Top of Your Stack – Recommendations from Book Passage 6.22.22 – San Francisco Bay Times

after parties (fiction – paperback) by Anthony Veasna So

Now in paperback! Afterparties is a fantastic collection of a writer considered by many to be a genius of satire. Sharp, nuanced, filled with gritty humor, and emotionally alive, these stories capture America as it is today—addressing race, gender, class, sexuality, friendship, and family in an intersectional way. It is set in the Cambodian American immigrant community where he grew up in central California. So’s story the “Three Women of Chuck’s Donuts” made a big splash and put him on the radar of general readers. Writers have been fans for a long time: Kar, Brit Bennett, George Saunders, Bryan Washington, and Dana Spiotta all blurb this collection. So grew up in Stockton and lived in San Francisco. He passed away unexpectedly on December 8, 2020.

Gay Bar: Why We Went Out (nonfiction/memoir-paperback) by Jeremy Atherton Lin

As gay bars continue to close at an alarming rate, a writer looks back to find out what’s being lost in this intimate, stylish, and indispensable celebration of queer history. Strobing lights and dark rooms; throbbing house and drag queens on counters; first kisses, last call: the gay bar has long been a place of solidarity and sexual expression—whatever your scene, whomever you’re seeking. But in urban centers around the world, they are closing, a cultural demolition that has Jeremy Atherton Lin wondering: What was the gay bar? How have they shaped him? And could this spell the end of gay identity as we know it? In gay-barthe author embarks upon a transatlantic tour of the hangouts that marked his life, with each club, pub, and dive revealing itself to be a palimpsest of queer history.

The Lesbian’s Guide to Catholic School (YA fiction- hardbound) by Sonora Reyes

This is an impressive YA debut about a queer Mexican American girl learning to celebrate who she is at her very core. There is lots of in-house love for this one—a great sibling relationship, a well-depicted mother character, plus multiple wonderful romances. The story concerns Yamilet Flores, whose mom throws her into Catholic school at the first sign of her younger brother’s hanging with the bad crowd. Yamilet is supposed to be looking out for him, but navigating her new school becomes even more difficult when she decides that the only way she and her brother are going to make it if she remains in the closet.

Coming Events

Thursday, June 23 @ 5:30pm (Free-Online) – Davey Davis, Author of X

For the last installment of the Book Passage Pride Program 2022, we present Davey Davis and their new novel, X. A thrilling portrait of political terror and the violent pleasures found in warehouses, bathrooms, and dungeons across New York City, X is a novel that delves into the psyches of characters on the margins. Davis’ first book, The Earthquake Room, was released by TigerBee Press in 2017. They write a weekly newsletter and mutual aid fundraiser about art, culture, sexuality, and people. Subscribe at:

Sunday, June 26 @ Noon (Free-Online) Lucasta Miller, Author of Keats, in Conversation with Adam Gopnik

kats offers a dazzling new look into the short but intense, tragic life and remarkable work of John Keats, one of the greatest lyric poets of the English language. He is seen in a whole new light, not as the mythologized Victorian guileless nature-lover, but as the subversive, bawdy complex cynic whose life and poetry were lived and created on the edge. In this brief life, acclaimed biographer Lucasta Miller takes nine of Keats’s best-known poems and excavates how they came to be and what in Keats’s life led to their creation of him. She writes of aspects of Keats’s life of him that have been overlooked, and explores his imagination of him in the context of his world and experience of him, paying tribute to the unique quality of his mind of him.

Thursday, June 30 @ 1 pm (Free – Online) Andy Dunn, Author of Burn Rate

At twenty-eight, fresh from Stanford’s MBA program and steeped in the move-fast-and-break-things ethos of Silicon Valley, Andy Dunn was on top of the world. He was building a new kind of startup—a digitally native, direct-to-consumer brand—out of his Manhattan apartment from him. Bonobos was a new-school approach to selling an old-school product: men’s pants. Against all odds, business was booming. Hustling to scale the fledgling venture, Dunn raised tens of millions of dollars while boundaries between work and life evaporated. Burn Rate is an unconventional entrepreneurial memoir, available for the twenty-first-century economy, and a revelatory look at the prevalence of mental illness in the startup community. With intimate prose, Dunn fearlessly shines a light on the dark side of success and challenges us all to take part in the deepening conversation around creativity, performance, and disorder.

Published June 22, 2022

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