Autostraddle's 65 Queer and Feminist Books To Read In 2018
"What queer and/or feminist books should you read this winter and spring and minute? Early 2018 features new work from Mallory Ortberg, Roxane Gay, Michelle Tea, Andrea Gibson, Zadie Smith, Amber Dawn, Casey Plett and more. You won’t have any problems finding something new to read.
The Restless by Gerty Dambury: Playwright, poet and novelist Gerty Dambury’s English debut, translated by Judith G. Miller, is a lyric ethnography in witness to police violence in a protest-turned-massacre in French Guadeloupe. Read an excerpt at Guernica. (January 9)
Go Home! edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan: Through short fiction, memoir, and poetry, Asian diasporic writers examine ideas of home and belonging in this Asian American Writers’ Workshop collaboration. Jenny Zhang, author of Sour Heart, notes: “To be from nowhere is the state of Asian diaspora, but there is also a wild humor and imagination that comes from being underestimated, rarely counted, hardly seen. Here, we begin to draw the hopeful outlines of a collective history for those so disparate yet often lumped together.” (March 13)
Though I Get Home by Y.Z. Chin: In this debut short story collection, winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize, Y.Z. Chin examines the dynamics between the intimate and the global, as well as Malaysian culture and politics; and art in social justice. (April 10)
Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, & Criticisms by Michelle Tea: Against Memoir is the first journalistic essay collection from How to Grow Up author Michelle Tea, and investigates both individual queer lives and how the author cannot be separated from art. In a blurb, Inferno author Eileen Myles writes: “These essays … take turns erupting in a pulpy and marvelous parade: landscape, passion, morality, family, cigarettes — each cited frankly and exquisitely like a smart kid with a dirty crayon explaining to us all how she sees god.” (May 8)
Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez: What does it mean to be a woman in love? In her debut short story collection, Ivelisse Rodriguez, the senior fiction editor at Kweli, investigates the tension between love, communities, and expectations across generations. (July 10)
You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar: Virgie Tovar investigates fatphobia, divorcing food and moral judgement, dismantling lies in fashion and more. (August 17)"