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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. The...
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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...
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  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...
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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. This latest collection of her writing includes essays, transcripts of speeches, and...
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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...
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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...
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  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...
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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...
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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 dwell on the barrage...
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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,...
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