Patience & Esther, by Sw Searle

Staff Pick

Warm and intimate, Patience & Esther recounts--and celebrates--a story of unexpected love and tenderness between women during a time when such relationships were taboo. Romance blooms between Scottish country- mouse Patience and Indian-born ladies maid Esther at the Honeycutt Estate where they work. Together, the women dream about life beyond the confines of their stations and take care of each other through the various phases of their lives. The book also examines the social issues of the period, including race, class, gender, and colonialism. With vibrant illustrations, thoughtful dialogue, and an endearing cast of secondary characters, Patience & Esther is an absolute delight to read.

Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance By Sw Searle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945820700
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Published: Iron Circus Comics - January 26th, 2021

Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters

Staff Pick

There is no hand-holding from Peters here as she takes us into the complex web that connects Reese, Ames, and Katrina as they navigate sexuality, gender, their own traumas, and parenthood in the twenty-first century. The plot centers around Ames, a detransitioned transgender woman, who comes to his ex-girlfriend Reese, a trans woman, with a proposal: to be a third parent to the child he and his boss Katrina are bringing into the world. As the story jumps back and forth through time, we are privy to how the characters grapple with their own identities and the complexity of existing as transgender women. Detransition, Baby is a sharp debut novel that is at once thought-provoking and tender, a grounded view of new understandings of family.

Detransition, Baby: A Novel By Torrey Peters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593133378
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Published: One World - January 12th, 2021

Dear Memory, by Victoria Chang

Staff Pick

Victoria Chang's Dear Memory grapples with the nature of memory and how one bears the personal traumas of those that came before. Using a collection of ephemera left by her mother as a point of departure, the accomplished poet frames letters to intimates as a way to navigate her own grief and explore memories of what shaped her sense of self while growing up. While the papers left behind by Chang's mother are a record of past events, Chang's letters demonstrate how their effects continue to resonate--across time, oceans, and through generations. Imaginatively creating a conversation between past and present, Chang fills in gaps and asks what it means to truly know oneself through one's own history.

Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief By Victoria Chang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313928
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 12th, 2021