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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR CRITICISM


A FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD

FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY


One of Amazon's "Best Books of the Year"

"Carina Chocano's You Play the Girl reads like a war cry. With dazzling clarity, her commentary exposes the subliminal sexism

on our pages and screens."

—O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE 


"If Hollywood's treatment of women leaves you wanting, you'll find good, heady company in Carina Chocano's essay collection, You Play the Girl. Why, Chocano asks, does the ingenue have to choose between marriage and death?"

—ELLE


"In Carina Chocano’s whip-smart new book You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages, she analyzes the 'girls' of pop culture across the decades, from Bewitched to contestants on The Bachelor (and its fictional
counterpart, UnREAL) to the princesses of Frozen. Through cultural commentary mixed with personal reflections, Chocano explores the ways on-screen women have influenced her life and the way she sees the world. A-"

—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, "Best New Books"

"Brilliant and insightful...You Play the Girl stands apart from others in the genre [...] by dissecting pop culture through the lens of a mother watching her young girl try to make sense of the world. The result is a heartfelt look at the complicated messages women receive, and
argues that gut feelings about these messages should be carefully examined. Chocano persuades the reader that the media we absorb around us does matter, and shapes how we feel about ourselves. And she deftly shows how books, TV, and film that have been labeled
'empowering' for women [...] often have hidden agendas."

—PLAYBOY

 

WRITING

The New York Times Magazine
October 1, 2020

Elle
September 18, 2020

The Atlantic
September 2020

Conde Nast Traveler

August 19, 2020

NOT SO BORED IN THE HOUSE

Vanity Fair
July/August 2020

The New York Times Magazine
July 29, 2020

Elle
June 2020

The New York Times Magazine
May 6, 2020

Elle
April 2020

The New York Times Magazine
January 15, 2020

WHY WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH CELEBRITY MOM COOKBOOKS

Romper

January 14, 2020


The New York Times Magazine
Nov. 20, 2019

Bustle
November 19, 2019

The New Yorker
November 4, 2019

Town & Country
October 23, 2019

The New York Times Magazine
August 1, 2019

Vanity Fair
July 2019

The New York Times Magazine
March 20, 2019

Rolling Stone
February 28, 2019

Vogue
February 14, 2019

Harper's Bazaar
January 9, 2019

Elle
December 7, 2018

The New York Times Magazine
Oct. 23, 2018

Elle
October 10, 2018

Elle
October 8, 2018

The New York Times Magazine
April 17, 2018

Porter
September 30, 2018

Elle
September 17, 2018

The New York Times Book Review
August 29, 2018

Porter
July 31, 2018

Vogue
July 15, 2018

Vogue
June 20, 2018

The New York Times Magazine
June 18, 2018

Rolling Stone
May 30, 2018

The Cut
May 2018

The New York Times Magazine
January 17, 2018

The Cut
February 2017

The Cut
March 2017

The New York Times Magazine
January 24, 2017

The Cut
January 20, 2017

Good Magazine
December 27, 2016

California Sunday Magazine
January 29, 2016

Elle
January 21, 2016

Good Magazine
September 22, 2015

The New York Times Magazine
August 11, 2015

The Cut
April 21, 2015

California Sunday Magazine
October 5, 2014

Texas Monthly
April 2014

The New York Times Magazine
March 30, 2014

The New York Times Magazine
November 1, 2013

The New York Times Magazine
June 28, 2013

The New York Times Magazine
March 29, 2013

Vulture
March  7, 2013

The New York Times Magazine
November 16, 2012

The New York Times Magazine

July 20, 2012

The New York Times Magazine
April 12, 2012

The New York Times Magazine
February 17, 2012

The New York Times Magazine
January 27, 2012

The New York Times Magazine
November 18, 2011

The New York Times Magazine
October 7, 2011

The New York Times Magazine
September 2, 2011

The New York Times Magazine
July 11, 2011

The New York Times Magazine
June 17, 2011

The New York Times Magazine 
April 21, 2011

The New York Times Magazine
March 18, 2011

 

Carina Chocano is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. Her work has appeared in New York magazine, Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and many others. Her book You Play the Girl is the winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for Criticism. She lives in Los Angeles. 

 
 
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