Books make great gifts—and each of the titles we highlight here will provide readers with new stories and fresh perspectives to discuss at holiday gatherings.
The Sex Lives of African Women by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah: a deep, intimate collection of stories about relationships and self-discovery—surprising, uplifting, and full of hope.
“The stories, as written by Sekyiamah, are mesmerizing. The women shared with her, and by extension with us, with true generosity.” —Glamour
The Town of Babylon by Alejandro Varela: an acclaimed queer coming-of-age story set in the suburbs of Long Island.
A FINALIST FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION • A PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY “BEST BOOK OF 2022” • ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022 – BuzzFeed, LitHub, Electric Literature, LGBTQ Reads, Latinx in Publishing
Home Bound by Vanessa Bee: a memoir that explores themes of belonging and home, mother-daughter relationships, globe-trotting, self-discovery.
“Readers of Home Bound will likely experience that pleasant rush of recognizing something personal in someone else’s reality, of answering, yes, home feels like this to me, too.” —Chicago Review of Books
Bad Fruit by Ella King: a smart thriller with a strong, biracial young female lead that centers around a complex mother-daughter relationship.
“A wild story of familial trauma and reckoning that never feels like a ‘trauma novel.’ —Sophia June, NYLON
Identitti by Mithu Sanyal: A darkly comedic satire about the outsized power of social media in the current debates about identity politics and the power of claiming your own voice.
“Provocative and knotty . . . Identitti is a bracing story, one in which Sanyal refuses to give us the easy way out.” —Olivia Craighead, The New York Times
Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep by Adam Soto: a collection of strange and unsettling stories that explore the quiet spaces where the living and the dead haunt one another.
“Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep is weird in all the best ways possible . . . These tales are plucked from bizarre worlds, from the blood of shadow creatures, from the tears of angels. Let them haunt you.” —Gabino Iglesias, author of The Devil Takes You Home
Dogs of Summer by Andrea Abreu: a story about two girls coming of age in the early aughts and a friendship that simmers into erotic desire over the course of one hot summer.
“[A] firecracker of a debut . . . Abreu’s novel, in Julia Sanches’s sparkling translation, is a revelation, perfectly capturing a festering summer of meltdowns and shrinking horizons.” —Anderson Tepper, The New York Times
No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies by Julian Aguon: a collection of essays full of wisdom and reflections on love, grief, joy, and triumph, with an offer to join the author in a hard-earned hope for a better world.
A Michelle Obama “Reach Higher” Fall 2022 reading list pick • “Aguon’s book is for everyone, but he challenges history by placing indigenous consciousness at the center of his project . . . the most tender polemic I’ve ever read.” —Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic
Dreaming of You by Melissa Lozada-Oliva: A macabre novel in verse of loss, longing, and identity crises following a poet who resurrects pop star Selena from the dead.
“A macabre love story that casts an inquisitive eye on Latinidad, womanhood, and celebrity worship.” —Keely Weiss, Harper’s Bazaar
Encapsulating millennial ennui and middle-class boredom, Gunk Baby is an inventive and deliberate novel from a fresh, new, exciting voice.
“A dissociative meditation on a world that has come to feel increasingly meaningless . . . [Lau’s] prose combines the languid torpor of Michael Bible with the unease of Yoko Ogawa’s more macabre work.” ―Declan Fry, The Guardian
Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell: A call to imagine a more just society.
“Becoming Abolitionists provides a blueprint for each of us to begin to run, dream, and experiment toward a just and livable future.” —The Nation
Takedown by Farah Nayeri: An exploration of some of the most pressing issues facing museums, galleries, collectors, and the other actors responsible for elevating and censoring art throughout history, and the democratizing movements shaping the art world today.
“Beautifully written, thoughtful and thought provoking, relevant to our times.”—Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran