Scup Recommends March 22
All Made Up - Rae Knudson
Ever wondered about the history of blue eyeshadow? Did you know red lipstick played a role in Women's Suffrage and WWII. This meticulously researched and beautifully written book details all the little-known facts behind your favorite products, including their ties to social movements, from the rule of Cleopatra to when Rihanna and Fenty changed the game.
A People's Future of the United States - edited by Victor LaValle
"Books are the best way to discover what people thouight before you were born. And an author is just someone who tried their utmost to make sense of their own mess, and maybe their failure contains a few seeds to help with yours."
This is a fun antyhology that uses elements of science fiction and fantasy to make sense of our present. These stories are exciting, funny, and thoughtful. I rarely read anthologies cover-to-cover, but this one sucked me in.
Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much by Jen Winston
Being bisexual in modern America feels like a life of contradictions. You're queer, but are you queer 'enough'? You feel removed from both gay and straight circles, close, but never quite fitting into one slot. If you're monogamous, did you 'choose a side'? If you're promiscuous, are you reinforcing bi stereotypes? This book looks at all this and more to examine all the wonderful, horrible messiness that is living the 'grey' of the sexuality spectrum. I feel seen.
The Luminous Novel by Mario Fevrero, translated by Annie McDermott
Levrero is awarded a Guggenheim to complete a book he is convinced is impossible to write, something he calls The Luminous Novel, about those moments in our lives that remain, that reach out of the mundane to grab us. Instead of writing, he searches for the perfect chair, the perfect pen. He has computer problems, creates computer problems, spends a lot of time solving them. Most of the book is an intermittent diary of procrastination, neuroses, and everyday life that becomes surprisingly intimate and compelling. Definitely a book writers will appreciate, but also a celebration of the prosaic, studded like a simple bracelet with the occasional astonishing jewel all of us can relate to.