H. Melt's Picks

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ISBN: 9781608468560
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 12th, 2017

Chicago, magical realism, and tales of Black girlhood make up Eve Ewing's debut collection of poetry. This book also has many hybrid elements, including artwork, essays, and handwritten poems.   

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780994047137
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Published: Metonymy Press - November 15th, 2016

This is fierce and fun trans fiction, about running away from home, finding community, and trans women supporting each other.  

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By Brittney C. Cooper (Editor), Susana M. Morris (Editor), Robin M. Boylorn (Editor)
ISBN: 9781558619432
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Published: Feminist Press - January 10th, 2017

This is feminism for the hip hop generation. I highly recommend this anthology from the creators behind the Crunk Feminist Collective blog.

Queering Sexual Violence - Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626012738
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Published: Riverdale Avenue Books - April 22nd, 2016

This anthology about queer experiences of sexual violence is so necessary and long overdue. It builds off of the work of "The Revolution Starts at Home" and is a collection of personal essays. A tough but important read. 

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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.  

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement Cover Image
By Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat (Editor), Cornel West (Preface by)
ISBN: 9781608465644
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 9th, 2016

Angela Davis is one of my favoritwe feminist thinkiners and theorists of all time. In this collection, she connects Black Lives Matter movement to Palestine and more.  

The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781137280152
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 22nd, 2016

Natalie Moore is one of Chicago's best storytellers. In this book, she combines her personal history with that of the city's long history of segregation while also providing us with new ways forward to living in a more just Chicago.. 

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ISBN: 9781551525600
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 14th, 2014

She of the Mountains is a gorgeous work of short fiction that mixes gender, religion, and sexuality in an innovative writing style. Bonus: the text is complemented by striking illustrations done by the cover artist. 

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Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation Cover Image
By Eli Clare, Aurora Levins Morales (Foreword by), Dean Spade (Afterword by)
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. 

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. 

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ISBN: 9781937865733
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Published: Civil Coping Mechanisms - August 15th, 2016

Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is one of my favorite trans poets writing today. Blunt, sarcastic, sad & queer, sometimes surreal--she imagines a future where she belongs.  

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ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad Press - May 30th, 2017

Jacqueline Woodson is one of the most lyrical writers alive. In Another Brooklyn, her signature voice leads us through the lives of four young girls and how their friendships are impacted by race, class, and gentfrication. Woodson loves Brooklyn as much as Chicagoans love Chicago and one of this novel's strengths is the way that it portrays place in a rich and detailed manner. 

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: 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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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.