Read for the rest of us in October 2022

This Feminists know everything: You know her. You can’t stand her. Good thing she’s not here! Instead, this column by Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian Karla Strand will amplify the stories of women and girls around the world creating, accessing, using and preserving knowledge; sharing innovative projects and initiatives focused on information, literature, libraries, and more; And, of course, talk about all the books.


Every month, I provide Miss. Readers with a list of new books published by authors of historically excluded groups.

The purposes of these lists are three-fold:

  1. I want to do my part to break the long accepted “norms” in the world of books – white, cis, straight, male;
  2. I want to expand the marginalized identities of indie publishers and writers with wonderful work — you know, the rest of us; and
  3. I want to challenge and encourage everyone to buy, borrow and read them!

Happy Autumn (Northern Hemisphere)!

As I write this article, we are observing the autumnal equinox, where daytime exactly equals nighttime. So in America, we’re getting ready for fall, and in my Midwest, we’re sucking every drop of sunlight from the sky before it gets darker and colder.

I usually love seasonal changes; to me they always symbolize renewal and transformation, grateful farewells and making way for new adventures. Wherever you are, I want you to have time to reflect, appreciate, and plan for your future.

Be sure to take the time to read one or two of these 30 new books, or whatever goes well with your pumpkin spice latte or hot apple cider!

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go through Dereka Purnell (@dereckapurnell). Astra House. 320 pages. October 4th.

Somehow I missed this when the hardcover came out in October 2021. But this is paperback, with new material, just when we need it!


Written and translated by Gabriela Ponce Sarah Booker (@sarahkbooker). disturbing book. 192 pages.go out October 4.

Now available in English, this poignant and unique stream of consciousness story follows one woman’s experiences of divorce, incarnation, love, female identity, power, and freedom. Evil in all the best ways.


author: Ijaba Saigo (@casamacombo). Translated by John Cullen and Gregory Conti. other publishers. 544 pages. October 4th.

An ode to the artistry, ambition, and experience of black immigrants as “others,” color line Examines the unbreakable bond between two women separated by more than a century.


go through Emerald Ghana and Etan Thomas and Monet Durham. Haymarket Books. 180 pages.go out October 4.

This is the searing memoir of Emerald Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, who was brutally killed by police in 2014.


go through Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinghe (@leahlashmiwrites). Arsenal Pulp Press. 272 pages.go out October 4.

Only they can, Piepzna-Samarasinha has written a wealth of thoughtful songs, letters, messages, and stories about life-sustaining work for people with disabilities during COVID (and always).


editor Joe Wallace (@joevallese). Feminist Press of the City University of New York. 400 pages.go out October 4.

Your nonfiction Halloween read is this wonderful anthology of horror, all from a wonderfully queer perspective. It includes contributions from Carmen Maria Machado, Prince Shakur, Tosha R. Taylor, Sarah Fonseca, and more, writing their thoughts on your favorite horror movies.


editor Charisse Burden-Stelly (@blackleftaf) and Jody Dean (@jodi7768). reverse side. 336 pages.go out October 4.

In this seminal collection, Burden-Stelly and Dean compile a treasure trove of history, politics, and seminal writings on communism from the perspective of black women. Includes works by Claudia Jones, Charlotte Bass, Alice Childress, Dorothy Burnham, and more.


go through Jennifer Given (@GivhanJenn). Blackstone Press. 330 pages.go out October 4.

Imbued with magic and mystery, Givhan’s latest work explores tradition, power, creativity and connection in her signature gorgeous sensual prose.


go through cardinal of andavila (@andcardinal). Source material landmarks. 336 pages.go out October 4.

If you’re craving mysterious, masterful storytelling this month, you’ll want to choose the latest work from award-winning author Cardinal, which explores themes of loss, blessings, ancestors, and the occult.


go through Stephen Shams (@stephenshames)and Erica Hudgens. Acc Art Books. 192 pages.go out October 10.

This stunning work is an ode to the urgent but often unappreciated role of Black Panther women. Complementing Ericka Huggins’ superlatives are candid photographs by Stephen Shames, many of which have never been published before.


go through Marcy R. Rendon (White Earth Country) (@MarcieRendon). Soho crime. 240 pages.go out October 11.

Thank goodness the Cash Black Bears are back! If you like a good mystery, this will be up your alley.


go through Vanessa A. Bee (@Vanessa_ABee). Astra House. 256 pages.go out October 11.

This candid and riveting debut memoir examines identity, immigration, status, tradition and family ties in intimate and evocative detail.


