This book is for space nerds like me and anyone who's been in isolation for the past few months (so everyone :). In 2013 Green spent four months in a geodesic dome on a Hawaiian island, pretending that she and her five crewmates were on Mars as part of NASA's HI-SEAS project. Green supplements her tale of a simulated Mars experience with historical notes of NASA's missions and of many famous astronauts' observances.
I ran across a quote years ago about how you should act in the present in such a way that you give your future self a gift. This is exactly what Oona does--or at least attempts to do--in this delightful and unique spin on time travel. Every year on her birthday, which is also New Year's Eve, she "leaps" into another year of her life, but not in sequential order. Without giving any spoilers, I will say that my favorite part of the novel was Oona's love of music and her devotion to the craft of performing it. tldr; Sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.
If you miss watching basketball as much as I do, you'll love this fun and exciting true story of a California high school team's quest for a state championship. Gene Luen Yang usually writes about super heroes or cultural history, but in the Dragons of Bishop O'Dowd and their coach Lou Richards he found a compelling tale and real heroes. He interviewed coaches, players, and staff, and woven between their stories is the history of basketball - from its invention to the starts of the NBA. Yang is one of my favorite authors and this book is easily in my top five of graphic novels.
Jones’ unflinching coming-of-age memoir of growing up black and gay to a Buddhist single mother was one of my favorite reads of 2019. It had me re-reading specific passages over and over because of the beautiful or hilarious prose. This line in particular gets me every time: “There should be a hundred words in our language for all the ways a black boy can lie awake at night.
Shape-shifter Nimona convinces Lord Ballister Blackheart that he needs her help to carry out his evil plans and defeat Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. The latter is with the Instiution of Law Enforcement and Heroics, and both Nimona and Blackheart think it’s not as great as everyone thinks it is. Hilarity and destruction ensue as nothing goes according to their wacky plans in this witty and inventive graphic novel. Nimona is an endearing and smart character, and I dare you not to fall in love with her (in all of her many forms).
After years of killing plants and flowers, I have finally turned into one of those people who successfully grows things, delighting in their stages--from mysterious green buds pushing through the ground to recognizable flowers or vegetables or even weeds. I've been reading this lovely book since last fall, enjoying both the gardening bits and Dickinson's life and poems, and I'm excited to emulate parts of her gardens. Or at least to attempt her "Darlings of the Soil."
A book about the power of love and resistance from New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed.
Year of the Monkey is a gorgeously written memoir about Patti Smith coming to terms with life since 2016. It's a dreamy meditation on love, loss, and aging. Smith is my Punk Queen and I will read anything she writes. I love her books.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
One of OPRAH MAGAZINE’S "BEST BOOKS OF 2019"
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
"A spectacular novel that only this legend can pull off." -Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, in The Atlantic
Explore the beginning of Leia's participation in the Rebellion and the origin of her friendship with Amilyn Holdo from The Last Jedi!