E. Ce Miller is a writer, activist, feminist, and yoga instructor. She writes about books for Bustle, helps women raise their voices with the Afghan Women's Writing Project, and mentors with PEN America. Her mother thinks her hair's a mess.
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12 Books About Falling In Love With Your BFF, From 'Mansfield Park' To 'Brokeback Mountain'

Literature is filled with stories about best friends falling in love — with some seriously mixed results. From the besties who suddenly realize they’re meant to be, to the long-awaited first kiss that changes everything, to the painfully one-sided un…
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This Is The Most Thoughtful Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift

With Valentine’s Day just one short week away, you should already be well on your way to picking out the perfect gift for that special sweetheart in your life (and if you’re not, I promise I won’t tell. But seriously, get on that.) If your sweetie ju…
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13 Heart-Wrenching Books About Unrequited Love

If you’re sick of hearing about Valentine’s Day by now, believe me — you are not alone. From the moment all those stuffed snowmen and red-nosed reindeer were replaced with giant, heart-shaped chocolate boxes on my favorite convenience store’s shelves…
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11 Poetry Collections To Give Your Book-Loving Bae This Valentine's Day

If I’m going to be totally honest, when it comes to finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, candy, flowers, and jewelry are seriously over-hyped. (I mean, I love chocolate as much as the next person — but it’s not exactly the most creative gift you…
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These 10 Romantic Harry Potter Quotes Make The Perfect Valentine's Day Insta Caption

Although what first comes to mind when you think of the Wizarding World might be magic wands and time-worn spell books, the message at the core of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is one of a different kind of magic altogether: love. And while you …
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Why This Author Believes Her Memoir About Sexual Abuse & Mental Illness Is A "Conjuring"

It took Terese Marie Mailhot four years to finish writing a single line about her father’s death. That line — "My father died at the Thunderbird Hotel on Flood Hope Road..." — can be found in her debut memoir, Heart Berries, published by Counterpoint…
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The History Of The "False Rape Report" Goes All The Way To The Salem Witch Trials

In 1671, a Puritan lawyer named Sir Matthew Hale became Lord Chief Justice of England — a likely footnote in global history were it not for two things. The first was his presiding over a trial that set legal precedents for the trying and sentencing o…
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21 Love Letters By Authors To Inspire Your Own Valentine's Day Notes

You know what authors like Vladamir Nabakov and Ernest Hemingway wrote in their classic novels — but what about the words that they wrote to their wives? Writers like Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Brontë composed characters of great independence and s…
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7 Reasons To Start A Feminist Book Club This Year

I am a sucker for a good book club — heck, I’m a sucker for a sorta mediocre book club, to be totally honest here. I join book clubs like other folks order coffee or pickup their dry cleaning: with great regularity and very little analysis. At the ti…
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This Podcast Helps You Figure Out Which Self-Help Books Are Worth Reading

If you’ve ever wandered through the self-help section of your local bookstore, it probably didn’t take you long to realize that if you’ve got a problem, there’s a book for it. Several books, in fact, all claiming to be the latest and the greatest, th…
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For The First Time Ever, The 5 Finalists For This Major Literary Prize Are All Women

PEN America — the New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated advancing both literature and human rights by defending free expression and championing writers in the United States and around the world — just announced the finalists for their…
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15 Harry Potter Quotes For Valentine's Day That Aren't "Always"

Even though I was just a wee pre-teen when the Harry Potter craze caught on in the United States, I didn’t actually end up reading the entire Harry Potter series, cover-to-cover, until about a year ago. (I know, I know, Potterheads take your moment t…
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15 Books That'll Help You Understand What's Happening In Politics This Year

Even if you keep up with the news on a regular basis, it can be hard to stay completely up-to-date on what’s going on in the White House. After the 2016 election Americans on the whole were critiqued and mocked for having little-to-no understanding o…
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11 New Feminist Books That Could Change Your Entire Year

Feminist readers, are you up for a little change this year? (The good kind of change, not the kind that makes you want to sit in the corner of your closet with the door shut until 2020.) I know that I am — I want positive change for our country and t…
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15 Books To Read If You Just Found Out You're Pregnant

So it looks like that strip turned pink (…or two stripes appeared, or you saw a plus sign, or a smiley face, or an indistinguishable blob of pastel. Either way, you’ve probably just learned that in the future you’ll be shelling out a few extra bucks …
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15 Quotes About Grief From Books To Help You Feel A Little Less Alone

A little over a month ago, I was in the unpleasant position of having to put my 10-year-old pet rabbit to sleep. Now, I know what you’re (probably) thinking — because I thought it, too: Are rabbits even supposed to live past 10-years-old? In a world …
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25 Love Quotes From Books That Make The Perfect Valentine's Day Insta Caption

With Valentine’s Day (or its far superior sister holiday, Galentine’s Day) just around the corner and the world in dire need of more words of affirmation, compassion, and love these days, now is a great time to revisit what some of your favorite writ…
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15 Books That Seriously Need A Sequel

Some of the most bittersweet moments in the life of a book lover are discovering those books you just can’t put down and that you never want to end — sweet because they’re just SO good, but bitter because at some point you will, in fact, arrive at th…
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This Book On Women's Suffrage Is For Kids — But Every Feminist Needs To Read It

From young girls clasping Hillary Clinton figurines at political rallies, to HRC fielding debate questions with Donald Trump leering over her shoulder, to over 440,000 women standing arm-to-arm in the streets of Washington D.C. on Jan. 21, 2017, some…
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Read Haitian-American Author Edwidge Danticat's Powerful Response To That "Sh*thole" Comment

What would typically be a day of mourning for Haitian-Americans and Haitians all over the world has turned into a day of speaking out against yet another absurdly timed and painfully ignorant comment, reportedly said by the United States President Do…
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