Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

by Carrie Brownstein

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ISBN-13: 9781594486630
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 Times, The Believer, Slate, and numerous anthologies on music and culture. She lives in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles.  

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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Deluxe: A Memoir 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Portlandia fan, I looked forward to getting to know the fairer half of the show better. After a several chapter intro to young Carrie - with teasers of personal tragedy to come - this memoir becomes almost exclusively a Sleater-Kinney travelogue. Fine! Except I had little interest in S-K. I had recently purchased Dig Me Out based on a recommendation, but found it largely unlistenable. Carrie's intense dissections of band purpose, lyric intent, and playing style/singing emotivity left me thinking that I either missed a watershed moment in rock history that was unfortunately tattooed in invisible ink, or she's grossly overthought her band's importance. This is less a memoir of Brownstein to date than it is a brief explanation of unhappy formative years, followed by a persistant request to see her expressions of pain because of that early trauma (as well as that proceeding from unsatisfyingly imperfect romantic relationships) as art. Sadly, her writing - though refreshingly honest - was annoyingly studded by the need of a dictionary (which I politely refused... repeatedly). 'Foment' THAT, Carrie. There seems to be a huge disparity in the linguistic sophistication of "Hunger" compared to the inelegant and remedial-English-class level lyrical content of the musical branch of her talents. In short, this book isn't written for S-K fans (odd, since it's the main content). I can only assume it was writen for Portlandia fans (also odd, since Portlandia is only mentioned Once, I believe). (Shrug) Read it, or don't... but you may come away feeling that you didn't get what you came for. 'Hunger' made me await the main course (that never came).
seapetal More than 1 year ago
An articulate well-crafted memoir. I recommend the audiobook version so you can hear the story from the author. Carrie Brownstein tells of her journey as a musical artist with insights into life on tour, making records, and getting along with bandmates. You can feel the heaviness of her carrying her own amp and the lightness of her joking around with not yet famous musicians. You can see the stumbles, flaws, and hindsight of decisions, along with the moments of proudly giving birth to new records.