Transforming by Austen Hartke

Austen Hartke has an easy, conversational style whether he's inspecting Scripture and its historical and cultural contexts or sharing personal stories. Hartke includes conversations with and the experiences of other trans and nonbinary Christians, which ends up giving the book a truly intersectional lens (and that is vital when discussing about trans issues). Transforming is... Continue Reading →

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The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

I didn't know what to expect going into C. J. Tudor's The Chalk Man, but the blurb that described it as a combination of Stranger Things and Stand by Me really grabbed my attention. Sign me up! Tudor totally captured the feel of the 80s in this book, and accomplished this without needing to constantly... Continue Reading →

The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard

The Talented Ribkins is a great multigenerational road trip adventure that gently tackles themes such as race, class, politics, and family. It's literary fiction with a dash of superhero novel added in: Most of the characters have special powers, and the older characters once used those powers for good during the civil rights era. As 72-year-old... Continue Reading →

Margins and Murmurations by Otter Lieffe

Ahhh that moment when a self-published title blows you away! Otter Lieffe's novel Margins and Murmurations was fantastic. It offers diverse queer characters, dystopia, a bit of time travel, and resistance. This novel was super disconcerting because as Lieffe builds this dystopian world for the reader, you realize it has way too many real parallels to... Continue Reading →

Strange Contagion by Lee Daniel Kravetz

Journalist Lee Daniel Kravetz had recently moved to Palo Alto, California when a cluster of teen suicides, all carried out in the same manner, occurred. Like everyone else in the community, he wondered why it was happening. Strange Contagion is the result of his attempt to make sense of these tragedies and the social viruses... Continue Reading →

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Unpopular opinion time: I really didn't like Lily and Dunkin. I gave this book a try (even though it's a transition story written by a cis author) because I'd heard good things about it. I wish I'd set it aside as soon as I started feeling uncomfortable. Warning: Minor spoilers ahead. Lily's transition—her existence, really—centers cis... Continue Reading →

Review in Quotes: Radical Reads from PM Press

Independent publisher PM Press specializes in "radical and stimulating fiction and nonfiction books" with a leftist (not liberal) bent. I recently enjoyed reading the following two anthologies and went through a ton of post-it flags as I read. Both collections contain essays focusing on families and parenting. I thought I'd share some of my favorite quotes from... Continue Reading →

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