I recently panic-ordered a bunch of books (several that have recently come out, several that have been on my list for a while) that might get censored if the Orange One stays in power, which thankfully looks like won’t happen! But it’s still necessary to read narratives by marginalized voices as an act of resistance against U.S. oligarchy.
Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Boston: Beacon Press, 2014.
Midori. The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage. N.p.: Greenery Press, 2001.
Miller, Evie Yoder. Loyalties. Scruples on the Line: A Fictional Series Set During the American Civil War, Book II. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2020.
This is not one of the books I panic-bought, although its subject matter is relevant to the current U.S. political divide. Miller sent me a copy as a thank-you for providing a blurb for it. It’s an excellent book, and I’m excited for the third part of the trilogy to come out next year!
Quesada, Uriel, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Cruz, eds. Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. 2004. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.
Sayrafiezadeh, Saïd. When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir. 2009. New York: Dial Press, 2010.
Stiehler, Elena, ed. The Best Small Fictions 2020. New York: Sonder Press, 2020.
My friend and colleague Suzanne Richardson has a fantastic piece in this anthology. Despite the “small” nature of its genre, the book is almost 400 pages long! Lots of good reading inside!