Roxane Gay is an American writer, professor, editor, and social commentator. Gay is the author of The New York Times best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist, as well as the short story collection Ayiti, the novel An Untamed State, the short story collection Difficult Women, and the memoir Hunger.
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Y: The Last Man meets The Girl With All the Gifts in Gretchen Felker-Martin's Manhunt, an explosive post-apocalyptic novel that follows trans women and men on a grotesque journey of survival.Beth and Fran spend their days traveling the ravaged New England coast, hunting feral men and harvesting their organs in a gruesome effort to ensure they'll ne...
Finished this book today. It was glorious. Perfect from beginning to end. Gory, heartbreaking, sexy, riotous, infuriating. 10/10 no notes. – source
An irrerverent, sensitive, and inimitable look at gay dysfunction through the eyes of a cult hero It's like that saying, 'Where god closes a door, he opens a window, ' but in this particular case the window was on the fifth floor and the house was on fire.Transgressive, foulmouthed, and devastatingly funny, Brontez Purnell's 100 Boyfriends is a rev...
100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell--a sexy little book about queer men, their desires and obsessions and yearnings. Very transgressive and relentless. – source
Also recommended byAlexander Chee
A young woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. A university professor studying racism by conducting a secret social experiment on his own son. A single mother desperate to buy her first home even as the world hurtles toward catastrophe. Each fighting to survive in America.Tough-minde...
My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson--short stories and the title novella--really original, sharp writing that lays bare how racism and an appalling history shape our lives. – source
An intimate, impertinent, and incisive collection about race, progress, and hypocrisy from Jill Louise Busby, aka Jillisblack.Jill Louise Busby spent years in the nonprofit sector specializing in Diversity & Inclusion. She spoke at academic institutions, businesses, and detention centers on the topics of Race, Power, and Privilege and delivered ove...
Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity by Jill Louise Busby--an intelligent, provocative essay collection about identity and the ways we wield it. – source
A Fincial Times and NPR Best Book of 2021A Virginia Living Favorite Book (2021)Lauren Groff returns with her exhilarating first new novel since the groundbreaking Fates and Furies.Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, 17-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be t...
Matrix by Lauren Groff--a novel about a medieval nunnery. I never in a million years thought I would like this one but I LOVED it. And the nuns are bad ass. Sometimes they have sex. – source
Also recommended byLinda Liukas
A black father and a white father join forces on a crusade for revenge against the people who murdered their gay sons, by S.A. Crosby, the award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland.Ike Randolph has been out of jail for 15 years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid.The las...
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby--a gritty novel about two fathers who set out to avenge their sons, who were married, deaths as an act of contrition for the ways they failed their boys. AMAZING. Shit had me on the edge of my seat. Didn't put this book down. – source
When Huong arrives in New Orleans with her two young sons, she is jobless, homeless, and worried about her husband, Cong, who remains in Vietnam. As she and her boys begin to settle in to life in America, she continues to send letters and tapes back to Cong, hopeful that they will be reunited and her children will grow up with a father.But with tim...
Some recs: Things We Lost In the Water by Eric Nguyen, a gorgeous ache of a novel about a Vietnamese family in New Orleans – source
Okay. Finished it. Really fun, warm, satisfying ending. Great book. – source
Also recommended byAshley C. Ford
This book is amazing. Challenging. A total reimagining of craft. A must read for every writer. – source
In the history of black America, the image of the mortal, wounded, and dead black body has long been looked at by others from a safe distance. Courtney Baker questions the relationship between the spectator and victim and urges viewers to move beyond the safety of the "gaze" to cultivate a capacity for humane insight toward representations of human...