Caralynn Lippo
July 25, 2016 3:47 pm
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Emma Watson is constantly blowing our minds, whether she’s championing feminist causes like a #girlboss, slaying on the red carpet, or meeting Hermione’s adult self and fulfilling all of our Harry Potter multiverse dreams. Her book club Our Shared Shelf, which she just founded back in January, is on a serious roll with its monthly picks, giving us all kinds of summer reading inspiration. Emma took a break from promoting her new highly-anticipated live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast to let her fans know what the new Our Shared Shelf book of the month would be, via Twitter. And it’s a great choice.

In the pic, Emma is looking effortlessly chic and flawless in a long-sleeved peasant top and loose-fitting ripped jeans while lounging outdoors and holding a hardcover copy of her latest book club pick, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein. This follows another stellar pick, June’s Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

Our Shared Shelf — which Emma describes as a feminist book club that focuses on works which deal in some way with gender and/or gender equality — will be focusing its discussion on this book through August 31st. Emma recently decided to extend the normal one-book-per-month rule to bi-monthly, according to an announcement on the book club’s Goodreads page. The same post announced that for the first time ever, Emma would be letting her book club members choose the book. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl won out over other choices including Maya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom and the Judy Blume classic Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

I’m not too surprised that this book is going to warrant a longer discussion for Emma’s book club readers. The memoirist, Carrie Brownstein, is an uber-talented musician and actress and all-around brilliant woman. She’s a guitarist and vocalist in the all-women rock back Sleater-Kinney, one of the stars and writers of the awkward-hilarious IFC award-winning series Portlandia (alongside Fred Armisen), and also had a significant recurring role in the brilliant Transparent.

The book was announced in early 2015 and released last October. The official blurb described the memoir as “an intimate and revealing narrative of [Carrie’s] escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue.

Basically, this books sounds AMAZING, and I need to get my hands on a copy ASAP. Thanks for the recommendation, Emma and her Our Shared Shelf readers! The memoir is available at standard book retailers, including Amazon.

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