This was a powerful read by Black Lives Matter movement cofounder Patrisse Khan-Cullors. When They Call You a Terrorist provides moving and poetic insight into the pervasive damage of anti-blackness. Incredibly personal and also hopeful about the future of intersectional community activism, this is just the book I needed to kick off a new year.Recommended by Britney T.
This is a fantastic resource, with as much to offer those just starting to interrogate race as those who are further along in their journey. Each chapter poses a question — "What if I talk about race wrong?" "What is the model minority myth?" — which Oluo deftly addresses. She explains for those who don't know, succinctly elucidates for those who want to clarify their understanding, and challenges those who are doing the work to find meaningful... (read more)Recommended by Britney T.
Laymon has a voice that is singular and devastating in its honesty. I'm not in the business of claiming a book changed my life, but reading this book shifted something foundational. A truly outstanding memoir.Recommended by Britney T.
This is a devastating work. [Lukao] is the fourth in an interconnected series by native Chamorro poet Perez about his homeland, the unincorporated US territory of Guam (Guahån). Its focus is on processions and the ceremonial passage of time — creation, birth, and marriage, destruction, extinction, and militarization. Perez is a powerful voice of indigenous Pacific Island resistance.Recommended by Britney T.
I was clowning on this when I first saw it, but my interest was piqued just enough to give it a shot. If it isn't just the cutest! It's as camp as it is earnest (totally what you expect from someone who sincerely thanks her belongings before giving them away), and a very digestible guide to the KonMari method. Pro-tip: the manga has step-by-step drawings of Marie Kondo's folding technique that beats the written description in The... (read more)Recommended by Britney T.
I would have been obsessed with this book when I was little (and, okay, maybe I am a bit presently). The soft, pleasant illustrations; a simple, sweet story with a dash of oddness; tasty drinks and treats: What's not to love? And, be still my heart, there are more Chirri and Chirra books to come!Recommended by Britney T.
For fans of Jordan Peele's Get Out, White Tears is a read that will get under your skin. It starts slowly, building the relationship between two young white dudes who bond over old blues records and discover a mysterious track. The second half gets wild, jumping around in time and perspective, building to a dizzying delight of a finale.Recommended by Britney T.
"Pops" Popowski is exactly the kind of wisecracking kid detective you've hoped for but never knew existed. The orphanage-cum-detective agency pairs Pops up with newly orphaned Mary Branwell, to solve the case of her parents' murder — with an ending you'll never see coming. Recommended by Britney T.
This is an excellent resource that deals with bisexuality not as some kind of hybrid identity, but as a distinct orientation (!!!) and challenges the notion that bisexuality reinforces the gender binary. Eisner articulates notions of biphobia and monosexism in a way I have not previously encountered — I cannot recommend this book enough.Recommended by Britney T.