Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova curated a reading list just for Autostraddle readers!
“Every love story is between men who love men, or women who love women, or men and women who love both men and women. The sex is good fun, but the romance is deliriously well-written. Such aching and longing and pining and promises (amid cups and cups of chocolate!).”
This was supposed to be a book review of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha’s new memoir “Dirty River.” But it’s actually the story of how reading my friend and queer aunty Leah’s brown femme poetry saved me, made me a writer, and totally revolutionized my love and sex life.
“Dryland,” by Sara Jaffe, is a quiet coming of age tale clad in flannel on the outside; on the inside, it’s draped in gorgeous prose.
Welcome to your list of queer/ feminist books coming out from January to July 2016. Roxane Gay, Gabby Rivera and erotica, anyone?
“This memoir will appeal to those seeking a gritty, glorious, multi-layered story of homecoming and self-healing.”
“I Must Be Living Twice” is a strong place to first get acquainted with every aspect of Eileen Myles’ work, but it’s also a deeper look into her story for those of us who have been attempting to follow it all along.
If smart, well-written theatrics are your thing, you’re in for a fun ride with Don’t Bang the Barista!
It’s the kind of book that takes hold of you. Chelsea Girls is like sitting in someone else’s heart and mind as they go back through an entire lifetime of becoming who they are in that moment, and those are the kinds of moments you can’t just walk into and out of at random.
Read these f*cking books.
In 26 slight pages, Rabbit Rabbit chronicles a personal unraveling, offering insightful treatment of the intricate connections between family and trauma.
The names of the main characters, Nic and Battle, were gender neutral enough that I projected heterosexuality onto them, not yet knowing that gay YA lit was something even there to be looked for.
Despite its shortcomings when it comes to theory, the story does the important work of allowing the characters to ask questions and struggle with their identities.
If you’re interested in seeing the complexities of polyamorous relationships interpreted through the lens of speculative fiction, or in reading a quietly queer sci-fi great’s exploration of sexual fluidity, Fledgling will be up your alley.
“Zombies signify failure — of political will and social cohesion, of technology and medicine, of the human body and soul. These are all topics that are being battled over right now, among people who care about all three worlds that this series occupies: science fiction, feminism, and bicycling.”
From figuring out your own gender politics to launching massive campaigns and everything in-between, these books have your back as queer people, women, people of color, and other folks living at the intersections. The bonus? They’re also all badass as f*ck.
The Gilda Stories was published in 1991 and hasn’t been out of print since — it uses the vampire myth to tackle new themes, including Black American life and queerness.
This book is not a manual to create The Feminist Utopia; it is a process that you are invited to share in.
A Theory of Small Earthquakes is a novel about bisexuality, family, and secrets, with a narrative that’s quite different from the typical work of women’s fiction.
Can you resist a title as snarky as Life Is Wonderful, People Are Terrific? I couldn’t, especially when the book was written by spoken-word champion and award-winning filmmaker Meliza Bañales.