Erin Williams is the author and illustrator of Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame and the co-author and illustrator of the Big Activity Book series. She has 10+ years experience in data analysis and scientific research. She lives in New York with her family.
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"Williams does not shy away from her shame. She is also angry, and she knows she is not alone, and that brilliant anger is where the book becomes truly great. Her confidence—and literal straight gaze at the reader, full of vulnerability and challenge—makes this volume a critique, a lament, and a sigh. As Williams elegantly argues, many women need all three. This sharp and splendidly drawn memoir will strike a strong chord in the current moment. "
“One day’s commute offers time for the author to reflect on sexual predators, alcoholism, and the experiences she understands better now than she did at the time…A catharsis for the author that fits perfectly within a pivotal period for society and culture at large.”
"...[Williams] adds an eloquent voice to the chorus of stories testifying to the daily experiences of women under patriarchy. Commute is a book that really should be read by everyone."
“Williams is as unapologetic in this book as she is vulnerable, which makes for a unique, timely, and powerful read.”
– The Beat
“This is welcoming, soul-baring, stunningly interconnected, and very discussable.”
"Commute is a formidable, defiant statement of vulnerability leading to strength."
"[An] extraordinary graphic novel..."
– Ms. Magazine
"Williams's feelings of invalidation will make any woman with the same unspoken anxieties feel validated. About men, about makeup, about motherhood and relationships of oppression and relationships that support and, overall, the importance of women supporting women... Sink slowly into the story, and you'll probably laugh, cry, and understand Erin, yourself, and woman’s experiences in general more than you could have expected from a book you could probably read in one commute."
– Porchlight Books
– Mercedes Lubbers-Payne for Spine Magazine
– Shaenon Garrity for Publishers Weekly
Commute was long-listed for the 2019 Believer Book Award for Nonfiction
Publishers Weekly named Commute a Book of the Week, October 7, 2019
Book Riot called Commute a New Nonfiction Book Releases You Should Add To Your Nightstand
Bookpage included Commute in a roundup of the Most anticipated nonfiction for Fall, 2019
Kristen Radtke included Commute in this beautiful article about comics and shame
Pen and Tell Her Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival
– Tahneer Oksman for Women's Review of Books
Adamson BJS, Cohen AB, Estevez M, Magee K, Williams E, Gross CP, Meropol NJ, Davidoff AJ. ACA and Medicaid Expansion Impact on Racial Disparity in Time to Cancer Treatment. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Jun 2019, 37(no. 18_suppl). DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2019.37.18_suppl.LBA1. [ASCO Plenary Session Presentation]
Hooley I, Cohen A, Gross G, Williams E, Adamson B. Medicaid Expansion and Racial Inequities in Next Generation Sequencing Testing in Oncology. Value in Health. May 2019, Volume 22, Supplement 2, Page S93.
Maignan K, Backenroth D, McQuarrie N, Lipitz N, Williams E, Carson K. Real-World Disparities in Daratumumab Utilization for Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma (MM). Blood 2018 132:4734; doi:
Griffith SD, Miksad RA, Calkins G, You P, Lipitz NG, Bourla AB, Williams E, George DJ, Schrag D, Khozin S, Capra WB, Taylor MD, Abernethy AP. Characterizing the feasibility and performance of real-world tumor progression endpoints and their association with overall survival in a large advanced non-small cell lung cancer data set. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Aug 2019. doi: 10.1200/CCI.19.00013