Anastasia

Anastasia (they / them)

The kind of person to finish a book and reward myself by buying five more... The collection underneath my bed will continue expanding until the day the abyss envelopes me in its crowd of books from genres extending across social science, psychology, gender & sexuality studies, history, wellness, science, and classics. I may not be able to summarize the content of a book, however I can give you a deeply detailed transcript of my inner monologue pertaining to it if you wish.


 

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Chelsea Girls: A Novel By Eileen Myles Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062394668
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Published: Ecco - September 29th, 2015

Though I read this book for the first time when I was sixteen, Myles' voice has stuck with me like a seductive parasite in my head. Their recount of New York in the 70s, unblushing lesbian/queer existence and survival as an artist had (and continues to have) me wholeheartedly captivated.


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Nitehawk Cinema Presents: Movie-Inspired Menus from Brooklyn's Dine-In Theater By Matthew Viragh Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9781682685945
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Published: Countryman Press - December 7th, 2021

"Although I can't speak to the quality of the recipes (I have yet to try anything from this book), the images of the food and drinks paired with the stills from the films are so satisfying to flip through. I'm particularly interested in trying out the "Adventureland Stash" drink inspired by the LSD-spiked Sprite in Good Time (2017) as well as the "You've Been Trying to Make Us Try This Tofu" sandwich influenced by But I'm A Cheerleader (1999) - (the image on pg 214 has me foaming at the mouth)."


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Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) By Dean Spade Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781839762123
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Published: Verso - October 27th, 2020

"I'm glad this book is small enough to carry in my back pocket as I will definitely be referencing it for the foreseeable future. Great for those new to mutual aid as well as people stricken with fear paralysis in a search for actionable ideas."


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Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781551527383
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 30th, 2018

"In this collection of essays, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha writes of disability justice, envisioning a world where the long-standing approaches of queer, trans, and BIPOC towards communal [disability] care is acknowledged and implemented. They emphasize the importance of an intersectional approach- leadership concentrated in the hands of those who are most acquainted with the systems of oppression against disabled people in order to free all from these systems. I recommend this as inspiration for re-imagining your own approach toward mutual aid to be inclusive of disability care."


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Eileen: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

"Imagine traveling through a dark tunnel and finding yourself transported into a world cloaked in darkness. Reading Eileen, I found myself existing inside a photograph from the 1960s, trapped within its vignette. The story of a troubled woman juxtaposed by commentary from her older self with more of a slice-of-life feel than suspense -- if I could, I would court this book." 


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525522133
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

Though at first I felt disconnected from the narrator due to her close proximity to wealth and beauty, I came to delight in her corrosive nature as the story went on. (I love disgusting, wretched, and incorrigible women). The structure and style are akin to the fleeting sentience of eyes blinking open from a deeply disorienting sleep.


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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors (A Muslim Book Of Concepts) By Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781797212531
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 1st, 2022

This book is so beautifully done! Gorgeous color-coded illustrations highlight important aspects of Islamic practices and done so that not a single page could be omitted.


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Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy By Jessica Fern, Eve Rickert (Foreword by), Nora Samaran (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jessica Fern, Eve Rickert (Foreword by), Nora Samaran (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781944934989
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Published: Thorntree Press - October 23rd, 2020

"Useful for anyone (monogamous/non-monogamous/single/partnered) trying to form more secure attachments. Using a multi-layered approach, Fern focuses on the importance of creating security through communication and honesty rather than labels and adherence to the status quo."


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Neither: A Story About Being Who You Are By Airlie Anderson Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316547710
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Published: LB Kids - February 1st, 2022

"A simple and nice attempt at explaining sex and gender non-conforming identities to young children. Probably best paired with other more in-depth materials, but cute nonetheless."


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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are By Brené Brown, Ph.D, L.M.S.W. Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781592858491
Published: Hazelden Publishing - August 27th, 2010

"This book served as the perfect introduction to Brené Brown's work for me. It is concise, yet dense; expansive, yet simple. I read it pretty quickly, but will continue to refer back to it for the foreseeable future."


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I Am Love: A Book of Compassion (I Am Books) By Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419737268
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

"Though so seemingly plain on the surface, I Am Love does a wonderful job of simplifying a concept as complex as healthy relating into just a few pages. I am so glad this exists and wish I had more children in my life that I could gift this to."


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Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex By Angela Chen Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780807013793
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Published: Beacon Press - September 15th, 2020

"Ace provides a fresh perspective on relationships while challenging the rhetoric of the modern feminist movement and its idea of sexual freedom. With this, Angela Chen invites us to question our societally ingrained beliefs of what an ideal relationship looks like. An essential read for all ace allies and questioning individuals!"