Ellis grew up in Seattle and is joyfully returning to the Pacific Northwest after eight years elsewhere. In their time not thinking about books they like to run, dance, say hi to dogs, and eat really great fruit! Due to their love of all things soup, some know them as Queen Soupreme. Ellis is thrilled to be spending so much time around books and people who love books!
Reviews & Recommendations
Zora Neale Hurston goes on a mission to collect southern black folktales and hoodoo! Blending storytelling and anthropology, Zora collects stories as well as the way they are told. Funny, smart, and glowing with love, Mules and Men is a treasure.
Yeong-hye has a nightmare and decides to become a vegetarian. Her decision, a small act of independence, sets off a series of events that cascade outward into her marriage and family-life with unforeseeable consequences. This book is feminist and freaky and I love it.
Is there anything Roxane Gay can’t write? In a very general sense, this book is about the way experiences shape the body and the body shapes experiences. I really want to be friends with Roxane and I felt like she was telling me her story, which was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed.
What I love about this book is how it weaves familiar concepts like mass incarceration and intersectionality, and familiar names like Mike Brown and Audre Lorde, with unfamiliar names like Monte, her brother with schizoaffective disorder. This book is intellectual and emotional and it does many things, all at once, and all perfectly.
The central thesis of this lyrical collection of essays from botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is that indigenous knowledge and Western scientific thought need to be used together to save our planet. With great content about alternatives to capitalism, motherhood, how language influences the way we treat the natural world, the delight of the first strawberry, indigenous myths, innovative experimental design, and more, Braiding Sweetgrass is impossible to put down.