travel

From an alien Romeo & Juliet space opera to humans changing planets, these books highlight the magic of space travel, like Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh.

The Best Books to Read on Staycation

Got travel plans of an armchair variety? Me too. Settle in for some staycation reading with this list of reads, including You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi.

My Favorite Books About Female Friendships

Female friendships aren’t hyped nearly as much as they should be, so here are a few books that display these vital relationships, like Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin.

8 Books That Expose the Failings of the True Crime Genre

True crime often focuses on only one kind of “ideal victim,” typically a white woman. These books, including Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe, dig deeper into the genre and its failings.

Books About Moms Who Regret Having Children

From runaway moms in fiction to essays about maternal ambivalence and regret, these books break the taboo around regretting motherhood.

Books That Will Scratch Your RESIDENT ALIEN Itch

So you’ve inhaled the TV show and now you want more: fill that alien-shaped hole with these books and stories like Resident Alien, including The Humans by Matt Haig.