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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...
It’s an easy time to be a mad woman in Trump’s America, from reproductive politics to “grab her by the pussy” and everything in between—catcalling, harassment, intimate partner abuse, rape, diet culture, the wage gap, motherhood...the list goes on and on. Whether we hide it from the world or shout it from our laptops, the anger never goes away, and finding peace of mind seems basically impossible when faced with the problems women endure. So what do you do with all that pent-up anger? In...
  Author Mariko Tamaki has brought Kara Danvers—also known as Supergirl, Superman’s (technically) older cousin—a whole new origin story. Introducing and and gorgeous artwork by Catwoman writer and artist Joelle Jones, Supergirl: Being Super is a graphic novel that deals with contemporary issues with heart and humor. Tamaki took sometime to talk with BUST about diversity in comics, why she gave Supergirl a reboot, and the importanceof having LGBTQ characters in fiction geared toward young audiences. Supergirl: Being Super, p. 15 Supergirl has been done in so many different ways. Why...
In times like these, we need funny women more than ever. Luckily, we have Erin Gibson. An Emmy-nominated comedian and self-proclaimed "Southern loudmouth," she’s been hard at work turning dire political news on its head with her trademark wit, unapologetic takedowns and absurdist slants. The L.A.-based actress, writer and comedian cut her teeth working at comedy website and production company Funny or Die (including servin as the creator, writer, and director of the Emmy-nominated webseries Gay of Thrones) and appearing on shows including Key & Peele,...

September is here, and so are a new batch of books! We've picked 12 of the most exciting new releases by women out this month, and noted when we have additional coverage in the works. Ponti by Sharlene Teo (September 4) This debut novel set in Singapore follows a fraught friendship between teens Szu and Circe, earning comparisons to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels. The Silence Of The Girls by Pat Barker (September 4) Booker Prize winner Pat Barker's new novel tells the story of the Iliad through the eyes...
In Gross Anatomy (out Aug. 21), Mara Altman allows her curiosity and her sense of humor to lead her into many of the human body’s less appealing nooks and crannies. In fifteen essays, varying greatly in length and complexity, she covers everything from head lice to plantar warts. It’s a fun collection, using humor and Altman’s insatiable curiosity to drive the reader’s interest. But the book is only a short step down from the unrealistic standards and rhetoric of women’s glossy magazines. Altman asks every scientific...
Our August/September 2018 book reviews are now online! Check out our picks for end-of-summer reads, including new books by Zora Neale Hurston, Caitlin Moran, and Virginie Despentes, plus an anthology edited by Roxane Gay. Don’t forget to subscribe here! America Is Not The Heart: A NovelBy Elaine Castillo(Viking, April 3, 2018) In her debut novel, Elaine Castillo introduces readers to Gerónima “Hero” de Vera, a woman who once traded her privileged upbringing for a communist guerrilla group in the Philippines. At the book’s onset, though, Hero has...
Our culture only permits women to be one thing: perfect. And if you have to be perfect, you certainly can’t be fat. Like many women, author and activist Virgie Tovar spent a lifetime hating her body before finding her people and true self. In her manifesto, You Have the Right to Remain Fat (Aug. 14, Feminist Press), she discusses her journey from self-hatred to self-love, the effects of diet culture, and the importance of fat activism over the body-positive movement to enable meaningful change from the...
The apocalypse that Ling Ma creates in her debut novel Severance is all too easy to believe: “Shen Fever,” a mysterious disease, originates in Shenzhen, China and slowly spreads around the world, drawing media attention, panic, and uneasy joking—just like the 2014 ebola epidemic and the 2009 swine flu pandemic. But unlike ebola and swine flu, Shen Fever is always fatal...in a way. Those who catch it die, but their bodies live on, mechanically living out the routines of their daily lives—setting a table, turning the pages...
Puberty is having a moment. Or, at least, it could be on the cusp of having a moment—Judy Blume, the world’s favorite young adult writer, recently tweeted at her fans, asking, “Which of my books, kids and/or adult would you want to see adapted for series or movie? I ask because I’m in LA meeting with many talented people. I think the time has come.” To answer her question, BUST has compiled a list of the five Judy Blume books we would want adapted, or lovingly...