As someone who has had varying degrees of anxiety, it's nice to have a book that validates that and says it's okay to have anxiety, in whatever form that may look like. Beth Evans's book is the accessible foray into self-care, and acceptance of the fact that we're not perfect, that we all need to be reminded of once in a while.Recommended by Maya M.
David Small's gripping graphic novel, Home After Dark, is both gritty and tender, a look into a young teen's life as he navigates a tumultuous, dysfunctional relationship with his father and burgeoning friendships, which in 1950s California has undercurrents of violence, racism, and homophobia. Although it's set decades in the past, the prejudices and cruelty have an all-too-real feeling in the modern day, which makes reading books like... (read more)Recommended by Maya M.
In this subtly powerful, dreamlike graphic memoir from Liana Finck, we are led on an intergenerational, semi-mythological journey. Universal conditions like loneliness, heartbreak, and anxiety are explored, and as you might expect from these big questions, there are no clear-cut answers. She is another rising voice in the tide of authors and artists creating works centered around self-love and self-discovery, and her book is a welcome, sparkling... (read more)Recommended by Maya M.
I really loved Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett — it's one I wish was around when I was a teenager. It features a strong female protagonist, Kate, who's highly competent and smart, but also caring and sensitive, and angry and sad — basically, an actual person — but without any of those characteristics becoming her entire personality. There's action, politics, social commentary, and a surprisingly scorching romance that's on Kate's terms.... (read more)Recommended by Maya M.
In Voyage of the Sable Venus, Robin Coste Lewis explores the black female figure's appearances over the span of Western art — to sometimes startling outcomes — in this breathtaking debut collection.Recommended by Maya M.
Short but sweet, although thematically not so sweet, French novelist Françoise Sagan wrote this extremely amoral (for its time) novel when she was only 17.Recommended by Maya M.
Brit Bennett's debut is a beautifully told story about deep love and friendship and unintended consequences. It will make you think a lot about the decisions we make, how much of that is really in our control, what it means to love someone, both romantically and as a friend, and how improbable it is, imperfect as we are, to go through life without hurting anyone. Recommended by Maya M.
If you liked the TV show Lost, you might like this book. It features a host of interconnected characters, not always honorable, but definitely entertaining. Recommended by Maya M.
A trend forecaster (which is pretty much what it sounds like) gets hired to work for a big name capitalist and is fully immersed in the world of the digital. After several leaps and bounds and twists in the plot, her life takes an unexpected and welcome return to the physical, a compelling and interesting read for our modern times. Like the protagonist, author Courtney Maum has worked as a trend forecaster, and the insider knowledge of what that... (read more)Recommended by Maya M.
Roz Chast's moving graphic novel chronicles her parents' lives and final years. You'll recognize her illustrations from cartoons in The New Yorker and other places. She writes with humor, but is also unafraid to talk about the unpleasant: the all-too-serious hardships we face in witnessing our parents getting old. Recommended by Maya M.