Naked by Fancy Feast

Staff Pick

This collection by the burlesque performer, social worker, and sex educator Fancy Feast is formidable. “Doing Yourself” details her relationship to her body and her Judaism, for example, while "Mistress of Ceremonies” recounts her time at a motorcycle convention in rural Minnesota. In hilarious and searing essays, Fancy exposes readers to her experiences of love, lust, and fatphobia while also granting a backstage peek at New York’s larger burlesque scene. By turns earthshattering and heartbreaking, these pieces left me feeling both very exposed and deeply seen--an incredible experience!

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ISBN: 9781643752372
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 10th, 2023

Grief is for People by Sloane Crosley

Staff Pick


Profound meditations on love and grief are best when they're as hilarious as they are heart-wrenching. This story centers on two losses--a theft and a suicide, the latter of the author’s best friend, Russell, who was also her boss. An older gay man and publicity exec, he took Crosley under his wing at a prestigious NYC publishing house. His bawdy and brash sense of humor (i.e. calling her a “toothless hooker” from a place of love) also got him into trouble with HR. Then there was his habit of inviting favorite staff members to his country house every weekend. This book has everything except answers. 

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ISBN: 9780374609849
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Published: MCD - February 27th, 2024

Also a Poet by Ada Calhoun

Staff Pick

After discovering dozens of taped interviews for a biography of the poet Frank O'Hara that her father, Peter Schjeldahl, abandoned 30 years earlier, Calhoun decided to pick up where he left off. Along the way, she uncovered insights, revelations, and delightful anecdotes about the brilliant yet somehow still underrated O'Hara—but she excavated even more about her fraught relationship with her own father than she could have predicted.

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ISBN: 9780802162137
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Published: Grove Press - April 18th, 2023