Carmen Maria Machado’s first memoir, a deep dive into abuse between women both in Machado’s past relationship and in our world, is a wholly unique and wholly necessary text.
Often, we talk about novels that should have been short stories. Dunham’s book of the same title “A Year Without a Name” feels like a memoir that should have been a personal essay.
Topics include tenacious Florida women, why NBC killed their Weinstein reporting, sexual violence, checking a bag, systemic racism in Milwaukee, circuit parties, the perfect coke dealer and more!
“Where are the boundaries between story and real life, between consciousness and an idea?” Plus, the petty errors that pull you out of a piece of writing, how books became a lifestyle brand and, one assumes, a personality, and more.
“Bury the Lede” follows the familiar, even classic format that makes a hard-boiled detective story work, but Dunn takes that wireframe and expands upon it to make something unique.
When I made a pledge to myself a few years back to only read sci-fi books by or about queer people, I wondered whether the cover art would be subtly queered in the process. The answer, in many cases, was no: it was queered to the absolute max.
IS KIRA QUEER?
Whether you’re interested in witches as a horror trope, a doorway to sex positivity, a topic of historical exploration, or rich characters and ideas in fiction or poetry, at least one of these books will bring something into your life!
Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme just dropped the first poetry anthology written by self-identified sex workers. Fifty-six self-identified sex workers from across North America, Europe, and Asia are featured. All of them are a different facet to the story that policymakers and social workers and Hollywood never told quite right.
Topics include John Updike, fraternities, ThirdLove, writing about yr life, Lilith Fair, Balloon Boy, coincidence, Heteropessimism and so much more!
Halloween reading, all the new (and forthcoming!) Carmen Maria Machado, women reclaiming anger and more.
There’s something extra special about the High School audiobook, and not just because it features the rough cassette recordings of the songs that make up their new album, or because they read their own chapters with their own voices, or because they interview each other for maybe the first time ever. It just feels real and ever so soft.
Here are 8 queer books appropriate for the Halloween season, from the genuinely terrifying to funny and lightly macabre.
“More than gender, Chu is writing about desire. She might argue they’re the same thing, and she is convincing, but whether or not you agree with her, this exploration of desire is worth considering.”
The book deftly acknowledges that each of its five main characters is different in their experience of their bodies, sexualities, genders, romantic interests, and overall development. It allows each kid to define their experience on their own terms and shows a little of their process of becoming comfortable with their unique selves, while promoting kind and thoughtful behavior toward all peers.
Topics include TikTok, Pam Grier, Tavi on Instagram, crystals, murder, Empire Records, sex work, millennial burnout, Stanford and more!
Though there are still those who would keep bi characters off YA shelves, there are also plenty of fantastic young adult graphic novels, fantasy books, contemporary novels, and even nonfiction collections with bisexual characters that find their way into the hands of young readers and adults who appreciate YA. Here are a few essentials to check out during bisexual awareness month.
Nostalgia as a way to connect with diaspora, we are about to lose memory and history, reading on the climate emergency and more.
Is there a difference between drive and fear? Where are the abortion memoirs? What fall books should you definitely read?
Topics include BH90210, the cost of Amazon’s next-day delivery, Joe Exotic’s giant tiger zoo, Marianne Williamson, college admissions, lesbian bars, working at Trump Soho and more!