Carrie Brownstein buys the Rookie Yearbook and vegan cookbooks.
If you love comics or stories about heroes or women writing for women, you should really check outWomathology: Heroic. Sure, it’s a whopping 50 bucks — but all the proceeds go to charity, and every purchase sends a clear message to the dudes at Marvel and DC about how many women enjoy comics and what kind of stories we really want to read. - Heather Hogan
Drift is densely packed with years of research and unapologetic political wonk, but just like on her show, Maddow tempers the academia with whimsical anecdotes and spit-taking humor. I own a book containing all the declassified documents from the Iran-Contra scandal; it’s like a thousand pages long. But Maddow sums it up thusly: Iran-Contra was like “‘F-k Congress,’ only in Latin.” She explores it more deeply than that, of course, but she does candor with a perfect mix of cleverness. - Heather Hogan
Well, comedy ladies will like it because it talks about my path from Second City to SNL and beyond being a lady in comedy. But, on a deeper level, I’ve been finding that ladies in their late 30s or early 40s seem to light up when i tell them of my pregnancy tale because they are used to so much negative information. Also, I’ve lived on both sides of single lady-trudging to baby showers, and of being a “surprise mom” and becoming a “baby person” later in the game.
Rachel Dratch tells us why you’ll like her memoir, Girl Wants into a Bar…
Still wounded by her breakup with the Cuban playwright María Irene Fornés (“I am frozen, paralysed, the gears are jammed … “), she embarks on a romance with “Carlotta” or “C”, a woman who likes Sontag for her independence but who makes her feel needy (“I must not offer her my suffering … as proof of my love”). Unlike her essays, which warned against looking for hidden depth, her personal prose champions Freudian conjecture: on her dislike of her body (particularly her legs), her desire to please others, her “insatiable” appetite for culture.
It’s a testament to Winterson’s innate generosity, as well as her talent, that she can showcase the outsize humor her mother’s equally capacious craziness provides even as she reveals the cruelties Mrs. Winterson imposed on her in the name of rearing a God-fearing Christian.