Zeke Yoder Vs The Singularity by Stephen Beachey, a 14-year-old Amish boy trapped in a world of technological wonders, political intrigue, and genetically modified rats fights for his people. Birds of America by Lorrie Moore, a solid collection of short stories set in a bewildering contemporaneity. Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood, a riveting tale of personal exploration set in a world teetering on the brink of madness. Going to Meet The Man by James Baldwin, short stories rooted in the African American experience, but of universal appeal. When We Rise by Cleve Jones, an inspiring history of queer San Francisco seen through the eyes of one its principle players. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann, a super readable (and super surprising) survey of America's pre-colonial civilizations. Zippermouth by Laurie Weeks, delightfully off-kilter and funny tales of lesbian longing.
Black Wave by Michelle Tea takes on the apocalypse. Set in late 90s San Francisco and LA, it follows a young writer as she navigates the rapidly dying environment. Conflict is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman explores how the conflation of harm and the culture of scapegoating on an interpersonal, community and state level enable us to avoid accountability. The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez is an epic lesbian vampire story that journeys across the United States from the 1850s into the future. Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky follows a group of revolutionaries as they grapple with new political ideas and experiment with putting them into practice in 19th century Russia. An Indigenous History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz provides a crucial understanding of indigenous resistance through the centuries, transforming the mainstream framework of US history. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine uses prose, verse, and image to convey the complex and arduous experience of confronting racial aggressions in the contemporary United States. Spit and Passion by Cristy C. Road is a coming of age memoir about growing up as a queer punk in a Cuban family. Explosive illustrations!