Gender Studies
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Hood Feminism
Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot
Mikki Kendall
Anyone who identifies as a feminist, especially a white liberal feminist, needs to read this book. Kendall points out how mainstream feminism too often centers the privilege of white cis women while leaving the specific issues of Black, brown, unhoused, trans, and poor womxn by the wayside. --recommended by Caitlyn
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FASCINATION ' MEMOIRS
the devil is hungry / the devil is sweet / if you are Soft then you will shiver. ---Ryan
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THIS IS MAJOR ' NOTES ON DIANA ROSS DAR
Shayla Lawson is major. You don't know who she is. Yet. But that’s okay. She is on a mission to move black girls like herself from best supporting actress to a starring role in the major narrative.
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Echoing Ida Collection
Kemi Alabi, Cynthia R. Greenlee
An anthology of community reporting that disrupts political and social norms in order to envision a Black, queer liberated future.
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Alice
Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute
Alice Smith, Ivy Anderson, Devon Angus
Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute reveals the long lost memoir of Alice Smith, a sex worker from San Francisco in 1913. Discovered and edited by our very own bookseller, Ivy Anderson, and her partner in history, Devon Angus, this memoir uncovers complex intersections between gender, labor, and vice in San Francisco and the greater U.S.
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A History of My Brief Body
Essays
Billy-Ray Belcourt
The youngest ever winner of the Griffin Prize mines his personal history in a brilliant new essay collection seeking to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be. For readers of Ocean Vuong, Maggie Nelson, and Terese Marie Mailhot.
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So Many Ways to Sleep Badly
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
"Sycamore kicks mainstream literature in the teeth." —San Francisco Bay Guardian
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Advice for Lovers
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 7
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Inspired by Ovid and renaissance sonnet cycles, Advice for Lovers is a queer re-imaginging of the art of courtly love.
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American Romances
Essays
Rebecca Brown
New England Puritanism meets West Coast hedonism in an inventive remix of America's cultural history.
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Inside/Out
Selected Poems
Marilyn Buck
The first-ever collection of Marilyn Buck's poetry, searing, soaring, a living tribute to her indomitable spirit, revolutionary intelligence, and poet's vision.
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The Meaning of Freedom
And Other Difficult Dialogues
Angela Y. Davis
Though City Lights released this in 2012 and most of the collected speeches within date from 1994-2009, Davis' words are searingly appropriate for the racial, social, and political hellscape we are currently experiencing. We need her more now than ever. ---recommended by Caitlyn
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Eat the Mouth That Feeds You
Carribean Fragoza
Carribean Fragoza's debut collection of stories reside in the domestic surreal, featuring an unusual gathering of Latinx and Chicanx voices from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border, and universes beyond.
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Bad Feminist
Essays
Roxane Gay
I compulsively read Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist whenever I could get a spare moment. My commute (my life!) was vastly improved as it felt like my coolest, smartest, pop-culture literate, and humane friend was sharing the ride, offering the low down on--and a considered critique of--the too numerous troublesome aspects of American life and culture.
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Not That Bad
Dispatches from Rape Culture
Roxane Gay
In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are "routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated..

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