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Courtney is a waffle enthusiast who spends her time serenading her dog with Taylor Swift, crying in the dark over poetry, and reminiscing on her past success as a rapper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.