1. Walking Gentry Home by Alora Young

An acclaimed young poet traces the lives of her foremothers in Western Tennessee, from those enslaved centuries ago to her grandmother, her mother, and finally her own life, in this stunning debut celebrating Black girlhood and womanhood.

2. Fruit Punch by Kendra Allen

An arresting and one-of-a-kind memoir about the alternately exultant and harrowing trip growing up as a Black child desperate to create a clear reality for herself in this country.

3. Burning Butch by R/B Mertz

Burning Butch is the courageous story of a trans / non-binary butch on a quest to survive with their authenticity intact. 

4. Aura: A Memoir by Hillary Leftwich

Aura is more than a memoir– it’s a spell book for survival, a powerful promise from mother to son, and an intimate examination of power, spirituality, and the abuse of both.

6. Hola Papi by John Paul Brammer

LGBTQ advice columnist John Paul Brammer writes a “wise and charming” (David Sedaris) memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey from a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation.

5. The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

From the author of the “original, politically daring and passionately written” (Vogue) novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree, comes a dazzling, kaleidoscopic memoir reclaiming her family’s otherworldly legacy.

7. Gender Queer Deluxe Edition by Maia Kobabe

This special deluxe hardcover edition of Gender Queer features a brand-new cover, exclusive art and sketches, a foreword from ND Stevenson, Lumberjanes writer and creator of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and an afterword from Maia Kobabe.

8. Patriarchy Blues: Reflections on Manhood by Frederick Joseph

In this personal and poignant collection, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Black Friend examines the culture of masculinity through the lens of a Black man.

9. Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfe

Inspired by author Tori Telfer’s Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.

10. Angela Davis: An Autobiography

Featuring a new introduction by the author, Angela Davis: An Autobiography is a classic account of a life in struggle.

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