Books

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.
  Amy Schumer gets serious in her new memoir, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, opening up about how her ex-boyfriend emotionally and physically abused her. Amy writes in detail about the abuse she endured. In unfiltered honesty, she discusses how her ex shoved her onto the hood of a car in a rage and hurt her head and elbow. When Amy attempted to run away, her ex's aggression escalated and he reached for a butcher knife. "I was screaming for him to stop, when he grabbed a butcher knife from a drawer," she wrote, via People.
  WANNA BE A BIKIN’ BABE? THIS BOOK CAN HELP! Get out your pedal pushers and get ready to say Hello, Bicycle! Whether you’re a total noob currently enrolled in adult bike lessons or have an entire wardrobe of spandex shorts, this handy guide by Anna Brones (Ten Speed Press) has everything you need to get, and stay, pedaling. Ditching your car for a two-wheeled commute can seem daunting, but Hello, Bicycle will hold your hand through the scary parts—and the super cute illustrations will help ease your nerves.
I have always loved Harry Potter. I first picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2003, and, as a third grader, I fell in love with the magical world that J.K. Rowling created. I was drawn to the characters, to the idea of magic, and to the warm feeling I got every time I spent hours reading. Now a college graduate, I’ve re-read the series nearly 10 times through, and I still get the same warm feeling I got as a 9-year-old.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland immersed herself in the Civil Rights Movement as a teenager growing up in the South in the 1950s. She was involved in numerous historical events, like the Freedom Rides of 1961, the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, the March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963, and the Woolworth's lunch counter sit-ins in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963. Her activism had its consequences: She was one of the Freedoms Riders in 1961 who was arrested and put on death row for several months at Parchman Penitentiary.
  Rupi Kaur is a new kind of poet. The 23-year-old India-born, Canada-raised woman began sharing her poetry and photography on social media while she was in college — and found an audience of hundreds of thousands who connected with her work. At the urging of her followers — she has over half a million on Instagram alone  — Rupi self-published a book of poetry, Milk and Honey, in early 2014. Earlier this summer, it hit the New York Times bestseller list, and has now stayed there for 16 weeks.
Whether you're enjoying the last few bits of summer heat or simmering down indoors, August is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. We've rounded up three of our favorite books of the summer, and we can't wait for you to dive deep into these. Freedom Is A Constant Struggle By Angela Y. Davis(Haymarket Books)Rating: 4/5 In activist circles, Angela Davis is a household name: she’s been doing anti-oppression work for over 40 years.
Please don’t get mad at me, but if you’re looking for a list of graphic novels that have already become Broadway musicals, I can’t help you here. Yes, I love Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home as much as the next person, but I’ve seen so many lists raving about her and other books like Lumberjanes (read it though, it’s good) and Nimona, that I decided it was time to inject some new recommended material onto the web.
At this point in my life, I’ve come to the conclusion that bookstores are one of society’s only redeeming qualities. For me, they provide a safe space where I can go to seek quiet and solitude among stacks of literature or enlightening non-fiction, inhaling the crisp scent of freshly printed words on paper or the dusty, comforting aroma of worn and well-loved books (I’m still wondering why Bookstore-Scented Perfume isn’t a thing). Honestly though, what’s better than a bookstore? The question sounds rhetorical, but there’s a legitimate answer, and that’s a feminist bookstore.
  In every issue, BUST's book review section is full of interesting and unique books by and about women — here, we've rounded up the 10 best-reviewed books from our August/September 2016 issue. Most of these books are out RIGHT NOW, so zoom down to your local indie bookstore and pick up these gems from Anuradha Roy, Michelle Tea, Katrine Marçal and more.   Sleeping On Jupiter: A Novel By Anuradha Roy (Graywolf Press)Rating: 5/5   In this stunning novel about suffering and healing, author Anuradha Roy explores the dark layers of life we try to keep hidden.
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