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Week Of Women: May 8-14, 2020

by Lydia Wang

Need some new music to get you through the monotony? Luckily, Hayley Williams and Kehlani are here with new records—and we have some movies, books, and more on our radar this week. Read on for what we’re streaming, reading, and more.




Lara Gallagher’s directorial debut tells the story of a woman (Otmara Marrero) who, after running away to her ex’s lake house, forms an intense and complicated relationship with a younger woman (Sydney Sweeney). Available to stream May 8.

Dead to Me


Duo Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate are back for a second season of Netflix’s hit dark, twisty comedy – and according to creator Liz Feldman, there will be even higher stakes and deeper bonds this time around. All episodes will be available to stream May 8.

How to Build a Girl


Based on Caitlin Moran’s novel of the same title, How to Build a Girl follows the coming-of-age of Johanna (Beanie Feldstein), a British teenager who grows up to become a music journalist. Out May 8.


Petals for Armor by Hayley Williams


Paramore frontwoman Williams’ long-awaited solo record will feature singles including “Over Yet,” “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris,” and more. Out May 8, and read our review of her recent EPs here.

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t by Kehlani


Speaking of highly anticipated albums, Kehlani has held us over since 2017’s SweetSexySavage with R&B gems including “Honey” and “All Me”—and a 2019 EP—but her newest full-length record will finally drop May 8.

Yoga Star Jessamyn Stanley on BUST’s Podcast

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Award-winning yoga instructor and activist Jessamyn Stanley pops by Poptarts to discuss how she overcame commercialization, bias, and discrimination in the fitness industry to become a high-level yoga star. Listen now. 


My Baby First Birthday by Jenny Zhang

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Jenny Zhang’s newest collection of poetry—a follow-up to 2017’s story collection Sour Heart—tackles womanhood, trauma, capitalism, and everything in between. Out May 12.

Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency by Olivia Laing

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Laing returns with another timely book, this one about the importance of art in crisis. Out May 12.

A Children’s Bible: A Novel by Lydia Millet

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Millet’s novel centers around a group of teenagers who decide to run away from a forced family vacation during an apocalypse of sorts. What follows is a story of beliefs, survival, and a generational divide. Out May 12.

Top photo via IFC Films / How to Build a Girl

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