Books

The Best Queer YA Novels of 2019

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

Moving the Needle: Mason Deaver on Creating One of YA’s First Nonbinary Protagonists

In YA, nonbinary protagonists are rare. Mason Deaver seeks to change that with their debut, I Wish You All the Best. Read more »

Cultivating Joy: Dani McClain Faces Down the Fear of Maternal Mortality

When you become responsible for guiding a young person through this world, there are a lot of reasons to have some anxiety.  Read more »

Not Safe For Work: “Reckoning” Reminds Us That the Fight against Sexual Harassment Didn’t Start with #MeToo

The book is a fascinating, often dizzying ride through legal history, cultural evolution, feminist-movement dynamics, and media mythmaking. Read more »

Invisible Signs: What We’re Still Missing When We Talk about Domestic Violence

No Visible Bruises will raise awareness and save lives. Read more »

Cherríe Moraga Honors Her Foremothers in “Native Country of the Heart”

Capturing our foremothers’ stories is one of the ways in which women of color remember themselves. Read more »

There’s No Such Thing as Objective Science

Science intentionally created, and continues to recreate, race. Read more »

Monstrous Poetry: Kenji Liu Is Using Frankenstein as a Metaphor for Toxic Masculinity

It’s easy to write something that criticizes toxic masculinity, or our current president, or any number of things in the news about guys acting badly. Read more »

Esmé Wang Finds Meaning in “The Collected Schizophrenias"

There are no easy solutions to the problems Esmé Weijun Wang poses, but she has provided us with the truth of her own story. Read more »

Vivien Green Fryd Charts the Feminist Artists Who’ve Painted #MeToo for Decades

Against Our Will challenges us to witness without looking away, exploring sexual violence as a discrete subject of American art with unflinching analysis. Read more »

First of Many: Jamia Wilson, Lisa Lucas, and Kima Jones on the Future of What We Read

These pioneers are transforming the future of literary culture for readers and writers of color. 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 »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

Know & Tell: The literary renaissance of trans women writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. Read more »