Summer Reads, Make Us Feel Fine


Here's what the FP team will be reading this summer:

Lucia by Alex Pheby

Galley Beggar Press

"Lucias should stick together" —Lucia

Severance by Ling Ma

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

"I'm a sucker for dystopian novels and any book Jia Tolentino has good things to say about." —Hannah

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Poso Wells by Gabriela Alemán, translated by Dick Cluster

City Lights Books

"A noir, feminist, eco-thriller? Say no more!" —Lauren 

Cult X by Fuminori Nakamura, translated by Kalau Almony

Soho Press / Soho Crime

"I've enjoyed all of Soho Press's Japanese crime/mystery titles, but this book seems truly nuts. It's impossible to not want to read this when looking at the rave reviews." —Jisu

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Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez

Feminist Press

"I love a good short story collection! Can't wait for the world to get their hands on Rodriguez's debut!" —Luriel

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston


"As FP is gearing up for our fiftieth anniversary, I've been thinking a lot about legacy and how the past informs the present and the future. I'm inspired by the trails Hurston blazed for next-generation writers of color and beyond." —Jamia

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Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn

Arsenal Pulp Press

"An excitingly queer story of a young woman returning home and coping with a complex mother-daughter relationship while also being trapped in the buzz, hum, and sweat of summer. There are also the elements of a ghost haunting and a now-abandoned amusement park that moves the book into fascinating supernatural territories." —Mya

Florida by Lauren Groff

Riverhead Books

"I've always been vaguely afraid of the state of Florida, where many of my family members somehow coexist with alligators, and I love creepy tales of collision between human and nonhuman worlds, so I have high hopes for this one." —Sophia M.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Alfred A. Knopf

"It is very beneficial to my own writing as it is also about international students in the U.S., about their alien identities and their struggles with the immigration procedure." —Zixu

The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon

Riverhead Books

"I've been a fan of R. O. Kwon's writing about literature and book culture for a while now, so it's super exciting to soon be able to read her debut novel, The Incendiaries. It's a love story between Phoebe, a Korean American woman who attends an elite American university and gets pulled into a cult with ties to North Korea, and Will, a fellow student who struggles against fundamentalism and dedicates himself to finding Phoebe when she disappears. Sounds like a page-turner!" —Sophia O.

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There There by Tommy Orange

Knopf Publishing Group

"There's been so much positive buzz about this book—I can't wait to get my hands on it! And I love the cover." —Suki

Tenemental by Vikki Warner

Feminist Press

"I love the idea of a reluctant landlady. Can't wait to read!!" —Ruthie

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson 


"I was sold on the idea of a vigilante zombie girl gang and having Latina protagonist is an added bonus!" —Alyea

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What books will you be reading this summer? Tweet your recommendations to us @FeministPress!

Lucia Brown