The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

Huge thank you to Hachette and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: politics, oppression, feminism, privilege…. honestly, this book is just super triggering as it reflects the current climate of the US (and world) today.

Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars


Holy sweet mother of Shrill.… Lindy West is on fire with The Witches Are Coming. In her latest memoir/collection of essays, nothing is off limits to West- even her beloved’s adoration for microphones. Spouting off on (not my) President Trump, the lack of men in the feminist movement, #MeToo, abortion rights, the fine line of comedy, and a hoard of other hot button topics, West had me laughing and raging right there with her.

After I read Shrill and saw that West had a new book coming out, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I lucked out through NetGalley, and I would have demolished the read so much faster had I not been trying to be a blogging overachiever during my busiest time of year. It really is an absorbing, thought provoking read, and though West’s signature sense of humor shines through pretty much every sentence, she knows exactly how to get her point across.


Take for example her opening chapter on Trump, and the explanation behind the title of her book- The Witches Are Coming. She speaks about the tradition of witch-hunting, in which the majority of those accused and executed were women, and how the term “witch hunt” is still being used 400 years after the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Among the popular users of the term is our 45th President, (still #notmypresident) Donald Trump. He’s accused his opponents by utilizing term over 200 times since he’s taken office. As West explains, the repetitive method is a way to numb his audience, allowing this to wash over us and make us more or less reactive. If it is said enough, the belief is that people will accept it as truth. Well, West is calling for the accused to state the truth, and for those accused “witches” to rise up.

No doubt, at some point West will jab at a topic too close to home, but the point of this collection is to face the current atmosphere and not bury your head in the sand (or in your phone, or IN YOUR BOOK. #triggered) It won’t be easy, but just keep an open mind and heart- you’ll pull through, and it’ll be worth it.

Expected Publication Date: November 5, 2019

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

TL/DR: The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West is memoir/collection of essays about current events and the political climate of the United States.


Recommend it? Yes! This would be a great book discussion group (forget the taboo of not discussing politics!)

Buy it? Yes!

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5 replies

  1. Great review! I thought this one was excellent too. It really surpassed Shrill for me.


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