Gabe Montesanti is a queer, Midwestern roller derby player. She earned her BA in mathematics and studio art from Kalamazoo College and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Washington University in St. Louis. She has had work published in Belt Magazine, Brevity, The Offing, and Boulevard Magazine. Her piece, "The Worldwide Roller Derby Convention" was recognized as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2020. Her roller derby memoir, BRACE FOR IMPACT, came out from The Dial Press in May, 2022.
In this gripping memoir, Edgar Gomez takes his readers on an emotional journey about coming of age as a queer Latinx man. His insights are poignant and oftentimes walk a perfect line between funny and melancholy. I recommend this book for anyone who has grappled with questions of identity and belonging.
The love with which Hays writes about her family's experience radiates with love. A perfect balance of trans history, personal narrative, and direct address to her daughter, this book is an urgent and timely gift to us all.
This memoir blew me away. It's absolutely exquisitely written; the sentences are so delicious and the story is profound. Cannot recommend this highly enough.
This book was a perfect fusion of memoir and journalism-- a perfect blend of personal narrative and mystery. Parks' experiences offer her a unique perspective through which to approach this subject. Her passion radiates off the page. Absolutely remarkable.