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Instructions for Traveling West: Poems By Joy Sullivan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593597613
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - April 9th, 2024

It is incredibly difficult to put to words how absolutely stunning Joy Sullivan’s Instructions for Traveling West truly is. Sullivan’s language is rich, tactile, and indulgent, pressing every sense to the surface. Each poem insists upon life, its sad shocks, its shortness and marvelous beauty. Sullivan invites us to consider the body as liminal space, writing, “Astonish everyone. Haunt everything. Sing, even if poorly. Press the peel for zest. We’re nothing but brief bodies.” Instructions for Traveling West spans religious trauma, girlhood, psychoterratica and transformation with breathtaking exuberance. The raw hypnotic cadence of this collection can’t be skipped– this is quite possibly the best book of poetry I’ve ever read.


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The Moon That Turns You Back: Poems By Hala Alyan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063317475
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Published: Ecco - March 12th, 2024

If you’re looking for a book of poetry that will cut you open, scoop you out, and radicalize you– you’ve found it. Hala Alyan’s poetry pulls you into body and lived experience in a way I’ve seen few poets do. This collection of poetry is formally spectacular, peppered with ‘Interactive Fictions,’ poems written in Python, and reimagined found poems which incorporate medical records and charts. The Moon That Turns You Back paints loss of home through an array of events: the brutal genocides in her mother country of Palestine, her miscarriage due to ectopic pregnancy, her struggles with substance abuse. It asks us: where do we put the griefs that are too hard to name?


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Santa Tarantula By Jordan Pérez Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780268207526
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Published: University of Notre Dame Press - February 1st, 2024

Jordan Pérez’s debut collection Santa Tarantula is nothing short of sensational. Santa Tarantula traverses the harrowing lives of unsung biblical heroines, queer men imprisoned in the masculinity camps of 1960s Cuba, and young girls battling the trauma of sexual assault. The formatic flux employed by Pérez here is not simply adept, but for the poems “In This Story,” “I Was Named for the River of Blessings,” and “Body,” had my jaw on the floor. Many poems remind me of the ‘lessons’ taught in fairy tales to instill in girls at a young age the belief that fault lies with those who don’t follow the rules, rather than with the men who break them. “Asymptote” and “Deadgirl” forever have my heart. Santa Tarantula is transformative, and worth every moment you spend with it. 


Content warning: themes of assault and violence.


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Horses Make A Landscape Look More Beautiful By Alice Walker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156421737
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Published: Amistad - March 28th, 1986

If you’ve yet to read Alice Walker’s poetry, Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful is an excellent starting point. With clean, vivid imagery, Walker embeds every piece with a rich sense of self. In the poem “No One Can Watch the Wasichu” she adopts the Lakota Sioux term ‘wasichu’ to say with conviction that “He has filled our every face with his window. Our every window with his face.” Walker’s work reminds us that true liberation means liberation for all people. Horses Make a Landscape exposes the realities of injustice rooted in colonization, and remains as relevant today as when it was written.


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I Hope This Doesn't Find You By Ann Liang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338827156
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 6th, 2024

I Hope This Doesn’t Find You is the quintessential YA read this spring, especially for lovers of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. When Sadie Wen’s hate mail is sent to everyone in her school, she scrambles to repair the damage done to her shining reputation. Sadie is such a relatable character, as she sheds her pushover persona to really fall into her authentic self: a strong, sharp, unapologetic young woman who knows her own worth. The fiery enemies-to-lovers romance in Liang’s junior novel is just icing on the cake; what’s extraordinary about I Hope This Doesn’t Find You is Sadie’s undeniable tenacity and grit in the face of so many challenges. I truly haven’t adored a YA book like this in ages!


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Jane: A Murder By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593766580
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Published: Soft Skull - September 13th, 2016

Maggie Nelson masterfully blends poetry and prose in Jane: A Murder to weave the frayed strands of her family history into a beautiful, tragic tapestry. I’ve read much of Nelson’s work over the years, and her writing has stuck with me every. single. time. In this collection, she gathers up the pieces of her aunt Jane, the third murder victim of a serial killer that stalked the University of Michigan’s campus in the late 1960s. Jane includes excerpts from Jane’s personal journals, allowing us to glimpse this bright, spitfire young woman, while Nelson’s poems reveal a family fractured by her death. Nelson paves through decades of silence to arrive at Jane, get to know her, and honor the ache of her absence. Jane: A Murder is perfect for fans of poetry, true crime, local history– really just any sentimental soul. 

Content warning: themes of murder, assault and abuse.


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Bliss Montage: Stories By Ling Ma Cover Image
By Ling Ma
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ISBN: 9781250893543
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Published: Picador - September 12th, 2023

Bliss Montage is one of the best short story collections I’ve ever read. Ma’s stories are surreal yet each is tethered to our reality by thin threads– from the mythological feel of “Yeti Lovemaking” to the bizarre opening story “Los Angeles,” in which the protagonist lives with her husband and her 100 ex-boyfriends.  This collection is disorienting in the most delightful way, dreamlike in its mirroring of everyday mundanities turned otherworldly. Ling Ma writes with precision and stark beauty; believe me when I tell you Bliss Montage is essential reading for anyone interested in the uncanny.


