This was my perfect queer book, part memoir, part essay about the art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, part queer theory, plus thoughts on ice and how it shatters. It is a wandering book, often tender and funny, a book you will love if you list Maggie Nelson as one of your favorite authors. It is powerful and beautiful and deserves a careful read.
Rabbits for Food is a master class in how to write a novel about depression that is incredibly true to life yet funny without making fun of suffering. What the novel does mock is how we treat people with mental health issues, and institutions that seem not very far removed from the very beginnings of psychiatry. This is a novel of unraveling, of going deep into someone's mind and perhaps finding yourself in it, or realizing that you too could break and find yourself on the outside looking in. Rabbits for Food is acerbic, sharp, and absolutely brilliant.
Thomas Page McBee was the first trans man to fight in a charity boxing match at the Madison Square Garden in 2016. In his second memoir, Amateur (Scribner, $24), he uses the story of his training to examine masculinity, gender, and navigating the world of boxing as a trans person. McBee is a raw writer: his prose is precise and tender, exposing all his vulnerabilities and worries. He looks at violence and gender stereotypes and what they do to men, and yet his empathy is coupled with the need to be better and be accountable for his thoughts and actions. McBee is one of the most articulate and self-aware authors working today, and Amateur is a beautiful and eye-opening read.