The Oregon Woman: Bookshelf

10 Best New Books by Oregon Women

From dystopian fiction to poetry inspired by Frank Ocean, add these volumes to your shelf.

By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann April 24, 2018 Published in the May 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

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From left: Nicole J. Georges, Shayla Lawson, Denise Chanterelle DuBois

Red Clocks, Leni Zumas: what if abortion were illegal again? And a pink wall divided America from Canada? That’s the imagined world in which Zumas spins her timely tale.

Conversations on Writing, Ursula K. Le Guin: a newly published collection packed with nuggets of fiery wisdom

Field Theories, Samiya Bashir: the poet weds thermodynamics and the blues in this visceral study of black bodies.

Animals Strike Curious Poses, Elena Passarello: a woolly mammoth to a headless chicken, Passarello brings 17 beasts to life.

The Book of Joan, Lidia Yuknavitch: a dystopian saga starring a child warrior who communes with the earth

Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home, Nicole J. Georges: a coming-of-age graphic memoir and a tribute to Beija, Georges’s shar-pei/corgi mix

I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean, Shayla Lawson: poems that weave the cultural and the personal, with the hip-hop artist as omnipresent muse

Self-Made Woman, Denise Chanterelle DuBois: a searing account of gender transition in middle age

Libba, Laura Veirs: the singer-songwriter switches gears with this kids' book about folk musician Elizabeth Cotten.

Pointe, Claw, Amber J. Keyser: ballet, a broken friendship, and body alterations, wrapped up in one powerful young adult novel

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