This novel will hook you in and pull you along through a spellbinding, heartbreaking journey into modern-day, impoverished Mississippi. The story follows Jojo, a young multiracial boy growing up primarily with his grandparents due to his mother's addiction problems and his father's jail sentence. It explores the bonds of family, the weight of history, and includes a touch of magical realism that will hang heavy on your heart after finishing.Recommended by Tehya R.
If you're a lesbian or queer person, you might struggle to find yourself represented in the mainstream haiku media; but fear not, for The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book is now here (with cats!) to eerily describe all of your exes, call out awkward attempts at flirting, and make you pass out laughing from its spot-on portrayal of queer lives. Read this with your friends, your awkward Tinder dates, the queer crushes you're too afraid to make eye... (read more)Recommended by Tehya R.
Nan is a small-town oyster girl in Victorian England. She falls in love with Kitty, a touring male impersonator, who sweeps her off her feet and on the road to big-city London. Nan's first love is a beautiful introduction to this coming-of-age tale, but her narrative evolves into so much more. Nan's story is one of romance, heartbreak, eroticism, and fascinating historical portrayals of lesbians and queers, expertly brought to life with... (read more)Recommended by Tehya R.
I usually find myself frustrated when it comes to cookbooks — whether they're calling for very expensive or hard-to-find ingredients, or expecting every kitchen to be decked out with the best culinary tools to date, I often struggle to find a recipe that sounds good and affordable. That's why I love Vegan With a Vengeance. Not only are all of Isa's recipes vegan, but she uses simple, affordable ingredients that won't leave you hungry or... (read more)Recommended by Tehya R.
In Killing the Black Body, author, lawyer, and professor Dorothy Roberts weaves a history of the formation of American law, beginning with slavery and taking us into present day. This book was published in 1998 on the tail of welfare reforms that further marginalized and abused already vulnerable people, ushered in by the stereotype of the black welfare queen, and Roberts skillfully expounds on how that stereotype, among others, is used... (read more)Recommended by Tehya R.