The Power Notebooks (2020)
“In my published writing, I took stands. I made arguments. But in the very early morning, before anyone was awake, I was working on these notebooks,” writes Katie Roiphe at the beginning of The Power Notebooks, a series of entries reflecting on the author’s personal relationships and the ways in which power dynamics seep into them. In “Relatable,” Roiphe maligns the tendency for women writers to perform vulnerability, which, ironically, is the book’s greatest strength: As she works her way through complex, conflicting ideas, Roiphe demonstrates the very human conundrum of searching for answers in a world without them.