A striking, genre-defying meditation on the color blue and the loss of love. Maggie Nelson is (in my opinion) the best and most unique living writer.
Despite the title, this book is not as much of a tearjerker as one would think. Rather, Christle spends her time collecting her thoughts on the act of crying, both giving it its rightful purgative power as well emphasizing the multitudes of emotions crying can contain.
Hands-down the best novel I read this year. Un-put-down-able in the most intimate and nuanced way.
Many look to this book as Baldwin's only real 'confession' of his queerness, installing it as a vital book in the literary canon. Beyond that, it's a stunning time capsule of what queerness meant to those who were socially and institutionally denied their loving freedom.
My favorite book by one of my all-time favorite writers, both of which are entirely impossible to describe. You have never read anything like Suicide Blonde, I promise—buckle up.
Foundational reading for any traumatized person or any person who loves someone who has suffered trauma. Van Der Kolk gave me and so many others words for our experiences while maintaining readability. Plus, it's rooted in the physicality Eastern medicine (even better)!