Books

Junot Díaz Wants You To Submit Your Best Dystopian Writing

Pulitzer Prize winning Dominican American writer Junot Díaz is looking for your fictional and non-fictional "global dystopias" in a special call for submissions from the Boston Review. It's timely, given the prevalence of dystopian writing in the online mediascape. In discussion with BR Associate Editor Avni Majithia-Sejpal, Díaz, who is also BR's Fiction Editor, speaks about his motivations behind this call for submissions. Certainly we are at peak dystopia. We are in a moment where there is, …

By Jayson Flores

8 Self-Help Books That Will Actually Help You Make Sense Of Things

Self-help books have such a stigma, and I don’t know why — except, I’m one of the many people who contributed to it. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but I used to proudly state that I was open to trying almost all genres… except self-help. I look back on my younger self, shocked at the arrogance that statement took: I know I wasn’t convinced that I was perfect. Why, then, did I look on this genre with such disdain? I look back and think, "I should have been reading all the self-help books I…

By Swapna Krishna

NC Lawmakers Pull 'Jacob's New Dress' From Curriculum

Since January, we have been writing steadily about how books can help guide you through a time of more political and social activism. Obviously, books have always been a great way to understand the world around us, and open us up to new ideas and new people, places and experiences. And if all of history's banned books are any indication, lawmakers know this, too. In an effort to continue promoting "family values" (i.e. "bigotry") the latest book to be removed from school curriculum is Jacob's Ne…

By Kerri Jarema

9 Historical Fiction Books About Incredible Women

Women's History Month might be winding down, but Bustle's love for women in literature never does. That's why I've got this list of historical fiction books about incredible women. Inspired by real-life heroines, these stories will remind you just how badass women have always been. You know how the saying goes: "History is written by the victors." That means, more often than not, history is written by old white guys whose stories skim over, leave out, or blatantly ignore the contributions of oth…

By Sadie L. Trombetta

11 Books About The History Of The Women's Movement

Last week, Women’s March announced the fifth action of their Ten Actions in 100 Days campaign — a direct response to the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, which began with the march in Washington D.C. (and marches all over the world) on January 21, and has seen one action every 10 days since. Called Reflect and Resist, this fifth action aims to explore the complex history of the feminist movement — its successes as well as some of its challenges, specifically those regarding inclusivi…

By E. Ce Miller

7 Essential Reads About Life In North Korea

I have a confession to make: I'm an eensy bit obsessed with books and documentaries about North Korea. Defector memoirs have become their own subgenre over the last decade or so, and if you're looking for books to read about North Korea, they're a great place to start. Both halves of the Korean peninsula have been through much political turmoil over the last few decades, stretching back to the early 20th century, when Japan occupied the then-unified country. Following Japan's defeat in World War…

By Kristian Wilson

Bustle's Editors On London + The ERA

What a day it's been. The attacks in London (lots more on that below) were a tragic start to the morning, and as more information comes out about what happened, we'll all be keeping the victims and their families in our thoughts. For more on what went on in London, as well as other, thankfully less tragic, news and events from Mar. 22, read on. The London Attack + What Happened In tragic news out of London Wednesday morning, multiple people were injured (including a police officer) and one died…

By Rachel Simon

Pictures Books To Inspire Kids To Make A Difference

You know how the saying goes: our children are our future. They hold the fate of the world in their tiny, sticky hands, and based on the way 2017 is going so far, they're going to need all they help they can get today to become effective leaders of tomorrow. Give the young ones in your life a leg up with these picture books on activism that will teach them how to be brave, how to be strong, and how to make a difference in the world. When you think of family-friendly activities, what do you typic…

By Sadie L. Trombetta

9 Contemporary YA Heroines To Read In A Time Of Resistance

The Women's March organizers recently released their fifth call to action entitled Reflect and Resist. On their website they write, "Community is key to activism, so bring your huddles, neighbors, and your march partners back together, collectively choose a book or article to read, or film to watch. Take time to reflect and, together, discuss the topics that they highlight and the issues that women experiencing multiple forms of oppression have faced and continue to face." And they have even cho…

By Kerri Jarema

A Book-Lover's Guide To Paris

Oh mon Dieu, Paris. The book lover in me loves Paris — deeply. And you will too (if you don’t already) after checking out this book-lover’s guide to Paris; filled with everything from the best bookstores you’ll want to spend hours browsing in and tips on the most bookish places to have an espresso, to finding the home where Gertrude Stein hosted her legendary literary salons and the street corner where Ernest Hemingway paused to blow his nose. (OK, so maybe not that specific, but you get where I…

By E. Ce Miller