by George Johnson
This 2020 memoir manifesto is the perfect coming-of-age read to celebrate pride this month. Johnson explores the meaning of blackness, queerness, and toxic masculinity and he does so with honesty and vulnerability. His casual narrative voice tells stories from his life that are funny, painful, joyful, and human. It works perfectly as a mirror for other queer youths of color who are struggling to unwrap their complex identities in a predominantly white, heteronormative society. It's also a lovely read for allies who are in need of windows into lived experiences different than their own. Plus, it has an absolutely gorgeous cover. Happy Pride, all!
See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.