THE RED PARTS
As always, Maggie Nelson breaks my heart and buzzes my brain again in THE RED PARTS. A report on a trial, a critical cultural analysis, and a memoir, this book holds the suspense of true crime, forces the reader to consider society’s obession with violence and murdered white woman, and showcases Nelson’s ability to lay her genuine and fascinating thoughts on paper. I am in awe of the Nelson's ability to accomplish so much at once. This book is so incredibly intelligent, intensely brave, and beautifully written.
—Katie Eelman, media & events coordinator
NONE OF THE ABOVE
by I.W. Gregorio
This is an important book. It's honest, straightforward, and walks the fine line between portraying an intersex diagnosis in all of the psychological havoc it can wreak without leaving readers with the impression that it is insurmountable. The nuances examined through the experience of discovering a chromosomal abnormality are so well-thought out and brings in important discussions about sex vs. gender, the problems inherent in gender binary, and trans issues.
Required reading with anyone newly diagnosed with AIS (Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome) or anyone who was intrigued by the Caster Semenya controversy in World Championships 2009. Aside from all that, NONE OF THE ABOVE is a great, fun read. You'll dive right into Kristin's seemingly perfect life and be devastated along with her when it starts to go off the rails.
—Jill Saginario, bookseller
THE KINDNESS OF ENEMIES
by Leila Aboulela
Oscillating between modern-day Scotland and the Caucasus in the 19th century, Aboulela explores the relationship between the East and West through a Sudanese/Russian professor who is researching the life of Imam Shamil, an anti-Russian rebel in the Crimean War, and who discovers that one of her students is a descendant of Shamil (and even possesses Shamil’s ancient sword). In this thoroughly engrossing novel, Aboulela’s complex, vividly portrayed characters struggle with their identity as they seek a balance between fitting in and holding on to the past.
—John Cleary, bookseller