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Via bluegrassloft/Etsy When Faye came back from summer campit took exactly seven days for her to forget about Jesus.Our middle school hands clung tight togetherwhile she wept news about the imminent apocalypse.When she cried out in fear I imagined trapped animals stuckbetween worlds, our lawn charred black.Out the window summer leaves rustled in their green skin.Dad told me they wouldn't feed you if you didn't prayat the camp, so even then I knew the kindness of a lie.We believe, I said and watched out the window.
"Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead” — Lucille Ball I'm screaming inside with excitement for this one-of-kind book dedicated to loving all things about redheads. Elizabeth Graeber's A Field Guide to Redheads is an illustrated celebration of our planet's rarest creatures. In this quirky little hardcover, the book features a 100 famous real and fictional redheads. Each page is unique and surprising with celebrations for every type of red hair, from amber to strawberry, and the people who love them.
You probably met Toni Morrison for the first time in your high school classroom when you opened her most famous book, Beloved. The 85-year-old author and Howard University professor writes about the struggles within the African-American community and traces the scars of slavery with her unflinching gaze. In her writing and in her academic life, she's tackled colorism, white privilege, and wrestles with themes of freedom and violence.
It’s been 23 years since the very first Xeroxed-and-stapled issue of BUST was published, and, as you can see here, we’ve come a long way on our journey to issue 100. Take me to the slideshow Case in point: the baby girl gestating inside Laurie’s belly on the cover of Issue Four just graduated from college. And many of our cover ladies have come a long way, too—some of them were just breaking into the mainstream when they first appeared on our covers, and today they are household names.
Mara Wilson is used to people recognizing her — in fact, in college, she had a one-woman show called "Weren't You That Girl?" As a child, she starred in classic ‘90s movies including Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and, possibly best known of all, Matilda. But as a young teen, Mara quit acting — and went on with her life, attending boarding school, then NYU, then entering the world of professional writing and storytelling. Now 29, Mara is taking control of her story with her engaging new book, Where Am I Now? True Stories Of Girlhood And Accidental Fame.
Great news for all you nostalgic feminist comic book lovers out there! Dynamite Comics first announced in July via The New York Times that they will be publishing a new comic book crossover starring Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman. These heroines dominated television screens in the '70s, with Lynda Carter starring as the Amazonian warrior and Lindsay Wagner as Jamie Sommers, whose body is rebuilt bionically after a skydiving accident.
23-year-old poetess Rupi Kaur hosted her very first TEDx Talk last week in Kansas City. Kaur, who first inspired us in 2014 with her best-selling book Milk and Honey and filled our social media feeds with words of inspiration and vulnerability, began her talk with a spoken-word performance about her body as a home that feels robbed after sexual assault. Her voice is smooth and soft around the edges, each gesture of her hands graceful, but her words are a punch to the gut: “All the different parts in me turned the lights off, shut the blinds, locked the doors.
“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” —You’ve Got Mail Nora Ephron wrote it, Meg Ryan said it, and we’re saying it again, because it couldn’t be more true. A (Little) BUST Book Club is a new monthly feature for the kids' books we love because they encourage in their slightly shorter readers the same things we encourage in our sometimes taller ones: Be fearless, be rebellious and above all be yourself, whoever that is.
For over a year now, I have had the good fortune of calling Thelsuice Gonzalez a friend. In early 2015, Thel reached out to my university in search of a writer to help her with a memoir she had started. We got connected, and so began our friendship and collaboration. Since we started working on her memoir together, I have been blown away by the depth of this woman’s experiences. It’s hard to believe that one person could go through so much hardship and come out on the other side—smiling and strong.
When she was 32 years old, Glasgow native Susan Calman quit her job as a corporate lawyer to become a stand-up comic. In the decade since, she’s appeared on television and radio, and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Earlier this year, she published Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate, an honest, earnest, and seriously funny memoir about living with depression. In it, Calman relates to the reader in the same frank, tangential manner you imagine she’d have with a very close friend. Her message is simple.
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