What if the nerdy bookstore owner from “Better Than Chocolate” wrote a book of her own? Oh, wait, she DID!
On makeup: “this ritualized mask-making / not to hide behind / but to put forth”
“Yeah, but don’t you think that… that if you write minutely and rigorously enough about your own life… you can, you know, transcend your particular self?”
This book is the most awesome book I have read in a really long time and you should read it too. Immediately.
“Suddenly it all became very clear to me what made the two books different, what brought them together, and what let them stand alone. And suddenly I was crying.”
Ellis Avery’s ‘The Last Nude’ is basically girl-on-girl fictional art history. You’re interested in it.
This book promises you two things: it was written by a funny person and it was written by a great person. You can’t go wrong.
“I just realized wow, there’s so much to be said from the whole range of perspectives: trans women and trans men and everything in between.”
Romance novels: they’re not just for straight people anymore. In this episode we have hot cops/FBI agents, congresswomen passing more than bills, and lots of folks playing doctor.
“Middlesex” author Jeffery Eugenides new novel “The Marriage Plot” is really good! But is it really aptly described as “a feminist re-telling”? Not so much.
Laurie Weeks’ debut novel Zipper Mouth is coming out this October. You might have feelings about this.
“So much second-guessing involved every decision that I made that I became a paradox in a way, a combination of bravado and insecurity.”
Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids’ is an incredible story. I want to tell you about it.
WE’RE YOUR BEST GIRLFRIEND AND YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE
“As I walked across the mall wondering if the way I walked made me look obviously lesbian, my mind switched to thinking about how much weight I’d have to lose to fit comfortably into those Capri pants.”
“Don’t say manhandle. Just hit my face with a rock.” – Dakota Fanning, via ‘Richard Yates’
Best Fall Book Preview of all time, The Others (Seba Al-Herz) potential Autostraddle Book Club Pick, also Malinda Lo, graphjam, books from David Byrne, Nabokov & Kathy Griffin, Girldrive, YA Teen Sexual Discovery book, review of Tao Lin’s Shoplifting From American Apparel and more!