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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A MemoirBy Carrie Brownstein(Riverhead Books) The ’90s were an exciting time for feminism as the riot grrrl movement gave women a voice, both musically and politically. Among the bands of that era with the most staying power was Sleater-Kinney, a group whose skill and inventiveness earned them a devoted following for more than a decade. Read More
As BUST's beloved Eat Me columnist, Chef Rossi has been schooling us on everything from poached eggs to tuna tartare for more than 16 years, and always with a dash of humor. But those with heartier reading appetites can now devour The Raging Skillet: The True Life Story of Chef Rossi, her juicy memoir about growing up, becoming a chef, and working as New York’s most unconventional wedding caterer. Read More
Bringing the world Harry Potter is one of many contributions JK Rowling has made to the world. Her storytelling, her characters, her philanthropy and political activism, her dry-yet-biting wit, are all reasons why, in my humble opinion, JK Rowling is one of the greatest humans on the planet. The following are just 15 of the many: 1. That time she made this misogynistic Serena Williams-hater go sit in the corner: After tweeting her support of Williams, Rowling received this reply: To which she brilliantly replied: 2. Read More
Over the phone from her home in Bozeman, MT, Sarah Vowell talks like she writes: in fast-moving, information-packed passages with a quotable zinger thrown in every few minutes. The 45-year-old author of seven nonfiction books, Vowell is known for her sharp, funny insights into such topics as presidential assassinations, New England Puritans, and the annexation of Hawaii. Her latest book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, covers the “bickering and infighting” of the Revolutionary War through the lens of George Washington’s pal Marquis de Lafayette. Read More
Writer and illustrator Phoebe Gloeckner reveals inside intel on her book The Diary of a Teenage Girl’s leap to the big screen When it was first published in 2002, Phoebe Gloeckner’s semi-autobiographical illustrated novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures, won a legion of diehard female fans who saw some version of themselves in 15-year-old heroine Minnie Goetze. The story pops with the dizzying energy of teenage girlhood, from Minnie’s unabashed horniness and joie de vivre to her bouts of depression and lovelorn misery. Read More
 The fourth and final of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, “The Story Of The Lost Child,” was released today, and it seems like everyone is catching “#FerranteFever.” Ferrante’s four-volume series follows the complicated friendship of two women, Elena and Lila, as they grow up in Naples, Italy in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. If you haven’t picked up the Neapolitan Novels yet, you should. Here are five reasons to love Elena Ferrante with all your feminist heart. 1. Read More
I reckon a husband is rather useful to have around, until, of course, he accidentally gives away your beloved copy of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by putting it in a box on the curb, not realizing its sentimental value. That misfortune recently befell one New York wife, whose remorseful hubby is now on the hunt for the missing tome. He posted this earnest flyer in Greenpoint with the hope of redemption: "I accidentally gave this book away on Saturday July 25th in a box on the corner of of Green and Franklin Streets in Greenpoint. The book is extremely important to my wife. Read More
Our love for Carrie Brownstein burns brighter with each passing day. She’s a Sleater Kinney band member, an actress, a feminist, a former BUST cover girl, and a total bookworm. I even have proof! (And more proof! Further proof! Proof beyond the shadow of a doubt!).  So it makes sense she’d curate a reading list for One Grand, a bookstore-inspired project by Aaron Hicklin. Read More
Image courtesy of Random House I once sat on Gloria Steinem’s floor (more specifically, on one of her floor pillows). I won’t tell you the circumstances under which this happened because I have been sworn to secrecy, but rest assured: Her apartment is everything you’d imagine it to be. The walls are lined with books, many of them memoirs of those luminaries she calls friends. But enough small talk. Stop everything else you’re doing. We need to chat about Steinem’s forthcoming book, My Life on the Road, the first she’s published in two decades. Read More
Image c/o: Library Of Congress A woman’s body is complicated. There’s a whole lot to learn and it doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Thankfully, these books exist to do the job. They’ve helped us embrace being a woman, from puberty to menopause (and everything in-between!) 1. Read More