Frank and fabulous.

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THE OTHER F WORD

A CELEBRATION OF THE FAT & FIERCE

Body positivity and fat acceptance take center stage with this anthology of prose, poems, lists, and art.

Featuring authors, artists, models, entrepreneurs, and influencers, the 30 contributors to this collection represent a dazzling multiplicity of voices from different gender identities, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. The work ranges from serious to lighthearted, from academic cultural analysis to intimate personal essays and letters to the authors’ teen selves. Many pieces focus on the struggles, self-loathing, and shame of living in a fat body—at odds with the joyful, bright, cartoon illustrations of round bodies dancing throughout the book—but eventually they get around to sharing that it’s OK to be fat, and fat people deserve love, respect, and happiness. The strongest chapters present a fresh take on loving yourself: the hilarious honesty in Lily Anderson’s (The Undead Girl Gang, 2018, etc.) “How to Be the Star of Your Own Fat Rom-Com,” the evocative language of Miguel M. Morales’ “Does this poem make me look fat?” and the inspiring advice in Saucyé West’s “Your Journey to Being #fatandfree.” While a list of plus-size fashion resources in the backmatter feels like an unfinished afterthought, nevertheless fat adults will wish they’d had this book growing up, and fat teens will finally feel seen.

Frank and fabulous. (fat fashion resources) (Anthology. 12-adult)

Pub Date: Sept. 24, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4197-3750-3

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Review Posted Online: June 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2019

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Small but mighty necessary reading.

THE NEW QUEER CONSCIENCE

From the Pocket Change Collective series

A miniature manifesto for radical queer acceptance that weaves together the personal and political.

Eli, a cis gay white Jewish man, uses his own identities and experiences to frame and acknowledge his perspective. In the prologue, Eli compares the global Jewish community to the global queer community, noting, “We don’t always get it right, but the importance of showing up for other Jews has been carved into the DNA of what it means to be Jewish. It is my dream that queer people develop the same ideology—what I like to call a Global Queer Conscience.” He details his own isolating experiences as a queer adolescent in an Orthodox Jewish community and reflects on how he and so many others would have benefitted from a robust and supportive queer community. The rest of the book outlines 10 principles based on the belief that an expectation of mutual care and concern across various other dimensions of identity can be integrated into queer community values. Eli’s prose is clear, straightforward, and powerful. While he makes some choices that may be divisive—for example, using the initialism LGBTQIAA+ which includes “ally”—he always makes clear those are his personal choices and that the language is ever evolving.

Small but mighty necessary reading. (resources) (Nonfiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09368-9

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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This deeply personal and boldly political offering inspires and ignites.

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW ABOUT ART

From the Pocket Change Collective series

Curator, author, and activist Drew shares her journey as an artist and the lessons she has learned along the way.

Drew uses her own story to show how deeply intertwined activism and the arts can be. Her choices in college were largely overshadowed by financial need, but a paid summer internship at the Studio Museum in Harlem became a formative experience that led her to major in art history. The black artists who got her interested in the field were conspicuously absent in the college curriculum, however, as was faculty support, so she turned her frustration into action by starting her own blog to boost the work of black artists. After college, Drew’s work in several arts organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, only deepened her commitment to making the art world more accessible to people of color and other marginalized groups, such as people with disabilities, and widening the scope of who is welcomed there. Drew narrates deeply personal experiences of frustration, triumph, progress, learning, and sometimes-uncomfortable growth in a conversational tone that draws readers in, showing how her specific lens enabled her to accomplish the work she has done but ultimately inviting readers to add their own contributions, however small, to both art and protest.

This deeply personal and boldly political offering inspires and ignites. (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09518-8

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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