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via Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneIt’s time to bob for apples, carve pumpkins, and get out your Frida Kahlo costumes because Halloween is almost upon us and we can’t wait! On Halloween, we all get to be kids again, and yes, we do mean eating excessive amounts of candy and shamelessly watching Halloween specials with face paint on and a half-empty bag of fun sized snickers in our laps. But let’s be honest, Halloween is a kid’s domain. We can visit, sure — but...
Purse First Abbi Jacobson's Carry This Book Goes With Everything It’s no accident that Abbi on Broad City is a struggling artist who draws when she’s not working at Soulstice or going on citywide capers with her bestie, Ilana. In real life, Abbi Jacobson, 32, is a talented artist with a degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she majored in general fine arts. And on October 25, Jacobson is coming out with her third illustrated collection, Carry This Book, which imagines the contents of...
Frida Kahlo has empowered generations of feminists with her provocative artwork about her disability following a terrible accident, her sexual freedom, her contemplations on motherhood and her Mexican heritage. Incorporating excerpts from her letters and diaries, this new book, Library of Luminaries: Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Biography (Chronicle Books) tells the artist's story, from her early dreams to become a doctor and her relationship with Diego Rivera to how she developed her wonderfully eclectic wardrobe. All of these lovely illustrations were done by Nina Cosford and the...
From Sophia Amoruso, the New York Times–bestselling author of #GIRLBOSS, comes Nasty Galaxy —a lushly illustrated embodiment of the collective spirit of the Nasty Gal brand, Sophia’s own personal brand, and girlbosses everywhere, with a foreword by Courtney Love. Warning: this is not a style book. It’s not about how to mix prints—it’s about how to leave yours on everything you touch. Highly graphic and visual, filled with illustrations, photos and short essays, Nasty Galaxy is part scrapbook, part inspo-journey, with moments of frivolity scattered throughout. Tactical and entertaining, envelope-pushing and conventional,...
Photographed by Cate Hellman ONE DOPE QUEEN Comic Phoebe Robinson writes society’s wrongs with You Can’t Touch My Hair Nobody can walk past a copy of You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, without noticing the cover. Phoebe Robinson’s first book, a collection of essays, features a striking photo of the N.Y.C.-based comedian looking into the camera and rocking a glorious red ’fro. Although she changes her hair often (sometimes it’s a loose blond wave reminiscent of Beyoncé), when it came to the...
Emma Donoghue, best known for the novel and film Room, explores different territory in her new novel The Wonder. In a small village Ireland in 1859, we follow Lib, a nurse trained under Florence Nightingale, as she investigates the case of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell. Anna claims to have survived for four months with no food, and no drink except for a few sips of water each day. Her case is based on the real-life “fasting girls,” a largely (but not entirely) Catholic phenomenon where girls and...
Joan of Arc by John Everett Millais, 1865 In her forthcoming novel, writer Lidia Yuknavitch (The Small Backs of Children, The Chronology of Water) has re-imagined Joan of Arc’s frenetic narrative for our thrashing, contemporary times. The Book of Joan (HarperCollins, April 2017) allows Yuknavitch — a self-described Queen of Misfits — an opportunity to visualize the carnage of society’s warped ideologies. If anyone could tell this story — giving voice to the complexities and fury of the female heroine — this warrior-author housed in girl-body...

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.Accomplices...

"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...
  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. Beloved, for instance, follows a former slave who killed her own baby rather than have her be captured...
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