Kim is an avid science fiction reader, and enjoys non-fiction books on Minoan archaeology and the Civil War, with occasional opinions about Science books, especially Cosmology and Physics.
It is a 20-something post-breakup solidarity book that's mostly light-hearted. But it's more! It normalizes therapy for mental illness. Queenie puts up with so much. I got so indignant on her behalf that I got indignant for myself, too.
Anyone who loves flawed, kind-hearted protagonists overcoming long odds will fall in love with Queenie.
Not only does this beautifully-written memoir have the best take I've ever seen on minority tokenization in the name of "diversity," it lays out unequivocally why and how the female-male gender binary hurts all of us. Author Jacob Tobia walks us through their deeply gendered childhood, holding our hand through laughter and tears as they deconstruct gender and remind us we made the social construct up in the first place.
Great read for any hiring manager, any genderqueer person, and any LGBTQIA ally.
If Black Boy by Richard Wright has stuck with you through the years, it’s time for a 21st century update. Mississippi-born Kiese Laymon lays it out: either you already know or you don’t even know. Unlike Wright, who had to write for a white audience, Laymon writes for black Southerners, for black academia, for black families coping with legacies of trauma, and how coping mechanisms change generation to generation. Beautifully written, thought-provoking, and as the title indicates: heavy.
A little robot goes on an adventure, wanting to know what love is. So charming and sweet!
"Dear America, is this what you really want? Do you even know what is happening in your name?"
Most of us don't know.
What are the paths to citizenship for friends and family we recognize as Americans until someone asks for proof of their citizenship? What if there is no path?
This gorgeously written memoir is helping me to ask better questions about American immigration history and the impossible challenges facing our undocumented neighbors in the current system.
What happens when an investigative journalist who believes in prison reform goes undercover as a prison guard at a private prison in Louisiana? Even with self-awareness, he finds himself delighting in petty control and small abuses of power. Kind of a real world Lord of the Flies. Eye-opening!
Takes place on Queen Anne!
Cognitive function, memory, perception of reality, old idea of mind-body-spirit made new. Absolutely LOVED this book, and it was extra fun to wander around Queen Anne inside of a speculative science fiction book. Also, there's a cat. Sometimes.
This book operates on two levels:
- A coming of age story about teenage boys and their self-acceptance or lack of it as they identify their sexuality (boys who like boys!)
- A history of the HIV episdemic and homophobia told from a chorus of the dearly departed.
Have Kleenex handy
An excellent book on the specifics of institutional racism in the broad justice system. This book inspired Ava Duvernay’s documentary 13th on Netflix.