Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir (Riverhead Books)

Skylight Books and Largo are proud to present Carrie Brownstein's paperback launch event for Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the book. Skylight staffers will be on-site selling additional copies of  Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. NOTE: This event will be held at Largo at the Coronet and tickets are required for entry. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

  • NOTE: Because of the anticipated attendance and the length of this tour, Carrie Brownstein will not be able to personalize books, including pre-solds.
    . You will receive a pre-signed copy of the book upon entry. Thank you for your cooperation! 

From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney comes Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life—and finding yourself—in music.

Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest just as it was becoming the setting for one the most important movements in rock history. Seeking a sense of home and identity, she would discover both while moving from spectator to creator in experiencing the power and mystery of a live performance. With Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein and her bandmates rose to prominence in the burgeoning underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s. They would be cited as “America’s best rock band” by legendary music critic Greil Marcus for their defiant, exuberant brand of punk that resisted labels and limitations, and redefined notions of gender in rock.

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later.

With deft, lucid prose Brownstein proves herself as formidable on the page as on the stage. Accessibly raw, honest and heartfelt, this book captures the experience of being a young woman, a born performer and an outsider, and ultimately finding one’s true calling through hard work, courage and the intoxicating power of rock and roll. 

Praise for Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

“First class account…the book is an absolute must…Unlike many rock star memoirs, there’s no sense that this book is a chore or a marketing effort. It’s revealing and riveting.”—KIRKUS, STARRED REVIEW 

“A moving story about Brownstein’s life before, during, and after the rise of America’s greatest rock band.” —FLAVORWIRE

“Corrosively honest, impossible-to- put-down memoir…Both a journey to self-possession and a portrait of an era, as indelible as one of her songs.”—VOGUE

“Brownstein is an American indy culture avatar — funny, smart and always on point.” —L.A. TIMES

“Her memoir delivers on all counts, offering a sharp-eyed tale of a singular time in music and culture…Her voice on the page is as distinctive as her music, packing a similar punch—introspective, complex, both funny and sad.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW

“Carrie Brownstein is brilliant and hilarious in Portlandia, and iconic as the singer for punk-rock band Sleater-Kinney, but her memoir reveals a more raw and vulnerable side to her.” —BUSTLE

“One of the most anticipated books of Fall…Revealing and raw.” —THE DAILY BEAST

“Brownstein flips easily from brainy ruminations on nostalgia, fandom, and record labels to trenchant stories about sexism, music journalism…Downright irresistible.” —BOOKLIST

“Brownstein is also a music critic, of her own band, a social critic, of her own milieu, and a literary critic. She sees from the inside and the outside at the same time.”GREIL MARCUS, B&N REVIEW

“A performer through and through, she translates her story to the page with characteristically blunt humor and observational prowess.” —VILLAGE VOICE

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 Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award winning television show Portlandia. Brownstein's writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Believer, Slate, and numerous anthologies on music and culture. She lives in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles.

Photo by Autumn de Wilde

Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorization. Her nonfiction titles include the New York Times bestseller The Argonauts (Graywolf Press, May 2015), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (Norton, 2011; named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Bluets (Wave Books, 2009; named by Bookforum as one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years), The Red Parts: A Memoir(Free Press, 2007), and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (U of Iowa Press, 2007); her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005; finalist for the PEN/ Martha Albrand Art of the Memoir). She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA in Poetry, a Literature Fellowship from Creative Capital, and an Arts Writers Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and has taught literature and writing at the New School, Pratt Institute, and Wesleyan University. Since 2005 she has been on the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. She lives in Los Angeles.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 8:30pm
Event address: 
366 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048