It evokes the feeling of sitting with your friend at night, sipping red wine and looking in their sketchbook. This looks amazing, you’d say. And you’d mean it and the moment would feel extraordinarily intimate because you feel like these drawings are only for you.
Maybe my mom was onto something. Maybe family really is everything, so long as you build it yourself.
Inside Year of the Mermaid is Ashley’s story. And it’s eerie how similar it sounds to yours.
Lo is that girl you had a secret crush on in high school, the one who could skate and wore baggy shorts. And with everything she goes through, you genuinely care about her.
Basically, this book is one big giant sex-ed zine, but it’s a book.
Two years after writing that “a woman’s opinion is the miniskirt of the internet,” Laurie Penny is in no shortage of them in her latest mini-book.
Canary, a debut collection of queerish short stories from Nancy Jo Cullen, is all about the everyday. And the weird.
Ali’s Team Pick: The content is very much Clue + Soap Opera, but the style recalls lesbian pulp + the final season of the L Word. I’m only on the first episode, but I’m already wondering who killed Jenny (so to speak).
“Being an activist leader brought dozens of women to my bed,” Córdova recalls. “Power seemed to attract people, and my political life put me at the center of the action.”
Even though we’re dealing with robots, dragons and multiple dimensions, Decrypting Rita is fundamentally about queer nerds.
Some have criticized Tarttelin’s protagonist as being unbelievably undisturbed and mainstream, but as someone who actually is intersex, I found his character so believable that I thought for a minute she might have modeled him after me!
Because it’s not just sex education. It’s life education.
Audacia Ray’s Red Umbrella Project, an organization seeking to amplify the voices of sex workers through media, advocacy and storytelling, publishes a literary journal. And it’s great.
Charlotte’s theory was that it was up to us to use what we had around us – what the universe gave us – to find answers or come to peace with a lack of an answer. Mine was that people should beg for help. Acorn is for people ready to stop begging.
Cara’s Team Pick: It’s illustrated, it’s interactive, it’s informative, and it’s not even done yet!
Trauma Queen, the new memoir by Lovemme Corazon, is a hard read but equally hard to put down. There are many, many people who will find a familiar history in this book, and the author hopes that will be a jumping off point for healing and discussions.
This book is a feel-good and I highly recommend it for hammock reading! Even if you don’t have a hammock, it should definitely go on your summer reading list.
Will all these wonderfully complicated characters learn to unravel their complications and fears? Probably not. But will they braid them together to form a community? Don’t you hope so?