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I'm the events coordinator, a poet, caregiver, cat-person, dog-person, and unashamed therapeutic crier. My favorite books are ones that give me nightmares, make me weep, and/or make me laugh out loud. Usually all three? Poetry is my main jam, but I have a love for psychological thrillers and short story collections. My pronouns are they / them.

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Dear Martin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101939529
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Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

You won't be able to put it down when you start. "Important" is an understatement.

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Deaf Republic: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

Deaf Republic is deeply imaginative and triumphant. Kaminsky manages to champion the momentary and internal in a narrative - in a world, really - that is so external and loud. This book feels like a fever dream; I believe it, and I believe in it. The intensity in this work is matched, if not exceeded by, the gentleness and love that are, ultimately, the true heroes of this story.

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ISBN: 9781538745823
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 6th, 2019

I loved this debut novel by Kira Jane Buxton in ways I truly didn’t expect to, as a book about zombies is not something I would normally choose. But this book made me cry, it made me laugh out loud, it made me rethink the seemingly minute decisions I make on a daily basis. It has the immediacy and ferocity of a great young adult novel, the softness and emotion of a well-told romance, and sophisticated moments of poetry that took my breath away. S.T. the talking crow is the complicated, relatable, hilarious protagonist I never knew I needed.

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ISBN: 9780525559733
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Published: Viking - June 11th, 2019

This book is not for the faint of heart. Or mind. In anyone else's hands, this story might have been a monstrosity (and not the GOOD kind of monstrosity that it turned out to be), but Awad develops these characters masterfully. She gives a of how it feels to be lonely in this modern world. It's hilarious, challenging, and, above all, terrifying.

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ISBN: 9781609386351
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Published: University Of Iowa Press - April 1st, 2019

This collection by Cassie Donish is wildly refreshing. It's soft, yet tough. It's ornate, yet abrupt. It's a beautiful book that in one moment seems rooted in place, and in the next moment brings us somewhere new. Donish seamlessly captures how strange and fluid it is to live within a body that must live within the world.

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ISBN: 9780525655923
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Published: Knopf - July 9th, 2019

This concise and beautiful book is a force! As someone who has worked on and off as a professional caregiver for many years, I am shocked at how expertly and unexpectedly Lila Savage untangles the nuances and emotional oddities of caregiving in her debut novel. The blatant honesty and lyricism in this book are continuously surprising and moving.

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ISBN: 9780525576198
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Published: Hogarth - June 18th, 2019

Reading this book felt, in many ways, like watching a documentary of my life and family. It travels and winds and feels like true life.