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.

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Whether you're already stitch-savvy or new to the craft, get to stitching with these bookish embroidery patterns.

9 Science Fiction Reads for Every Mood

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Fantasy Books for People Who Don’t Like Fantasy Books

If fantasy intimidates you or you think you don't like the genre, give these books a shot and see if they change your mind.

9 Dystopian Tales That Are Too Damn Real

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So Happy Together: The Very Particular Pleasure of Linked Stories

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Bookish Spring Decor to Brighten Up Your Space

We're summoning spring and all it brings! Spruce up your space with bookish spring decor that's guaranteed to make your home look fabulous.

6 Gorgeous Home Library Aesthetics and How to Achieve Them

Whether you're looking for dark academia, a comics nerd look, or just a whole lot of rainbows, you'll find an aesthetic to love here.

10 Books to Help You Explore Slow and Sustainable Fashion

Whether you're ready to change your wardrobe habits or are just dipping your toes into slow fashion, these books are a great place to start.

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