Essays are my jam, but I also enjoy fiction, memoirs, poetry, nerdy plant books, and books about racial, gender, and social justice. I'm also a writer and have been published in CALYX, Tiny Donkey, Catapult, and in the forthcoming anthology Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief.
These smart and hilarious micro-memoirs reminded me of the experience of eating fancy chocolates: despite their size, they contain all that you need. Delicious and satisfying.
Essential for every feminist’s coffee table. Laugh so you won’t cry!
In The Recovering, Jamison braids a literary and sociological study of addiction with her own story avoiding, denying, and then admitting she’s hit rock-bottom. She interrogates the constructions of addict as genius or criminal while scrutinizing recovery narratives. What happens if your story succumbs to cliché and becomes not just yours but a collective one?
Abandon Me is about sex, stories, and the seams between people that tie us together and then unravel, leaving us raw with need. With her brutal honesty and brilliance, Febos is a heartbreaker of a writer. Read it and revel in the breaking.
Beloved is required reading for all Americans, a novel that will break your heart as it grapples with the legacy of slavery in this country. One of my very favorite books of all time.
What do Taoism, permaculture, science fiction, and Black Lives Matter have in common? This book! Self and collective transformation become fused in this intersectional book about how important collaborative relationships, transformative justice, decentralization, deep listening, intentional adaptation, and radical honesty are to organizing for social justice.
By blurring grief with humor, friendship with betrayal, and aging with dogs, Thomas unravels the tidy bows that narratives often wear to reveal how real healing happens in life's everyday moments. I hope one day to be this wise.
A practical guide to foraging (and eating!) the nutritious and delicious wild edible plants of the Southwest. What a beautiful way to deepen one’s knowledge of, and connection to, the Sonoran desert and other local bioregions.
With brevity and precision, Jenny Offill scrapes away the excess of an ordinary life and reveals what is left behind. These many truths -- about identity, motherhood, depression, marriage, and art -- are sometimes beautiful and most often hilarious.