Our Book Gift Guide: Because Reading Isn’t Dead


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Put down your Tik-Tok! We’re bringing you a mix of brand new releases and our past favorites – because reading isn’t dead! 

Please note: most of our links will send you to Bookshop, an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. If you can, please consider shopping through them or another independent seller before Amazon.


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1.The Queer Advantage: Conversations with LGBTQ+ Leaders on the Power of Identity by Andrew Gelwicks

One of our favorites, this collection of interviews with 50 LGBTQ+ leaders from a wide variety of career paths, features conversations with Troye Sivan, Margaret Cho, Michael Kors, and more. This dive into queerness celebrates the power of identity.

 

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2. Black Futures edited by Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham

This is a collection of art, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more. See the incredible world that black artists are powerfully creating today through the intertwined mediums of activists, artists, and writers.

 

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3. Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas

This is a must read for anyone interested in fashion, to get an understanding of the impact of our clothing choices. Dana Thomas tells the reader why they should care about their clothes and where they came from. Her critique of fast fashion falls on the industry and not on the consumer, but nonetheless is a call for action.  An informative book that also manages to be extremely engaging.

 

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4.Guerrilla Girls: The Art of Behaving Badly by Guerrilla Girls

Exploring the Guerrilla Girls’ street campaigns, media appearances and exhibitions, this book catalogues the entire career of the masked feminist artists from 1985 to present. Through the collection of their work that exposes the lack of representation of female artists, you are met with the powerful intersectional takedown of the patriarchy.

 

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5. Dressed in Dreams by Tanisha C. Ford

A step into Tanisha C. Ford’s closet and past; readers are taken on her own journey as a Black teen coming of age in the Midwest while figuring out her own personal style and her identity. As black style is appropriated by the mainstream fashion industry, we hear a voice about the pain that causes, in addition to the power fashion has provided her.

 

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6. What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action by Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda’s book on climate change shares her journey as an activist. She offers a guide for everyone who is concerned about the issues of climate change, but lost on how to help. It’s time we all join her in protest.

 

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7. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Following two black families who come together when a highschooler accidentally becomes pregnant, this novel explores themes like sexual desire, ambition, gentrification, education, class, and the major life changes that come with parenthood. Readers are led to think about the ways young people sometimes have to make decisions about their lives before they get to discover themselves.

 

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8.   Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

In this collection of essays, Mikki Kendall draws on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization to raises address issues within the modern feminist movement. She argues that basic needs such as food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues and that this movement is forgetting to addressing the needs of everyone.

 

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9. Supreme Glamour by Mary Wilson

The Supremes, Motown’s leading female act of the 1960s, were glamorous to say the least. This book presents the fashion history of the group as founding member Mary Wilson showcases 32 of the group’s beautiful gowns and celebrates the evolution of the cultural icons the group became.

 

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10. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

This novel is written as a letter from a son to his illiterate mother. Not following a linear storyline, the narrator, Little Dog unearths a family’s history rooted in Vietnam that began before he was born. This title was huge in 2019, but still remains a must read coming of age as the story explores race, class, trauma, and masculinity, among other central topics that are present in American culture.

 

-Leah Flannery