New book out! AND MORE UPDATE-Y GOODNESS FOR YOU

Heyyyyy I have a new book out!

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It’s called Fight Like a Girl, it was published by Zest Books, and it’s a little feminist history primer targeted at teens and young women (but hey, anyone can and should pick it up). It features 50 mini profiles of a bunch of feminist heroes of mine. You can buy it at all the usual places — Amazon, Powells, your local bookstore.

Metro just called it “the feminist history book everyone should read.” THAT MEANS YOU REALLY SHOULD READ IT, don’t you think? And then do me a favor and post a review on Amazon, k? That would make me incredibly happy.

Speaking of Amazon … As of today, it’s the #1 New Release in Teen and Young Adult Women Biographies! Check it out:

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Very cool. It was also featured on DAME the other day.

In other news … POPULAR, a book I wrote with Lauren Urasek, got optioned to become a TV sitcom in December, which was pretty much the highlight of my winter/year/life. You can read more about that in  the Hollywood Reporter (I hope to God that isn’t the last time my name appears in the Hollywood Reporter, because it made me feel soooo fancy and important, ha).

More updates to come soon! Thanks for reading.

Hi. I’m alive.

Oh, forgive me — I know it’s been almost a year since I last posted here. (I enjoy pretending that people actually read this blog; it makes me feel special. But at least one or two of you actually DO check in on this thing from time to time, right?)

I have no good excuse except that I suck at blogging, and I refuse to sugar-coat that truth.

Another truth, though, is that my life has been in a bit of upheaval over the past year or so — OK, not a bit, actually a TON of upheaval. Two of my pets died within months of each other, which was obviously devastating for me. I’d had Joon (the kitty) since she was a kitten, and her illness came on unexpectedly and I had to put her to sleep after a week of torture. She was 16 and pretty much my baby, so it’s been quite hard adjusting to life without her. Three months before that, I had to put my dog Henny to sleep, which was also horrific. I’d only had Henny for six years, but she was my Very First Dog and was a very special girl.

In addition to those losses, I’ve had to move twice within the last 8 months, and I’ve been having some career ups, downs, and uncertainties, as well as feeling all the feelings and asking all the questions about my goals, aims, and all-around LIFE’S PURPOSE. Blah blah blah, insert boring existential-angsty stuff here.

I’ve been continuing to write, though, as much as I’m able. Here are a few things I’ve worked on that you might want to check out.

*** I helped Lauren Urasek write her new book Popular: The Ups and Downs of Online Dating From the Most Popular Woman in New York City. It’s a fun, light-hearted book of essays about the pain, shame, splendor, squalor, and everything in between when it comes to Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge, and all that annoying modern romantic nonsense. YOU REALLY WANT TO BUY A COPY RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW, I THINK.

*** I have another new book coming out in 2016! It’s about 50 awesome women who changed the world, and it’s aimed primarily at younger women and teens, but EVERYONE CAN AND SHOULD ENJOY IT. It’s called Fight Like a Girl, and you can pre-order it here.

*** Last November I wrote this very personal piece for the New York Times‘ Motherlode blog that I was quite happy with. It was my first NY Times byline, though I hope to eventually write more for them, obvs.

*** I published an essay in the print version of Marie Claire magazine in August (you can read it online here). It was my first piece for them, and it felt like a nice milestone of sorts. Seeing my byline in a gorgeous glossy I’ve been reading on newsstands for years certainly hasn’t gotten old for me (probably because it hasn’t happened that many times yet!).

*** I still write for Refinery29 a bunch, though not as much as I did last year (sh*t’s been busy). Check out some of my recent work over there.

*** I’m writing for Yahoo! Style more these days. Here’s one of my favorite pieces for them, about that powerful Bill Cosby New York Magazine cover.

December update

Happy holidaze, you guys.

I’m crazy busy working on two book projects at the moment, but I’ve been trying to squeeze in as much freelance writing as I can, too, because HUSTLE. Here’s some fun stuff I’ve written lately:

– “My Dark, Twisted Online Relationship” (COSMOPOLITAN mag — print only — Jan. 2015 issue! Go buy it right this second!)

–  The Year in Reproductive Rights (check out all the crazy anti-choicers’ crazy comments! Good fun.)

Feminist Vampire Movies R Us 

James Deen on Why Porn Stars Shouldn’t Have to Wear Condoms

 Your Very Own Holiday Tipping Primer, Because None of Us Really Know WTF We’re Doing When It Comes to Tipping, Right?

