New books you can borrow this month

Peluda by Melissa Lozada-OlivaA book called Peluda

Poetry

In her stunning debut, Melissa Lozada-Oliva writes about what it means to a coloured woman in America. She explores the relationship between femininity and body hair, as well as having a look at family, class and Latina identity. Humorous and undeniably self- loving, Peluda is a powerful testimony on body image.

How to be Autistic by Charlotte Amelia Poe

A book called How to Be Autistic

Memoir

Winner of the Spectrum Art Prize, How to be Autistic is a funny and impassioned memoir, shining light on what it is like living with autism. Charlotte details her experiences throughout school and college, from food and fandom, to body modification and comic conventions, leaving us with a variety of emotions: horror, empathy, amusement, and most of all, respect.

Climate Justice by Mary Robinson

Manifesto

Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2018, this powerful manifesto details UN Special Envoy on Climate Change Mary Robinson’s journey as she meets the women living on the front lines of the environmental crisis.

Miss August by Nin AndrewsA book called Miss August

Poetry

Taken place in a small town in the Jim Crow South, Miss August is told from the point of view of three different characters. Exploring difficult topics: racism, segregation, child abuse, mental illness and sexual identity, Nin Andrews shines a light on a difficult time in American history.

The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova

Fiction

In this collection of short stories, Camilla Grudova has come up with a method of storytelling that is highly imaginative and original. Dolls, sewing machines, tinned foods, mirrors, malfunctioning bodies – many images recur in stories that are in turn child-like, grotesque and very dark.

“There is a playful intelligence driving these weird stories and a real talent that can’t be dismissed.”  – Christena Appleyard, Daily Mail

Naming Monsters by Hannah Eaton A graphic novel called Naming Monsters

Graphic Novel

In 1993, we join Fran – an amateur cryptozoologist – on a crazy ride around London as she negotiates its real or imagined menageries. This warm, funny and ingenious graphic novel shows what happens when our emotions become personified by monsters and how we learn to live with them.

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