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A Safe Girl to Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627290050
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Published: Topside Press - May 5th, 2014

This collection of short stories rightfully won the Lambda Literary Award for transgender fiction. Casey Plett talks about her changing relationships to friends, family, sex and more as a young trans woman moving between Brooklyn, Canada, bars, bedrooms, and everywhere in between.    

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Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822360315
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Published: Duke University Press - August 7th, 2015

Eli Clare is well-known for writing about the intersections between disability and queerness. Exile and Pride is essential for anyone interested in those two topics and charts Eli's experiences growing up in a rural environment as a white, queer, disabled, trans and working class person.    

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Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, Second Edition Cover Image
By Eric A. Stanley (Editor), Nat Smith (Editor), Cece McDonald (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781849352345
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Published: AK Press - October 27th, 2015

This is a groundbreaking book about the relationship between trans people, the prison industrial complex, and how state violence permeates our every day lives. Contributors include CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, Chelsea Manning, Dean Spade, and other trans activists and academics. 

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ISBN: 9780822963837
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 9th, 2015

Nate Marshall is one of Chicago's best poets. This book is a long love song to the city, especially to the South Side.  

Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion Cover Image
By Ryan Conrad (Editor)
ISBN: 9781849351843
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Published: AK Press - April 15th, 2014

This anthology calls for a radical future. It critiques the focus of mainstream gay and lesbian politics on marriage equality, military inclusion, and hate crimes legislation.  

Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99% Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608462223
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Published: Haymarket Books - November 12th, 2013

Mayor 1% builds off of the history of Mike Royko's book Boss in that it takes an in-depth look at a mayor who has had a major influence on the lives of everyday Chicagoans. Lydersen looks at Rahm's efforts to privatize city services, close mental health clinics, and details the city's resistance to his policies.  

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ISBN: 9781593766580
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Published: Soft Skull Press - September 13th, 2016

This is a mixed-genre and experimental book of poetry, journal entries, and news articles about the mysterious murder of Nelson's Aunt Jane. Fans of Nelson's work should also read the follow up book, The Red Parts, which is a prose collection about the reopening of Jane's case and the impact of the trial on Nelson's family. 

When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620970935
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Published: New Press - January 5th, 2016

When We Fight, We Win is a powerful activist history of movements in the 21st century to end mass incarceration, fight for immigrant rights, public education, and more. Its pages have full-color artwork from some of today's best artists envisioning a more just world.