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  The Source of 
Self-Regard: Selected 
Essays, Speeches, 
and MeditationsBy Toni Morrison(Knopf) This is not an introduction to Toni Morrison’s work, nor is it written for readers unfamiliar with her novels. Instead, The Source of Self-Regard serves best as a complement to the Pulitzer-Prize winner’s collected works. Through essays, speeches, and meditations organized into three parts, Morrison tackles race, writing, revision, feminism, and the connections between art and politics. She also tempts readers to explore her influences, including Romare Bearden, Phillis Wheatley, Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa,...
RX: A Graphic MemoirBy Rachel Lindsay(Grand Central Publishing) RX took shape in a New York mental hospital where author Rachel Lindsay was being treated for a manic episode courtesy of bipolar disorder. And though it looks like it probably took forever to complete, it’s a quick, engrossing read. Beginning at an ironic job selling ads for depression meds—“I found myself passing for sane in the most extreme scenario I could imagine”—Lindsay’s simple but elaborate artwork expertly illustrates the undefined areas and still-experimental treatments for one...
  “Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women. There remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation, and destroy the male sex.” I first bought a copy of SCUM Manifesto at Wooden Shoe, the anarchist bookstore in Philadelphia in 2013. I did not know a lot about it but I read the text (as shown above) and felt instantly understood. From one page...
  The World According To Fannie Davis: 
My Mother’s Life in the Detroit NumbersBy Bridgett M. Davis(Little, Brown and Company) The title of Bridgett M. Davis’ third book, her first memoir, says a lot, but not everything. Yes, this is the story of her mom’s life in the ’60s and ’70s running the Detroit “Numbers,” the underground lottery started by the Black community. Unlike the lotto we know now, the Numbers were illegal, which makes Fannie’s empire the kind of history lesson you don’t get in school....
  Minding the Store: A Big Story About a Small BusinessBy Julie Gaines, Illustrated by Ben Lenovitz(Algonquin Books) The checkerboard logo and quirky name that has been part of the lives of New Yorkers for 30 years gets a charming origin story in Minding the Store, a graphic memoir tracking the evolution of vintage tableware store Fishs Eddy. The story follows husband and wife Julie Gaines and David Lenovitz as they go from 20-somethings dumpster diving to find the perfect kitchen stuff to fill their new...
The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True StoryBy Cara Robertson(Simon & Schuster) Lizzie Borden took an axe…or did she? The famous rhyme is succinct and damning. And Cara Robertson’s immersive telling of the trial of Lizzie Borden—accused of killing her father and stepmother in the home they shared in Fall River, MA, in 1892—is neither, and spares no details. Rich in the context of race, class, sex, and society, a portrait of the town, where these grisly murders took place, surrounds the story of unmarried,...
The Summer of Dead BirdsBy Ali Liebegott(The Feminist Press at CUNY) “I’d stop looking for dead things / if there’d stop being dead things everywhere,” Ali Liebegott writes in the opening of The Summer of Dead Birds, which is pretty much what it’s like to enter middle-age in a nutshell. In this, her fourth book, Liebegott addresses her ex-wife, her reader, and herself in a longform poetic aria of loss, an unconventional memoir spanning a summer when things fall apart, beginning with the loss of a...
  So says Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennett in what is not only one of the most famous scenes in Pride and Prejudice but arguably one of the most beloved in all of English Literature. Darcy’s anxiety upon entering the room, sitting down, standing up, walking about, and finally declaring his love for Elizabeth in a highly “agitated manner,” has set many of our 21st century hearts soaring. Why is it then that in most modern historical romances the dynamic of the relationship portrayed is the...
  Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender StoryBy Jacob Tobia(G.P. Putnam’s Sons) In this deeply personal, lighthearted, and hilarious memoir, gender non-conforming activist Jacob Tobia discusses what it means to live outside the binary and exist in the world as someone who can’t be defined as “male” or “female.” While much of their memoir focuses on their personal experiences from childhood through adulthood, they also challenge commonly held ideas about both gender binary and LGBTQIA identities. Tobia argues that the gender binary isn’t just harmful for gender non-conforming people, but...
  Gingerbread: A NovelBy Helen Oyeyemi(Riverhead Books) In her six novel, Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi finds inspiration in fairy tales, as she did with her 2014 novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, and her 2016 short story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. This time, we follow Harriet, a beautiful woman in her 30s with a teenage daughter, Perdita. Both mother and daughter are prematurely gray, and both find it difficult to make friends. Harriet still feels tied to her childhood companion, Gretel, and Perdita's main confidants are...