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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 ]

In the new issue of Selfish: tension. Under the banner of "Hot & Bothered," a couple dozen artists from around the country chime in. From poems to film stills, conversations to collages, this issue is full of the unexpected.

Work from: Delilah Jones, Hannah M. Owens, Bonnilee Kaufman, A. Nicole Kelly, Kelsey Nolan, Chloe Isabella Parks, Regina Schilling (of the great Hey Lady zine!), and many more...[ continued ]

Last copy! A gorgeous issue of Selfish that explores the concept of "good girl" through hybrid prose pieces, photo series, paintings, personal essays, and multimedia work.

Yumi Sakugawa, Darcie Wilder, Gabi Pérez, Ginger Buswell, Marisa Malone, and 27 other contributors weigh in on so-called goodness.

"In honor of every woman who has ever been asked just how she manages to 'do it all,' or has been criticized for not doing enough...[ continued ]

Last copy! In the second issue of Selfish, 30 women explore identity through a wide variety of mediums and stories. Mostly-memoir pieces on hair plucking, vagina facials, blood work, and living between racial identities. Plus: Blind contour drawings, a video still, embroideries, oil paintings, and photographs (including Lenae Day's excellent "Wig Emporium USA" spread).

80 pages, full color throughout...[ continued ]

From Portland writer and Bitch Magazine online editor Sarah Mirk comes the best guide to relationships ever. Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules is a relationship self-help book that actually presents staying single, never getting married, breaking up, and never having kids as viable options. It's bold, open to possibilities, and an absolute joy to read.

Featuring great interviews with Betty Dodson, Wendy-O Matik, Michelle Tea, Tomas Moniz, Tracy Clark-Flory, Andi Zeisler, Stu Rasmussen, Aya de Leon, Tristan Taormino, and Erika Moen...[ continued ]

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 ]

"Three days after the terror attack on Bastille Day, Mohamed Asem is detained overnight by British immigration officials without cause. In an elegantly digressive, self-interrogative style, Asem describes the boredom and uncertainty of confinement, and how this specific kind of helplessness leads, inevitably, to a self-reckoning. Stranger in the Pen examines the burden of being disconnected from one's homeland, unpacks the emotional toll of racial profiling, and illuminates the quietly surprising ways in which grief can change one's life...[ continued ]

A collection of pieces from the We’ll Never Have Paris literary zine. Creative nonfiction that often ends up somewhere between heartbreaking and hilarious.

“Each short story featured in the collection focuses on the theme of things which were ill-fated, star-crossed, or just plain bad ideas…Tales of regret, poor decisions, and disappointment find their way to the pages of this collection of true stories that reflect the human condition...[ 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 ]