Elena

Hello, my name is Elena (they/them/elle)! I enjoy watching clouds, petting cats, and sipping a good shot of espresso. My hobbies include wandering around my home, drawing pictures, and improving my cartwheels. I’ll read anything that explores identity and animism; especially poetry.

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The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School By Sonora Reyes Cover Image
$12.79
ISBN: 9780063060258
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 25th, 2023

So cute and lovely! A perfect read for pride month for you or your teen!


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Hombrecito: A Novel By Santiago Jose Sanchez Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593542187
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 25th, 2024

A novel full of tender intensity, I felt I was torn open and then stitched back together. Sanchez lovingly captures the ache of existing in multiple spaces; a perfect distillation of ni de aquí, ni de allá.


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Get the Picture: A Mind-Bending Journey among the Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Me How to See By Bianca Bosker Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780525562207
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Published: Viking - February 6th, 2024

Bosker joins the art obsessed in this bonkers journey to understand the whys and hows about contemporary fine art. This book is a lovely addition to the pantheon of texts that lift the veil on creativity; Bosker encourages the reader to explore the art-making and art-consuming processes and leads us by example. We are all welcome to participate in the joy and freedom that creation brings, to embrace art as a lovely byproduct of being human.


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Thunder Song: Essays By Sasha LaPointe Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781640096356
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Published: Counterpoint - March 5th, 2024

LaPointe’s connection to her identity and her homeland resonate; when you close your eyes what do you see? What stories do you hear? This fabulous collection of essays explores the cultivation of our past and home in our bodies, and how we can share ourselves in our own way, while supported by our ancestors.


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No Meat Required: The Cultural History and Culinary Future of Plant-Based Eating By Alicia Kennedy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807069172
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Published: Beacon Press - August 15th, 2023

A fascinating historical dive into veganism & vegetarianism here in the USA. Kennedy explores the several different ideologies that feed into modern veganism, and how they inform (and differ) from the plant based plethora that we see today. She echoes my sentiments on lab grown meat, and just how much shameless capitalism has hollowed out such a radical act as refusing meat. As our planet continues to warm and change, Kennedy asks us to think critically about how we eat and how we can participate in ecological harmony.


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In Limbo By Deb JJ Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250252661
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Published: First Second - March 7th, 2023

An absolute bummer, but in the most beautiful way. The art and story are equally spectacular.


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Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino” By Héctor Tobar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250335814
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Published: Picador - September 24th, 2024

A beautiful exploration of what binds us across the label of “Latino.” Tobar accurately captures the stress of migration and having your family torn across two continents; the stress of coming to a country that actively does not want us to be here. This is a book for anyone who has left home, unsure if they would ever return or see their families in person ever again. Fair warning: there will be lots of tears.


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Sun of Blood and Ruin: A Novel By Mariely Lares Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063254312
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 20th, 2024

A fast-paced fantasy, filled with shapeshifting, sorcery, and epic battles. Lares weaves together a rich world from mesoamerican history and mythology, alongside a thoughtful exploration of mestiza identity, and finding one’s place in the world.


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Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout By Laura Jane Grace, Dan Ozzi (With) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316264372
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Published: Hachette Books - August 29th, 2017

A queer punk classic! Laura Jane Grace, frontwoman of Against me! recounts her life and career, punctuated with her experiences of gender dysphoria. This electric memoir about a chaotic life with an underlying hum of identity exploration and acceptance is absolutely fabulous!


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Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent By Eduardo Galeano, Isabel Allende (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Eduardo Galeano, Isabel Allende (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780853459910
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Published: Monthly Review Press - January 1st, 1997

Una historia poderosa pero indignante. Todas las personas de las Americas necesitan leer este libro!


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Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994-2007) By Dan Ozzi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063269149
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 18th, 2022

I was, and continue to be, obsessed with several of the 11 bands the author chronicles, so this was absolute perfection. Ozzi captures the chaos of the DIY/hardcore punk, the music industry, and the artists caught in between; very readable, fun, and devastating all at the same time. A great read for all flavors of punks.


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Freshwater By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802128997
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Published: Grove Press - December 18th, 2018

Dark magic to remind us that our bodies are ours, even if it doesn't feel like it. This tribute to ancestors, mental illness, and the human capacity for growth is absolutely spellbinding.


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How Music Works By David Byrne Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804188937
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Published: Crown - May 2nd, 2017

I read this almost 4 years ago, and I still think about it all the time. I loved learning about the impact of the music industry on musical creation and how we think about "professional" creativity. A must read if you love music, make music, or enjoy any creative endeavor.


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Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry By David Ly (Editor), Daniel Zomparelli (Editor) Cover Image
By David Ly (Editor), Daniel Zomparelli (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781551529011
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 4th, 2022

These writings left me feeling both disturbed and celebrated; I recommend to fans of the macabre, and anyone whose otherness has made them feel monstrous.


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We Deserve Monuments By Jas Hammonds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250816559
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 29th, 2022

Queer love, generational trauma, familial healing, and friendship; a perfect salve for my inner teenage heart!


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Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals By Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Adrienne Maree Brown (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781849353977
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Published: AK Press - November 17th, 2020

Gumbs invites us to relish in the magic of marine mammals. The bite sized chapters are perfect if you need a little space to rest your mind. Her poems and prose are meditative, and inspire daydreams and revolution.