Author: Susanne Salehi

A Beautiful Thing Is Never Perfect: The Gallery of Unfinished Girls

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls Lauren Karcz HarperTeen July 25, 2017 HarperTeen provided a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. With a tagline like “Life is a work in progress,” winking up at you from the novel’s bold cover, you immediately know what you are in for. The book opens with a surprise piano that appears in high school student Mercedes Moreno’s front yard. She and her little sister, Angela, enlist the help of their landlord duplex neighbor to haul it inside their living room. From there, Mercedes’ inner life begins to unfold. We...

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Tender Ephemera in Other Houses

Other Houses Kate Cayley  Brick Books May 1, 2017 Disclaimer: Brick Books provided a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Canadian poet, playwright, and author Kate Cayley’s second collection of poetry, Other Houses, possesses a rare and beautiful depth. Her poems are full of unexpected personifications and strange moments, the moments between moments. There are bright flashes of intuition and little glimpses of somewhere else that come through her visceral prose. Lately, I’ve been fascinated with the written experience of grief and loss, and Other Houses speaks directly to that. Many of Cayley’s poems...

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No One is Alone in Being Queer: Queer, There, and Everywhere

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 22 People Who Changed the World Sarah Prager HarperCollins May 23, 2017 HarperCollins provided a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Queer, There, and Everywhere: 22 People Who Changed the World delivers a bold and empowering assurance in its introduction and throughout the entirety of the book: “No one is alone in being queer.” The book’s collection of short chapters on queer folks throughout the ages was a refreshing primer on a side of history that isn’t taught in schools – at least not the ones I attended. Author Sarah...

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