Over the years, Pema Chödrön's books have offered readers an exciting new way of living: developing fearlessness, generosity, and compassion in all aspects of their lives.
"If you have come to help me, please go away. But, if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, let us work together."--Lila Watson, Aboriginal Activist
Vibrant. Strong. Fierce. "Undivided Rights" captures the evolving and largely unknown activist history of women of color organizing for reproductive justice--on their own behalf.
"Coyote is an important literary voice, blending a keen sense of gay identity and community with a refreshing appreciation for the goodness at the heart of some straight people."--Out
Love, Romance, and Great Big Sexuality for Everyone
Lambda Literary Award finalistAmerican Library Association Stonewall Honor Book
A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist.
The pioneering anthology Home Girls features writings by Black feminist and lesbian activists on topics both provocative and profound. Since its initial publication in 1983, it has become an essential text on Black women's lives and writings.$43.95ISBN: 9780807872260Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: University of North Carolina Press - September 2011
Giving voice to a population too rarely acknowledged, Sweet Tea collects more than sixty life stories from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South. E.$24.20ISBN: 9780896087941Availability: Special OrderPublished: South End Press - May 24th, 2011
Breaking a dangerous silence, this highly anticipated collection needs to be read by all activists” (Feminist Review).$14.36ISBN: 9780872865723Availability: Special OrderPublished: City Lights Publishers - City Lights Publishe - March 19th, 2013
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I read this book. The cover got my attention, as it looked familiar to me.
The author is unflinching, in her honesty. For that reason alone, I recommend this book.
It is also worth reading as the way the narrative is written is bold and striking. You are a part of the experience; the dialogue leaps out at you.
The moments in the stories that are difficult, grip you. The times that have jubilance about them, you want to savor and enjoy to their fullest.
This book is will have our attention, from beginning to end.
$15.30ISBN: 9781580055048Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Seal Press - October 2013
Julia Serano, in this volume, is bold when necessary. She is also forthcoming, when appropriate, too. One of the best things about this book, for me, was the fact that I didn't feel like the author was speaking over me, using jargon too specific to locale/s or experiences.
What actually happens, as a result of reading Excluded, is that Serano allots room for every one to feel included, in the ideas and concepts offered to the reader about social change work.$15.29ISBN: 9780060936228Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010
This book is all about companionship.
Imagine the friend you speak to not too often, but when you do it's like no time has passed; that's what this book is like.
Before you know it, there will be a moment in between the pages, and you'll remember an experience with some one that you care for. And, a smile will come forth.
Or, as you hear the music being described in the chapters, the context provided makes it all make sense.
Yes, this book is set in a particular place and time. But, the themes talked about in it are timeless.
I recommend this book--the prose is lovely.$20.70ISBN: 9781938073007Availability: Special OrderPublished: McSweeney's - December 4th, 2012
I had to take this book in small doses. A part of me wanted to read it all at once, for the language the author uses is very accessible. At times, the book felt more like a conversation between friends--and as such, I wanted to hear all of what the author had to say.
And then, there would be a line. Or a paragraph where I thought to myself 'I hadn't thought about it that way.' There were a few moments, as well, where I said to myself 'I have totally thought about it that way. I'm glad to know some one else thinks about this, too.'
For me, from beginning to end, that what this book did for me: It made me feel less alone.
This is the book I intend to give my brothers for their next birthdays. So that we can compare notes. And finally say out loud all of the things we've been thinking about, but didn't want to--to each other.
I recommend this book for folks that consider the contructs of gender and want to turn them on their proverbial heads. I also recommend this book for people that are interested in knowing what a man in their life is actually thinking (espeically, if the answer provided, when you asked the individual the question, didn't strike your fancy). And, if you are a male-identified person, I recommend this book so that you too, may know better how and why moving through the world looks as it does, on a regular basis.
$16.95ISBN: 9781616201296Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Algonquin Books - February 7th, 2012
What makes this book special, if I had to sum it up, is that it is all about community.
The spaces we want filled with love, lessons, and all of the experiences that sustain us.
This book is all about finding a place to belong. What happens when you fit in, or do not--when the space you counted on shifts, with or with out you.
It's an accessible and enjoyable read. The discoveries that the author makes, will have you celebrating--looking forward to the coming pages.$15.40ISBN: 9780988628601Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Bgd Press, Inc. - November 19th, 2012
This book is great.
