This is 100% my favorite book of 2018--it brims with love, anger, fierceness, vulnerability, and hope. Shirin is a Muslim American teen in NYC directly following the 9/11 attacks. Her story exposes the blatant racism Muslim Americans faces and still face, along with the more subtle microaggressions that might only be seen through her eyes. When she falls for a white boy on the basketball team, she has to weigh her desire to protect herself from outside hate or live her life unguarded. It's beautiful, breathtaking, and so so much more.
This book is YA at its best and exactly what I want to see in the world right now. Marisol's journey as a queer latinx asylum seeker brings light to the emotional burdens we place on migrants while centering on sisterhood, love, friendship, and deep inner strength. This book is topical, thought-provoking, beautifully written, and absolutely essential reading.
"The time to speak has passed. Now it's time to Shout" -- A powerful and beautifully crafted memoir in verse that is an important addition to the #MeToo movement for the YA genre
If you've ever experienced anxiety, had thought spirals, doubted whether you could lead a normal life... you NEED to read this book. Informed by his own experience of OCD, John Green resonantly and beautifully portrays the fear and discomfort of anxiety. It's not, however, without adventure: there's also a missing billionaire, Star Wars fan fiction, and a tuatara. And of course Green's signature philosophical and heartfelt style. This is the BEST John Green book.
The first graphic novel long listed for the Man Booker Prize has no synopsis on its cover. To tell you it follows the community of people closely (and not-so closely) affected by the disappearance of a woman, Sabrina, would suggest nothing of what it says about desensitization to violence and discerning fact from fake news in the internet era. The simple line art invites readers to speculate into its ambiguities while reflecting a pervasive feeling of dullness on the outside and screaming on the inside. Unnerving in the best way.
I opened this collection to a random story, read a sentence, and felt like I had been punched in the gut. Then I kept reading and the feeling continued throughout the entire book. The science fiction/augmented reality bent of these stories provides an intensified lens through which to examine issues of race and class. Each one is incredibly gripping, visceral, and thought-provoking. Open it to any page and see for yourself.
Entertainment Weekly’s #1 Book of 2018
“One of the most compelling protagonists modern fiction has offered in years: a loopy, quietly furious pillhead whose Ambien ramblings and Xanaxed b*tcheries somehow wend their way through sad and funny and strange toward something genuinely profound.”
— Entertainment Weekly
Belly Up is a story collection that contains ghosts, mediums, a lover obsessed with the sound of harps tuning, teenage girls who believe they are actually plants, gulag prisoners who outsmart a terrible warden, and carnivorous churches. Throughout these grotesque and tender stories, characters question the bodies they've been given and what their bodies require to be sustained.
This collection of bold and scathingly beautiful feminist poems imagines what comes after our current age of environmental destruction, racism, sexism, and divisive politics.
"Known for poems of universality of feeling, expressive lyricism of reflection, and heartrending allure" (Major Jackson), award-winning poet Matthew Dickman returns with a collection that engages the traces of his own living past, suffusing these poems with ghosts of longing, shame, and vulnerability.