Steph Auteri

Steph Auteri is a journalist who has written for the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Pacific Standard, VICE, and elsewhere. Her more creative work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, under the gum tree, Poets & Writers, and other publications, and she is the Essays Editor for Hippocampus Magazine. Her essay, "The Fear That Lives Next to My Heart," published in Southwest Review, was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2021. She also writes bookish stuff here and at the Feminist Book Club, is the author of A Dirty Word, and is the founder of Guerrilla Sex Ed. When not working, she enjoys yoga, embroidery, singing, cat snuggling, and staring at the birds in her backyard feeder. You can learn more at and follow her on Insta/Threads at @stephauteri.

The Popularity of Books About Saying Yes to Life… and Why We Still Say No

Why we eat up memoirs about saying yes to every opportunity, but don't act on it it in our own lives.

Genre Kryptonite: Teachers with the Best of Intentions

Reading recommendations for books about well-meaning teachers.

9 Books for Those Looking to Master Mindfulness and Perhaps Ascend to a Higher Plane

Books for those interested in mindfulness and meditation.

Llama Llama Author Anna Dewdney Dies, Leaving All of Us Weepy

Anna Dewdney, author of the Llama Llama books, has died.

6 Books That Really Get What It’s Like to Work Online

Novels (and one memoir!) that capture what it's like to work on the internet.

11 Novels That Need to Be Made into Movies, Like, Yesterday

Books that need to be made into movies (with our dream directors!)

The Brave New World of Alternative Sex Ed: Comic Artists

Comics artists providing fun and informative sex ed!

A Reading List for Everyone Who Is Now Obsessed with Stranger Things

So you've binge-watched Stranger Things? Here's what to read.

Literary Tourism: Montclair, New Jersey

We're heading to Montclair, New Jersey to scope out the great bookish places.

The Best Children’s Books for Teaching Your Kid About S-E-X

Books for teaching your kids about the birds and the bees.