Amanda is a writer, video content maker, and linguistics groupie living in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in Marie Claire, Woman's Day, The Rumpus, and Time Out magazine, and she is a staff features editor at online beauty and health magazine Byrdie.com. Amanda is also the creator and host of The Dirty Word, a web series about language, gender, and pop culture, which airs on Jill Soloway's Wifey.tv and has been featured in Glamour, Bustle, Refinery29, Hello Giggles, and Bust Magazine. Amanda graduated magna cum laude from NYU with a degree in Linguistics. Find her on Instagram @amanda_montell (4.5k followers).
A fascinating, enthusiastic narrative on the loaded language of cults. - Kirkus Reviews "A rigorous and fascinating examination of the power of language to spellbind us all. Montell's command over cultish language makes her as mesmerizing and charismatic as the gurus she dissects." - Molly Ringwald, actress and author of When It Happens to You "You will never think of cults the same way again-this is an unforgettable look at human nature and the power of language. I couldn't put it down. Amanda Montell blends true journalistic sorcery with her trademark humor and intrepid curiosity to create a linguistic narrative so delicious and searingly smart, you will wonder, like I did, can we join her cult? If so, count me in as a follower for life. I'll read anything this woman writes." - Chelsea Bieker, author of Godshot "Whip-smart, engaging, and utterly intriguing. Cultish is a witty and thorough examination of power, community, words, and the junctures between them." - Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching "A playful but canny exploration of the ways language can entrance and beguile us-sometimes past the point of no return." - Elisabeth Thomas, author of Catherine House "One of those life-changing reads that makes you see- or, in this case, hear-the whole world differently." - Megan Angelo, author of Followers "Compulsively readable and startlingly of-the-moment, this witty, slick, and self-assured book is as intriguing as the spellbinding groups it examines." - Andrea Bartz, author of The Lost Night and The Herd "At times chilling, often funny, and always perceptive and cogent, Cultish is a bracing reminder that the scariest thing about cults is that you don't realize you're in one till it's too late." - Refinery29.com "We're all susceptible to coercion, and Montell's phenomenal book that chilling point as clear as can be." - Bitch Magazine