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The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with recipes) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374110321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 6th, 2021

Food writing is vastly undervalued! It is personal, fragile, sensual. The 26 difficult fruits (one for each letter of the alphabet) Lebo presents in her essays are each a lesson of natural history, the land we're on, personal journies with diet and food, and so much more.

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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553349498
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Published: Bantam - April 1st, 1990

Absolutely ridiculous and beautiful. Sissy Hankshaw and her giant thumb make for a great travel read or moment of escapism. There's no one quite like Tim Robbins in terms of melding absurdism, magic, and American iconography. If you're looking for a good time, this is certainly it!

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography Cover Image
ISBN: 9780895941220
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Published: Crossing Press - January 1st, 1982

A whirlwind of a "memoir" -- though really it is a biomythography (biography, mythology, and history all wrapped into one to create the legend of Audre Lorde). To see Audre Lorde live such a radical life through the '30s and into her years in Mexico always reminds me of the many lifetimes we are capable of having. If you want to radicalize your existence, take note!

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Sara Cwynar: Glass Life Cover Image
By Sara Cwynar (Photographer), Sheila Heti (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Rose Bouthillier (Interviewer)
ISBN: 9781597114790
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Published: Aperture - July 6th, 2021

When Sara Cwynar had an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, I went all the time. The museum was free (bless) and a few blocks from my house and I would sit and watch her videos that tie ephemera to history, feminism, and production by investigating the creation of specific colors. I'm so excited to see these works translated into a new form!

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The Transit of Venus Cover Image
By Shirley Hazzard, Lauren Groff (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143135654
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 9th, 2021

Beautiful and simple writing. So glad to have this book in print again. Hazzard is an often overlooked writer who employs cosmic metaphors and feminine connections to keep you hooked!

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We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival: Essays on Sex Work and Survival Cover Image
By Natalie West (Editor), Tina Horn (Associate Editor), Melissa Gira Grant (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781558612853
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Published: Feminist Press - February 9th, 2021

We Too is an incredible collection of essays from the sex work community. There is so much to be learned here about how we value labor, intimacy, health, safety, and more. As we look to dismantle the systems we live in, why not learn from the people who have been living and working and loving outside the system? Sex work is work!!!

Reynaldo Rivera: Provisional Notes for a Disappeared City (Semiotext(e)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635901122
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Published: Semiotext(e) - December 8th, 2020

Looking at these photos feels so personal because the work is so energetic, full of life, and so rarely seen. They are a photos of a beautiful and bygone LA. It reminds me in so many ways of Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things (maybe it's the gloves and the glamour), but with drag queens and far more grit.

The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977368
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 5th, 2016

I first fell in love with Maggie Nelson through her proflific works Bluets and The Argonauts. But there is something about The Red Parts that continues to stick with me. As the media remains fascinated with the murders of young white women, this book tells the story of the families deeply traumatized by the publicity and continuous unearthing of tragedy.

Bloodchild and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781583226988
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 4th, 2005

Feminism. Horror. Aliens. What frontiers hasn't Octavia tackled?

Celine Dion's Let's Talk about Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3 #52) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826427885
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Published: Continuum - November 1st, 2007

Big Time Punk is determined to hate Celine Dion forever. In his journey to understand her, he sobs watching her at her Las Vegas residency. A great lesson in why cheese and sentimentality matter.

Hamburger Eyes No. 42 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781087855608
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Published: Indy Pub - December 13th, 2019

Trout Fishing in America, Pill vs Springhill Mine Disaster, In Watermelon Sugar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395500767
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Published: Mariner Books - March 1st, 1989