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In this collection of essays, Bassey Ikpi provides her truth about living with bipolar II and anxiety, going all the way back to flashes of childhood in Nigeria to her experiences with medication and being institutionalized.
Even though Darius’ narrative voice is adorkably endearing and authentic to the cringeworthy angst of teenagehood, it’s not the easiest novel to read. So much of the novel speaks to the unpleasant side of being mixed-race Persian in America: the microaggressions, the macroaggressions, the various -phobias that are compounded by being clinically depressed, overweight, and LGBTQ+.
If the events and characters are the weft, giving color and pattern to this narrative, Nigerian life and Yoruba custom are the warp that gives it structure. Thompson draws on his Yoruba heritage and upbringing in Nigeria in his depiction of the futuristic city of Rosewater: ... Yoruba mysticism and magic are not invalidated but reinterpreted through alien activity.
Echo Brown’s magical realist mostly-autobiographical debut novel details her childhood in an impoverished inner city community where she uses magic to defend herself against the drugs and suffering on every street.
A collection of poetry as wide-ranging as the cosmos, Life on Mars is a thoughtful exploration of space, death, and the complexities of existence.
I cannot tell you how rare and beautiful it is that a novel like Pet exists... A novel that addresses how a family can have so much love for their child that they inadvertently cause the child harm when they choose to listen to their own need to care and protect over the voice of the child themself.
Ytasha L. Womack, Afrofuturist scholar and author of Rayla 2212, walks us through the origins of the movement through to the present, exploring the neighborhoods of this genre with as much affection as the foundations underneath them.
A person is a person, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from; if there is one thing these 122 poems have in common, it is that they show us how border lines are no excuse for denying anyone humanity, compassion, and kinship.
With the help of Stepan’s meticulous journals, MacKeen reconstructs her grandfather’s journey on and off the page: she charts her travels through Turkey and Syria, tracing her grandfather’s footsteps nearly a century later.