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In this fragmentary and weird autofictional novel, Lockwood hits the extreme feelings that exist in our current moment. While the first half of the book reads like a comedic and lewd Twitter feed, there is a fundamental sorrowful shift halfway through. The narrator is a leftie in a red world. Extremely well written, I read it in one sitting!
In this beautiful anti-capitalist manifesto, Odell garners works of art both natural and man-made. She teaches the reader to disengage from the addictive portal of social media, and actively engage in our physical communities. We are in the age of communication, yet niches of people are more disconnected than ever! I found a sort of solace and peace in her writing. It's also a great audiobook!
The perfect book for the grown-up Harry Potter fan! Galadriel--El for short--is fighting to stay alive in a magical world that is volatile and out for blood. Set within a magical school with no teachers, and monsters lurking behind every corner, the students must pass graduation because failing means dying. Intensely readable for any older teen or adult fantasy fan!
18, pregnant, and just out of high school, our main character's relationship is pittering out. She starts to fall for an older married mom that orders pizza from her once a week. This book is tragic, angsty, and full of gay-dirtbag energy. I loved it!
Sometimes scientific books are so removed from humanity, they're not very relatable. I loved this book because it completely and totally reframed my ideas of time/space. Rovelli reveals the secrets of the universe, with the framework of human thought and poetry. Absolutely beautiful, and the audiobook is read by Benedict Cumberbatch.
If you enjoyed Braiding Sweetgrass, you may enjoy Robin Wall Kimmerer's first book! We in the PNW are surrounded by moss, but do we know anything about this plant? I was surprised by the immense world that hides behind that fuzzy green exterior. Kimmerer's philosophy on the reciprocity of the natural world is endlessly powerful.
Transfeminine transcendence! A beautiful, smart, and wicked exploration of womanhood, transgender and cisgender. Torey Peters presupposes the trans discourse of today and shows non-voyeuristic isolation and pain. I absolutely loved it!
Wallace, a Black gay grad student, navigates his new home of the Midwest. Coming from a rather broken family in the south, he thought school would be an oasis. However, what he is met with is the scary underbelly of white academia. Set in Madison, WI, Taylor investigates the hypocrisy of white liberal spaces and redefines the genre of Dark Academia. My favorite book of 2020!
I am so happy Victoria Schwab wrote a love story! While the writing is light, the tour de force of the book is the love triangle. I loved the magic, art, and adventures in historical France and present-day New York City. Addie LaRue is terminally forgettable, she made a deal with the devil, to live forever but never make a mark on the world. But the two boys are entertaining to boot! One tall dark, and handsome, and one indie softboy bookseller. There is a lot to love about this book!!
The perfect gift for a book lover! Swords, keys, and bees all belong to the mystery of the Starless Sea. It is a rabbit hole, a subterranean library, and a secret society. This luscious follow up to Morgenstern's first book, The Night Circus, is just as atmospheric and dark, but with better characterization and relationships. I fell down Alice's rabbit hole while experiencing The Starless Sea!
An exhilarating fantasy trilogy that mirrors the historical events of the Sino-Japanese War. Painful, horrifying, and surprising Kuang delves into the nuances of war, and a war-torn country. I binged through the entire series, which is now completed, and now I can't stop recommending it!
The modern classic that time forgot, this book follows the Japanese-American men that were imprisoned for refusing the draft. Originally written in 1950s Seattle, this book was rediscovered in the 80s by Asian American Social Justice Activists. Devastating but ultimately hopeful, everyone in Seattle should read this to understand the local legacy of nationalism and racism.
With a snarky and dry voice, Arnett depicts a dark story of queer angst and oppressive family dynamics. From the cloying preservatives in the family's taxidermy shop to the swampy Florida setting, the landscape becomes a character of its own. She writes sophisticated characters, and as they make anger-inducing decisions, I was close to throwing the book across the room. I loved it :D
Romance, Robots, and Revolution! This steampunk world where humans and androids are on two sides of a race war creates a great setting for two star crossed lovers to accidentally discover love. And to make it even better they are both women!
A little bit horror, a little bit speculative, this short story collection made me love short fiction again. Machado is able to interweave strong themes into psychological stories. Wonderful but harrowing!
A classic that beautifully encapsulates what it means to be human, and the universal experience of loneliness.
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A classic about consciousness, love, and sexuality. An upper-class white woman in the post-civil-war south realizes she is discontent with her life as a wife and mother. She discovers an artist within herself, but will the strict lines of society allow her to diverge from the "normal" path? This classic holds up, and I really loved the introduction by Carmen Maria Machado!
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American—“in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself” (NPR). • CELEBRATING OVER ONE YEAR ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST