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 →

The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro

Julia Fierro's debut novel, Cutting Teeth, was a super enjoyable read, so I was pretty excited when I heard she had another book coming out. The Gypsy Moth Summer did not disappoint. It takes place in 1992 on a small island off the coast of Long Island, and Fierro's portrayal of the 90s is spot on.... Continue Reading →

Beyond Trans by Heath Fogg Davis

When I'm highlighting furiously in the introduction alone, I know things are going to be good! Beyond Trans was fantastic. It's intersectional, radical, and incredibly thought-provoking. Heath Fogg Davis is a biracial trans man, so set aside any fears of yet another white cisgender person debating trans and non-binary existence. Fogg Davis proposes that removing "bureaucratic administration... Continue Reading →

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Whoo boy, this book! Pretty early on, I got a weird, twisted vibe from Lady Daniels. Then the same feeling from her live-in nanny, S. It felt similar to reading The Woman Upstairs and The Dinner. And just like those two novels, Woman No. 17 had the same kind of slow burn. The dual narrative (alternating between... Continue Reading →

By the Wayside by Anne Leigh Parrish

  I'm a sucker for short story collections, and By the Wayside hit the spot. Many of these stories are powerful slices of life. Some have a fable-like atmosphere; others, a dash of magical realism. This collection was a delight. Social commentary is cleverly woven in (especially in "Bree's Miracle" and "Patience," which allude to reproductive rights and... Continue Reading →

Kinship of Clover by Ellen Meeropol

Kinship of Clover is an engaging read. Based on its synopsis, though, I expected a much different book. The real stars here are Flo and her granddaughter, Zoe. I couldn't get enough of those two, especially Flo! Jeremy is supposed to be the protagonist, but he felt more like a secondary character (still important, but secondary).... Continue Reading →

Newbery Challenge Mini-Reviews

It's only March, and I've read four of the six books I selected for the Newbery Reading Challenge. I reviewed Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming last month. Here are mini-reviews of the other three Newbery books I've read so far: Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai This novel, based on the author's own... Continue Reading →

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