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This book is like finding a abandoned tarot card during a protest; Its lyricism is vulnerable and piercing, weary and kismet. I found myself casting a spell when reading the poems out loud.
Few history books can make you feel as if you can reach back in time through their pages. Wilson's narration of the development of humanity's great cities manages to be both highly informative while at once making even ancient history feel highly accessible, as he leads readers through the surprising (and incredible) history of "the city". A must-read for any New Yorker, or metropolis-dweller, who pauses on the street to ponder how our world came to be.
Bursting with cool visual ideas and a surprisingly robust sociology of the Goblin Wars, The Blacktongue Thief is a low-key, rough and tumble gem of fantasy as spur for the imagination. Don’t let the hacky tag-line fool you; as my good friend and dungeonmaster Todd sez, it’s like reading a really good [and razor-sharp] D&D campaign.
One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Breathtakingly human. The title, borrowed from a James Baldwin essay being read by our Palestinian protagonist, points to the ways in which our struggles toward liberation are linked inextricably to one another. In the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, "nobody's free until everybody's free."
In 1991, a Jewish-American man struck two Black American children with his car in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, killing one of them. Days later, a group of young Black men fatally attacked a Jewish-Australian university student. Three days of riots followed. Fires in the Mirror is a one-person play that captures the experiences and views of dozens of people involved in the incidents leading up to, during, and after the Crown Heights riots. In Smith's trademark fashion, she studied and refashioned their accounts to craft these monologues. Still relevant today, it is moving and important to read not just as art but to understand our history and change our future.
A stunning collection of poems by a New York-based Poet which carries the reader through different places in geography and emotion.
This book asks the question what happens when you give in to an all consuming love? The answer is bees.
If you know Jenifer Lewis you know she's somethin' else. She is so open in this memoir, from speaking about her mental illness diagnosis to how she answered the call for activism.
I just read this on my lunchbreak (so in under 30 minutes) and I am OBSESSED. Charlie is ADORABLE, Nicolas is PRECIOUS, and the two of them together is just 'chef's kiss'. Why does Volume 2 have to be backordered??? I neeeeeeed it. Clearly: I highly recommend this graphic novel and can't wait to watch the show, which I've heard is truly heartwarming.
At first I read this in my head with a trans-Atlantic accent; its like watching an old black and white rom-com/ screwball in the best way possible. Sally Jay (the chaotic, self-deprecating, charming protagonist) romps in Paris on her uncle Roger's dime with Pink hair, cocktails at the Ritz, a bull fighter and dinner with a weird cousin. But being in her head is what makes this so wonderful-- she is hilarious. And Groucho Marx thinks so too.
Has anyone ever tried to summon Bloody Mary by saying her name repeatedly in a mirror? If you haven't, this horror novel lets you know exactly what'll happen if you do.
A breezy, clever story, following a woman with deep love for nature, animals, poetry and astrology, as she untangles the culprit of tragedies plaguing her community.
Cvetkovich writes beautifully through the afterlife of that classic feminist slogan, “the private is political.” Theorizing what a “public feeling” would be, she finds a political valence in depression that opposes the traditional notion that one cannot help others before one helps oneself. Really, what we need to do is help each other. For fans of affect theory from writers like Sianne Ngai, Lauren Berlant, and Sara Ahmed.
“OMG! Did you hear that Hera rejected Hades' birthday gift, so he gave it to Persephone?” “What?! Why didn’t Hera want it?” “Because she knows that Hades is in love, but even HE doesn’t know it yet.” “No way!” “Well, that’s what Hermes told me at the party last night, at least.” “Hermes is so hot.” “Yeah, I mean, he’s a 9, but he’s also a mama’s boy.” If you liked my production of Lore Olympus above, you’ll love the actual graphic novel.
SHMUTZ in Yiddish refers to anything dirty, filthy and unclean. In Felicia Berliner's extraordinary debut novel SHMUTZ refers to the pornography discovered by ultra-Orthodox Raizl, on the laptop given by her employer. Of marriageable age, Raizl's search is one of discovery and wonder. This magical novel is about venturing into the unknown, in search of pleasure. Funny, insightful and lovey, it is a unique insight into what is a very closed world.
If you had to put your career on hold to raise a terror of a toddler with minimal support from your traveling salesman husband, all while also dodging the other neighborhood mothers trying to get you to join their pyramid scheme selling essential oils, wouldn't YOU also want to shed your own skin and become something else entirely (in this case, a canine)?
I'll readily admit I'm too impatient for baking. My roommate, however, is a star baker (although she says these recipes are beginner-friendly too!) with a gluten allergy and I reap the benefits of her delicious experiments. This is her most frequently used cookbook and it helps her produce a constant stream of treats for friends, family, or just for the apartment. Favorite recipes include Meringue Cake with Roasted Apples, Oat Milk and Honey Bread, and any cake involving olive oil.
A seer-in-training balances her magical aspirations with a blossoming romance in this charming graphic novel. Drawn in a soft and warm art style, this story is a perfect treat for those who struggle with embracing the future and appreciate the magic in freshly baked bread.
A debut novel irrefutably of its time and far ahead of it simultaneously. Told over the course of a single morning, The Novelist follows a writer who must overcome the confines of the algorithm in a world obsessed with itself and the instant gratification of perpetual scrolling. Tao Lin sums it up in one word: "Succulent." No doubt.
Couldn't get through Ulysses? Neither could Flann O'Brien, and this parody from way back in 1939 blazed the trail for all the metafiction and postmodernist hijinks that came only decades later. Smart, readable, irreverent, and even funnier than the blurbs say it is.