Not great in a contrived, or generic form. Far from it.
The way the author talks about family, identity, and the twists and turns of life, that is what is great.
And twists, wow.
Read this book. You won't be disappointed. And, moreover, share it with others.
The story of love, loss, and finding your place is timeless. And, Mia McKenzie proves why those very lessons matter, for all of us.$14.40ISBN: 9781594631771Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2013
This book is not for the faint of heart.
The language is agressive. The plot is arresting. And, the answers just lead to more questions.
So, if you want to book that will compell you to look at youself, then this one is for you.
I was drawn into the story. It was honest, in an unflinching manner.
I felt satisfied when I finished the book, but not in the usual--isn't it grand that the book is done, sort of way. Rather, I felt like, I knew more about myself as result of reading it.
The best part of this book, to me, is the way the author makes every thing so messy. The relationships aren't straight-forward. Nothing is cut and dry.
Some times, there aren't just easy answers. And to me, this book reflects that moment in life, where it's all grey. No black, no white, just grey. Which left me wondering, what would it be like to exist in the grey--all of the time?
If you want a book to challenge you, I say this is the one. If you want a read that is full of dimensions, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.$13.46ISBN: 9781551524801Availability: Special OrderPublished: Arsenal Pulp Press - September 18th, 2012
This book is a jem.
The honesty contained in the pages are gut-wrenching. In a good way, as that sort of thing tends to emote more than we bargain for.
The prose is straightforward. There's a compelling element to each story that was a joy to behold.
I was thrilled to the moon, with the ending. Things were left unresolved--as a life in progress can be. And, that was refreshing. I felt the hope in each and every line--for more. More choices that would leave the outcomes desired, and more possibilities in the time ahead, more people to add value to our experiences.
Who doesn't want more of those things? I certainly do. And, enjoy each and every opportunity for my authentic self to be realized.
For that affirmation--and the many more that are contained in the pages--I recommend this book.
It is a treasure for you, and for those around you.$16.16ISBN: 9781551525365Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Arsenal Pulp Press - April 8th, 2014
I took this book along on my recent time out of town, and I'm thrilled that I did.
There are song lyrics that are poignant. The contents also contain fun pictures--imagery with the subject matter is also enjoyable, for me. And the stories.
Oh, the stories in this volume. It is a fine collaboration, in my humble view. To enjoy for the reader, are stores that will make you laugh, ponder, and want to share with others.
And that offering, which both contributors provide, may be the one of the most honest and seering gifts to ever share. The personal is political always; especially when what is being considered is vulnerable with it's telling.
I think this book with worthwhile for all sorts of reasons. But, the main one is, because the level/s of honesty that you'll find in the pages of this collection is of one of the highest order.
Email or call for priceISBN: 9781927668061Availability: Out of PrintPublished: Koyama Press - June 10th, 2014
it was a joy to read, and finish this collection.
There were phrases that I remember saying my loved ones, in some of the chapters of this book.
I saw images that made me smile.
And, I enjoyed each and every page.
Whether or not you enjoy graphic novels, this book is offering is about love. The twists and many truns a heart can fell into--as well as, out of.
Love is always timeless to read about, think about, and consider.
$13.50ISBN: 9781932841770Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Agate Bolden - August 13th, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It read like an album. Yes, not a download, or some other technologically convenient way to consume music.
It felt like it once did, when I wanted to purchase an upcoming piece of musical art. Impatiently, I would wait. And open it. And scanned the images, and then, I would begin to read.
Each chapter was like a single, which for me, felt like each one built upon--and, gave space--for the next to come.
There are many redemptive qualities to this volume. I was angry at times, felt like crying at others, and there were occasions while I read that I wanted to laugh along.
The book is not devoid of feeling, passion, or great skill. I recommend it highly, for you will be a stronger person for the journey the author orchestrates.$14.40ISBN: 9780807084861Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Beacon Press - April 2014
I don't think I can review a book by James Baldwin, fairly or with any real depth. So, I'm not going to try.
I will say a couple of things, on this selection of his poems.
This book is necessary. It shouldn't be, given the time/s it was written in. But it is relevant today, in this moment that we find ourselves in--politically, culturally, or otherwise.
I felt like my emotions found their rightful place, going through the pages. I was encouraged by what I read--to continue to learn, be stretched--in the order it appeared. And, I was moved when I got to the end.
It is as though, I am more fortified, and grateful for the experience of turning these pages.
$18.65ISBN: 9780988628632Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Bgd Press, Inc. - May 5th, 2014
This book not for the faint of heart.
One has to see the hard truths, that are a part of this world, and not flinch, with the telling.
With skill and ease, the language is biting. And, truthful. Each and every page denotes a sense of urgency to the reader.
Resolve is necessary. For, the author's vision can not be denied.
As a reader, I was challenged in positive ways. And, I found that the voice was clear. Each and every line offers (if not demands) more of the audience.
This book, as is true of the blog of the same name, does not hold back. And because of that daring presentation, each and every person that comes into contact with the author's offering, will be better for its telling.
We need this book right now, in our current landscape. And, we need to affirm and support the authors we connect to, that are willing to provide a voice (clear, timely, and passionate).$18.95ISBN: 9780810152328Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Triquarterly - July 31st, 2013
I think, if I had to, I'd say that this collection of poems, feels lush to me.
All of the collections, provoke thought. Having images to couple the words, felt like a delight, for me.
It was living proof, of our worth and value, as African-Americans. Seeing each and every photo was a reminder of the legacy offered by this community.
The volume is southern, in the best ways possible. And the imagery created with the words, left me feeling nourished--intellecutally and socially.
Rice is about family, tradition, and mostly--I found, at least--love. And afterall, love of community and love of self, will always be timeless prose. I recommend this book mightily--it's a worthwhile and fantastic venture.
$14.39ISBN: 9780062282712Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014
This book is a lot of fun.
There's analysis, sharp humor, and introspective moments, in every essay.
If there is one thing to gleam from what I saw, it is this.
We are all bad feminists. In some way, shape, or form, we may fall short. And, that is perfectly o.k., to acknowledge and assess where we are--as we are, in the U.S. context. The question then becomes for me, in my humble opinion, is one question.
What are we going to do, about it, the ills that are unnoticed, and noticed?
As a member of so many communities, and identies that resonate with me, I posed that question to myself, once I got to the last chapter.
Asking hard questions, is doable for me. And I suspect, that if we all work together, in search of communal answers, it's a sufficent beginning.
Answers may not come from it, but there maybe a by-product of even better questions.
It's a call to action, I think., for this book. With hope, and optimism shrouded in pessimistic moments, we are challenged as readers to dig deeper and work collectively, to figure out what we can not do, alone.
Gay poses questions, for all of us. And, I think they are all worth asking--in addition to the process for finding answers--individually and collectively.
$17.96ISBN: 9780983242215Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Topside Press - October 16th, 2012
This book is long overdue.
We have in this opportunity, in this book, a moment to realize just how connected we all are.
There are stories for us to laugh along with, cry along, and ponder reltionships.
I found the book to be, overall, about expectations. What happens when there's new discoveries. I also noted just how we all--regardless of gender identity and gender expression--are connected to one another.
This book is for us all. In it, we see just how we create, we learn, and we grow together.$14.36ISBN: 9780803266865Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: University of Nebraska Press - April 2015
This collection of poetry is a delight.
I found all of the imagery to be lush, vibrant even.
I will always appreciate how the author reminded me of the beauty in the mundane parts of every day life.
Unanswered questions abound in this volume. I think I like best, the very asking affords one to recognize that there are no easy answers. Be the subject matter of relationships with those we love, or our environment and all of the spells it may cast amongst our days, the skilled word play doesn't conflate or deny the reader opportunities to be challenged.
The backdrops that are so vivid, so ripe with intensity, our time with this collection is assured to be memorable. If for no other reason, to ponder--what questions float among our consciousness, those desires that we are not yet willing to speak outloud?$23.40ISBN: 9780812993547Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015
I would recommend this books for two reasons.
One, the book is for parents, and children. I think whether you are young or old, I don't think that matters. Whether or not the relationship between parents and children is in a fragmented state or not, that too--doesn't really matter.
When I arrived at the closing lines, I couldn't help but think of my own parents. And, the adults in my life that I am grateful enough to know. The things we speak of, and what I have learned from them--to do, to not do.
For everything said and unsaid betwen a parent and child, living these "United States"--this book is a fine love letter.
The second reason I enjoyed this book, is because of how it's written. It's one thing to wax and wane prophetic for no real, apparent reason. It's quite another to use plain, basic english in a way that will translate lived experiences. Not only does Coates acheive the latter, with great dexterity, and measurable skill; but he also uses his vulnerabilities as assests--relaying stories and conveying emotions with all layers necessary to provide weight and depth.
This is a book that I wanted to finish. This is a book that I knew I had to finish. And, this is a book that I needed to read; our times dictate authors--and other cultural ambassadors, too--push those perverbial envelopes and ask questions of what our environment has wrought. Coates reminds us, thankfully so, just how important it is that we all find our way in a landscape that forces us to consider what is that space that exists--between the world we occupy, and one another.
$15.29ISBN: 9780061806360Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Harper Perennial - September 28th, 2010
The main reason I would encourage a close look is because, the snapshot in time, from which the narrative is drawn is viable today. Today, we can relate to the cultural landscape that brought about a version of feminism that was relevant--and demanded a place in the forefront. Today, we can see how unlikely stars, leaders, and artists got to where they are today--with or without their input. Thanks to the mainstream media, and it's ever-present influence on thoughts and actions in the U.S., back then--as it is true now--young women and girls had to reconcile their personal images of themselves, and what they were informed that they should be by other influences.
In some ways, the times are very different that we live in--considering the bulk of the story weaved for this book, is in 1992-1995 (more or less). And, when I think about it, there are a few parallels. One thing I can say, with a good bit of certainty, is that the space created by this group of people in the feminist movement, still resonates with many today. And, there are many young people--and, those young at heart--that will find themselves in the movement of feminism, as a result of the work done, during that time period.
From the concert accounts, to the zine covers, to the song lyrics, to conventions, the reader will be swept away with a great story---told from those that were there.
In each recount from those moments, I was reminded me just how it can take the combination of bravery, guts, and a little hope to figure out where you fit in this world--knowing that you aren't alone, but not sure where there are others like you exist.
Word of mouth, and letter writing, mostly, made the movement of riot grrrl grow. Particularily in the beginning stages, Marcus notes that finding other young girls that felt as you did, was a challenge. This was a time before aol chat rooms, or far-reaching internet access.
Tapes got passed around to friends. Zines were shared. At live shows, people suggested that folks write their own zines. And they got distributed at shows, mailed out too--nationally at times. So now, a few years later, what apparatus music is played on may not be the same. But the music, the political ideas, and the fashions are evident today.
If you're a reader that enjoys history (or, herstory), then you'll find enjoyable things in this book. If you like punk music--that is expressly queer or women-centered--then this books will be a delight. If you, or if some one in your world is a fan of politics, then this book will be a great addition to your studies on political imprints in the U.S.
This book is like one the best punk rock shows you've ever been to, in print form--it's got your favorite songs, your favorite people, all converging in one epic night. It's one of those nights you won't forget. One of those nights where it feels good to be alive--and, not feel alone.
$18.65ISBN: 9781627290050Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Topside Press - May 5th, 2014
There are many trans feminine heroines in this collection of stories. I think, that each and every one--with their clear and distinct voice--is deligthful.
The young ladies will move you, and remind you of other women in your life. And, I would suspect for some that will find this book, they will also see themselves.
All of these young folks have guts. And truly--who doesn't like a book with guts?$17.06ISBN: 9781927494509Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd. - March 20th, 2015
This book spoke to me, in many regards.
As a person that loves books, to have this selection of poetry out in the world, makes me better. As an individual that loves poetry, I'm glad that this collection exists--the passion in every line is not restrained, nor should it be.
The subject matter is of no consequence, this author packs a formindable literary punch.
You can not find a better book of poetry, than what this author offer presents; this book is politically savvy, diverse and illustrates honest emotions--without any filter.
$13.46ISBN: 9781937420390Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC - August 2013
This book felt, to me, as though I was there.
I could see the neighborhoods, I could visualize the clothing; all of the imagery that the author was gracious enough to disclose, put me inside a life full of moments that were ripe with hope, befuddlement, and complexity.
What rang true for me, was that the story told was full of emotions that are, at times, not easily distilled. Sometimes, reading a story for a happy ending--or, for positive closure for each and every character, i.e., wrapping it all up in a perfect bow, if you will--is not the point for me. For me, I feel as though, the point is just reading a story that is chalk full of feelings.
