Amanda Montell
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Hey, I'm Amanda

Amanda Montell is a writer, linguist, and podcast host living in Los Angeles. She is the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction books, Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism (HarperWave, 2021) and Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language (HarperWave, 2019). She is also the creator and host of the hit podcast, Sounds Like A Cult. Amanda's books have earned praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Kirkus Reviews, and more. Cultish was named a best book of 2021 by NPR and was shortlisted for several prizes including the Goodreads Choice Awards and getAbstract International Book Award. The book has been translated into seven different languages and is currently in development for television with Loveless Media and Topic Studios. Sounds Like A Cult won "Best Emerging Podcast" at the 2023 iHeart Radio Podcast Awards and was named a best podcast of 2022 by Vulture, Esquire, Marie Claire, and more.

Amanda is currently at work on her third book The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality, to be published by OneSignal, an imprint of Atria and Simon & Schuster, in 2024. Her other writing has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and more. Amanda was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and holds a degree in linguistics from NYU. Find her on Instagram @amanda_montell.

Check Out My Work

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language is a brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us.

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Published May 2019 by HarperCollins


Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism analyzes the social science of cult influence: how groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power.

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Published June 2021 by HarperCollins

Sounds Like A Cult

A podcast about the modern-day "cults" we all follow, from multi-level marketing companies to Instagram therapists to Disney adults.

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