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Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,168 ratings  ·  192 reviews
A passionate manifesto with personal stories, anecdotes, and opinions from the front lines of modern American womanhood from actor, filmmaker, and activist Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn is one of the most talked-about feminist voices today. Through her fierce op-eds in media outlets such as the New York Times, Glamour, and Hollywood Reporter and her work as a founder of the T
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Crown Archetype
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Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Let me just start by saying that there is no way I am going to do this book justice via this review. It's just not going to happen. Now with that out of the way...

A little background--I am a cis white male. I identify on the political spectrum as being a leftist (preferred) or a liberal. I believe in equality, find racism abhorrent and believe that all people were created equal and should be treated as such.

And yet...

When Christine Blasy Ford came forward with her allegation of sexual assault ag
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Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Era of Ignition is a beautiful mess, with an emphasis on the mess.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book put my own personal thoughts into words. Amber Tamblyn is a great. Now I just want to read everything she's done. She's said very impactful and insightful things surrounding the #metoo movement.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars

Amber Tamblyn's Age of Ignition is one part feminist memoir and one part social justice exposition, specifically dealing with the rise of the #metoo movement and her experience in that context. If you only know Hollywood Amber Tamblyn, you might think her place of undeniable economic and racial privilege might mean this work is yet another for and about white women, but I am here to tell you this book is so much more.

Tamblyn does an excellent job dedicating space and time to intersect
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as dnf
I've made the decision to DNF this book. I still respect Amber Tamblyn a lot and I was enjoying the personal stories, I even agreed with some of her attitudes/opinions towards the oppression of women. But I'm sick of being politicised to and preached at by celebrities, who only vaguely live on the same planet as I do. She wasn't overly obnoxious with it even, but it just turned me so far off the motor broke completely. All momentum gone, game over. And also sick of being told to be an "ally" as ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amber Tamblyn writes a book of essays about feminism and her involvement with the #MeToo movement prefaced with her own experiences in Hollywood as a woman and young girl. While it does have some memoirish aspects to it, I wouldn't go into it expecting your typical light-hearted, humorous celebrity memoir because this is not that. All the pieces about her life are there to set up what she has to say about feminism and working with the #MeToo movement. It was a pretty interesting read. I plowed t ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really well written and interesting book about feminism and how as white women we can do better. Tamblyn leans heavily on those who know more than she does on the issues and I really appreciated that. A super engaging and igniting read.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
So this one didn't do it for me. I got about halway through and decided to stop. It was slightly repetitive and was kind of all over the place. It didn't flow and
really just wasnt holding my interest.
I like and agree with some of her views on Feminism but she lost me on the delivery.
I really wanted to love this one but alas did not.

There are a lot of positive reviews, and I'm sure several readers would find this a powerful read.
I think I should start by saying that I’m one of the “them” that Amber Tamblyn writes so much about in this book. By that I mean that I am a straight, white male. I know, I’m 0 for 3 (or at least that’s how I feel after reading this book), but please bear with me as I give my honest opinion.

Fine, you don’t have to bear with me—this book was written for females, after all, and as Tamblyn implied in her book, my opinion doesn’t matter. Still….

