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From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    New York Times

  • “[Brownstein] takes us on a backstage tour of her life, from quirky kid-dom to angsty teen-dom to the feminist subculture of the riot girl scene to not quite superstardom… Chronicling Sleater-Kinney’s tumultuous history and her own volatility—the tours that electrified fans, one brutal, ballsy concert at a time; the anxiety that often plagued her—Brownstein illuminates the euphoric highs and crushing lows of a life spent both on the fringes and in the spotlight.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Carrie Brownstein writes the way she plays guitar, with raw honesty, passion, and great humor in Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “A memoir that’s both candid and brave, and a powerful tribute to the power of music to heal, to connect, to break you down, and then make you whole again…Brownstein’s music has always helped people feel like they really do belong somewhere, and her wonderful memoir does the same thing.”


  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Humor & Entertainment
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for November 2015
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 for Nonfiction
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2015
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