Reviews : Nonfiction

'Bad Feminist: Essays' by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist feels in some ways like a book of the summer. The essays are academic—author Roxane Gay has a Ph.D. and is a tenured professor—but the topics range from Tyler Perry films to the Sweet Valley High books for young adults. The title appears on the cover in a glossy shade of pink that’s… read more

'Icon' Edited by Amy Scholder

“[…] it is striking how many of the authors in Icon were imprinted by their subjects in their teens or other formative moments in their lives, while working out who they were, and who they were not.”… read more

'A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation' by Nguyen Tan Hoang

There is much to be said about male effeminacy in today’s hyberbolized, over demanding, and preferentially specific sexual culture. Nguyen Tan Hoang’s A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation not only reassesses male effeminacy and its racialization in the areas of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality, but the book also examines… read more

'Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis' by Alexis Coe

“[…what Alice + Freda Forever] reveals—through Coe’s sympathetic curation and commentary—is just how stifling late adolescence was for these women, caught in limbo between the leniency of childhood and the looming obligations of marriage and motherhood.”… read more

'Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives' by Nia King

In my former review of Nia King’s work, I mentioned her media presence, via her website, tumblr, and her podcasts We Want the Airwaves: QPOC Artists on the Rise, in which she interviews queer and transgender artists of color. She successfully used indiegogo to raise enough money to transcribe interviews from her podcast and is… read more

'Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out' by Susan Kuklin

Beyond Magenta is a collection of the real-life stories of six young transgender people in America, interviewed and photographed by Susan Kuklin. Most of the teens live in New York, with the exception of Luke, who is from Wisconsin. Some of the six are still in their teens, while others are out of their teens by… read more