Roxane Gay Read-Alikes

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Roxane Gay Read-Alikes

Author Roxane Gay will be at All Souls Unitarian Church on Tuesday, June 20, in conversation with WAMU's Alicia Montgomery. This free event, part of the Signature Speaker Series, is presented in partnership with Oracle Group and the DC Public Library Foundation.

If you want to read more from Roxane Gay, check out her other titles here. While you wait for the next available copy of her latest memoir, Hunger, you may need to pick up something else in the meantime. If you enjoy her style of writing, the modern-day memoir, or raw, honest, short fiction, take a look at some of the read-a-likes below:


Homesick for another World by Otessa Moshfegh
Emotionally dark, short fiction with contemporary characters that are relatable, yet live within extreme circumstances. 

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West 
A collection of essays dealing with very personal topics and gender politics. Author and comedian Lindy West will have the reader crying with laughter while acknowledging the realities she presents. 
 
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adapted from her TEDx talk of the same name, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.
 
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti 
Strong and dark literary memoir, an "antidote to the fun and flirty feminism of selfies and self-help" (New Republic), Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes from the every day to the existential. 

 
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
As Juliet moves from the Bronx to Portland, OR, she explores themes of feminism, body image and navigating identity as a Puerto Rican lesbian. A great summer read for teens and adults alike, with inspiring words that will encourage the reader to emerge confident and ready to fight for social justice. 


Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith 
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1986, this journalist and prominent writer for The Nation, chronicles his personal and political education during the tumultuous years of the Obama administration, through popular characters such as Kanye West, LeBron James, Dave Chappelle and Frank Ocean. He is funny, yet bluntly honest, as he asks the reader to examine issues surrounding inequality and inclusion.    


This is Just my Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe  
Sidibe's memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight ("If I could just get the world to see me the way I see myself," she writes, "would my body still be a thing you walked away thinking about?"). Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, This Is Just My Face will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true.

Chicago heat and other stories Clarence Major
A series of short stories exploring human interaction, Major does not shy away from the bitter or the harsh, while utilizing a purity and simplicity of language that draws the reader in.