November’s Statesman Selects: HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL by Carrie Brownstein


BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman for their monthly Statesman Selects program. Each month, BookPeople will highlight the Statesman’s top recommended read for Austin. November’s pick is Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by author, actress and rockstar Carrie Brownstein. Brownstein will appear in conversation with Austin’s Liz Lambert at Central Presbyterian Church on November 1 at 6PM. The event is SOLD OUT but you can still ORDER SIGNED COPIES of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl! Pick up a copy of the Statesman on Sunday, November 1 to read their review of the book!

“In the vast library of recent rock memoirs… Ms. Brownstein’s may be the one that most nakedly exposes its author’s personality.” -The New York Times

Carrie Brownstien is a polymath. As a guitarist and singer, she and Corinne Tucker formed Sleater Kinney, which would go on to become the riot grrrl movement’s biggest band. Later, she joined Fred Armisen in creating, writing, and starring in the Emmy-nominated, Peadbody Award-winning sketch comedy show Portlandia (IFC).

We are huge fans of Sleater-Kinney here at BookPeople, but we have another reason for loving Carrie Brownstein: The girl can write. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is the narrative of music’s impact on Brownstein: how it rescued her from a turbulent family life and became her means for self-invention, rescue, and community. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the era’s flourishing independent music subculture, and the experiences that would inspire the observational satire of Portlandia.

Accessibly raw, honest and heartfelt, this book captures the experience of being a young woman, a born performer, an outsider, and ultimately finding one’s true calling through hard work, courage and the intoxicating power of rock and roll.

“Carrie tells her story with mesmerizing, often hilarious, honesty reminding us that life is just a million bad outfits, nervous phone calls, sleepless nights and clumsy kisses, and yet all of this adds up to something tremendous staggering actually. I wept.” —Miranda July

“Carrie has written the book everyone has been waiting for. It looks inside the Riot Grrrl scene in Olympia from the outside in from a fan to the stage, and what happens when your dream becomes your nightmare. So many times while reading this book I screamed, Yes! inside. You can feel Carrie’s visceral guitar swirling energy on every page. An amazing writer.” —Kim Gordon

“For Sleater-Kinney fans, [Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl] is an absolute must The author writes focused and uncluttered prose, choosing the best, most telling details, as she recounts stories that show what it means to perform for the first time and what it means for a woman to be both a fan and a star in a staunchly male-dominated world. It’s revealing and riveting. On the page as in her songs, Brownstein finds the right words to give shape to experience.” —Kirkus, starred review


Carrie Brownstein is a musician, writer and actor who first became widely known as the guitarist and vocalist of the band Sleater-Kinney and later as a creator, writer and co-star of the television show Portlandia, and a member of the band Wild Flag. Brownstein’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Slate, and numerous anthologies on music and culture. She lives in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles.


Liz Lambert is a Texas treasure. Called “The avatar of cool for the inn crowd’s in crowd,” by Texas Monthly, she’s transformed seedy motels and plots of Texas dessert into into modern and achingly fashionable hotels with regional flavor, including The Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, El Cosmico in Marfa, and Hotel Havana in San Antonio. The hotels regularly support and host musicians at events like South by San Jose and the Trans-Pecos Festival.

Our event with Carrie Brownstein is SOLD OUT but you can still order SIGNED COPIES OF HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL!! 

In the meantime, here are some of our favorite Portlandia characters, including Toni, Kath and Lance:

And some of our favorites from Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag:

Hey, hey, can you feel it?

My whole life looks like a picture of a sunny day!

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