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 Gifts For The Feminist Book-Lover In Your Life

I’m not going to lie: 2017 has been quite a year for feminists. There have been lows, some lower-lows, and even a handful of highs for those folks who believe women are — and have always been — equal to men (and should be treated as such: at home, at…
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17 Debut Novels By Women That Took 2017 By Storm

As a book lover, one of my all-time favorite ways to close out each year is by recognizing the books I’ve spent all year reading — including (and especially) those amazing debut novels I never saw coming. Each year tons of debut novels make their way…
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This New Book Argues That A Clean Environment Is An Inalienable Right — Just Like Free Speech

It’s a book that’s been called the “next Silent Spring” by actor and clean water activist Mark Ruffalo — The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment, written by environmental activist Maya K. van Rossum and published by Disruptio…
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13 Super Simple Ways Readers Can Give Back To Their Communities This Holiday Season

While giving back to our communities is something we could all be doing a little more of, all year round, the winter holidays are typically when folks think about giving back the most. For book lovers, that might mean making those year-end donations …
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What It Was Like For The Woman Who Hid Anne Frank To Read 'Diary Of A Young Girl'

A new anthology, The World is Just a Book Away, published by the University of Southern California Libraries on Nov. 9, chronicles the stories of how books and reading inspired some of the world’s most influential people — and the book is doing a lit…
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How Much Time You Should Actually Spend Reading Each Day, According To Science

According to a 2014 Time magazine article, Americans read (in their words) “a paltry 19 minutes a day.” (19 minutes is pretty paltry.) The stat comes from a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, who also noted that younger Americans…
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Why Glennon Doyle & Abby Wambach Think You Must Embrace Your Past To Tell Your Story

By now, fans of the bestselling author Glennon Doyle and Olympic soccer star Abby Wambach are familiar with the couple’s unconventional, contagiously joyful love story. The two met for the first time during 2016’s tour of Together Live — the annual s…
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11 Books About Grief To Remind You That You're Not Alone In Your Journey

We all struggle with feelings of grief at different points in our lives, and that grief looks different for everybody. Some of us explore our grief outwardly: wearing our feelings on our sleeves and turning to friends and family for support. Others a…
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These 10 Facts Are Proof That Louisa May Alcott Was Jo March IRL

This November 29 marks the 185th birthday of writer and feminist Louisa May Alcott; and next spring, readers will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women, Alcott’s bestselling and most widely-read publication. In honor of t…
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7 Actually Interesting History Books Every Single American Needs To Read

Americans, it seems, are notoriously uneducated about our own history — and it’s been well-documented. These kinds of headlines have been popping up for years: Americans Know Little About Civic Affairs, by the Smithsonian.com; Alarming Number of U.S.…
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Why It Took 'The Glass Eye' Author 10 Years To Write About Her Family Secret

Jeannie Vanasco spent over ten years writing her debut memoir, The Glass Eye, published by Tin House Books earlier this fall; but readers wouldn’t guess it. Not because the memoir isn’t skillfully written and thoughtfully structured — it is — but rat…
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"Read The Resistance" Is The Politically Charged Book Club You Need To Join RN

PEN America — a New York City-based literary organization dedicated to advancing literature, defending free expression, and fostering international literary fellowship — has just launched a new book club you’ll definitely want to join. It’s called Re…
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15 Surprising Facts That Prove Mary Shelley Was The Queen Of Goth

She’s been called the queen of horror, the mother of science fiction, and is one of the most recognized gothic novelists in literature. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, best known for the 1818 novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus — a totally terr…
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How Gratitude Lists Help Poet Yrsa Daley-Ward Keep Negative Feelings At Bay

Poets, typically, are known for being a lot of things. Brooding. Contemplative. Deep. Perhaps a little tortured. I love poets — I love their minds and their words, their bravery and their willingness to hold difficult emotional spaces. But rarely do …
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What It's Actually Like To Spend Your Whole Life Traveling, According To This New Book

If Joan Didion and Fran Lebowitz had a literary love child, she would be Lynn Freed — or, at least, the resulting book would be Lynn Freed’s essay collection, The Romance of Elsewhere, on sale from Counterpoint Press on Oct. 10. The collection of 20 …
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How Nobel Prize Winner Kazuo Ishiguro Wrote His Masterpiece In Just Four Weeks

Here’s a piece of news that will leave readers and writers the world over feeling inspired (or, you know, possibly terrible): Kazuo Ishiguro wrote his 1989 novel, The Remains of the Day, in just four weeks. That’s 30 days, people. Maybe 31, if we’re …
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Kazuo Ishiguro's Nobel Prize Win Was A Huge Surprise — But Not Because He Doesn't Deserve It

On Thursday morning, the Swedish Academy announced that Kazuo Ishiguro won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature — a prize pick that might have some readers, especially those who follow the yearly Nobel Prize awarding religiously — surprised. The Swedi…
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These Kazuo Ishiguro Quotes Exemplify Why He Deserves The Nobel Prize In Literature

On Thursday morning, the Swedish Academy announced that Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature for 2017. If you're unfamiliar with Ishiguro's work, take a look at the quotes below — all of which provide a small window into the work of the …
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13 Millennial Memoirs That Prove You're Never Too Young To Tell Your Story

In literary circles, there are plenty of ideas about who is old enough to write a memoir (and who isn’t.) “Young” memoirists are typically considered to be any writer under 40, while millennial memoirists — those born after 1980 — are even younger. T…
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Rupi Kaur Is Back With Another Dreamy, Empowering Collection Of Poems And Drawings

She’s a writer who’s gone viral: for her photography, for her performance poetry, for her written verse. You probably recognize her from her Instagram account, which boasts over 1.6 million followers, or her first poetry collection, milk and honey, w…
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