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  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...
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...