Lizzie Skurnick is the author of That Should Be a Word: A Much-Needed Lexicon for the Modern Era, and Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We’ll Never Stop Reading. As the founding editor of Lizzie Skurnick Books, she has reissued dozens of YA classics. She’s a frequent contributor to The New York Times, NPR, Elle, Jezebel, and many other publications. In another life, she wrote for the Sweet Valley High series. Lizzie lives in Jersey City and teaches at NYU.


  • Pretty Bitches

    Pretty Bitches

    On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used to Undermine Women

  • That Should Be a Word

    That Should Be a Word

    A Language Lover’s Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling, and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World

  • Shelf Discovery

    Shelf Discovery

    The Teen Classics We’ll Never Stop Reading

  • Check-In


    A collection of “wry humor and libidinous musings”

Contributions to books