I could probably write a 2,000 word review of this book, since it's on a topic so close to my heart, but I'll spare you. I made way too many margin notes anyway! As I said in regard to her article Why Zines Matter in American Periodicals, Piepmeier handles the zines vs. blogs argument and the materiality of zines with great finesse. She has truly changed the way I look at—and describe—zines, which is a big deal since I catalog and teach the suckers.
I liked the selection of zines she chose to highlight. I might have made fairly similar choices myself. Also, as a fellow white girl, I was glad she included zines by women of color, and not just in the women of color section. That being said, I had the hardest time following the chapter that specifically handled race, "We Are Not All One": Intersectional Identities in Grrrl Zines. Piepmeier I think is on the surest ground dealing with zines' physical presentation and placing them culturally within third wave feminism. Or maybe it's me as a reader.
I should warn you, especially if you're not an academic, this book is dense. It's worth reading FOR REAL, but it's slow going. I read a novel in between each chapter to ease things up for myself.
This is the latest selection in my book club, so I'm going to leave my review alone, perhaps to be revisited after Celia and I talk.