NYT’s Jenna Wortham Shares 5 Women Writers She Loves

To close out our Bushwick week of talent we asked awesome NYT tech writer Jenna Wortham– a proud Bushwick resident- to give us 5 of her favorite female authors of the moment, because obviously she has way more than 5. But if you’re looking for new stuff to read, and need to be directed to some talented female writers Jenna’s list is definitely what you should be adhering.


I’m mostly reading things by women this year and I love them all so much that its hard to pick just FIVE so I gave this some temporal context. These are the five most recent things I’ve read that I loved that are by women. These days, most of the things I’m reading are by women, so it made it really hard! But here is the list.

Leslie Jamison
I didn’t know much about Leslie’s first novel, The Gin Closet, but once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. Its lyrical, sly, dark and at times, humorous. But the core narrative — a story about a disjointed family trying to find their ways back towards one another — is one that resonates deep in the bones.


Roxane Gay
I will happily read anything Roxane writes — from her detailed reports of her super hot UPS driver on Twitter, her books (Ayiti and Bad Feminist, both of which I devoured) but some of my favorite things are her Tumblr posts about her life and the things she cooks. We need more writing like this – simple, unassuming, unpretentious accounts about the ways in which women figure out how to live. It’s the best.


Mary HK Choi
Mary is my homie and I know that in real-life she as bad as they come, but her writing is like a portal into her brain which is an otherworldly, chimeric beast, like nothing we have on Earth. The chance to climb inside it is rare and not to be missed if you can help it.


I think this Twitter account is run by a woman, but who can say? I pretend it is and that’s enough for me. Reading Sassytbh is never boring — she tweets about Miley (https://twitter.com/sassytbh/status/454029779851685888) and posts hilarious Vines and one-liners about school and life and boys and food and it might be the best stuff found on Instagram or Tumblr but its entertaining regardless, so who cares? Sassytbh rules my heart forever.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Much has already been said about the wonderfulness of this book and all I can add is GO READ IT NOW, seriously.


Runner up: Oprah’s Instagram
I’m including Oprah’s Instagram on this list because that shit is hilarious. I know she doesn’t take the photos — she’s in every since one — but I’m pretty sure she writes the captions since they read exactly like your parents post on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, full of weird hashtags and wrong handles. But she seems so genuine and she lives to harvest and cherish the simple things in life PLUS she’s a badbossbitch and amazing and if you can’t get on board with that then, we’re done here anyway!

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