I’m a Survivor of Domestic Abuse, and I’m a Dude

Men Check Out My Dog More Than Me (Sadface)

Hello 2013

Hi, friends!

Sorry for the long absence. Happy almost-February. Good things are happening over here. January has turned out to be an excellent month in terms of freelance assignments, and I think/hope it’s just a sign of the awesomeness to come in 2013. I’m working on some fun pieces for magazines I’ve always wanted to break into. Fingers crossed it’ll all go off without a hitch. Stay tuned for more details to come…

I’m also working on a proposal for a new book I want to write — I’m super-psyched about that prospective project, but want to keep mum on the details for now. Hopefully there will be news I can share around that, too, sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Other updates:

  • I’m moving back to NYC (Brooklyn, obvs) this spring! I left NY for SF back in 2005,  and though I love the Bay Area, it’s just really really… FAR. I.e. far from my roots and my family & friends. I feel ready to be back on the East Coast again, at least for a while; who knows where I’ll end up in the long run.
  • I wrote a piece for Cosmopolitan magazine that was supposed to come out this month, but was held (sad-face) for a future issue. I’ll let you know when it comes out.
  • My apocalyptic pop-culture book, The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About…Before It’s Too Late, got nominated for a “Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers” by the American Library Association! Very cool.
  • I wrote this essay about my sugar addiction for The Fix. It got picked up by Salon, which always thrills me.
  • Back in August I wrote this piece about FOMO (“fear of missing out”) for TheFix. Then I wrote about sober friendships for them.
  • Wrote this piece about awesome female journalists for VitaminW.

That’s about it for now. More soon…

My new book is out! And other things…

Hello, friends and acquaintances! Sorry for the posting delay. Things have been very busy lately. This will be a short post.

  • My new teen-targeted nonfiction book about apocalyptic pop culture — The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About…before it’s too late  is OUT NOW!  Hurray. Go buy it here. It’s not just for kids, either; adult doomsday buffs will LOVE this book. I promise!
  • I’ve written a few fun things recently. Last Friday on Salon.com, I wrote about Madonna’s bizarre recent “MDNA” tour antics. I explored whether she is, indeed, crazy, or if it’s just the same old same old provocation shtick she’s been doing, well, forever. On Huffington Post  I wrote about the gender gap in apocalyptic cultural works. Read it here. And in the next few days, a piece I wrote about my teenage obsession with summer camp will go up on WomanZine, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
  • There’s an interview with me over on the Zest Books blog.
  • I’ll be reading from Madonna & Me with Susan Shapiro and Wendy Shanker on August 16 at Barnes & Noble in West Bloomfield, Michigan (outside Detroit). Come see us! 7 – 9pm EST.

Hope everyone is having a nice summer! Bye for now.

Rookie mag! And more “Madonna & Me” readings (NYC and Baltimore, I am staring at you).

Hello there, beloved fans! Just kidding — I don’t know if anyone actually reads this, but I wanted to update you, my invisible friends, with a few important items of note.

  • The following night at 7 pm, I’ll be reading from Madonna & Me with Susan Shapiro, Emily Nussbaum, Dana Rossi, and Colleen Kane at one of my very favorite bookstores: St. Marks Bookshop! The event starts at 7 pm. I have many fond memories of browsing their impeccably stocked shelves when I lived in New York, especially when I lived right around the corner on 9th St. and 2nd Avenue, circa 2003/2004; their magazine racks were my personal vision of heaven. I’m thrilled to read there — it’s been a neighborhood staple since 1977 and so many esteemed writers have read and/or frequented the place.
  • And last but not least, on Friday, May 25 I’ll be reading with contribs Kelly Keenan Trumpbour and Maria Raha at Baltimore’s Atomic Books. We will be “sharing” the event with author Michael Fournier, who will be reading from his new novel Hidden Wheel. Very excited! I haven’t visited Atomic before, but growing up in DC, I’ve been hearing great things about it for years.
  • In other news, as a recently jobless person, I’m looking for new writing & editing projects to take on! Yes! This means if you have leads, you should please email me (laura at laurabarcella dot com).
  • And please “like” Madonna & Me on Facebook here, and buy it-then-write-an-Amazon-review here, and follow it on Twitter here, and follow yours truly on Twitter here. Thanks, and bye for now…