Diverse Book of the Month: Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace, with Dan Ozzi

Laura Jane Grace, frontwoman of the popular punk band Against Me!, came out as a transgender woman back in May of 2012 in an issue of Rolling Stone. In 2016, she published this memoir, Tranny, to tell her story — and the story of Against Me! — in more detail, starting all the way back when she was a five-year-old trying on her mother’s pantyhose and wishing she’d been born a woman. The memoir is the story of her journey towards transition, and the way her gender dysphoria affected — for better or worse — her life, her work, and her relationships with her family, friends, and band.

Diverse Book of the Month: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Holy crud, May already? Welcome to this month’s Diverse Book of the Month review, this time featuring the first book in The Crescent Moon Kingdoms series,┬áThrone of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed, originally published in 2012. I read the 2013 edition with the above image (the bloody throne), but here’s an alternate cover (the… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Diverse Book of the Month: The Vision Behind the Reviews

In just a couple hours, my new monthly book review feature will be going live! Before it starts, I just want to clarify a couple of things about the format and the mission of the reviews. The books I read and review will be chosen based on the authors who write them and the topics… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: The Vision Behind the Reviews

New Blog Feature: Diverse Book of the Month

Unfortunately, Open Ears, Open Minds book club on Goodreads is kind of a bust. This is partly my own fault (I didn’t really advertise it or talk about it with a lot of people — I just kind of invited friends on Goodreads and mentioned it in a brief blog post on here). I’m sure… Continue reading New Blog Feature: Diverse Book of the Month

Calling All Readers: Announcing the Open Ears, Open Minds Book Club

Storytime: Late on the night of the 2016 election I was at work. I had been tracking the results live online all evening, and watching the numbers swing was… surreal at the very least, frightening at the very worst. Usually the library where I work is bustling with students, even late into the night. That… Continue reading Calling All Readers: Announcing the Open Ears, Open Minds Book Club

Lee Ann (Re)reads: Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2

I just recently finished rereading both volumes of┬áCastle Waiting by Linda Medley for the second time. But I’ve never sat down to write an actual review of it, so that is what I’m doing now because it deserves it. On a whim, I originally checked these graphic novels out of the Canisius College library where,… Continue reading Lee Ann (Re)reads: Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2