Caide's Picks

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I enjoy reading a wide range of fiction, political and social analysis, and graphic novels. As a dyslexic, easily distractible person, I actually listen to most of my books through libro.fm. Reading for fun is only something I have started up again in the last few years of my adult life, and I'm all about making reading of fun and fulfilling experience for those of us who haven't always considered ourselves "readers".

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When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524748111
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Published: Pantheon - February 22nd, 2022

A lyrical and meditative journey through faith and what connects us to each other. Anything AQB writes is a must read.


Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525566182
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

A horny, queer, midwestern romp of the 90s. I can't get over Lawlor's the spot on descriptions of different queer spaces we get to enter through Paul's misadventures.


The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

Rent Girl Cover Image
By Michelle Tea, Lauren McCubbin (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780867196207
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Published: Last Gasp - August 1st, 2004

Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982179175
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Published: Atria Books - October 5th, 2021

A validating and hilarious journey of fluctuating self discovery. If you have ever asked yourself if you are "queer enough", read this book.


Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781635577112
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 7th, 2021

Cutting, refreshing, and nuanced, I am blown away by Busby's unflinching authenticity. This book rips away the façade of virtue signaling and leaves bare Busby's experiences navigating her expected social scripts as a queer black woman with Instagram micro-fame. Perfect for fans of Roxane Gay and Claudia Rankine.


Filthy Animals Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525538912
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 22nd, 2021

Tense, tragic, and tender portraits of young twenty somethings struggling to find intimacy and safety, right here in Madison! Taylor's second book does not disappoint.


O Beautiful: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250274328
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 9th, 2021

An engrossing novel to read slowly and digest thoroughly. Yun not only exposes the realities of misogyny, racism, and poverty in the North Dakota oil boom, but pulls you through the raw alienation and rage that comes with it.


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Pet Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593175446
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

Satisfaction Guaranteed Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781538735527
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Published: Forever - June 1st, 2021

Obviously I had to read this book because the main character's name is Cade. Obviously you have to too because it's hot and hilarious.


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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313188
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Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

Did certain corners of the internet say "lesbian necromancers in space!?" Count me in. What has struck me most about this book (and series) is not just the genre bending, plot twisting, many layered nature of this book, but how incredibly, irreverently hilarious it is! Gems like this: "Gideon said, “Did you know that if you put the first three letters of your last name with the first three letters of your first name, you get ‘Sex Pal’?” Please please read this book so we can talk about it.


Detransition, Baby: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593133378
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Published: One World - January 12th, 2021

A provocative and nuanced novel packaged inside a gossipy, almost confessional writing style that will translate well to the mini series. Peters' articulates complex emotional depth in imperfect, at times infuriating characters. She asks questions about motherhood, womanhood, and chosen family that I still reflect back on. This is not an easy book with all positive trans representation, but the character's flaws feel real and valuable.


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The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525541622
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 25th, 2021

Devastatingly beautiful. Emezi traces the delicate interpersonal webs of grief and intimacy with a rawness that left me feeling ripped apart and whole at the same time.


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Meddling Kids: A Novel (Blumhouse Books) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781101974445
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Published: Anchor - May 29th, 2018

I had a whopping book crush on this book! I couldn't wait till we were together again, the characters showed up in my dreams, I couldn't stop talking about this giddy, campy, nostalgic, clever, thrilling romp!


Middletown Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140428
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Published: Levine Querido - April 6th, 2021

A soft and utterly human novel. Everyone in the book fucks up, sometimes big time, but the characters still handle the mess with sweetness and care. I would especially recommend for anyone who wants non-preachy fiction about alcoholism in the family.


The Talented Ribkins Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612197289
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Published: Melville House - August 7th, 2018

The Rib King: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062979063
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Published: Amistad - January 19th, 2021

A unique historical fiction novel. The slow building anger from racial trauma and casual exploitation makes the explosion all the more satisfying. Perfect for fans of Parasite.


Life of Melody Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781648276491
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Published: Seven Seas - September 28th, 2021

Sometimes chosen family chooses you! A sweet, magical, queer fairytale. 


Real Life: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525538899
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

A slow, pent up build over the course of a single weekend in Madison. Taylor depicts the fraught nature of human connection across divisions of lived experience with staggering grace.


