March 17, 2015

Carrie Brownstein’s memoir moves to Riverhead, has a new pub date


Brownstein in a glittery dress via Shutterstock.

Brownstein in a glittery dress via Shutterstock.

Carrie Brownstein, best known as a part of Sleater-Kinney and the co-star of IFC’s Portlandia, announced a memoir with Ecco/HarperCollins… in 2009. At the time of the announcement, it was titled The Sound of Where You Are.

In the years since, she’s starred in five seasons of her show with Fred Armisen, published a book based on the show called Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors, formed the band Wild Flag, and, no big deal, picked up with Sleater-Kinney to release a new album, No Cities to Love. She toured the country, interviewing with people like the cast of Broad City, while breaking for televisions appearances in The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, and Transparent. So that’s left plenty of time to revise her manuscript, now titled Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.

Riverhead announced that the memoir will be published October 27. Yes, she’s changed publishers. Yes, they’re planning a book tour. Is Brownstein secretly four people?

I know we’re not usually big on celebrity memoirs here at MobyLives. But Brownstein seems to embody the kind of “anti-heroine” we’ve talked about here before. Not an unlikeable character, but one whose recent creative work reflects the values and activism of her early music. The characters she plays are focused on having a good time; nearly any page of a Portlandia script would pass the Bechdel test.

Brownstein started off as an interviewer for The Believer. She wrote for NPR‘s “Monitor Mix” for three years, and reviewed Wii games for Slate. The title of the memoir comes from this classic Sleater-Kinney song:

Kirsten Reach is an editor at Melville House.