I get moved by the power of words. So with this book, as is true of others that are now available, it's refreshing to see one use words to better explain, how they relate to their world--those in it, and the environment that they find themselves in.
$23.40ISBN: 9780385352970Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Knopf - February 10th, 2015
I can't recommend this collection of Hughes' work, more strongly (or, enough). And, I certainly will not attempt to review his work, given how amazing it it is--as well as, all that has been said about his voice, perpective, and contributions to writing.
I want to read this book over and over again; I simply did not want this book to end.
It is telling, how even so long ago, a writer such as Hughes, is relevant today.
This book is a sancturuary for restless hearts, and creative minds; timesless rythms abound on each page .
For me, this work serves as nourishment--a literary balm in a time of need.
$16.16ISBN: 9780983242239Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Topside Press - March 7th, 2013
This is a story worthy of being told.
This is a story not often heard.
But, the feelings, and the relationships that are shown, those are priceless.
A fine debut, and an engaging portrtait, of what happens, when the damn holding our tenuous emotions, breaks.$17.00ISBN: 9780345407962Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Ballantine Books - April 7th, 1998
The writing is crisp. The images selected to accompany each chapter, were a delight. I found the stories to be ripe with meaning and looked forward to each and every one.
A fondness grew for me. The relationship between the reader and the author had an intimacy for me, as a result of reading this book. I was more endeared to Walker than before. And that understanding, is a gift.$23.95ISBN: 9780307264237Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Knopf - November 11th, 2008
In this book, Morrison shines. It is all of the depth of prose and skill that has become a standard for Morrison. We're all the better for it.
The human condition, without confines, restraint, or pretense. Morrison gives us vivid imagery, lush subtext and a volume that is well worth exploring.
I found the unloosed emotion to be a thrill. I gathered so much from the ways in which characters were woven. And, I've come to see that the greatness of Morrison is in, her body of work, what is unfurled is us. Our longings, our failings, our rising and fallings. It is all us. And that is tremendous.$14.36ISBN: 9781616201425Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Algonquin Books - May 8th, 2012
This book is about Atlanta. In so much as the author depicts imagery and lush realtities of Atlanta's landscape, Jones tells a story about a family. A family that any one can relate to.
The characters have depth. The writing is full of meaning. And I found, that the ending made complete sense. I wanted to celebrate and cheer at moments. There were other moments in the book, where I was filled with a melancholy too. Jones' work is a great triumph. I encourage others to check out this text, and discover how the relationships unfold.$15.29ISBN: 9780062295903Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Dey Street Books - December 2015
I enjoyed this book very much.
The details are in the telling. For Gordon, to leave anything out would be remiss in finding the peace needed to create such a volume. I liked the attention to details, in the work. Nothing is left to chance. And for that, we get an intimate picture of what it's like to be her, through good and bad times in life.
Gordon's honesty is remarkable--in book form and anin music form--the artist shines by telling her truth.$15.30ISBN: 9781608197651Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Bloomsbury USA - September 16th, 2014
This book tells a tale of family in Mississippi.
Connection comes to mind. A sense of history is there, too.
What the author skillfuly offers is a glimpse into a times of joy and moments of immense pain.
I would recommend this book to anyone that loves the south, and is equally enamored with their community. This book is also for the lovers of words. The author's style of prose is more than accessible.
On the whole, I believe I'm better for knowing this story. What Ward shares is intimate, which is touching in all the best ways. Knowing her experiences, makes the reader a bit richer--for the insights into the human condition are there. This story deserves to be amplified. The subject matter is just that important.$15.29ISBN: 9780062394668Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Ecco - September 29th, 2015
This book is a smash.
The author lets you in completely--into their wants and longings of youth.
You can't ask for more. But by the end of it, you'll be left satisfied in the telling.$13.46ISBN: 9781933149561Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Manic D Press - October 11th, 2011
This book is full of emotions. Each chapter makes you feel--there's desire, lust, and plenty of passion.
Every story is unique and full of meaning.
If you're in love, or want to be loved, I recommend this book.$19.99ISBN: 9780986084492Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Transgress Press - November 16th, 2016
This book is action packed. It's hard hitting, as well. The subject matter isn't light or subtle. A man is fighting for his life, admist some challenging circumstances.
Every chapter is a triumph. The prose is exceptional. And the story. Well, the story is one whose time has come. Peterson's vulnerability proves that, we're all stronger than we think we are.