My first major problem is the “us and them” approach th
Dylan Clark-Moore
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A helpful primer on feminism and misogyny - at least for a cis, white man like myself. At times, it sends up flags of saviorism and white feminism, which Tamblyn herself confronts and tries to address - most importantly by stepping aside and letting other, more marginalized women write part of the book.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
A fiercely bold book that sole purpose is to ignite a feminist revolution or a revolution of any kind.
I like Tamblyn's relaxed and uninhibited way of writing. She's straight to the point and lays it out there for you to take it as you please. She understands the that some may agree with her and others will not and she accepts it, mulls it over and basically lets it go.
Its not so much a book about feminism, but as a manifesto of various proportions. I found it was relevant and important. I'm so h
Addoris (Adi)
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did know what to expect out of this book, however, the first thing I want to say is that this book should be required reading for any white women in America. Tamblyn beautifully shows us how we can be ally’s to our fellow feminists. She also wonderfully portrays how to hold men we love dearly accountable for their, as she puts its, “problematic-adjacent” behavior. I tore through this book in a 24hr period, and I’m so glad I read it. Beautiful prose, and brilliant essays from a black feminist w ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fee Doyle
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just ripped through this. A beautifully personal account of the rise of #MeToo, and its reverberations. I identify with Amber's perspective as an actor, and I admittedly have not known how to act and effect change, confront my feelings, interfere with my biases, interfere with deeply ingrained inherited social behavior. This is a comprehensive overview - I recommend it to anyone who needs some clarity, affirmation, and courage on how to proceed as we look toward the 2020 elections.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I think the greatest problem with feminism is the obsession with it's perfect definition, with the purity, perfection, and precision of the definition. In the same way that women are upheld to a purity mentality - if you are not the most qualified, the most attractive, physically abled, if you are not the perfect definition - then you do not get to count. This idea that there is not one form of feminism that is correct or right and that it's okay to not adhere to the rules of what former wares ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the focus on being a “white feminist” and how to realize as a white woman when the times you’re engaging in “white feminism” is and how to learn to combat that in favor of intersectionality. I enjoyed that she had a colleagues of color and non cis woman contribute on these essays about intersectionality. Very well done. I’ve seen Ms Tamblyns remarks about being pregnant with a daughter in the aftermath of Donald Trumps Inside Edition tape taken out of context and wielded against her as a mo ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Tamblyn talks about how she comes into herself as an activist.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
"The producer Audrey Rosenberg once told me that women are taught to confuse intuition with anxiety, and I believe this is true at any age. We are kept off-balance in so many ways - like being told that rational thought is the only approved way of thinking and that emotional intelligence is a hindrance, a crutch on which women alone exercise their drama. We are asked to ignore our intuition lest we come off as crazy or hysterical."

"One of the most important gifts we can give one another, regard
Amanda Hilde
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, feminism
This was a fantastic collection of essays by Amber Tamblyn. She weaves her own experiences with the current political narrative feminists are fighting. She calls us to act and to partake in this 'era of ignition' and to change things for the better. I think the part that made me think most, was the parts of the 2016 election she covered. Tamblyn was pregnant during this election cycle and campaigned heavily for Hillary Clinton, reprising her role from Hillary's 2008 run for office. Instead of fo ...more
Colleen Flaherty
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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An engaging collection of essays about feminist issues--from gender inequality and misogyny to reproductive rights and the #MeToo movement. One of the highlights for me is a conversation with Meredith Talusan, a non-binary trans writer born in the Philippines, who left her gender equitable culture and came to the US, only to realize during her transition just how inferior women, and especially trans women, are in our country. Tamblyn culminates her writing with a poetic letter to her daughter Ma ...more
Michelle Cristiani
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved Amber Tamblyn - even before I knew she had such depth. I just love her face and her acting and enjoyed everything I saw her in. When I first read her writing, I was relieved - she lives up to all the hype my brain had given her.

Her memoir and feminist treatise is very, very responsible. She makes strong intellectual arguments while opening up about some extremely personal and vulnerable experiences. I agree with her word for word, but also I LIKE her. She hasn't let me down
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-o
Amber Tamblyn, “how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Your powerful fiction debut Any Man, blew me away last year, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. A well researched and personally righteous exploration of the female experience under the shadow of men in our society. So many things she brought to light have been my experience exactly. It made me feel empowered as a woman and hopeful for change to continue to come. ...more
Renae Rockwood
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Okay, to be honest I only got halfway through the book but it just wasn't what I expected when I picked it up. The narrative was sporadic and while the author attempted to address the intersectionality of sexism and racism, it felt forced into the subject matter.

In the end, it was most definitely a personal manifesto which I respect, it just was not applicable enough to me to keep me reading.
Genevieve Brassard
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5: A mostly heartfelt feminist coming of age story, but with blind spots around Hollywood-bubble privilege, and New Age-type stuff I find personally unconvincing. The strongest parts were the ones about the 2016 elections and the deep-seated misogyny of some (not all!...) Bernie supporters, and her engagement with me too and time’s up.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amber Tamblyn continues to lead by example in a book so intelligent and self-aware that I find it hard to believe she hasn't published a memoir or collection of essays before now, though that might not go far enough to acknowledge her list of accomplishments. Over the last 10 years she's proven herself to be a capable poet, director, author, mother, and leader. She left an abusive relationship, she found new love in her husband and the bravery to choose when to start a family, she successfully d ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Highly recommend reading. A really nice modern memoir for Tamblyn's recent happenings as well as connecting them with current issues. She's a really skilled writer that tells a story whilst giving facts. I highlighted so many things. It was so good. Loved this.
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Amber Tamblyn is an author, actor, and director. She's been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, including House M.D. and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Most recently, she wrote and directed the feature film Paint It Black. She is the author of three books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed bestseller Dark Sparkler, a ...more

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