One of the most original performance poets of her generation, Melissa Lozada-Oliva has captivated crowds across the country and online with her vivid narratives. Humorous and biting, personal and communal, self-deprecating and unapologetically self-loving, peluda (meaning “hairy” or “hairy beast”) is the poet at her best. The book explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of family, class, the immigrant experience, Latina identity, and much more, all through Lozada-Oliva’s unique lens and striking voice. Peluda is a powerful testimony on body image and the triumph over taboo.
No Man’s Land is an eclectic sort of manga, centering around a Western setting and your typical gunslinging, sharpshooter who never misses. I enjoyed the rich setting with the addition of demons and monsters. It proved for an interesting story with the familiarity of your classic Western story.
Alice is one of my favorite novels out there and easily one of the most gruesome books I’ve read. This twisted Alice in Wonderland retelling is not for the faint of heart. Henry creates a vivid, horrific setting known as the Old City, where beastly men rule and women are treated as nothing more than slaves.