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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. This is a list of some graphic novels that I, as...
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...

  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...

The 1840s ushered in an era of luridly illustrated gothic tales that were marketed to a working-class Victorian audience. These stories, told in installments and printed on inexpensive pulp paper, were originally only eight pages long and sold for just a penny—giving rise to the term “penny bloods” or “penny dreadfuls.”  With titles such as Varney the Vampire and Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, these types of publications were wildly popular, especially with young male readers, and it was not long before the Victorian public began...

Whether you're lying out at the beach or chilling out in your own air conditioned apartment, summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. We've rounded up 11 of our favorite books of the summer, including Jessica Valenti's Sex Object, The Girls by Emma Cline and Modern Lovers by Emma Straub.     Sex Object: A MemoirBy Jessica Valenti (Dey Street Books) Rating: 5/5 Sometimes being a feminist can feel maddening. We want to be strong and empowered; we don’t want to play the victim, or...
Punk pioneer Legs McNeil, and author and poet Gillian McCain are the masterminds behind Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History Of Punk, a book that is largely regarded as the first and most comprehensive written piece on punk history. Please Kill Me is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a re-release and a series of readings (well, more like parties with music, alcohol, and Michael Des Barres hosting). BUST spent some time with Legs and Gillian and talked about the book, the evolution of punk,...
As a writer inhabiting this world in a female body, I am SO sick of seeing lists of “must-read books” that feature predominately cis-male authors. Talented and innovative women-identifying authors deserve as much exposure as basic dudes like Tom Clancy or Dean Koontz or whatever balding white man is hogging the shelves at Barnes and Noble with the same, repetitive stories. I’m. Over. It. Chances are, as a BUST reader, you are, too. But have no fear. I’ve compiled a list of some of my...
The cover of Arielle Greenberg’s Locally Made Panties is delightfully audacious. It’s a photograph from 1975 of a woman with the Farrah Fawcett flip, reclining on a bed, legs spread. She wears a white tank and pulls her white panties up by the waist and against her vulva, giving us a peek at her pubic hair. Locally Made Panties is a collection of essays detailing Greenberg’s fraught relationship with her feminism and her obsession with clothes, body image, and consumerism. Essay titles like “New Bras,” “The...

LGBT teens often don't see themselves in the coming-of-age books that are taught in schools. Here are 15 YA novels that fix that: 1. When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid For Jude, life is one big movie set. Using his mother’s heels and make-up, he’s ready for his part. He’s got the love interest, the best friend, and the antagonist all in place. All that’s left is to watch the drama unfold. Jude is a feel-good character set in an authentically gritty world. Publisher’s Weekly calls the...
Melissa Broder is God, Melissa Broder is the Internet, she is pop culture, the iCloud, and all your fave sad girl memes rolled up into one perfect human being. Like, if Melissa Broder were an actual fruit roll up, her flavor would be, “sweet feminist oracle of truth and divine wisdom." She is a radical response to the myth that feminists can love themselves totally and fully and always. She speaks to the anxieties, pleasures, secrets, imperfections, and paradoxes that we all contain. Her writing...
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