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"Wendy C. Ortiz was an only child and a bookish, insecure girl living with alcoholic parents in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her relationship with a charming and deeply flawed private school teacher fifteen years her senior appeared to give her the kind of power teenagers wish for, regardless of consequences. Her teacher—now a registered sex offender—continually encouraged her passion for writing while making her promise she was not leaving any written record about their dangerous sexual relationship...[ continued ]

"The Most Beautiful Rot is a secret peek into the backyards and living rooms of young queer America. It's a testament to the act of digging through the bleakness of everyday life to find something beautiful growing underneath, something that you weren't expecting."

224 pages, trade paperback. ISBN #9780985038540

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"M. Craig's debut novel is a coming-of-age tale for those who have always known they were a little different...The Narrows is an engrossing work of fiction that combines fantasy, philosophy and spirituality in an exploration of what it means to be yourself."

226 pages, trade paperback, Papercut Press. ISBN # 9780983784401

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"In her debut collection of stories, Pretend We Live Here, Genevieve Hudson explores the idea of home and what it means to find one: in the body, in the world, in other people. Her characters are seekers, whose actions are influenced by their slippery identities and by the strange landscapes that surround them."

Released through Future Tense Books. 172 pages, trade paperback...[ continued ]

One of the best zines around finally gets the book it deserves. A best-of collection that has some amazing pieces from the first five years of Rad Dad. Well-known names like Ian MacKaye, Cory Doctorow, Jeff Chang, Steve Almond are included within, next to many other inspiring radical parents, with editor Tomas Moniz at the helm—constantly reminding the reader to get inspired by life and to see how we teach and treat children as a radical act...[ continued ]

"Rad Families: A Celebration honors the messy, the painful, the playful, the beautiful, the myriad ways we create families. This is not an anthology of experts, or how-to articles on perfect parenting; it often doesn’t even try to provide answers. Instead, the writers strive to be honest and vulnerable in sharing their stories and experiences, their failures and their regrets.

Gathering parents and writers from diverse communities, it explores the process of getting pregnant from trans birth to adoption, grapples with issues of racism and police brutality, probes raising feminists and feminist parenting...[ continued ]

Selections from the long-running zine Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric, collected into one smartly-designed paperback book.

Within: "growing up poor, queer and lonely in a conservative small town in Virginia, building and losing communities and friendships, loss, abusive relationships, survival, balloon artistry, and finding hope and love."

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A lot of ground is covered in these six collected issues of Shotgun Seamstress. Golnar Nikpour says it best in her introduction: "this is not (just) a personal zine, not (just) a music zine, not (just) a political zine, but rather an explosive combination of the best of all those DIY traditions."

Through essays, interviews, historical portraits of important artists and scenes, reviews, and so much more, Shotgun Seamstress pays tribute and gives a platform for, "Black feminists, artists, punks, queers, and musicians...[ continued ]

Marked down due to minor shelfwear! "Maranda tells tales of daily adventures, friendship, gender identity, falling in love with bicycles, getting tattoos, moving out, going crazy, and their experiences with inpatient hospitalizations. They also write about their relationship with their twin sister, and learning how to take care of their mental health within and without conventional institutions, identifying as genderqueer, getting sober, living a creative and meaningful daily life, and finding reasons to keep on going...[ continued ]

What About the Rest of Your Life pulses with life. Sung Yim's debut is a book about gender identity and body image, sexuality and addiction, and so much more. It's a memoir that plays with form, takes risks, and never lets up.

"In their soaring and urgent debut memoir, Sung Yim captures a sleepy sad slice of Americana recognizable to anyone who’s driven past a strip mall at midnight...[ continued ]