Death in Her Hands

DEATH IN HER HANDS is Ottessa Moshfegh’s riff on the classic detective novel. The “detective” is Vesta, a lonely old widow who stumbles upon a note in the woods that alludes to a woman’s murder. The note consumes Vesta’s every thought. Her mind runs wild as she fabricates clues and invents background stories for the…

The Mirror & The Light

THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel was my most anticipated book of 2020. I absolutely loved the first two books in the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy and I’ve been waiting almost 8 years for this final book, so needless to say my excitement and expectations were very high! But don’t worry, it did not…

Everywhere You Don’t Belong

I’m a sucker for coming-of-age stories ESPECIALLY ones centered on diverse characters. So when I got a copy of Gabriel Bump’s sharply funny debut novel EVERYWHERE YOU DON’T BELONG, I just couldn’t wait to read it! Claude McKay Love is a young, black boy growing up in the south side of Chicago in the 1990s….

The Prettiest Star

THE PRETTIEST STAR by Carter Sickels is a devastating and poignant story about the AIDS crisis. This powerful book shines a spotlight on the often overlooked demographic of young people that were forced to return to the families they ran away from and the communities that rejected them because they were dying and had nowhere…

These Ghosts Are Family

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I LOVE multigenerational family sagas! So when I heard about Maisy Card’s debut novel THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY, I knew I had to get my hands on it! THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY follows multiple generations of a Jamaican family as they grapple with the…

How We Fight For Our Lives

Saeed Jones’s memoir HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES is powerful, raw, and unlike anything I have ever read. Though a slim book, Jones packs story after story with life, meaning, and some fricking beautiful writing! HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES is a coming-of-age memoir about being a gay, black man in the US….

Jonny Appleseed

I stumbled upon JONNY APPLESEED by Joshua Whitehead when I was looking for a new book club in San Francisco. And let me tell you, I am so happy I read this unique, important, and beautiful book! Jonny Appleseed is a young, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer Native American who lives off the reservation but must return to his…

Run Me To Earth

RUN ME TO EARTH by Paul Yoon may be a little book but it has a BIG HEART! With poetic language Yoon depicts war on a human scale by exploring how wars effects people over time and place and how those effects can be immediate or take lifetimes to be fully revealed. The story begins…

In the Dream House

I don’t even know how to begin reviewing IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado. This memoir is too brilliant, too groundbreaking, too perfect for my stupid words to even begin to describe it’s importance and just how dang good it is. BUT, y’all I gotta try! IN THE DREAM HOUSE is a memoir…

The Gravity of Us

Y’all know I am a fan of queer stories, a big fan! So obviously I was very excited to receive an egalley of the soon to be released THE GRAVITY OF US by Phil Stamper. It’s a queer YA about first love, reality television, and a NASA mission to Mars… to a gay nerd like me this…