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  Parable of the SowerBy Octavia E. Butler(Grand Central Publishing) The user manual for 2019 could very well be Octavia E. Butler’s 1993 dystopian novel, Parable of the Sower, newly re-released for a millennial audience. Set in 2024, the story’s main character, Lauren, is a Black woman who records the days of her people and their resistance to the lawlessness outside their community gates. These writings eventually become the basis for a religion called Earthseed: The Books of the Living. The new foreword in this edition...
The Joy Luck Club: A NovelBy Amy Tan (Penguin Books) Amy Tan’s bestselling novel turns 30 this year. Published at a time when Asian voices in American fiction were scant, The Joy Luck Club’s popularity and scope made it a modern classic. Its stories of four immigrant women from China and their American-born daughters feel so real that many assume the book is memoir masquerading as fiction. In a new foreword for this anniversary edition, the author examines the permeable border between fiction and fact....
With so many awesome characters in Teen Titans, it is hard to pick a stand-out. For me, Raven is my favorite character—no, wait, Starfire is. No, no, Beast Boy. I love them all. Although it is hard to choose a favorite, one thing is for sure: I’m always hungry for more individual screen time from each. If, like me, you’ve ever wanted to see more Raven, your wishes have been answered in graphic novel form with Raven, written by Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia. The origin story is set in...
Some memoirs are all-encompassing, whereas other memoirs provide you with just a slice of a person’s life. This memoir is the latter. Many of us would likely run the other way if someone asked us to write a memoir of our high school years, but that’s exactly what Tegan and Sara Quin did.  The first Tegan and Sara song I ever heard was “Living Room.” That catchy melody, those clear voices, how their individual voices blended together so well – I was hooked. When I heard...
Shout Your AbortionEdited by Amelia Bonow and Emily Nokes(PM Press) With the recent anti-abortion laws passed in Georgia, Ohio, Missouri, and Alabama, now seems to be an especially crucial time for Shout Your Abortion, a book which aims to release the stigma around abortions as well as normalize them as being an essential part of women’s reproductive health. The online grassroots movement began when the U.S. Congress voted to defund Planned Parenthood and editor Amelia Bonow opted to share her experience obtaining an abortion on social...
  When Trump was elected in 2016, June Diane Raphael got angry. More than that, the hilarious 39-year-old actor—best known for the film podcast How Did This Get Made? and for her role as Jane Fonda’s snarky daughter on Grace and Frankie—was ready to push for the change she wanted to see in elected offices across America. That’s where Kate Black, the former chief of staff at the political action committee EMILY’s List, came in. Together, Raphael and Black wrote REPRESENT: The Woman’s Guide to Running for...
Cecil Castellucci has written various characters in different DC imprints, from Shade the Changing Girl to, more recently, Female Furies. And this fall, she will be writing her first title in the DC Universe with Batgirl.  Batgirl has had a long tradition with dope female writers taking the reins. Castellucci is taking her first go with the character in this summer’s Year of the Villain, Batgirl #37 Killer Infestation. Later this fall, she will take over the entire run of the series. Castellucci will pick up writing...
It's finally fall: the perfect time to head to a park or café with a book you just can't put down. Here are five new and upcoming novels, memoirs, and collections — all reviewed in our September/October issue — we're looking forward to reading the next few months.   Red at the Bone: A NovelBy Jacqueline Woodson(Riverhead Books)   Melody’s 16th birthday is a time for celebration, but like every milestone in her life, it’s also a moment full of questions. Melody has them about the mother who has always been...
Lauded as the debut novel of the season, The Other’s Gold follows four friends from their first days of college through the first decade of their adulthood – a messy time of burgeoning and becoming. The demands of family, friendship, desire, and rage shape the four friends’ identities even as they push against the bounds of loyalty, shame, institutional power, and the patriarchy. I found so much to think about in this spirited, complicated joy. From her home in Boston and mine in Seattle, Elizabeth Ames and...
Mars: Stories By Asja Bakićć, Translated by Jennifer Zoble(The Feminist Press at CUNY) Bosnian author Asja Bakić’s celebrated 2015 book, Mars, has now been translated by Jennifer Zoble for English-speaking readers to enjoy. It contains a skillfully disorienting collection of short stories that traverse the orbits of fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. These ghostly fables also dissect such matters as robot love, clone love, high school love, and cults. Sometimes the writing feels uneven—readers will frequently have no idea what’s happening until the end of a...