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  • Writer's pictureALEXANDRA


I'm late again! Must mean 2019 is off to a good start because I have been wayyyyyy busy! February is a super short month so hopefully we can all get this book read in the next few weeks - I know it will be a struggle for me because I will be traveling a lot for the blog but hopefully I will have some down time to get to this one since I have heard AMAZING reviews! We are continuing on the theme of books about the music biz after January's pick of A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, which follows people in the music industry during the 1990s in New York City. February's pick will be Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl, a memoir by Carrie Brownstein. Here is the synopsis from the Hardcover edition:

From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, the book Kim Gordon says "everyone has been waiting for" and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015-- 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.

In case you are new here, this is how book club will work. I want to give those of you who want to participate time to get the book (and time to read it), so we’ll reconvene back here on the blog later this month. You can click the image of the book above or the link at the beginning of this post to take you straight to Amazon to order it! If any of you have other favorite authors, genres, etc. please let me know in the comments so I can take them into consideration for our next book. Happy reading!

xoxo. Alexandra

PS: A special shout out to my friend Stephanie DeLuca of Melville House Publishing for always helping out in our search for the perfect book to read! Give her a follow on Instagram @stephdelucaaa! She posts amazing book recommendations!


Hey guys! My name is

Alexandra Dempsey, I am 31 years old and live in Stowe, Vermont.

I recently decided to start this blog to give you all a look into the life of a tour wife - the highs, the lows, and EVERYTHING in between!

My rock star husband, Ryan Dempsey

of Twiddle, stands by me every step

of the way as we journey on this whirlwind we like to call the "tour life."

Follow along on my travels, hear

stories from fellow tour wives, and

earn about some of my favorite things. Hope you enjoy and

thanks so much for reading!!

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