Blue, by Derek Jarman

Staff Pick

Jarman’s still powerful and timely 1993 jeremiad against the indifference of the political establishment during the AIDS crisis was originally a feature film. Written when he was suffering from AIDS-related illnesses, the text juxtaposes tender observations of everyday life with grand and mystical visions, creating a hallucinatory and prophetic invocation from a man who has seen his friends--indeed, his entire community--struggle with and succumb to AIDS.




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By Derek Jarman, Michael Charlesworth (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781644230886
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Published: David Zwirner Books - May 9th, 2023

The American Way, by Helene Stapinski and Bonnie Siegler

Staff Pick

Who needs Kevin Bacon to play the six degrees of separation game?  Using memoir, pop culture, and family lore, this gem of a book proves that serendipity is real and that everyone's personal story is connected to someone else's. This is a fun read all around--and one that will put you on high alert to the consequences of chance encounters.

The American Way: A True Story of Nazi Escape, Superman, and Marilyn Monroe By Helene Stapinski, Bonnie Siegler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982171667
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 14th, 2023

Misfits, by Michaela Coel

Staff Pick

As with everything she touches, this lecture-turned-manifesto by the Ghanaian British creator of HBO's I May Destroy You is a powerful exercise in using humor not to mask pain, but to stand beside it. Exploring the divide between voices we're allowed to hear and those too often sidelined, Coel examines the power structure behind both TV and the larger culture it helps shape, showing how "misfits," by learning to "embrace as many perspectives" as possible, an knock down the pillars that keep themselves in place at the expense of others.


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ISBN: 9781250843432
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - October 11th, 2022