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I Will Get Up Off of By Simina Banu Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781552454817
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Published: Coach House Books - May 21st, 2024

I Will Get Up Off Of is an immersive poetic exploration like no other; this book folds into itself like a nesting doll of metaphor, commentary and overall beef with late-stage capitalism. The ways in which Banu tackles the subject of depression made me feel seen and want to scream, and the tumbling prose-like structure amplifies this and other symptoms of capitalist society with eerie veracity. Every ‘poem’ in I Will Get Up Off Of launches from the starting point of the title, interspersed with interactive moments like QR codes, wikipedia scavenger hunts, and instagram feeds. I have never quite inhaled a poetry collection as fast as I did this one.


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What Kind of Woman: Poems By Kate Baer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063008427
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 10th, 2020

What Kind of Woman is a phenomenal first collection from Kate Baer, I almost couldn’t believe it’s her debut. Baer touches the psyche of womanhood and its complexities with a brazen confidence– her poems “Female Candidate” and “Like a Wife” teem with ferocity and feminine rage in the best way. Baer also confronts issues that affect us all, from the commonplace horrors of gun violence in America in “Back to School Shopping” to human rights issues in “Social Studies.” Through the lens of woman, wife, and mother, Baer holds hardship to the light and examines it with gentle hands.


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The Surrender Theory: Poems By Caitlin Conlon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781771682619
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Published: Central Avenue Publishing - February 22nd, 2022

The Surrender Theory is a poignant and touching love letter to sensitivity, and an accessible poetic journey into grief. In her debut collection, Caitlin Conlon points out the common inclination to push through loss quickly, emphasizing in her work the importance of honoring our feelings and giving them proper space to be processed. Conlon’s grasp of language is both tender and firm, even in one-stanza poems such as “Echo” and “Brief Self Portrait as Frankenstein’s Monster.” In difficult times it seems impossible to separate who we are from our illnesses– but we must “shine a flashlight onto grief,” tend to its wounds, speak its name. Touchingly haunted, The Surrender Theory embodies what it really means to let go and let in the light once more.


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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

There aren’t enough words to describe how much I love this book– I wholeheartedly believe that Carmen Maria Machado is one of the best writers of our time. Machado’s writing cuts quick and saws deep to the bone, leaves you aching for her protagonists and that which they represent. Perfectly horrific and fantastical, each story interrogates patriarchy and how it saturates all facets of society. Women become what patriarchy intends them to be: empty vessels numb to the violence inflicted upon their bodies, lacking autonomy and self-love, docile and domestic. Her Body and Other Parties will yank at your heartstrings with an unrelenting strength that will grip you for years to come.


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765387578
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2023

In The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab’s illuminative prose weaves centuries together, unveiling the life of her protagonist, Adeline LaRue. Shifting frequently from the 1700s to the 2010s, I followed every detail and absolutely DEVOURED this book. Schwab’s writing is beautiful, putting the reader in Addie’s head through good times and bad, making us love and root for her. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue delivered on everything I wanted out of a time travelesque romance: lowkey enemies-to-lovers, tension, twists, and right person wrong time tropes. This being my first read from V.E. Schwab, I’m definitely left contemplating which of her books I’ll be picking up next!


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A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor: A Novel (The Carls #2) By Hank Green Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524743499
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Published: Dutton - July 13th, 2021

If you love Hank Green for his dad jokes on TikTok, look no further for your next read. The sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and the final book of Green’s debut duology will have you laughing while second guessing what it means to be human. Virtual reality, an omniscient guidebook, a talking monkey– need I say more? Refreshing and topical, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor digs into the implications of capitalism on technology. Green continues to cultivate the voices of all four of his main characters, effortlessly and genuinely, to bring the reader to the stunning end of his first series.


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Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Series #1) By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

The first book in his Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation is equal parts sci-fi, mystery, and slow-burn horror. An organization known as Southern Reach has been sending expeditions into a dangerous, restricted territory known as Area X; team members are known to one another only by their areas of expertise, leaving their identities at the “border.” VanderMeer’s writing takes on a haunting quality, with his hyper descriptive, trancelike prose tugging the reader along with the expedition as they uncover the secrets of Area X. This read gets increasingly unsettling the longer you stick with it– if you enjoy questioning everything, including the narrator, this one’s for you!


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They Both Die at the End (They Both Die at the End Series #1) By Adam Silvera Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062457806
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 18th, 2018

What would you do if you knew you were going to die in 24 hours? In this heartbreaking YA read, teens Rufus and Mateo are forced to answer that very question. Silvera brings us into a dystopian reality where the company Death-Cast notifies people that today will be their last. They Both Die at the End is gut-wrenching; despite the fatalistic title and premise, Silvera manages to convey hope, humanity, and love. While reading I sorely wanted to believe that Silvera was lying, that they don’t die at the end, because Rufus and Mateo are characters anyone would root for. Even when I knew exactly what would happen, this book left me sobbing. If you enjoy LGBTQ+ stories about identity, loss, and friendship, give this one a go! Warning: You Will Cry at the End.


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The Idiot: A Novel By Elif Batuman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143111061
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Published: Penguin Books - February 13th, 2018

The Idiot by Elif Batuman is a bold excursion into language and the ways that people perceive the world, filled to the brim with linguistic tidbits and banter. Selin is on the cusp of adulthood, starting her freshman year at Harvard she grapples with her desire to be a writer while despising any element of likability within her art. Enter Ivan: the elusive senior boy in her Russian class who sees Selin as she is. The unlikely pair strike up an email chain, toying with existentialist ideas and questioning the very concept of love. The Idiot conveys with brassy and dry humor the feeling of first love and heartbreak, with Selin’s ludicrous intelligence shining through at every moment.