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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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100 Boyfriends
Brontez Purnell - Feb 02, 2021
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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...
Roxane Gay
Oct 21, 2021
100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell--a sexy little book about queer men, their desires and obsessions and yearnings. Very transgressive and relentless.      source
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My Monticello
Fiction
Jocelyn Nicole Johnson - Oct 05, 2021
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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...
Roxane Gay
Oct 21, 2021
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
Unfollow Me
Essays on Complicity
Jill Louise Busby - Sep 07, 2021
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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...
Roxane Gay
Oct 21, 2021
Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity by Jill Louise Busby--an intelligent, provocative essay collection about identity and the ways we wield it.      source
Matrix
A Novel
Lauren Groff - Sep 07, 2021
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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...
Roxane Gay
Oct 21, 2021
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
Razorblade Tears
A Novel
S. A. Cosby - Jul 06, 2021
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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...
Roxane Gay
Oct 21, 2021
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
Things We Lost to the Water
A novel
Eric Nguyen - May 04, 2021
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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...
Roxane Gay
Oct 21, 2021
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
While We Were Dating
Jasmine Guillory - Jul 13, 2021
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Two people realize that it's no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.Ben Stephens has never bothered with serious relationships. He has plenty of casual dates to keep him busy, family drama he's trying to ignore and his advertising job to focus on. When Ben la...
Roxane Gay
May 02, 2021
Okay. Finished it. Really fun, warm, satisfying ending. Great book.      source
Craft in the Real World
Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping
Matthew Salesses - Jan 19, 2021
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A groundbreaking resource for fiction writers, teachers, and students, this manifesto and practical guide challenges current models of craft and the writing workshop by showing how they fail marginalized writers, and how cultural expectations inform storytelling. The traditional writing workshop was established with white male writers in mind; wha...
Roxane Gay
Jan 15, 2021
This book is amazing. Challenging. A total reimagining of craft. A must read for every writer.      source
Humane Insight
Looking at Images of African American Suffering and Death (New Black Studies)
Courtney R. Baker - Aug 30, 2015
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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...