1. The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
    Highsmith's prose is so sparse, but that almost makes the emotional experience of reading even more unsettling. Tbh I love even the parts that I'm not sure if I like, and I've read it two times since. (So excited for the Todd Haynes adaptation coming this year!)
  2. Moving Politics: Emotions and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS by Deborah Gould
    An explanation of the birth, life, and death of a revolutionary movement told through emotional memory, both remembered and reconstructed. I've never read anything like it.
  3. Sister Outsider: Essays And Speeches by Audre Lorde
    Life giving. Expertly arranged to show off what's best in Lorde's writing—it's not social theory removed from its speaker, instead it's an invitation into her perspective.
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    I don't know why it took me so long to read this. It's so beautiful. One of the kindest books I've ever read.
  5. Full Service by Scotty Bowers
    Everything you could ever want from gossip. JUICY, open-minded, generous (both to his reader and to his subjects), and just suspect enough to not ruin the mystery.
  6. Women Of The Left Bank by Shari Benstock
    Maybe a little academic in tone, but super interesting history of the women writers and artists (Wharton, Stein, Barnes, Rhys!) who made their mark on 1920's Paris alongside Hemingway, Joyce, and the other boys.