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Graphic novels can be a lot more complex than Archie. And in the vein of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, these four new graphic memoirs and graphic novels by women get deep. They tackle topics including Amy Kurzweil's grandmother's Holocaust survival story in Flying Couch; to what it was like for Cristy C. Road to grow up, as the subtitle says, "queer, Cuban, and punk in Miami" in Indestructible; to sexual violence in the '70s in Una's Becoming Unbecoming. Last but certainly not least, Dame Darcy's...

When it comes to teenagers and their attitude toward cunnilingus, there’s a substantial divide between real-life and fiction. This is real life:“He doesn’t go down on me...He doesn’t want to. And I’ve never asked.”This is fiction:“‘When I lick you,’ he said, ‘I want you splayed out on a table like my own personal feast.’”Real teenage girls voiced their experiences with sex in Peggy Orenstein’s 2015 New York Times bestseller, Girls & Sex — and according to the book, their voices weren’t being heard anywhere else. These girls,...

  The Animators is a novel about relationships--relationships with your friends, with your family, with the art you create, with yourself--and the amount of work that goes into maintaining each one. Sharon Kisses, the protagonist, is at odds with herself at the outset of the novel. A freshman in college, she’s quiet and reserved, the direct opposite of Mel Vaught, a girl in her classes who quickly becomes her best friend and creative partner. Ten years after the two first meet, she and Mel are on the...

In a brilliant way to demonstrate sexism in publishing, a bookstore in Cleveland, Ohio has turned all the books by men backward for Women’s History Month, leaving only the spines of books by women visible. Loganberry Books shared photos of their bookstore display earlier this month, and they have since gone viral. “Illustrating the fiction gender gap: We’ve silenced male authors, leaving works of women in view,” reads a sign by one bookshelf. Loganberry Books founder Harriet Logan told BuzzFeed that she has highlighted women’s work every...

If you don’t know much about Mama Cass, you probably still know a few of her songs — that’s her voice leading the Mamas and the Papas in the classic song “California Dreamin,’” and she’s the artist behind “Make Your Own Kind Of Music,” aka that song from the hatch in Lost. But those who love Mama Cass — me included — love her for a lot more than her voice. She was a fat woman in the spotlight in a time when very few fat...

On Tuesday, it was announced that former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have signed book deals with Penguin Random House (the whole world rejoices knowing it was not with Simon and Schuster). Barack Obama’s book will be “a straightforward memoir about his presidency,” while Michelle will write “an inspirational work for young people that will draw upon her life story.” The release dates and titles remain unknown, but the highly sought-after book deals reportedly topped $65 million. Of course, the Obamas will donate a...

Black History Month ends today, but you really should be reading books by black writers of the past year-round. And you can add this one to your to-read list: Whatever Happened To Interracial Love?, a short story collection by Kathleen Collins that I recently read and loved. Collins was a black woman writer, playwright, and filmmaker working in the 1970s and '80s. She is best known for her 1982 film Losing Ground, with which she became the first black woman to direct a feature-length film in the...

  Happy almost-spring! We're bringing you ten books by women from BUST's book review section in our February/March 2017 issue, including The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang, A Separation by Katie Kitamura, and Un/Masked: Memoirs Of A Guerrilla Girl On Tour by Donna Kaz. And stay tuned for a special section on the best new graphic novels by women, coming up soon! LIT PICK:The Wangs vs. the World: A NovelBy Jade Chang(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Charles Wang’s fortune is gone. All the makeup magnate has left is his family and a powder-blue Mercedes...

Mary Bowser is the greatest Civil War spy you never heard of. And her story is finally being told in Enigma Alberti and Tony Cliff’s new beginner's chapter book Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring. Mary’s story is marked by her intelligence and alleged photographic memory. Bowser was a black woman and was just a teenager at the time she began work for the Union. According to Civil War record resources, Bowser was born Mary Jane and freed from slavery by Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, whose mother had owned Bowser’s family....

Writer Kassi Underwood’s debut memoir May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion follows her on a road trip across the United States as she takes part in healing ceremonies after having an abortion at nineteen. Graceful in its example of how one can turn a painful experience into a moment of inclusive activism, the book is now inspiring a new grassroots movement around open conversations about abortion. Underwood took some time to talk to BUST about the experience of writing the book,...
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