The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde

It took me forty-four days to finish this book, which maybe says something about how much I was connecting with it. It was good--don't get me wrong--but it didn't cut me open the way some more recent books of poetry have (A Place Called No Homeland, Don't Call Us Dead). Audre Lorde is a feminist... Continue Reading →

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

This Will Be My Undoing is a powerful blend of memoir, cultural critique, self-reflection, and celebration. Jerkins explores the experience of black girlhood and womanhood through a kaleidoscope of lenses. She writes frankly about sex, relationships, and dating, and the intersection of blackness and womanhood and sexuality. She writes eloquently about the various spaces she's... Continue Reading →

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts is hard to categorize. Part memoir, part literary criticism, part cultural critique—it is many things at once. Nelson combines all of these different ways of thinking and writing combine in a profound, moving, challenging work that is both deeply academic and deeply personal. On one surface, it’s a memoir about meeting and falling... Continue Reading →

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Smart, fierce, scathing, and revelatory, Bad Feminist is one of those rare books that manages to be fun, funny and serious all at the same time. What I loved most was Gay's examination of contradictions--in herself and what she loves, and in the world at large. She gives herself permission to be a complicated, contradictory, whole,... Continue Reading →

Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

I picked this up because I've been enjoying reading nonfiction comics recently. I loved Persepolis, and I honestly wasn't expecting Embroideries to be as good. What a delightful surprise! Embroideries is a short graphic memoir that takes place on one afternoon. Satrapi sits with her mother, grandmother, aunt, and a group of their friends and... Continue Reading →

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