October 2022 reads for the rest of us

The Feminism knows everything: You know her. You cannot bear it. Good thing she’s not here! Instead, this column by Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian Carla Strand will amplify stories of knowledge creation, access, use and preservation by women and girls around the world; Share innovative projects and initiatives focusing on information, literacy, libraries, etc.; And of course he talked about all the books.


I give it every month Ms. Readers list new books published by writers from historically excluded collections.

The goals of these three-lists:

  1. I want to do my part in disrupting the “norm” accepted in the book world for a very long time – white, cis, heterosexual, male;
  2. I want to amplify the role of independent publishers and the amazing work of writers who are women, black, indigenous, Latino, APIA/AAPI, international, queer, trans, nonbinary, disabled, obese, immigrant or Muslim , or bifurcated, or gender-positive or other historically marginal identities—you know, the rest of us; And the
  3. I want to challenge and encourage all of you to buy, borrow, and read!

Happy Autumn (Northern Hemisphere)!

As I write this, we note the autumnal equinox, where the hours of the day are exactly equal to the hours of the night. So in the United States, we’re preparing for fall, and in the Midwest where I am, we suck the last drop of sunlight from the sky before it gets darker and colder.

I usually like the seasonal changes. For me, they always signify renewal and transformation, farewell to gratitude and making way for new projects. Wherever you are, I hope you have time to reflect, be grateful, and plan for what the future holds for you.

Just be sure to take the time to read one or two of these 30 new books, or anything that goes well with a pumpkin spice latte or hot cider!

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by Derica Purnell (Tweet embed). Astra House. 320 pages. out October 4th.

Somehow I missed including this when the cover was released in October of 2021. But here’s the paperback, with new material, just when we need it!


Written by Gabriela Ponce and translated by Sarah Booker (Tweet embed). Restless books. 192 pages. Outside October 4.

Now available in English, this sharp and unique stream of awareness story of one woman’s experiences of divorce, embodiment, love, femininity, power, and freedom. Wicked in every good.


written by Ijiaba Sego (Tweet embed). Translated by John Cullen and Gregory Conti. other press. 544 pages. out October 4th.

An ode to the art, ambition, and experiences of black immigrants as the “other,” color line Examines the unbreakable bond between two women living a century apart.


by Emerald Garner with Eitan Thomas and Monet Durham. Haymarket Books. 180 pages. Outside October 4.

These are the harrowing memoirs of Emrald Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, who was brutally murdered by police in 2014.


by Lia Lakshmi Pepzna-Samarasina (Tweet embed). Arsenal pulp press. 272 pages. Outside October 4.

As only as they can, Piepzna-Samarasinha has written a thoughtful number of songs, letters, messages and stories for the work that keeps people with disabilities alive during (and always) COVID.


Edited by Joe Wallis (Tweet embed). Feminist Press in New York City. 400 pages. Outside October 4.

A real-life Halloween read is this great anthology of horror writing, all from weird perspectives. It includes contributions from Carmen Maria Machado, Prince Shakur, Tusha R Taylor, Sarah Fonseca, and more, and they write their opinions on your favorite scary flicks.


Edited by Charisse Burden-Stelly (Tweet embed) And the Judi Dean (@jodi7768). verso. 336 pages. Outside October 4.

In this groundbreaking collection, Burden-Stelly and Dean have compiled a treasure trove of historical, political, and rooted writing about communism from the perspective of black women. Includes pieces by Claudia Jones, Charlotte Bass, Alice Childers, Dorothy Burnham, and many more.


by Jennifer Jeevan (Tweet embed). Blackstone Publishing. 330 pages. Outside October 4.

Filled with magic and mystery, Givhan’s latest work explores tradition, strength, creativity, and connection in her sensual, lush prose.


by Cardinal Anne Davila (Tweet embed). Landmark reference books. 336 pages. Outside October 4.

If you want to tell the mysterious and wonderful stories this month, you’ll want to grab the Cardinal Award-winning writer’s latest work, which explores themes of loss, blessings, origin, and mystery.


by Stephen Shamis (Tweet embed)And the Erica Huggins. Art books. 192 pages. Outside October 10.

This stunning volume is an ode to the inevitable, but often underappreciated, roles of the women of the Black Panther Party. The supertext by Erica Huggins is complemented by candid photos of Stephen Shamis, many of which have not been previously published.


by Marcy R (White Earth Nation)Tweet embed). Sohu crime. 240 pages. Outside October 11.

Thankfully, Cash Blackbear is back! If you like a good puzzle, this will be right up your alley.


by Vanessa AB (Tweet embed). Astra House. 256 pages. Outside October 11.

This candid and compelling first memoir addresses identity, immigration, status, traditions, and family ties in intimate and evocative detail.


