Bingo Love is the most enjoyable romantic graphic novel I have ever encountered. I read it three times and don’t even like romance.
Hazel and Mari meet and fall in love at church bingo in the early 60s but their families and society keep them apart. They reunite and rekindle many years later, and then be prepared to feel all the feels. This book is darling and heartwarming and the illustrations are gorgeous. Get your copy today and celebrate the enduring bond between two women, and bingo.
In biography and nonfiction, be sure to check out Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon.
Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray. Everyone should know more about this person. I mean, really.
And then breathe a deep sigh of appreciation for Me and My House: James Baldwin’s Last Decade in France.
Keep an eye out for Kiese Laymon’s memoir, Heavy, due out this fall. I’m told it’s fantastic.
Now for a few of my personal favorite recent additions in adult fiction:
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo
Black Wave by Michelle Tea. OK, I recommend pretty much anything written by Michelle Tea.
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson is just delightful. Side note: I had the pleasure of meeting Chelsey at her book talk at Babe’s of Carytown earlier this year. It’s really an awesome experience to meet an author and hear them read from their work. I recommend attending any and all readings that you possibly can.
Guapa by Saleem Haddad
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell
The Angel of History by Rabih Alemeddine.
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney. Fans of Saul Bellow will especially like this one.
My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci
No One Can Pronounce my Name by Rakesh Satyal
Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan
And finally, a few recent poetry collections you need in your life:
Black Movie by Danez Smith
Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen