'Inside/Out' by Joseph Osmundson

The unifying trope to this experimental memoir can be found in the title, Inside/Out, through which Joseph Osmundson frames a life lived on the outside, looking in…. read more

'Unholy City' by Carrie Smith

Carrie Smith’s third Claire Codella novel, Unholy City, is set at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan, a site of faith, history–and murder…. read more

'Lowly' by Alan Felsenthal

Alan Felsenthal is a trickster at heart. His diction can turn on a dime from the sacred and the elevated to the contemporary every-day, from nymphs and the underworld to the use of the search engine, Google. … read more

'Taken In' by Erica Abbott

Delightfully entertaining, jam-packed with baffling suspects and a surprising twist, all leading us to its satisfying end. Taken In is a great read for the couch or the beach…. read more

Writer Clayton Delery on Reconstructing a Hate Crime

In 1958, Fernando Rios was led into an alley outside a New Orleans gay bar, where he was beaten to death by there college students. Clayton Delery’s new book examines this hate crime and its connections to anti-immigrant prejudices and homophobia in 1950s America… read more

'The Prince and the Dressmaker' by Jen Wang

Wang’s book is a rarity among kids’ books, in that it doesn’t try to assign a gender or sexual identity to its young characters, choosing instead to let them define themselves… read more

'Starshine & Clay' by Kamilah Aisha Moon

This collection is beautiful and harrowing and terribly vital. There’s nothing ordinary, nothing common about Moon’s writing, which holds a bright light to darkness and says, come forward.

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'Boys Keep Swinging' by Jake Shears

Boys Keep Swinging is fun and compulsively readable, precisely the kind of book one would expect from someone who sang about getting his mama jacked up on cheap champagne…. read more