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  This week brings the long-awaited premiere of Black Panther, along with Crunk Feminist Collective cofounder Brittney Cooper’s new book and the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend finale. As a reminder, we haven’t seen, read, or listened to everything ourselves, but when we have, we’ll include a link (or a note if it's in print but not yet online).  MOVIES Black Panther Black Panther is finally here! And with a cast that includes Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright, we can’t wait to watch it. Directed by Ryan Coogler....
We’re sharing with your our sidebar spotlighting new books by black feminist writers from our new February/March print issue. Be sure to show these authors some love by picking up a copy of one — or all — of these four books about feminism and race. When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter MemoirBy Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele(St. Martin’s Press) In this groundbreaking memoir, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, with coauthor asha bandele, weaves together stories of her family, both chosen and...
Dr. Nan Savage Healy's book Toni Wolff & C. G. Jung: A Collaboration explores how analyst Toni Wolff's ideas and work were basically stolen by Carl Jung, who appropriated Toni’s insights and theories and gave her no credit.  In 1910, Toni was a young student from a wealthy Zurich family when she met Jung, who was married and middle-aged. As she worked with Jung, among other things, Wolff developed and elaborated on fundamental archetypal roles for women, especially the maternal (mother) and hetaira (courtesan), both...
Published in 1875, The Lover’s Poetic Companion and Valentine Writer is a book intended for Victorian ladies and gentlemen “who wish to address those they love in suitable terms.” It contains a variety of Valentine verses, ranging from the sweet to the satirical. The book promises that these “Love Lyrics” are harmless and that even the more comical lines do not descend into vulgarity. But what these verses lack in vulgarity, they more than make up for in unkindness and — in some instances —...
In White Houses (Random House), celebrated writer Amy Bloom imagines the relationship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, the journalist who covered Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential campaign and then developed a close relationship with Eleanor. “Hick” was known as a lesbian and she was also known to say she was in love with Eleanor. Although historians acknowledge the two women exchanged letters and were openly affectionate, whether they had a physical relationship is still debated. The novel, told from Hickok’s point of view, is...
  Moms come in all shapes, sizes, and hold all sorts of jobs. But, at the end of the day, they all have one thing in common: They all love their babies. Written by Juniper Fitzgeral and illustrated by Elise Peterson, the new picture book How Mamas Love Their Babies (Feminist Press) explores the myriad occupations mothers hold that allows them to provide for their children. Through vibrant, colorful collages, the book draws beautiful parallels between the work women do at their jobs — from sex work to...
The BUST office was pretty impressed when I shared my final Goodreads book count for 2017 — 77 books — and asked me to share some of my best bookworm tips. I read one or two books per week, and I’ve done so since I was a little kid — I credit growing up in a rural/suburban area with limited computer and TV access and not much else to do but read. I’ve been a fast reader for as long as I can remember —...
The Dutch magazine Flow is sort of a cross between O: The Oprah Magazine and your favorite stationery store. Each issue is filled with inspiring and uplifting stories, plus tucked-in treats such as notebooks, cards, and beautiful papers to cut out. As a Dutch speaker, I’ve been a fan for years, but it’s been difficult to get my American friends on board the Flow train. No more. Now, there’s an English edition of Flow that can be found at most bookstores. Better yet, all of the...
  Ursula K. Le Guin, science fiction writer extraordinaire and tough-minded feminist, passed away on Monday at age 88, according to the New York Times. Le Guin’s novels have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold millions of copies around the world. Many of Le Guin’s books have been in print for nearly 50 years, including the extremely popular The Left Hand of Darkness, which takes place on a planet where people are neither male nor female, something she referred to as a “thought...

  Our December/January 2018 book reviews are now online, featuring the Handmaid's Tale-esque novel Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, Mira T. Lee's critically-acclaimed debut novel Everything Here Is Beautiful, and Jaclyn Friedman's nonfiction book exploring "our culture's effed-up relationship with sexuality." Read the reviews below, and don't forget to subscribe! Unscrewed: Women, Sex, 
Power, and How to Stop Letting 
the System Screw Us AllBy Jaclyn Friedman(Seal Press)In her book Unscrewed, named for her podcast that explores our culture’s effed-up relationship with sexuality, author Jaclyn Friedman refers to today’s...