This Intersex Character Is Leading The Way In YA: BUST Interview

BY Alaina Leary IN Books

I. W. Gregorio was working full-time as a urologist when the thought came to her: what if there was a young adult novel with a protagonist that wasn’t exclusively male or female, but instead, none of the above? That was the central driving force behind her YA novel, None of the Above (Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins 2015), which focuses on the identity struggle of main character Kristin Lattimer when she discovers she’s intersex. Specifically, Kristin has androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS), which is one of the more than 30 conditions clustered under the umbrella term ‘intersex.

Celebrate Badass Women Scientists With These 3 Intriguing New Books

BY BUST Magazine IN Books

Intriguing new titles celebrating women in physics and forensics Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe By Lisa Randall(Ecco)   In her brilliant and thought provoking new book, particle physicist Lisa Randall delves into a fascinating new scientific theory, connecting one of science’s greatest questions—What killed the dinosaurs?—to one of the most complex celestial elements in our universe: dark matter. Unlike most objects in space, dark matter does not emit or absorb light.

All Your Anxieties About Your Boyfriend’s Ex, Illustrated

BY Madeline Raynor IN Books

Leanne Shapton’s graphic non-fiction book Was She Pretty?  takes its title from the question you always want to ask after hearing about your significant other’s ex. In her research, the author and illustrator asked people she knows about their ex-boyfriends or girlfriends: the result is a book of very short true stories (most are only a few sentences long) accompanied by Shapton's minimalist illustrations. A lot of the classic exes are there: the older woman, the kinky one, the artist, the foreigner, and more. Many of the stories are relatable.

5 Darkly Funny Books About Pain-in-the-Ass Women

BY BUST Magazine IN Books

With TV comedies like Difficult People, The Comeback, OITNB, and Nurse Jackie racking up praise and awards in recent seasons, women who are “not here to make friends” are definitely having a cultural moment. This trend has also been going strong in literary fiction, and 2015 was an especially great year for novels about women who do what they want without apology.  As a reader, I’ve learned that good fiction about “bad” women penetrates my psyche in a way that no self-help book can.

3 Tea Drinks That Aren't For Tea-Totallers

BY Anastasia K Zimitravich IN Books

  Trembling with caffeine jitters from the earl grey you downed this morning? Feeling a bit tense? Need a social ice-breaker? We rummaged through The Tea Book: All Things Tea to excavate what you really want (hint: the booze), so you don’t have to. Nevermind that the book is chock full of tea-infused dishes, histories of various teas, their associated properties, and guides for recreating traditional tea rituals, we found the booze, y’all.

How One Woman Overcame Slut-Shaming And Started A Movement: BUST Interview

BY Maggie Stamets IN Books

For so many of us, middle school is a vague, blurry memory of school dances and angsty slamming of doors. If you are a millennial, this was a time when Ihe internet was still a mysterious place your parents were kind of afraid of. AIM was the only form of texting that existed and MySpace ran your entire social life. All the drama happened in-person or on sneaky three-way calls. The details of your sordid social life are probably cloudy or forgotten altogether, and for many of us, that is how we prefer it.

Awe-Inspiring 11-Year-Old Girl Sick of Books About White Men Starts #1000BlackGirlBooks

BY Madeline Raynor IN Books

11-year-old Marley Dias was sick of only reading books about "white boys and dogs" in school and wanted to read about protagonists who looked like her, so she started a book drive called #1000BlackGirlBooks. Dias, who lives in New Jersey, has an impressive history of social action that includes receiving a Disney Friends for Change grant and serving food to orphans in Ghana. Dias talked to PhillyVoice, explaining how a conversation with her mom was the spark for this idea.

30 Virginia Woolf Photos And Quotes In Celebration Of Her Birthday

BY Olivia Harrison IN Books

A feminist is any woman who tells the truth about her life. Today we celebrate the birthday of English writer and feminist icon Virginia Woolf. Born in 1882, Woolf was raised by parents who were extremely well-connected, both socially and artistically. They influenced her to experiment with the art of writing. She studied at the Ladies’ Department of King’s College, London, and during her time there, she met a handful of radical feminists at the helm of educational reform. After her father’s death in 1904, Woolf was institutionalized.

'A Sky The Color Of Chaos' Tells The Story Of A Haitian Childhood: BUST Interview

BY Carmella de los Angeles Guiol IN Books

As a child, M.J. Fievre witnessed terror both on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and at the hands of her domineering father. In her simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos, Fievre does the hard work of digging deep into her emotional past to tell this chaotic coming of age story. Whether it’s witnessing a live body on fire or having her first sexual encounter, Fievre implores her readers to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel the weight of her lived experiences.

Donald Trump’s USA Freedom Kids Have Nothing On American Girl Doll Molly

BY Erika W. Smith IN Books

As you may have noticed, a bizarre video from a Donald Trump campaign rally held earlier this week is going viral. The video shows the “USA Freedom Kids,” a trio of girls of different ages dressed in red, white and blue costumes singing a Trump-praising song called “When Freedom Calls” while alternately shimmying and saluting. While watching this video, I got a bizarre sense of deja-vu....