Forward by Malt Schlitzman:
Here’s something you need to know about Amber: When she was instructed to “dress as your best self” for my wedding, she showed up in full pirate regalia. She’s in more of the photos than I am. She ran off with a bunch of the decorations and it took us months to track her down. When my wife’s boy snake laid a clutch of sterile eggs she incorporated them into a deeply moving art piece. She remains one of my best friends.
Amber is, in the best sense, a rogue. She is someone who approaches the ropes and chains of social norms as a jungle gym, nimbly threading her way through a system she is simply too much herself to deal with. Expectations are treated like cops, best avoided. She knows who she is and what she’s here to say and she’s saying it as only she can. Buy this book for the young women in your life.
Amber is publishing this not to ask for our approval, but because she knows you need to hear what she has to say. This book is a life preserver to anyone who feels swamped by the patriarchy, anyone who has ever dug a rose garden just to find themselves pondering death. Amber has shown to fuck shit up and she is not going to leave until she’s finished. Cigarettes and Suffragettes is a powerhouse. It’s equal parts zine, manifesto, scrap-cook-book, and tire fire. This is the kind of book Tank Girl would read while driving over nazis. Also, her recipe for Chicken Cacciatore is delicious and super easy.
Adding sugar to sauces is amateur hour shit.