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The Only Good Indians: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982136468
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

Disturbing, devastating, satisfying. I was obsessed, and I never choose horror.


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We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525565437
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Published: Vintage - February 16th, 2021

I find myself thinking back to this book all the time and shoving it in all my friend's faces when their birthday rolls around. A frolicking, compelling coming of age novel that should really be a mini-series already. Thank you thank you AQB!!


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One Last Stop Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250244499
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 1st, 2021

Summer Spirit Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781910620724
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Published: Nobrow - May 4th, 2021

Summer Spirit follows the difficult cusp of tweenhood for Louise as her older sister and cousins leave her and their childhoods behind. Without peers to relate to, Louise slowly befriends the ghost of her grandmother's sister, trapped forever at Louise's same stage of life. Sinister yet sweet, Summer Spirit is your perfect beach read to devour in an afternoon.


That Full Moon Feeling Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781945509568
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Published: Silver Sprocket - February 2nd, 2021

A werewolf and a witch going on three consecutive tinder dates? What more could you ask for?


Nubia: Real One Cover Image
By L. L. McKinney, Robyn Smith (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401296407
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Published: DC Comics - February 23rd, 2021

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The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594487330
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

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The Lesson Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781538584644
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Published: Blackstone - June 18th, 2019

What struck me most about this book was the mixture of tragic and bizarre with the mundane. Characters fall in and out of love, question their faith, and struggle with their parents all in the midst of an alien invasion to the Virgin Islands. Turnbull explores the impact of colonialism and violence through the perspectives of overlapping characters in both the past and present, ending with different and difficult "lessons". Also a beautifully read audiobook with Libro.fm!


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We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9781849354226
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Published: AK Press - November 17th, 2020

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All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060959470
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

Just reading the introduction to this book filled me with a love and understanding I didn't know I needed. Such a beautiful and thought provoking series of essays that has changed the ways I show and practice love with those around me.


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That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781593761950
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Published: Soft Skull - May 28th, 2008

A must read for anti-assimilationist revolutionary queer politics!


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Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781839762123
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Published: Verso - October 27th, 2020

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Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780822360315
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Published: Duke University Press - August 7th, 2015

I've read this book twice cover to cover and then again as individual essays. Clare traces the intersections of disability, working class rural identity, whiteness, queerness, and intimacy in beautiful and powerful prose. Read this book and then read it again!


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A Song Below Water: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250315328
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Published: Tor Teen - June 2nd, 2020

You know a YA book holds up when you can read it at any age and still become deeply invested in everyone’s storylines. Literal Black Girl Magic as main characters Tavia and Effie struggle to come into their own magical identities and find power in themselves. Reading this book has sparked many rants with my friends on why standard high school reading can’t be as fun and politically relevant as this book.


Bitterblue (Graceling Realm) Cover Image
By Kristin Cashore, Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142426012
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Published: Penguin Books - September 17th, 2013

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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

Sweet without being sappy, political without being moralistic, authentic without leaving out the fantasy, there's a reason this book has gotten so much hype. Read it and weep tears of queer joy.


Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

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Binti: The Complete Trilogy Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780756416935
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Published: DAW - July 7th, 2020

Beautiful, political, and packed!


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Mooncakes Cover Image
By Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu (Illustrator)
$14.99
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ISBN: 9781549303043
Published: Oni Press - October 15th, 2019

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Catboy Cover Image
$20.00
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ISBN: 9781945509155
Published: Silver Sprocket - September 1st, 2017

Cuddle up with this book and your IRL fur nugget on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and sigh.


Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608866878
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Published: BOOM! Box - April 7th, 2015

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The Witch Boy: A Graphic Novel (The Witch Boy Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

So sweet! We can celebrate witchcraft without being essentialist about gender! Hooray!


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Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
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ISBN: 9780525563488
Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Akata Witch (The Nsibidi Scripts #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142420911
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Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

A gorgeous story that incorporates elements of Nigerian folklore and shows off the powerful magic that comes with self exploration and acceptance.


Kindred Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

The Color Master Cover Image
$15.00
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ISBN: 9780307744197
Published: Anchor - April 22nd, 2014

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307947475
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 2014