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A queer Chicana poet and activist treasures the life of her ailing mother and Moraga clan matriarch, Elvira. As Moraga writes so eloquently in her prologue, “Few bemoan the memory loss of the unlettered. My mother- and her generation of MexicanAmerican women- was to disappear quietly... But when storytellers go, taking their unrecorded memory with them, we their descendants go too, I fear.” Here is the story of a woman seen and unseen, a mother who accepted her lesbian daughter, and left a legacy for the rest of us to keep alive by reading it.

Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374219666
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2019

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Terrance Hayes is showing us how to live and love in the age of Trump, and beyond. Written during the first two hundred days of 45’s presidency, these seventy sonnets of the same title give heart, humor, gut, rage and meditation to what many of us may be feeling; they deal with the shadows of America's history with racism with meteoric metaphor: “I make you gym & crow here. As the crow/You undergo a beautiful catharsis trapped one night/in the shadows of the gym.” (#11) Hayes has re-woken the sonnet so we can dance with it.

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143133186
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Published: Penguin Books - June 19th, 2018

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From the master storyteller of His Dark Materials trilogy, comes a collection of essays and lectures on the art and power of storytelling. Pullman shares personal theories, curiosities and passions on themes ranging from the practice of writing to the connections between science and stories. I found the “topic finder” at the beginning of the book to be extremely helpful. Read freely. The more exploratory you are, the more you tend to gain from Pullman’s wisdom, as he aptly says by borrowing from Muhammad Ali’s famous quote, “read like a butterfly, write like a bee.” Start fluttering about!


Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521174
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018