Books

The Best Queer YA Novels of 2019

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

Family Matters: “Good Talk” Offers a Panacea for the Worst of Times

For a country obsessed with the national “conversation about race,” Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, offers an illustration of all the ways it can go right—and wrong. Read more »

Here, Now, Everywhere: Deborah E. Lipstadt’s New Book Charts the Resurgence of Antisemitism

Lipstadt’s uncompromising perspective is guaranteed to leave readers uneasy, no matter where they lie on the political spectrum. Read more »

Home Remedies: Megan K. Stack Confronts the Global Impact of Class, Privilege, and “Women’s Work”

Domestic labor isn’t just a “mom” issue—it affects the entire world. Read more »

BitchReads: 15 Nonfiction Books Feminists Should Read This Spring

This list should encourage readers to pick up books that they would’ve never picked up before. Read more »

“Sanctuary of the Psychic Life”: Why Poetry Matters in the Trump Era

All poetry is inherently political. Read more »

Practical Magic: “HausMagick” Will Help You Cast a Spell on Your Home

Erica Feldmann’s first book, Hausmagick, is a compilation of spells, personal vignettes, and other ways to “transform your home with witchcraft.” Read more »

6 Rad Poets to Read This National Poetry Month

You should savor the work of these great contemporary poets this month and every month hereafter. Read more »

When #MeToo Was a Blank Canvas: Joy McCullough Wants Teens to Know About Artemisia Gentileschi

Joy McCullough’s novel Blood Water Paint offers a stunning portrait of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Read more »

Abby Maslin’s Personal Tragedy Turned Her Marriage into a Mission

In 2012, Abby Maslin’s husband was randomly assaulted with a baseball bat after a night out with friends. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »