Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Staff Picks

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Most people will recognize Brownstein as half of the comedic duo that comprises the TV series, "Portlandia." However, if you're like me and were really into indie/punk music in the late 1990s, then you probably have long cherished a crush on Brownstein as your favorite guitarist, who is part of the incredible trio that comprises your favorite band, Sleater-Kinney.   "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl" is Carrie Brownstein's perspective of her formative years, her reflections of her time spent recording music and touring over a decade with Sleater-Kinney, and just her observations of the Pacific-Northwest's music and social scenes of the time. Brownstein's prose, like her music, is often introspective, yet, powerfully intoxicating. I both read the book and listened to the audio version. Her elocution on the audiobook performance is perfect. You really feel as if you're listening to your friend.

Meredith Causey
Information Services Supervisor