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Just Us: An American Conversation Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781644450215
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

We are so lucky to be alive at the same time as Claudia Rankine. I will read anything she writes and any book she blurbs.


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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525575320
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Published: Crown - June 30th, 2020

Thick: And Other Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620975879
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Published: New Press - October 1st, 2019

The Book of Delights: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616207922
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 12th, 2019

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Little Weirds Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

This book is gorgeous and, yep, weird! Slate has an unexpected poet's sensibility that makes this less comic's memoir and more micro essays that gracefully and goofilypoint at the human condition -- or at least the condition of being a depressed and trying white ciswoman. As someone who is frequently both depressed and trying, I enjoyed this book thoroughly.


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Life of the Party: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984801906
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 20th, 2019

Wow. I LOVED this book. I have read hundreds of poetry books and this is the first to make me feel riotously proud to have been a teenage girl. Gatwood is working through the rational terror of living in a body the world thinks is theirs. These poems mirrored, validated, explored, and transformed so much anxiety and fear I have felt as a tomboy kid, a teenage girl, and a genderqueer adult working through internalized femmephobia. The book gains focus and revs its engines all 147 pages out of love for anyone who has been or, will be, feminine or womxn or girl or femme or soft or betrayed. These poems spoke directly to my body and afterward I felt strong for having been through what this world does to people it thinks are girls. And I felt powerful.


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Abandon Me: Memoirs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632866585
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 6th, 2018

If you liked the intellectual headiness of Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts and the visceral immediacy of Lidia Yuknavitch's The Chronology of Water, this book is for you. Sometimes we need someone else to admit their shame before we do. Febos is unabashedly candid about her/our less attractive emotional realities: need, desperation, recklessness, blind desire. She has compile a fragmented history of fatherlessness and tox romance.


The Beautiful Ones Cover Image
By Prince
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399589652
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Published: One World - October 29th, 2019

Juliet Takes a Breath Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108178
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Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

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Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822963318
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 7th, 2015

These meditations on gratitude are sprawling and tender antidotes tow hat in and around us will end. If you love/d Whitman or Ocean Vuong take this book home and read it aloud.


Night Sky with Exit Wounds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556594953
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

I LOL'd through this entire book. Buy this for your best friend. Buy it for yourself. Lay in the grass. Giggle.


The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143129257
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Published: TarcherPerigee - October 25th, 2016

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Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812980882
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 24th, 2012

Acclaimed NYC queer chef Gabrielle Hamilton wrote an unexpectedly lush and lyrical memoir. My favorite parts were her wild, rustic, lonely childhood in rural Pennsylvania and the sensuality of her love affair with Italy. A candid, confident, gritty, many-loves story.


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555974077
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2004

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Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

A necessary text unfortunately as relevant now as it was in 2014. Prose and images are used in tandem to communicate how and when whiteness polices Black people interpersonally, professionally, casually, constantly. Reading this cover-to-cover will make you interrogate your whiteness and how you uphold subtle and direct violence. An imperative and transformative read that will stay with you. Be ready to read and re-read.


Prince: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (The Last Interview Series) Cover Image
By Prince, Hanif Abdurraqib (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781612197456
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Published: Melville House - March 12th, 2019

Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class Cover Image
By Michelle Tea (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781580056663
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Published: Seal Press - February 27th, 2018

Odes to Lithium Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948579032
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Published: Alice James Books - September 17th, 2019

The Prophet Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780394404288
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A Fortune for Your Disaster Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781947793439
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Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

The Everyday Language of White Racism (Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781405184533
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Published: Wiley-Blackwell - October 20th, 2008

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The Year of Blue Water (Yale Series of Younger Poets #113) Cover Image
By Yanyi, Carl Phillips (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780300242645
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Published: Yale University Press - March 26th, 2019

I read this book TWICE in two days! I bookmarked, highlighted, and dog-eared nearly every page. Written in prose blocks, this book is concise, intimate, gorgeous and unsparing. Yanyi writes about transness, kin, trauma, and learning to be with/in yourself. Keep this book close. You will refer to it again and again.


Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556592348
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - June 1st, 2007

Deaf Republic: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

Joy: 100 Poems Cover Image
By Christian Wiman (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780300248630
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Published: Yale University Press - November 12th, 2019

A Thousand Mornings: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143124054
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Notes of a Native Son Cover Image
By James Baldwin, Edward P. Jones (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780807006238
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Published: Beacon Press - November 20th, 2012

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Homie: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450109
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020

A deeply moving and expertly built book about kinship and survival. Inventive, tender, timeless and imperative, these poems, especially My President and Acknowledgements are already canon. Smith is working as hard on the page as they do in performance and both will blow you away. Their best book yet.


Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399589065
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

Diary of a Drag Queen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374538576
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Published: FSG Originals - April 14th, 2020

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Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400078240
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Published: Vintage - August 22nd, 2017

I do not read long books or history books and this book is both. It sucked me in from start to finish. A rich, engulfing narrative of a deeply american horror story. Thorough, nuanced, with incredible detail and characters that will stick with you forever.


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

Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780199794461
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 13th, 2011

The Verso Book of Dissent: Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion and Resistance Cover Image
By Andrew Hsiao (Editor), Audrea Lim (Editor), Tariq Ali (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9781784786175
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Published: Verso - November 8th, 2016

Cantoras: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525521693
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

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Assata: An Autobiography Cover Image
By Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781556520747
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 1st, 1999

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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

Before Cheryl Strayed was famous, she anonymously answered an advice column the result of which was this little empathy bible. The questions mirror our gnarliest fears and insecurities and Strayed's generous responses are maternal real talk. This book is a hug. Perfect for a graduation gift or a gift for someone who has just gone through a big life transition.


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Three Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451642308
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

The introduction of this book claims this is a book about human desire. It's not. It's about the desire of middle and upper class, mostly thin, mostly straight, cisgender white woman. This isn't a dig but a clarification. With that understanding, this book is a sobering, enveloping read about how desire is internalized and articulated beneath misogyny. It reads like an HBO miniseries; at turns weighty, introspective, and erotic. Months later, I still feel like I know the women in this book.


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James Baldwin: The Last Interview: and other Conversations (The Last Interview Series) Cover Image
By James Baldwin, Quincy Troupe (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9781612194004
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Published: Melville House - December 2nd, 2014

Whether you've read EVERYTHING James Baldwin ever wrote or you haven't read ANYTHING and are looking for an entry point into his work, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. Ranging from 1961 to 1987, these interviews offer a more candid and relaxed Baldwin, though no less profound. His nuance, genius, and empathy remain timeless. Having this book feels like having him here to go through the current sociopolitical tumult with. Would recommend to anyone.


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My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love Cover Image
By Dessa
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ISBN: 9781524742317
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Published: Dutton - August 27th, 2019

Rapper and professor Dessa has written a collection of essays about touring nationally in a van with a bunch of guys, growing up in the Midwest, and falling in -- and decidedly out of -- love. Dessa's voice is exacting and swift and her storytelling controlled. Read this if you're looking for a fast, smart, honest read by a confident Midwestern powerhouse.


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The Chronology of Water: A Memoir Cover Image
By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780979018831
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Published: Hawthorne Books - April 12th, 2011

The first time I read this book it changed my life. To read a queer womxn write without shame was a freeing, metamorphosing thing. CHRONOLOGY is a stunning reflection on abuse, addiction, grief, stillbirth, and survival. This book does not follow chronological order, as a nod to how we hold and reflect on memory. Audacious, frank, and profoundly lyrical. Read if you love Roxane Gay, Jeannette Walls, Melissa Febos, and Dorothy Allison.