Return to Neverland, but make it a queer romance (that also removes all the problematic racist bits from the original)! The story's clue is in the title: Peter Darling. And if you're a Captain Hook fan, you're gonna love this romance! I knew this book was gonna be good when I read the dedication:
This book is for every villain who ever inspired a queer awakening, and for every queer child who ever saw a piece of themself in the enemy.
It's also for Simone, who is definitely a villain of some kind.
It was love at first sight with this book – and then I was completely enthralled through the end. As Laisve travels through time, we meet different people and beings who give us varing perspectives on humanity's capacity for both compassion and cruelty. It's a dystopian story, but also full of beauty and wonder and possibility. [Adrienne]
I wish I had this book nearly a decade ago when I was diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. C-PTSD is a psychological disorder that occurs with prolonged, repetitive trauma over the course of years in a context where there is little to no escape. I found myself on an eerily similar journey with Foo, who provides a personal and thoroughly researched account of her healing journey. Be sure to give yourself space to heal and process this memoir. And as Foo promises, there is a happy ending. [Clover]
I'm always on the lookout for genderqueer stories, and this manga is a RIOT! High school, family, and society have a hard time accepting Ryo's gender. The only time Ryo feels like himself is when he wears his favorite clothes and fashion brands. It just so happens that the class delinquient, Jin, has similar style and tastes. Watch these two unlikely friends "bite back at the world" as they make their own fashion brand!
An exceptional debut focused on a boy/young man growing up on the Penobscot Indian Island Reservation in Maine. As the stories weave together - snapshots of both ordinary and extraordinary life events - we see an honest and empathetic portrayal of intergenerational trauma within families and a community. So much care clearly went into this book and I hope it gets all the acclaim it deserves. [Adrienne]
"Mutual Aid is the radical act of caring for each other while working to change the world."
Dean Spade's book is a great guide for activitsts, organizers, and community members of all experience levels. How can you help your community? How can you support already existing groups working to protect our most vulnerable? How do we build strong sustainable structures, projects, and goals? [Clover]
So much of our modern cuisine comes from Turtle Island, or the New World. Why doesn't the US have more indigenous cuisine? Learn about this dark history while re-connecting with the land and their stewards. De-colonize your palette. [Clover]
I started reading 'quit lit,' 'sober lit,' a couple years ago, and what struck me about this one was the specific connections White makes between maladaptive coping mechanisms with the underlying conditions we may be experiencing. Sometimes when authors talk about healing work, I only get a vague idea of what they mean, but White gives very specific exercises and anecdotes that help the reader understand. [Blanca]
John Elizabeth Stintzi has achieved something truly remarkable with this book, which is one of my favorite novels of the year so far. It defies genre (sci-fi, mythology, literary fiction, & more!) and how they managed to blend and balance so many rich, compelling storylines is beyond me. Read it and you'll know what I mean! [Adrienne]
Ever want a Jane Austen novel, but heroine moves to the country side to becomes a witch instead of falling in love? Well look no fruther than Lolly Willowes! This book came highly recommended from my friend and tea extraordinaire @FridayTea. She knows I'm always looking for witchy Ace representations, too. [Clover]