Books by Katie Roiphe

IN PRAISE OF MESSY LIVES by Katie Roiphe
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Mostly fascinating, lively writings on a spectrum of topics relevant to women and men with a literary bent."
Of-the-moment essays about popular culture, literature and the author's unconventional life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2007

"Pretty prose and a pleasing subject for lovers of literary gossip, but Roiphe doesn't come up with any real revelations about some very familiar figures."
Tidily composed, broadly researched examination of seven unconventional early modern marriages. Read full book review >
STILL SHE HAUNTS ME by Katie Roiphe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

" An odd hybrid of fiction and well-known facts, mixing several points of view, none too successfully. And frequent quotes from Dodgson's tenderly passionate diary entries only underscore the deficiencies in Roiphe's own style, which is noticeably contemporary in tone—and unconvincing."
Pop pundit Roiphe (The Morning After, 1993, etc.) switches genres for a fictional account of the Reverend Charles Dodgson's obsession with Alice Liddell—and it's not exactly Wonderland. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 20, 1997

Roiphe weighs in on her generation's AIDS panic; unlike her often ill-reasoned 1992 screed on campus date-rape hysteria (The Morning After, 1993), this volume is witty and shrewdly observed. Noting that among drug-free heterosexuals AIDS has not spread as predicted, Roiphe asks: Why are straight young Americans so panicked, and why do safer-sex educators send them such hysterical messages? Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 22, 1993

A gifted young Princeton University graduate student, daughter of novelist Anne Roiphe, defies current campus-based feminist assumptions, questioning the phenomena of date rape, hate speech, ``Take Back the Night'' marches, and the basis for the popularity of feminist legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon (see above). At the heart of Roiphe's critique is a sense of betrayed promise: Growing up, she believed that feminism is ``something like a train you could catch and ride to someplace better''—a tool for freedom and not simply a matter of ``Take Back the Night marches and sexual harassment peer-counseling groups,'' of ``being angry about men,'' and of ``arguments and assertions that could not be made'' because they had been judged politically incorrect by feminists. Read full book review >