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  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...

Mara Wilson is used to people recognizing her — in fact, in college, she had a one-woman show called "Weren't You That Girl?" As a child, she starred in classic ‘90s movies including Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and, possibly best known of all, Matilda. But as a young teen, Mara quit acting — and went on with her life, attending boarding school, then NYU, then entering the world of professional writing and storytelling. Now 29, Mara is taking control of her story with her...
Great news for all you nostalgic feminist comic book lovers out there! Dynamite Comics first announced in July via The New York Times that they will be publishing a new comic book crossover starring Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman. These heroines dominated television screens in the '70s, with Lynda Carter starring as the Amazonian warrior and Lindsay Wagner as Jamie Sommers, whose body is rebuilt bionically after a skydiving accident. DC Comics had brought back Lynda Carter’s character with Wonder Woman ‘77 this past June, and Dynamite has confirmed...
23-year-old poetess Rupi Kaur hosted her very first TEDx Talk last week in Kansas City. Kaur, who first inspired us in 2014 with her best-selling book Milk and Honey and filled our social media feeds with words of inspiration and vulnerability, began her talk with a spoken-word performance about her body as a home that feels robbed after sexual assault. Her voice is smooth and soft around the edges, each gesture of her hands graceful, but her words are a punch to the gut: “All the...

“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” —You’ve Got Mail Nora Ephron wrote it, Meg Ryan said it, and we’re saying it again, because it couldn’t be more true. A (Little) BUST Book Club is a new monthly feature for the kids' books we love because they encourage in their slightly shorter readers the same things we encourage in our sometimes taller ones: Be fearless, be...
For over a year now, I have had the good fortune of calling Thelsuice Gonzalez a friend. In early 2015, Thel reached out to my university in search of a writer to help her with a memoir she had started. We got connected, and so began our friendship and collaboration. Since we started working on her memoir together, I have been blown away by the depth of this woman’s experiences. It’s hard to believe that one person could go through so much hardship and come out...
When she was 32 years old, Glasgow native Susan Calman quit her job as a corporate lawyer to become a stand-up comic. In the decade since, she’s appeared on television and radio, and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Earlier this year, she published Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate, an honest, earnest, and seriously funny memoir about living with depression. In it, Calman relates to the reader in the same frank, tangential manner you imagine she’d have with a...
  Amy Schumer gets serious in her new memoir, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, opening up about how her ex-boyfriend emotionally and physically abused her. Amy writes in detail about the abuse she endured. In unfiltered honesty, she discusses how her ex shoved her onto the hood of a car in a rage and hurt her head and elbow. When Amy attempted to run away, her ex's aggression escalated and he reached for a butcher knife. "I was screaming for him to stop, when he grabbed...

  WANNA BE A BIKIN’ BABE? THIS BOOK CAN HELP! Get out your pedal pushers and get ready to say Hello, Bicycle! Whether you’re a total noob currently enrolled in adult bike lessons or have an entire wardrobe of spandex shorts, this handy guide by Anna Brones (Ten Speed Press) has everything you need to get, and stay, pedaling. Ditching your car for a two-wheeled commute can seem daunting, but Hello, Bicycle will hold your hand through the scary parts—and the super cute illustrations will help ease your nerves. This...

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...