Nonfiction of 2023

We’re excited to share this year-end roundup of memoirs, essay collections, and other works of nonfiction published in 2023 by independent literary publishers! (Read our year-end roundups for fictionpoetrychildren’s books, and art and drama as well.)




Homesick for Nowhere by Richard LeBlond

EastOver Press | January 10, 2023

LeBlond travels across North America in these essays, reporting “with clarity and humor on the natural world and the two- and four-legged animals who inhabit it.”





Warrior Princesses Strike Back by Sarah Eagle Heart and Emma Eagle Heart-White

Feminist Press | January 24, 2023

“Interspersing personal memoir with radical notions of self-help and collective recovery,” this memoir “focuses how Indigenous activist strategies can be a crucial roadmap for contemporary truth and healing.”




North Country: A Pedagogical Almanac by Carolyn Dekker

Black Lawrence Press | February 1, 2023

This memoir-in-essays “follows the cycle of seasons in this remote and beautiful place by the waters of Lake Superior during the years in which the author finds a place there.”




Secret Harvests: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm by David Mas Masumoto

Red Hen Press | February 7, 2023

In this memoir featuring artwork by Patricia Wakida, Masumoto discovers “a ‘lost’ aunt, separated from [his] family due to racism and discrimination against the disabled.”




Return to Latvia by Marina Jarre

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

New Vessel Press | February 21, 2023

In this “part travelogue, part memoir, part ruminative essay,” Jarre “looks for traces of her murdered father whom she never bid farewell.”



God’s Ex Girlfriend by Gloria Beth Amodeo

Ig Publishing | February 21, 2023

According to Anne Nelson, God’s Ex-Girlfriend is “a wry, poignant, and unflinchingly honest memoir that unveils the cult-like operations of Campus Crusade for Christ.”




Fat Off, Fat On: A Big Bitch Manifesto by Clarkisha Kent

Feminist Press | March 7, 2023

In this memoir, Kent “unpacks the kind of compounded problems you face when you’re a fat, Black, queer woman in a society obsessed with heteronormativity.”




Crying Wolf by Eden Boudreau

Book*hug Press | March 22, 2023

Crying Wolf is “a gripping memoir that shares the raw path to recovery after violence and spotlights the ways survivors are too often demonized or ignored when they belong to marginalized communities.”




Generation Exile by Rodrigo Dorfman

Arte Público Press | March 31, 2023

In this memoir Dorman, who was six years old when his family fled Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship, “writes about his experiences as an exile and a migrant.”




Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Margot Hover

Bamboo Dart Press | April 1, 2023

Four and Twenty Blackbirds is “a collection of word portraits of the people, places, and events populating the author’s universe.”



All of Us Together in the End by Matthew Vollmer

Hub City Press | April 4, 2023

Vollmer’s family memoir “shimmers with wonder and enchantment and begins with the death of his mother from early-onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”




Man of the People by Robert Garcia

Arte Público Press | April 30, 2023

Congressman Garcia’s memoir “reflects on the impact of the civil rights movement on the Hispanic community, particularly in New York.”




Tell Me About Yourself by Max Popov

Bamboo Dart Press | May 4, 2023

In this memoir chapbook, “an old man looks back on his time in the East Village in the mid-1970s when he drew pictures of people, mostly tenants in his apartment building, and made the eponymous request to them.”




Home for Difficult Children: A Memoir in Verse by Daniele Pantano

Black Lawrence Press | May 5, 2023

Home for Difficult Children: A Memoir in Verse is “a book based on personal and familial experiences and memories of exile, trauma, migration, immigration, refugeeism, translingualism, transitoriness, social justice, and writing one’s way home.”




Floppy: Tales of a Genetic Freak of Nature at the End of the World by Alyssa Graybeal

Red Hen Press | May 30, 2023

According to Rebecca Fish Ewan, in this memoir “Graybeal spins a richly imaged and often hilarious story from the fibers of her own quest for life while navigating the challenges of having a rare genetic disorder.”




