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Curious that Last Woman Standing (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a speedy, feminist thriller, is being released in January instead of June. If a beach read is a book that wins your attention easily and tends toward women’s interests, this book is a perfect addition to the category, and would sell well if positioned thus. The plot is memorable and easy to track through multiple reading sessions, while the characters twist and turn under author Amy Gentry’s skillful direction. Perhaps the people who calendar book releases considered it...

Our January/February 2019 book reviews are now online! Check out all the books that have been keeping us warm this winter, and don't forget to subscribe to BUST's print magazine. Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black FeminismBy Omise’eke Tinsley(University of Texas Press) A companion piece to her undergraduate course, “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism,” at the University of Texas, Professor Omise’eke Tinsley’s third book, Beyoncé in Formation, is the textbook the Beyhive has been waiting for. A literary mixtape, the book focuses both on Beyoncé’s feminism and on Tinsley’s own queer,...
Despite the common trope of men ruling over the rest of the universe just as they do on Earth, science fiction has often afforded women a lot more agency than other genres. Due to sci-fi’s speculative nature, it’s easier to get away with exploring outsider and progressive themes without it causing too much of an uproar with male fans of the genre. Also, since sci-fi is on the fringes itself, its platform lends itself nicely to a feminist take. In a world that is very...
Happy New Year! We're kicking off January with a list of new books by women that we can't wait to read, including the Roxane Gay-approved essay collection Thick: and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom, and You Know You Want This, the debut short story collection by Kristen Roupenian, the author of the viral short story "Cat Person." Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell (January 8) This short story collection by Buenos Aires-born, Berlin-based writer Samanta Schweblin has been called "disturbing" and "nightmare-fuel"—in...
In 2018, things are arguably the best they’ve ever been for U.S. womenfolk. But if the past few years have taught us anything—by virtue of Hillary Clinton’s unconscionable loss to our Improprietor-in-Chief, as well as the ubiquitous and grotesque revelations brought to light by the #MeToo movement, just to name a few lessons in sexism’s lingering strength—it’s that true equality is still a long way off. Enter New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay, a new humor anthology that playfully toys...

  In each issue of BUST's print magazine we review at least 14 books, and we also feature additional book reviews on BUST.com. Here, we’ve rounded up 23 of our favorite books published in 2018, featuring authors including Tayari Jones, Melissa Broder, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Ijeoma Oluo. See our picks below in order of release date. Happy reading! So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Seal Press, January 16)Read our review.   When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors...
  I wasn’t into musical theater, I’m not half-Mexican, and I didn’t grow up in L.A. But, like the heroine of Nikki Darling’s debut novel Fade Into You (Feminist Press)—who is also named Nikki—I did grow up listening to Jane’s Addiction on my Walkman, my parents were divorced, and I spent my high school years smoking a lot of weed with my gay best friend and a bunch of other smart kids who posed as future drop-outs, wanting things from my mom and dad and teachers and...
The nights are getting longer and it’s getting colder, so what's than curling up on the sofa/in bed with a delightful book? “BUT WHAT BOOK?!” I hear you cry. Don’t worry, guys, we got you. We’re going to look at some of our favourite historical fiction. We’ve got something for everyone: Crime! Romance! Fancy dandies with tight tights! All the literary food groups. 1. Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer Phwoor, look at those calves! The author, Georgette Heyer, is my homegirl. For reals. I love her with a passion that will...
The year is almost over, but  are our picks for our most-anticipated new books by women for the final month of 2018. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield  Diane Setterfield's (The Thirteenth Tale) third novel is centered around a mystery: a wounded man carrying a dead child walks into an inn on the river Thames—and then, hours later, the girl comes back to life. Out Tuesday, December 4. Milkman by Anna Burns This Man Booker Prize-winning novel follows an unnamed 18-year-old girl in 1970s Northern Ireland who encounters...
It’s not easy dealing with online trolls or arguing with our friends and family about social issues. Feminists often take on the burden of emotional labor, which author Gemma Hartley defines as “emotion management and life management combined... the unpaid, invisible work we do to keep those around us comfortable and happy." Just as workers are expected to control their emotions during interactions with difficult customers, the same is expected in our intimate relationships. As advocates for gender equality, we are constantly pulled between teaching our...