E. Ce Miller is a writer, reader, activist, feminist, and yoga instructor, usually in desperate need of a hairbrush. Currently she writes about books for Bustle, and has been a writing mentor for the PEN America Prison Writing Program and the Afghan Women's Writing Project. Her words have appeared in Culture Trip, Midwestern Gothic, Sixfold Journal, The Sun Magazine, and more. Sometimes she writes articles about weddings… because who doesn’t love eating mini quiche appetizers in a trumpet skirt?
Latest Articles

Why Literature Needs More Angry Women

As anyone I dated between 2006 and 2008 can attest to, as a late teen living in Chicago, I was prone to episodes of petty vandalism. I say this with neither pride nor shame — it was simply a brief but explosive period in my life, wherein I would do t…
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10 Non-Cookbooks That Every Foodie Needs To Read

I have a not-so-secret love of cookbooks — though, rarely, do I actually ever use them for their intended purpose: cooking. While I don’t often have the patience to regularly baste a turkey, or babysit a soufflé, or stem enough fresh thyme to meet th…
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11 Novels About Angry Women Who Don't Deserve To Be Called "Unlikeable"

Called shrill, hysterical, alienating, emotional, irrational, crazy, unhinged — angry women are unwelcome in life and in literature. If young women have learned anything in the last two years — from the events leading up to the 2016 election through …
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15 'Modern Love' Columns That Every Millennial Will Find Extremely Relatable

Millennials — anyone with a birthday between 1982 and 2004 — are known for a lot of things. Stacking up in the “things the world hates about Millennials column” we have: being obsessed with (perfectly filtered) self-expression and using social media …
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This New Book About The Life Of "Ordinary Women" Is STUNNING

My bookshelves are filled with women: women writers and women’s stories; women who look and live and love like me, and women who don’t; fictional women and real women and women who fall somewhere in between. My bookshelves have always looked like thi…
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This Poetry Collection Won BOTH Of The Biggest Literary Awards Of The Year

If you’re looking for a little something else to add to your TBR pile this National Poetry Month, you might want to consider Frank Bidart. Bidart was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, for Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 — announced on…
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This Book About The Woman Behind 'Little House On The Prairie' Just Won A Pulitzer Prize

Little House on the Prairie lovers rejoice: writer Caroline Fraser was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, for her 2017 title Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder — as announced on April 16 by Pulitzer Administrator D…
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12 Literary Scandals That Are More Dramatic Than Any Fiction Book

From the secret smuggling of the Aleppo Codex and plagues of plagiarism, to the pseudonyms that keep readers everywhere guessing and epic literary heists worthy of a Nancy Drew novel, the history of literary scandals is a well-documented one (we are …
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This Lawyer's Literal Job Is To Make Sure Banned Books Are A Thing Of The Past

When I speak with Abena Hutchful, she has just come from a day of protest, helping New York City school students — who marched in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, demanding nationwide action on gun violence — to r…
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This Couple Is Going On A 2000-Mile Book Tour By Bike To Save Their Favorite Wilderness Area

When adventure lovers and environmental activists Amy and Dave Freeman discovered that their beloved Boundary Waters — a breathtaking, 1.1 million-acre roadless waterway, bog, bedrock, and boreal forest-filled region of the Superior National Forest, …
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9 Books To Read If You're Curious About Life In North Korea & Other Dictatorships

While I wouldn’t describe myself as a glass-half-full kind of gal, I’m hardly prepping my doomsday bunker either. (Although I can tell you one thing: there will be an impractical amount of books and far too few cans of soup in it, if I ever do.) And …
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This Is The One Book From 2017 You REALLY Need To Read If You Missed It Last Year

Debut author Weike Wang has a lot to celebrate — even if you don’t include her recent PEN/Hemingway Award win (which recognizes a distinguished first book of fiction and comes with a sizable $25,000 prize and two writer’s residencies.) That first boo…
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15 Protest Poets You Should Be Reading This National Poetry Month

One could make the argument that the mere writing of poetry — especially in the face of global violence, political turmoil, poverty, illness, death, personal heartache, and more — is an act of protest itself. To respond to the world through verse is,…
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This Advice Columnist Wrote A Memoir & It's EXACTLY What You Need To Get Through This Week

When writer Meredith Goldstein pitched a relationship advice column to her Boston Globe editors in 2008, her life (and relationship) were sailing smoothly. By the time that column launched on the daily newspaper’s website in early 2009, not-so-much. …
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I Hated 'Catcher In The Rye' As A Teen — But It's Exactly The Book I Needed As An Adult

When I first read The Catcher in the Rye, like the vast majority of my 11th grade peers, I hated Holden Caulfield. Apparently, hating Holden Caulfield is one of the markers of a Millennial reader. A staple of my high school required reading list that…
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11 Books To Read If You're A Woman Thinking About Running For Office

You’ve already seen the headlines: a record number of women are running for political office in 2018, clearly a direct response to the 2016 election, the Trump presidency, and the fact that women are just seriously fed up with the patriarchy making a…
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15 Books That Have Been Called 'The Next Great American Novel' — And What To Read Instead

It’s the dream of every American writer: the siren song of writing “the next great American novel”. A novel that, as Lena Dunham (and, admittedly, many others) have put it: acts as the voice of a generation. Dozens of novels have been given the infor…
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9 Short Stories About Modern Womanhood That Will Feel Scarily Familiar

Barring the possibility that you were stranded on an unpopulated island in the Pacific or unconscious during the week of Dec. 11, 2017, you heard about “Cat Person” — the 4,000-word short story about a short-lived and cringe-worthy relationship that …
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We Need To Talk About Why People Hate 'InstaPoets' So Much — And Why They're Wrong

Collectively, they’ve assembled millions of Instagram followers. Some have even garnered a celebrity following. More often than not, that social media-fueled fanbase is translating to book sales. Rupi Kaur, Amanda Lovelace, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Lang Leav…
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This Is The New Essay Collection You'll Want To Share With All Your Best Friends

I am not a maker of things — I do not sew, or knit, or weave, or mold, or bake, or build, or paint. I have a half-dozen adult coloring books with the first third of the first page of each colored in. My refrigerator currently harbors a yeast starter …
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