I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399573071
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2017

Mothers an daughters and daughters of daughters. This intricate memoir explores generations of women and their complex and intricate relationship with on another. Above all though, it's about the fallibility of memory. How conflicting memories and perceptions of events can produce trauma that lasts for generations. And what it means fora story to be real. 



Alone Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501153327
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Published: Gallery 13 - July 11th, 2017

A primarily silent graphic novel that is profoundly moving. The lack of color and text just add to the raw emotions portrayed. You don't read this as much as you experience it. Take the time and let it affect you. Pay attention to what's really happening in each frame and it will gradually work its way into your heart and mind. It's dark and bleak and savagely human.



We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

For fans of Roxane Gay and Lindy West, look no further! Irby has an ability to confront tough issues head on with dark humor, genuine pathos and real pain. Her way of making everything she writes seem both deeply personal and urgently relevant to understanding each other is a talent most of us would never dare get to. You'll laugh, you'll snort, you'll tear up, and you'll enjoy it.



You Are My Best Friend Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781940842103
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Published: Museyon - May 1st, 2016

I went through quite the emotional journey reading this. I laughed. I cried. I roared and then fell to the ground overwhelmed with love. The magnificently bright illustrations just farther the simple truth that life is more meaningful and enjoyable if you treat others with kindess and respect. Out of which beautiful friendships bloom and last forever and ever, helping you become and grow into a better dino.



My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781606999592
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - February 14th, 2017

First of all, the art alone is beautiful - Ferris turns the interior of a notebook into a lush bic-pen-crosshatched explosion of emotional expressive art. The narrator/artist is Karen, a ten year-old wolf girl. She's Harriet the Spy meets Anne Frank mashed with Maurice Sendack. She weaves a complicated story of family secrets, wartime tragedies, burgeoning sexuality, the social unrest of the 60's and the difficultly of growing up weird through the eyes of a character who doesn't understand it all.


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Even This Page Is White Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781551526416
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - September 13th, 2016

With her debut poetry collection Shraya applies her keen intelligence and awareness of her positionality to white privilege and systematic racism. Shraya pushes past the notion that racism is anything other than commonplace. It's multi-layered and thought-provoking, as well as imaginative and mind-opening. This combination makes this an unflinching, timely, and necessary read. Keep this as an antidote to the legion of white male poets on your syllabus. 


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Boy Erased: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594633010
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 10th, 2016

A heartbreaking and intense memoir about Conley's experience in a 12-step ex-gay conversion program and more deeply, his knotty, complicated relationship with his parents. Conley's deeply embedded trauma from the shame-based dogma in his father's ministry and the sorrow he experienced in conversion therapy is both infuriating to behold and beautiful to read. He holds true to a non-condemning world where no one is demonized nor are they a saint.


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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316348409
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Published: Hachette Books - May 17th, 2016

I love this book and I love Lindy West. Throughout this book she tackles subjects like sexism in comedy, body image, internet trolls, abortion and fat shaming with such a perfect combination of humor, empathy and wisdom. Her ability to use humor as a tool when discussing such heavy topics is really what makes it such an unforgettable read. Lindy West is a national treasure we don't deserve.



Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Citizen is a completely necessary and remarkable read. It documents racial aggressions from the smallest remarks that propogate systemic racism to the constant racism Serena Williams faces, to the killing of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. She does this with elegance but also with rage and resignation. A must-read in today's world.


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Crush Cover Image
By Richard Siken, Louise Gluck (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300107890
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Published: Yale University Press - April 11th, 2005

Siken is so beyond talented with words, this entire collection is a work of pure art. It had soul and there's something deeply terrifying about it. I love the way Skien lays his words oiut and I love the words themselves. There's sadness, self-pity and a tremor of anxiety. Among the greater story of terror, there are themes of panic, self-loathing and my favorite, unrequited love. I felt it for hours afterwards, the love, the pain, the violence, the darkness. This is how poetry is supposed to make you feel. "Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us. These bodies possessed by light. / Tell me we'll never get used to it."


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Bluets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

It may be incredibly cliché to say you don't choose the people you love, but when Nelson starts off that she didn't choose to love the color blue, I couldn't help but agree and overthink this point until I got a migraine. Nelson made me love blue and all the things that make me blue. Days after finishing I saw blue in all its different shades everywhere. I saw it in shirts and in eyes and I learned to love all the ways to say blue. What it all comes down to is that if I could marry a book, I would've already changed my name to Mrs. Bluets.