Friday Book Debrief Vol 13


Every week we’re sharing what our some of our writers are currently reading. Please join in the chorus and tell us what you’ve been enjoying or slogging through in the comments!




White Tears / Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad - Michaela


Ahead of my local Writers' Week I'm reading Ruby Hamad's illuminating critique into white privilege and playing the damsel in distress to cover casual racism. Powerful, devastating and well-researched I think this is an incredible piece of work all white women can learn from.


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The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward - Melissa


I just cracked open the advanced copy of this book and I’m already loving the characters! I really like that I can already tell who’s going to be my favorite.


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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid — Mel


Hooked by the end of chapter one, invested by the end of the second. Hoping this is going to be a broad, expansive drama like Ask Again, Yes.


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Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey - Nikki


Breezing through this #bookstagram favorite about female psychology, rage, and sexuality, told through a series of conversational vignettes between the narrator and various women. Popkey has a fluid style of writing that draws you under and keeps you there.


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Challenge Accepted by Celeste Barber - Courtney


Celeste Barber is insta-famous for her realistic #challengeaccepted recreations of celeb pics. She is an incredibly hilarious Australian who, while being adored by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon, has had a few extraordinary struggles in life but is as normal as your average Aussie.


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Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong - Karen


A few pages into this book I felt immersed in the experience of reckoning the Asian American experience in this blend of memoir, social commentary, and intellectual look into what this means. I love when poets write books because their prose is unparalleled.


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Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips - Cat


An atmospheric debut in which mood and sense of place are just as important as plot. Each chapter gives us insight on a different character and their struggles, but they're tied together by common threads and themes - particularly ideas around loneliness, race, and patriarchy.


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Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn - Jessica Maria


I was driving home from work yesterday, listening to this audiobook and found myself welling up with tears within the first 90 minutes. I can already tell it's going to be a powerful read.


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