Books

The Best Queer YA Novels of 2019

It’s been a stunning year for queer young-adult novels.

“Feminist Fight Club” Is a Manual on How to Destroy Office Patriarchy

Feminist Fight Club works through male stereotypes one encounters in the office and offers tips on how to counteract their boorish behavior. Read more »

“Spill” Maps a Future In Which Black Women Inherit the Universe

Spill invites the reader to join the apocalyptic project of freedom, of refusing the world as we know it and demanding a new one. Read more »

“Ink in Water” Illustrates a Powerful Journey of Eating Disorder Recovery

Lacy J. Davis’s story is engaging because she describes the painful juxtaposition of being a self-identified queer, punk feminist who was also actively trying to shrink herself. Read more »

“Meanwhile, Elsewhere” Unapologetically Centers Trans People In Sci-Fi

A banal world is in the realm of fantasy for trans people. Read more »

Fierce As Fuck: The Future of Poetry Is Brown & Queer

This is a moment of poetic renaissance and poets of color are paving the way. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books You Must Read in October

YA, a short story collection, and even a novel about hurricanes is on this list. Read more »

“Her Body and Other Parties” Is A Collection Full of Bold Queer Women

Her Body And Other Parties is about pleasure, intimacy, and the people who crave it, have it, and witness it.  Read more »

“Her Own Hero”: Women’s Self Defense Has a Sordid Anti-Immigrant History

Marginalized folks have signed up for classes in droves following the election of Donald Trump. Read more »

Busting Stereotypes: Native American Women Are More Than Princesses and Squaws

Busting myths about Indigenous women.  Read more »

Orgasming To Liberation: “Vibrator Nation” Celebrates the History of Sex Toys

Dense with historical background and quotes from gender theorists, Vibrator Nation is not light beach reading, nor should it be. Read more »

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Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »