Review: Shrill by Lindy West

Title: Shrill: Notes from a Loud WomanAuthor: Lindy WestRating: ★★★★Summary: Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible, writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she didn't fit in. With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, West boldly shares how to survive in a [...]

Review: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

Title: All You Can Ever KnowAuthor: Nicole ChungRating: ★★★★Summary: After being born severely premature, Nicole Chung was placed up for adoption by her birth parents and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town, her adoption a comforting story of familial sacrifice and God’s will. But as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive [...]

Review: Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

Title: Star-CrossedAuthor: Minnie DarkeRating: ★★★★Summary: When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable—to Justine, anyway. When she learns that Nick bases his decisions on the horoscopes in his favorite magazine—the same magazine for which Justine happens to [...]

Review: The Fact of a Body by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

Title: The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a MemoirAuthor: Alex Marzano-LesnevichRating: ★★★★Summary: Before Alex Marzano-Lesnevich began working at a law firm, they thought they were staunchly anti-death penalty. But once they heard convicted murderer Ricky Langley speak on his crimes, they realized they wanted him to die. Shocked by the reaction, they dug [...]

Review: Internment by Samira Ahmed

Title: InternmentAuthor: Samira AhmedRating: ★★★★Summary: Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance within, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a [...]

Review: Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal

Title: Woman WorldAuthor: Aminder DhaliwalRating: ★★★★Summary: When a birth defect wipes out the planet’s entire population of men, Woman World rises out of society’s ashes. This infectiously funny comic follows the rebuilding process, tracking a group of women who have rallied together under the flag of “Beyonce’s Thighs.” Only Grandma remembers the distant past, a civilization [...]

Review: Not That Bad by Roxane Gay

Title: Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape CultureAuthor: Roxane GayRating: ★★★★Summary: Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, this anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on to address what it means to live in a world where individuals have to measure the violence and aggression they face. Covering a wide range [...]