Written by Gaili Amadou Amal. Translated by Emma Ramadan (Tweet embed). Harper 176 pages. Outside October 11.

This powerful debut explores what happens when three Cameroonian women dare to defy tradition, break taboos and fight for security and freedom.


Written by Charlene Hunter Gault (Tweet embed). Harper. 368 pages. Outside October 11.

Pathblazing journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault gave us this collection of some of her essential pieces, illustrating the beauty, variety, and subtlety of Black’s five-decade experience.


by Tricia Hersey (Tweet embed). Little Brown Spark. 224 pages. Outside October 11.

If you don’t follow the Ministry of Siesta, what do you even do? Get that, get the book and then read, nap, rest, relax and repeat. It’s for the resistance after all.


by Roha Benjamin (@roha9). Princeton University Press. 392 pages. Outside October 11.

Have the past few years been the real rubbish of health and humanitarian crises? yes! And there is no one better than Roha Benjamin to light the way and guide us in building a just future.


by April Ryan (Tweet embed). Amistad. 208 pages. Outside October 18.

As longtime White House correspondent April Ryan spoke in 2020, it reminds us of the black women who (always) led the way on the path to justice, prosperity, and truth.


written by Kaoru Takamuratranslated by Alison Marken Powell And the Mary Ida. Sohu crime. 600 pages. Outside October 18.

Are you excited for Lady Joker 2 as I am? Well, well, maybe not. But if you haven’t read this mysterious and fascinating crime saga yet, there is no time like the present!


Grand Central Publishing. 256 pages. out October 18.

This groundbreaking volume is the first collection of Afghan women’s short stories. The stories are reflective, surprising, and candid, as the authors grapple with gender, tradition, relationships, violence, work, and more.


by Luke Danny Blue (Tweet embed). Amethyst prints. 256 pages. Outside October 18.

In their first collection of stories, Luke Dani Blue explores weirdness, identity, and the making of meaning in new, intense, and fascinating ways.


by Chelsea Manning (Tweet embed). Farrar, Strauss and Giroud. 272 pages. Outside October 18.

he is here! he is here! Those of you who have read this column know how long I’ve been waiting for Chelsea Manning’s memoir. I haven’t gotten my hands on yet, but I’ve been waiting this long, so I can wait a little longer…


Written by Shanti Reed. Sarabandi Books. 96 pages. Outside October 18.

The first appearance of Reed Cutter is not for the faint of heart. Don’t let the small size fool you, it is full of experimental prose, poetics, images, ideas, secrets and depth And the capacity. Stick to it and watch the shiny weakness that it gently holds.


by Fatima Asghar (Tweet embed). one world. 352 pages. Outside October 18.

Longlisted for the National Book Award and First Novel Center Award, this debut is not to be missed. It’s a beautiful, heart-wrenching story of brotherhood, loss, violence, and redemption.


by Nadia Shammas (Tweet embed) And the Marie Unger (Tweet embed). Tor Nightfire. 128 pages. Outside October 18.

Here’s your graphic novel for Halloween! Shammas and Inger have created a unique and fascinating look at mental health, horror, and humanity.


by Lizzie Borden (Tweet embed). Seven Stories Press. 432 pages. Outside October 18.

In this candid and diverse anthology, director Lizzie Borden presents a glorious, shocking, and illuminating collection of biographical stories and interviews by and about strippers.


by Nji Fu (Tweet embed). Turdotcom. 112 pages. Outside October 25.

The latest edition of Nghi Vo from the Singing Hills series continues the magical and legendary and unforgettable adventures of the wandering clergyman Chih. If you’re late for the series, don’t worry, it can be read in any order – and you don’t want to miss it!


by Wanda A. Hendricks. University of Illinois Press. 344 pages. Outside October 25.

This is the much-anticipated autobiography of Maddie Hall Zuma, whose social justice work in Jim Crow took the southern United States to South Africa during the height of apartheid.


Edited by Shane Burley (@shane_burley1). AK Press. 564 pages. Outside October 25.

With contributions from Margaret Killjoy, Mirna Wabi-Sabi, Shane Burley, Emily Gorcenski, and many more, this fascinating collection focuses on anti-fascism, fighting white supremacy, and hatred of the far right.


by Shera Hassan. Haymarket Books. 408 pages. Outside October 25.

For decades, Shira Hassan has led the work to reduce editorial damage. Now she’s put together this groundbreaking anthology to share stories, successes, and lessons.


by Sami Chalk (Tweet embed). Duke University Press. 224 pages. Outside October 31.

In the most recent of them, Sammy Schalk explores the history and key lessons of black disabled people’s work, politics, and movements. This is the long-awaited base volume.

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