Written by Djaili Amadou Amal.translated by so-and-so Emma Ramadan (@EmKateRam). Harpervia. 176 pages.go out October 11.

This powerful debut explores what happens when three Cameroonian women dare to challenge convention, deconstruct taboos and fight for safety and freedom.


by Charlayne Hunter-Gault (@charlaynehg). Harper. 368 pages.go out October 11.

Trailblazing journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault presents us with some of her most important works, showcasing the beauty, diversity and nuances of the black experience over the past 5 years.


go through Tricia Hersey (@TheNapMinistry). Small, Brown Sparks. 224 pages.go out October 11.

If you don’t pay attention to the nap department, what else do you do? Go ahead, pick up the book, read, nap, rest, relax and repeat. It is for resistance after all.


go through Ruha Benjamin (@ruha9). Princeton University Press. 392 pages.go out October 11.

Have the past few years really been a dumpster fire for health and human crises? Yes! There is no one better than Ruha Benjamin to light the way and guide us towards a just future.


go through April Ryan (@AprilDRyan). Amistad. 208 pages.go out October 18.

As a longtime White House correspondent, April Ryan looks back on 2020 as a reminder of the black women who (always) lead the way to justice, happiness and truth.


author: Kaoru Takamuratranslated by so-and-so Alison Markin Powell and Mary Iida. Soho crime. 600 pages.go out October 18.

just as excited lady clown 2 like me? Well, well, probably not. But if you haven’t read this extremely dark and mysterious crime saga, now is the perfect time!


Grand Central Publishing House. 256 pages. Released on October 18th.

This seminal book is the first collection of short stories by Afghan women. The stories are reflective, surprising, and candid as the authors grapple with issues of gender, tradition, relationships, violence, work, and more.


go through Luke Daniel Blue (@LukeDaniBlue). Amethyst Edition. 256 pages.go out October 18.

In their first episode of stories, Luke Danny Bleu explores queerness, identity and meaning in new, intense and extraordinary ways.


go through Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea). Farrar, Strauss and Giroud. 272 pages.go out October 18.

It’s here! It’s here! Those of you who read this column know how long I’ve been waiting for Chelsea Manning’s memoir. I haven’t got my hands yet, but I’ve waited so long so I can wait a little longer…


by Chantreide. Sarah Bande Books. 96 pages.go out October 18.

Reed’s incisive debut is not for the faint of heart.Don’t be fooled by the trumpet, it’s full of experimental prose, poetry, photos, ideas, secrets, depth and width. Stick with it and witness the glorious fragility it holds lightly.


go through Fatima Asgar (@asgharthegrouch). a world. 352 pages.go out October 18.

Shortlisted for the National Book Award and the Fiction Center’s First Novel Award, this debut is not to be missed. This is a heart-wrenching and lovely story of sisterhood, loss, violence and redemption.


go through Nadia Shamas (@nadiashammas) and Mary Engel (@so_engery). Thor Nightfire. 128 pages.go out October 18.

This is your Halloween graphic novel! Shamas and Engel create an extremely compassionate and gorgeous perspective on mental health, horror, and humanity.


go through Lizzie Bodden (@LizzieBordenLA). Seven Stories Press. 432 pages.go out October 18.

In this candid and kaleidoscopic anthology, filmmaker Lizzie Borden presents a glorious, shocking and inspiring collection of autobiographical stories and interviews with strippers.


go through Yiwu (@nghivowriting). Tordotcom. 112 pages.go out October 25.

The final installment in Nghi Vo’s Singing Hills series continues the magical, mythical and unforgettable adventures of wandering cleric Chih. Don’t worry if you’re late to the series, they can be read in any order – and you don’t want to miss them!


go through Wanda Hendricks. University of Illinois Press. 344 pages.go out October 25.

This is a long overdue biography of Madie Hall Xuma, who brought her Jim Crow social justice work in the American South to South Africa during the height of apartheid.


editor Sean Burley (@shane_burley1). AK Press. 564 pages.go out October 25.

With contributions from Margaret Killjoy, Mirna Wabi-Sabi, Shane Burley, Emily Gorcenski, and more, this remarkable series focuses on anti-fascism and the fight against white supremacy and far-right hatred.


go through Sheila Hassan. Haymarket Books. 408 pages.go out October 25.

Shira Hassan has led liberating harm reduction efforts for decades. Now, she has written this groundbreaking anthology to share stories, successes and lessons learned.


go through Sammy Schalke (@DrSamiSchalk). Duke University Press. 224 pages.go out October 31.

In their latest work, Sami Schalk explores the history and important lessons of black disabled labor, politics, and movement. This is a long overdue and essential book.

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