Us (2019)

The Wilsons arrive at their beachside home along the Northern California coastline. Mother, Adelaide Wilson, is haunted by distant memories and odd coincidences while the rest of the family enjoys their time in her childhood home. Their perfect summer vacation turns ugly when their doppelgängers appear, ready to take their places. The unsettling doppelgänger screeches…

United Skates (2018)

America’s roller rinks—the centres of an underground Black roller skating subculture—are rapidly closing. A nationwide community fights to stop the closure of remaining roller rinks and preserve a Black subculture that has fostered world-renowned musicians. United Skates brilliantly profiles the Black roller skating community and its challenges, particularly racism and erasure. Detailing the formation of…

Vacuum in the Dark (Scribner, 2019)

Cleaning lady Mona lives in Taos, New Mexico. Here, Mona’s previous lives materialize through her clients. … He made her feel desperate, horny, and deranged. …“You make me feel … Spanish,” she said. …“I love your maybe-Spanish eyes,” he said … “… I swear she [Shiori] tasted like ginger and lychee.” “I paid the man…

They Say Blue (Groundwood Books, 2018)

A purple tulip blooms under blue and grey spring showers. Fields of long, golden grass stretch like waves on an ocean. A young girl reviews her relationship with colour amid changing seasons and childhood activities, thinking about the colours she can and cannot see. With illustrations that are a combination of acrylic paint on watercolour…

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired (Second Story Press, 2019)

Minimalist illustrations of women and girls are accompanied by relatable experiences and horrific statistics in this graphic novel for teenagers about sexism. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a good conversation starter regarding feminism. Geneviève Darling’s illustrations are inclusive and unapologetic, adding to Lucile de Pesloüan’s no-nonsense approach to the negative impact of sexism….

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

In an alternate reality, aimless Cassius Green lands a job as a telemarketer with RegalView in Oakland, California. When Cassius learns that using his white voice will get him further in his new-found career, he progresses from lowly telemarketer to praised Power Caller, making him question his role in RegalView’s agenda. Sharp, gut-wrenching, and hilarious,…

A Private War (2018)

Steeled war correspondent Marie Colvin finds herself drawn to the front lines of battles around the globe above all else. After Colvin loses her left eye during the Sri Lankan Civil War, she finds herself struggling to record the international warpaths she used to chase as her health deteriorates. Tethered to reality, A Private War…