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It’s not every day you get a post-reality generation device delivered to your home. It’s even rarer to find a list of product features included with the device (everyone knows that most post-reality generation devices come without any owner’s manual other than a sheet of paper that reads “Use At Your Own Risk”). Product features, according to Topside Press, vendors of this device, include “Twenty-Five (25) Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories,” and “430+ Pages of Fresh Work from Trans Writers.”That’s right, these are the...
  The past three weeks been difficult. The rise of white supremacy, the recent rescinding of DACA, and natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have made immigrant and Latinx populations the most vulnerable we have seen in recent history. US history, however, does have a time when the government created even worse atrocities on American soil. That time was World War II, when the United States interned between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. It would be naive to think that a literal Wonder...

Our book reviews from BUST's August/September issue are now online! Check out our picks, including Hunger by Roxane Gay, Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  The Girl in the Show: Three Generations of Comedy, Culture, & Feminism By Anna Fields (Arcade Publishing) Comedy nerds, 20th-century history buffs, and pop culture junkies, rejoice! The Girl in the Show is your jam. Author Anna Fields has compiled facts, first-person interviews, and cultural criticism to make a simple-yet-compelling argument: women are funny. That these three words...

Go undercover with these three books revealing women's secret lives, from a social history of everyday Tudor women, to the secret love lives of American Muslim women, to a secret that's so stigmatized it's rarely spoken about — regretting motherhood. Check out these and more reviews on BUST's August/September print issue — on newsstands now. The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social HistoryBy Elizabeth Norton(Pegasus Books) Historian Elizabeth Norton presents England’s Tudor period (1485–1603) through the eyes of its women in this “collective biography” of female...
Teaching girls about creative, personal writing isn’t always the first priority for under-resourced educators working in struggling public schools. Which is why the nonprofit Mighty Writers (mightywriters.org)—a Philadelphia-based afterschool program powered by passionate volunteers—is such a valuable resource. Their free classes teach kids not only how to really write, express their own thoughts in their own voices, and love doing it, but they also expose students to inspiring writers like Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Maxine Hong Kingston, and more, along the way. Mighty Writers’ “Girl Power...
  Once upon a time, there was a woman who fought monsters. Not big or bloody ones — the emotional kind. One day, she created an alternative version of herself through a game. The game helped her deal with her issues and inspired her to tell others about her love of gaming. That woman was the delightful Felicia Day, and that story was The Guild. First launched as a webseries in 2007, the Guild has also become a series of comic books and even a few music...
Adolescence is hard on everyone, but particularly for young girls transitioning into the role of a woman. Everything changes for them, expectations of who they should be, how they should act, who they should hang out with, it all dramatically shifts. The Burning Girl by Claire Messud captures this shift wonderfully and uses an extreme case to highlight distancing friendships and growing up. Messud takes growing from girls to young women seriously, which is refreshing. While the plot may sound simple, it shows the intricacies of...
    September is just around the corner, and along with back-to-school shopping (I have not been in school in half a decade but yes, I will buy new notebooks), changing leaves, and pumpkin spice everything, a great new group of books is coming out. Take a look below to see the books by women coming out in September 2017 that we’re most excited about. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, September 5 Jesmyn Ward’s third novel is her first since her National Book Award winner Salvage the Bones;...
A lifetime ago, in October 2016, Donald Trump made headlines for the way he moved to stand directly behind Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate. He hovered behind  Clinton while she took her turn answering questions, standing uncomfortably close to her in a way that many women recognized — not to mention that the “grab her by the pussy” tape had leaked just a two days before. At the time, we published a post called “Is Trump A Trigger? According To Many Women’s Reactions...

  1.Before I saw the cover of my second novel, I worried about it. My greatest fear was this: A woman, looking out to sea. Her back is to the reader. Her hair is thrown up in a vague style that if nothing else can be described as “timeless.” Her stance evokes a wistful, feminine longing — for a man, perhaps, or for a dinner she doesn’t have to cook.You know this cover. Hundreds of versions exist. There are covers that display only a woman’s head...
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