Books by Minority Authors You Need to Read

Currently, we live in a political and societal zeitgeist that some might call fragile, volatile, and even triggering.

I say triggering for a variety of reasons. Triggering because so many men in power are finally falling for their abuses of it (sexual, racial or otherwise). Triggering because so many men in power are still succeeding because of those exact same abuses. (Ahem, Brett Kavanaugh.) And triggering because these men in power aren’t just in politics. They’re Woody Allen, Kevin Spacey, Quentin Tarantino, Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein — people we used to look up to, or at least trust.

This article is about celebrating those groups of people who haven’t had a voice because they’ve been marginalized for so long. Everyone’s story deserves to be told and taken seriously. Join us as we dive into some of our favorite female, queer, and minority authors…

Slutever by Karley Sciortino —

A sex-positive, body-positive, experience-positive look at sex, sex work, and the behavior that surrounds normalizing the spectrum of sexuality, all written in a very sarcastic, colloquial way.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang —

A contemporary romance novel that digests societal norms within Asian-American culture. It will have you smiling and tearing up in all the right places.

Inner Witch by Gabriela Herstik —

For anyone who is curious about witchcraft and wants to learn more about the magical world of occult beliefs. It spans a variety of topics from magic and astrology to tarot and ritual work.

My Body and Other Parties by Carmen Machado —

A collection of short stories on relationships, sex, and love that vibrates with originality, queerness, and sensuality.

I Can’t Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux —

Reflections on growing up in southern Texas as a gay, black man trying to figure it all out — in a world that was never much help.

Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrews —

Through her illustrations, Andrews has a uniquely simplified way of expressing the feelings and comical complexities of millennials and adulthood.  

Felt in the Jaw by Kristen Arnett —

A collection of 10 stories on the lives of queer women and their families, all emphasizing the vulnerability and strength of their characters through dark humor.

Nicole Best is a freelance copywriter and published author living in Los Angeles. Her book of poetry on modern dating culture can be found at independent bookstores locally and in San Francisco. She’s currently a student at the Uprights Citizen Brigade where she’s learning to write sketch comedy shows. You can follow her on Instagram at @nikkiibest or follow her poetry at @haikantwithyou.

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