I love both fiction and nonfiction. Magical realism, secret histories, horror, the morbid, and the macabre are particular areas of fascination.
Parable of the Sower makes familiar characters in a classic scenario ( a dystopian apocalypse) gripping and fresh through plain language and emotional intelligence. Though the story is grim, a heart bursting with hope and love is at its core.
Written with stonefaced hilarity, this book could make you a better writer and one eloquent sonofabitch.
A literary history of Hell (and comparable underworlds) is every bit as scintillating and page-turning as it sounds. Told with a healthy dose of snark, the book is divided into easily digestible sections, often as direct answers to questions that would naturally arise in a matter-of-fact discussion of perdition. Dark, nasty fun.
Ram Dass and I disagree on a number of theological points, and I haven’t lived a life anything like his. The questions he contemplates peacefully from a Maui beach house overlooking the Pacific, I contemplate on my dusty Tucson patio. So it came as somewhat of a surprise that I found so much of his wisdom relatable and true. Regardless of your spiritual background, age, or experience, there is a loving universality to Ram Dass’s words. This is unflinching love in the face of oblivion.
What a wonderfully broad and inclusive introduction to queer theory. I found this really fascinating, even when I disagreed with a specific point here and there. It'll certainly be a jumping-off point for other readings, many of which are cited in this book!
John Waters is nothing if not consistent. He always delivers exactly what we expect from him and, if you're a fan, exactly what you want. This reads exactly like his spoken word work. Hilarious (if stubbornly outdated).
I read this after reading her second book, From Here to Eternity, which I loved. I liked this one even more. This one is about the death industry, yes, but it's also about the individual struggle to accept mortality. Doughty gets extremely personal, seeming at once one-of-a-kind and deeply relatable.
Sometimes being a kid is hard. Wouldn't you rather be an armadillo or a worm? This book, full of beautiful and stylistic art, explores what every kid has felt at some point.
This sweet and poignant book manages to make something as painful and amorphous as loss into something both relatable and hopeful. A beautiful book for anybody— of any age— that has dealt with loss. Be ready to cry!
I don't know if I want more to grow up to be Sissy Hankshaw or Bonanza Jellybean, who are just two of the incredible characters in this story that takes place somewhere between mid-century America and the strangest corners of your dreams. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading this joyfully bizarre book, it's high time.
An enjoyable and accessible exploration of astrology that’ll appeal to practitioners of any experience level.
Totally aspirational— great for planning or daydreaming.
Interactive fun for reading together.
This book is like a pep-talk and a hug for everyone’s inner radical.
A beautiful, stylishly drawn story about simple acts of friendship.
A clear-eyed exploration of something that is usually only discussed as the subject of jokes. An important piece of the puzzle when addressing hierarchical systems of power in the U.S.
I read a couple dozen books during my pregnancy looking for a parenting book that resonated with me, matched my values, and was also an entertaining read, and this was the ONLY one that fit the bill. This book is a natural extension of DIY punk ethos and anarchist community-building, and a great parenting resource.
This book is so charming and accessible. A must read. Give this to your well-meaning aunt who says all of this is "just too confusing."
A wonderful gift for new parents, or a great overview for how we can unlearn misogyny in our daily lives. Adichie’s writing is so warm, it feels like a conversation with a friend (which it originally was).
Have you ever read a graphic novel with a bibliography?Reading this and taking in the beautiful illustrations is a meditation. The theory is good thought exercise, even if you find yourself disagreeing on some points.Witchbody will bring more beauty and consideration into your life.
Essential for every feminist’s coffee table. Laugh so you won’t cry!
A punk rock coming-of-age told with raw emotional immediacy.
I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything that better captured misfit teenage girlhood. Gross, embarrassing, harrowing, and absolutely gripping. There’s nothing precious about this protagonist.
This book will earn your love and then traumatize you terribly. Be warned. The language is natural, the characters people I knew in my own childhood. It’s like a workout for the heart- it’ll leave you sore but very alive.
An emotional, visually enticing story of acceptance.
A surprisingly natural meeting place for history, social justice, and ghost stories, and an addictive read.
A conversational and vulnerable exploration of the many ways death impacts us. Warm and familiar.
A lighthearted but respectful exploration of some of the ways we deal with our dead. Coming from a perspective of cultural health and ecological conservation, you’ll walk away with as many questions as answers.
A beautifully illustrated book that prizes dreaming big and teaches kids that being tough and tender can go hand in hand.
An engaging, witty, and accessible dive into the anthropology and biology behind a long-standing taboo.