Books

  Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke FreeBy Linda Kay Klein (Touchstone) Imagine your sexuality as a lollipop. Who’s going to want a lollipop that someone’s already sucked on? This is the type of metaphor at the root of the trauma author Linda Kay Klein experienced at the hands of the white evangelical purity movement. When she’s not immersing readers into the same world she spent years trying to free herself from, Klein is sharing research,...
  Two sisters: one remembers magic, the other doesn't, and neither is supposed to know that magic even exists. This comic may sound like something from the Harry Potter series, but it is a lot sexier and way more colorful, featuring Latinx women, Los Angeles, beautiful people, and a hint of CW-esque drama. This is Sam Humphries' and Jen Bartel’s newest work, Blackbird. Our two sisters are named Marisa and Nina Rodriguez. Nina, the younger sister, has a feeling something terrible is going to happen—and then it...
Lisa Marie Basile, poet witch of the internet age and founder of Luna Luna magazine magazine, has created Light Magic for Dark Times, a self-care witchcraft spellbook for our darker moments, bursting with practical and poetic advice. Thanks to her creative writing, Basile's magic feels like a dip into The Artist’s Way for witches, structured with journal prompts to help the reader get a better sense of their goals, ailments, and passions. This allows for a good amount of self-discovery and autonomy, and the opportunity to use...
A new month is here, and it's a great month for books! See which October books by women and nonbinary authors we're most excited about—we'll note when we've reviewed or covered them, or have coverage planned. All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole ChungNicole Chung's debut memoir tells the story of growing up as a Korean adoptee in an all-white town, and her search for her birth family as an adult. Out October 2. Read our review here. What If This Were Enough?: Essays by...
All You Can Ever Know: A MemoirBy Nicole Chung (Catapult) Nicole Chung was born severely premature to Korean immigrants who put her up for adoption after their doctor warned the baby would struggle her whole life. Growing up, this is all Chung knew about her origins. But when she became pregnant with her first child, Chung began a search for her birth family that led to her learning the difficult truth about her birth mother; developing a close relationship with her biological sister; and reconnecting...
  What If This Were Enough?: EssaysBy Heather Havrilesky(Doubleday) What if this were enough? It’s the seemingly simple, but ultimately profound question that permeates Heather Havrilesky’s first essay collection. In it, she delves into her own personal grievances and those she has with culture as a whole. (Let’s just say, she’s not sold on the fact that Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth.)Just like in “Ask Polly,” her advice column for The Cut, Havrilesky’s essays urge readers to dismiss society’s concept of “enough” and instead...
American Like Me: Reflections on Life ?Between Cultures Edited by America Ferrera(Gallery Books) For many immigrants or children of immigrants in America, the concept of identity is complicated. “We live as citizens of a country that does not always claim us or even see us,” writes American Ferrera (star of Ugly Betty and Superstore) in her intro to the anthology American Like Me, a collection of essays by actors, athletes, writers, and other pop-culture personalities exploring the challenges of living between cultures. Many of these...
You know your movement’s lost its revolutionary status when everyone shows up to the protest in hot pink hats. Seeing feminism’s as popular as ever now, it’s disappointing what the movement has done—or rather, fails to do—for women as a whole. With so many so many underserved women on the fringes, it's a real state of emergency for the movement’s gatekeepers to transform feminism into one that's inclusive and radical. So what do you do when the girls’ club’s just as exclusive as the boys’...

In most print issues of BUST, we include a sidebar in our book review section to recommends a few new books based on a theme. From our August/September 2018 issue, three books that explore the difficult realities of motherhood: An Excellent Choice: Panic and Joy on My Solo Path to MotherhoodBy Emma Brockes(Penguin Press) In An Excellent Choice, lesbian journalist Emma Brockes sets out on her own (sort of) to birth a babe at 38. And in doing so, she tackles all the questions: Should she do...
Kate Harris’s memoir of cycling the length of the Silk Road from Turkey to the Himalaya succeeds in becoming a rare thing—a true adventure book by a woman. Not that women going on great adventures and writing about them are rare. But often their tales are wrapped in an additional plot: A breakup. A recovery. A great quest for true, inner self. Which are all important, legitimate stories in themselves, of course. But sometimes it feels that adventure for adventure’s sake is still considered the...