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.

These Books Made Us Feel So Seen

From tales of growing older to adjusting to motherhood to experiencing disability — here are some books that make us feel seen.

8 Memoirs About Getting Older

These 8 memoirs about getting older cover the authors lives as they contend with everything from midlife crises to starting a new career, like The Madwoman in the Volvo by Sandra Tsing Loh.

Books That Will Make You Question Reality

These books will have you questioning whether what you're reading is happening..or a way to mess with your mind, including Nightbitch.

Nonfiction Sub-Genre Primer

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Can I Get a Redo? Books We Wish We Could Read Again for the First Time

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Horror Comics to Carry You Through the End of the Year

We're finally seeing a resurgence in horror comics! Here are some series to carry you through the end of the year, including Little Monsters, Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen.

The Cookbooks That Are Teaching Me to Be More Intuitive in the Kitchen

One reader on the cookbooks helping them to become more intuitive in the kitchen, rather than sticking fiercely to a recipe.

Why You Should Read Horror All Year ‘Round

October has undoubtably become the month for reading horror for many, but are are reasons why you should consider reading it year round.

Women Gone Feral: Werewolves and Other Angry Creatures

Werewolves, dragons, and creatures of wholly other manifestations: stories of women gone feral to sink your teeth into.

Demonic Horror Books That Will Possess Your Heart

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