Miranda July's characterization of Cheryl is absolutely unforgettable. She is a woman on the journey towards finding her voice, presented in totality. July explores it all: the embarrassing and uncomfortable things, the fantasies and desires. It will make you re-consider the line between fantasy and reality and question your own weirdness. This book provokes thought and simply becomes more complex and brilliant upon reflection.
Wolf in White Van is an extremely powerful read; intricately constructed, it draws you in and captivates from page one to the final words. Darnielle pairs beautiful prose with gripping character depiction, making his readers reckon with their own conceptions of the boundaries between real and imagined, isolation and human connection.This book resonated so deeply with me -- as if it were a shout into the void, waiting to be heard.
Whose lives matter? Whose stories get told? Black Wave asks these questions, just as it considers questions of addiction, love, and family ties. It's crazy and genre-bending and unforgettable. If you're into weird dreams and environmentalism, this is your book.
A slim novel with a powerful impact... Ntshanga captures grief in this narrative as it is in life: a sharp blade woven into the fabric of everyday life, jabbing and slicing unexpectedly amidst banality. In this way grief always disallows linear narrative, making the book's cyclical structure feel right and true. The novel rests on a scale tipping between alienation and human connection, between fatalism and hope. It is both a work with universal resonance, and an important political work meditating upon a specific moment in a specific place.
Hilton Als recently wrote of Maggie Nelson: "It's Nelson's articulation of her many selves that makes her readers feel hopeful." In The Argonauts these articulations explore the co-existence of freedom and dependency, of so-called "normalcy" and queerness, and the possibilities of love and desire that have both form and flow. At once a work of critical theory, an intensely personal memoir, and a love story, this book will indeed leave you feeling profoundly hopefeul. Read it.
This memoir feels like Piepzna-Samarasinha is cracking her chest open and spilling everything out for you to see. There's so much to say, but in part it's the story of a queer & disabled survivor of color finding healing and strength through vulnerability. *Great ending alert* (really...the ending is so, so strong).
Reading this book is like taking a road-trip through a dreamscape that is at once beautiful and disturbing. It is a book that believes in mystery and hopes for love. Hunt intertwines two narrative threads - one past and one present - plotting the quests of characters who are searching for happiness, family, meaning…for something beyond the ordinary. Fair warning: I guarantee this book will forever change the way you look at Comet bleach powder.
Absolute perfection. In this book you'll find: a hat, cacti, friendship, lots of side-eye, dreaming, turtles in space.
The perfect picture book for all of us who are a little bit grumpy at heart. The penguin protagonist is cranky and adorable, and journeys toward a bit of a brighter outlook in such a delightful way. It also contains a few of the most hilarious pages in all of picture book literature.
Oh my crickets! This book is fabulous, especially as a read-aloud.
Pure genius, stunning artwork. For fans of list-making, the unexpected, and strange families, and for all those who are harboring many existential questions.