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Born in Nigeria and raised in England, Noo Saro-Wiwa avoided visiting her native country after her father, a prominent political activist, was killed there for speaking out against government corruption. Years later, Saro-Wiwa, a travel writer, decided to return to Nigeria and explore her love-hate relationship with her homeland. Her journey both reinforces and calls into question her ethnic identity: a visit to her home village means that she is in the one place ... Read More
In 1980s Romania, Carmen Bugan’s father wrote anti-Communist propaganda, an illegal act that led to the family having to flee the country in 1989. But of course, as a kid, Bugan had no idea what was going on. It wasn’t until she started searching for answers as an adult that she learned of her father’s secret. This is the retelling of her discovery. Bugan uses short, concise sentences that pack in all the emotional details of her unusual ... Read More
News junkies and fans of Hanna Rosin will surely remember “The End of Men,” her 2010 Atlantic article about female success and how it relates to the simultaneous plummeting of male accomplishment. Her engrossing new book retains that provocative title and expounds on the facts she uncovered in her first go-round. Rosin focuses mostly on the shifting of familial responsibilities and career achievements between men and women by examining statistics and ... Read More
Have you ever thought about writing a novel? Well, you can, and will, write one in a month. Seriously. November is National Novel Writing Month, and NaNoWriMo will help you crank out a 50,000-word novel by the last day. Register on their website and get set up with a bunch of awesome and helpful resources, including email pep talks from successful writers, forums to chat (or whine) with other NaNoWriMo participants, and compare your word count (if you're into that ... Read More
  "This animal is quite harmless if not touched!" -- "Muzzle or no muzzle, jabber she will!" A picture's worth a thousand words, and the illustrations on postcards say a lot about the time that they were created. For example, it's easy to see from the women wearing muzzles postcards (did I just type "women wearing muzzles"?!) above that whatever time period they came about in, it was an important one for women's rights. And no, these postcards ... Read More
  I have been following Dame Darcy's career for several years, ever since we met on a book and music tour with Lisa Crystal Carver. Dame Darcy has been writing and illustrating a hilariously mischievous and zany comic book series called Meat Cake since those wonder years, in addition to writing music; making films, videos, dolls and crafts; performing sea shanties on a banjo while dressed as a mermaid; producing shows; painting murals; hanging out with ... Read More
  Here at BUST, we are all women in journalism. As an experienced intern with a journalism degree, I’m used to seeing both classrooms and newsrooms full of driven, talented women. It seems only natural that I–and my female classmates and co-workers–belong in this field: we’re ambitious, capable, and damn good at what we do. It’s startling to realize that it would have been near-impossible for young women like us to break into ... Read More
Damn, Brainpickings always has the coolest book stuff! If you missed last week’s vintage library ads, go look at them now. And then come back. Right back. Because you need to look at these, too. Brainpickings has collected images of the first ads for famous books, from The Great Gatsby to Slaughterhouse-Five to The Joy Of Sex.          One thing that strikes me about these ads is just how many WORDS there are. Book ads these days ... Read More
Three members of Pussy Riot were convicted of hooliganism, but the movement continues – Feminist Press is making sure of that. Only a month after three members of feminist punk performance art collective Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in a penal colony for staging a protest performance in a Moscow cathedral, Feminist Press is releasing an ebook about the trial. Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer For Freedom collects previously unavailable Pussy Riot material, ... Read More
Want to feel even better about picking up the latest Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, or J.K. Rowling novel? (Is this September the best month ever for book releases or what?) Check out these vintage ads in support of libraries and reading from brainpickings.org:       Reading isn't just a form of entertainment or a way to open your mind--apparently it can also solve problems like being thrown off a cruise ship, being perpetually ... Read More
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