• The cover of the book The Terrible

    The Terrible

    Yrsa Daley-Ward’s memoir begins with a memory about her little brother and his ability to decipher “why adults said the things they said. And why they didn’t mean the things they said and even less what they did.” Lyrically striking, The Terrible feels like an immersive epilogue to bone that delves deep into the formative moments—good and bad—that shaped Ward’s identity. The Terrible‘s episodic and unconventional structure makes each remembrance breathtaking and deeply intimate. Ward sifts through her past with courage and a tenderness that makes each page shine. The story of an unapologetic queer Black woman finding her voice, The Terrible is a reminder of why honoring and telling your story is necessary.

     
  • The cover of the book If They Come for Us

    If They Come for Us

    Fatimah Asghar’s debut collection is a fearless meditation on the way history, faith, and family can shape an individual’s identity and their sense of home. Cinematic like the short stories of Kathleen Collins, the power of Asghar’s stanzas bring to mind the work of poets like Ghadah Al-Samman, Margaret Atwood, and Pat Parker. When Asghar confesses, “I whisper my country my country my country / & my hands stay empty” in “When the Orders Came,” the limits of the American dream are confronted with an unblinking eye along with the dangers of existing in a nation where “the cost / of looking the other way” can be fatal. Urgent and illuminating, If They Come For Us is a memorable salve for times like these.

     
  • The cover of the book Meaty

    Meaty

    Filled with humor and heart, Meaty is the sort of essay collection best devoured in one sitting. Beginning with a list of shortcomings, needs, and wants, Meaty wastes no time before candidly diving into the deepest depths of Irby’s psyche, her relationships, and an array of her frustrations and struggles. From the pain of racism to the gritty complications of Crohn’s Disease, and the memory of her childhood habit of thumb-sucking, Irby’s dynamic musings prove that she’s a masterful storyteller who knows how to pull at her audience’s heartstrings while also making them laugh.

     
  • The cover of the book Bright Lines

    Bright Lines

    A multi-generational narrative about family, love, and belonging, Bright Lines by Tanaïs (aka Tanwi Nandini Islam) follows Ella as she wrestles with the aftermath of her parents’ murder and the tumultuous atmosphere of post-9/11 New York. In addition to grief and political tension, Ella is forced to reckon with family secrets that challenge her understanding of the past and her definition of devotion and love. A daring depiction of desire and identity, Bright Lines‘ pages prove the necessity and power of Tanaïs’s voice. A vital addition to the contemporary canon, this novel is a diasporic narrative not to be missed.