Limited Engagement: A Way of Living by Jacquelyn Shah

Choeofpleirn Press | May 31, 2023

In this memoir, Shah “allows readers to see and to feel the kinds of experiences that so many American women have endured in our quest for equality.”




Chronic by Rebecca Dimyan

Woodhall Press | June 6, 2023

In this debut memoir, Dimyan details her experience with endometriosis, exploring “the ways the condition has impacted her experiences, her body, her pain, and her joy.”




Set Adrift by Sarah Conover

55 Fathoms Publishing | June 27, 2023

This memoir details Conover’s family’s disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle and includes “interviews, magazine articles, and official Coast Guard reports.”




Cover of One True Scrapper by Kaden Peebles, featuring a pale silhouette of a person on an orange and pink background.One True Scrapper: A Memoir of Childhood Cancer, Good Eyeliner, and a Fighting Spirit by Kaden Peebles

Et Alia Press | July 11, 2023

Peeble’s memoir follows her shift “from competitive cheerleader in pink to teen fighting for survival from a rare bone cancer and leukemia.”




Cover of Head Above Water featuring a black-and-white face, horizontal and looking upward, surrounded by white and orange dots.Head Above Water: Reflections on Illness by Shahd Alshammari

Feminist Press | July 18, 2023

This lyrical hybrid memoir “revisits a lifetime’s worth of personal journals to slowly piece together a narrative of chronic illness—a moving account of survival, memory, loss, and hope.”




Cover of Something I Might Say by Stephanie Austin, featuring a black and white photograph of a woman in a car.Something I Might Say by Stephanie Austin

WTAW Press | July 18, 2023

Austin considers the deaths of her father and grandmother in this memoir and “reminds us that the histories of our loves—the kindnesses and the disappointments too—sit with us in that final room.”




Cover of The Legible Element by Ralph Sneeden, featuring a photograph of a coastline and a gray background.The Legible Element by Ralph Sneeden

EastOver Press | July 18, 2023

In this memoir “with a personal immersion in literature, visual art, film, and music,” Sneeden “establishes a nonfiction hybrid on the border between the academic and the personal.”





Cover of No Last Words by Tara Kelly, featuring a cut-off white-and-blue photograph of a man in a white tux and a woman in a white dress repeated three times vertically.No Last Words by Tara Kelly

EastOver Press | August 8, 2023

Kelly’s memoir follows “her life with Robert Willis, her husband, father of their children, restauranteur, sailor, bon vivant, and alcoholic.”




Cover of Passport Stamps: Searching the World for a War to Call Home by Sean D. Carberry, featuring a design emulating a U.S. passport.Passport Stamps: Searching the World for a War to Call Home by Sean D. Carberry

Madville Publishing | August 15, 2023

In Carberry’s memoir, a former NPR journalist “seeks solace in the world’s most dangerous places and his pursuit to join the ranks of combat-tested war correspondents.”




Cover of Twin A by Amit Majmudar featuring a sonogram of twins on a black and blue background with a heartbeat graph.Twin A by Amit Majmudar

Slant Books | August 15, 2023

This epistolary memoir “recounts the epic story of the open-heart surgeries, complications, and prolonged recoveries that Majmudar’s son survived in infancy and early childhood.”




Cover of Sister Rebel by Theresa Bonpane, featuring a black-and-white image of a num and an image of an older white woman holding a sign with a peace sign above the word "now."Sister Rebel by Theresa Bonpane

Red Hen Press | August 29, 2023

This memoir “charts Bonpane’s journey from a young Irish American woman, to a Maryknoll sister working in Chile, to a dedicated peace activist and director of the Office of the Americas.”




Cover of Standing: One Man's Odyssey During the Turbulent '60s by Ernest McMillan, with a black-and-white photograph of a group of Black people in the 1960s linking arms and singing or speaking.Standing: One Man’s Odyssey During the Turbulent ’60s by Ernest McMillan

Deep Vellum | August 29, 2023

This memoir “of one man’s coming-of-age through the Civil Rights movement follows his childhood innocence of white supremacy during the 50s to his awakening as a full-time organizer in the deep south, and the petrifying costs he was bound to pay.”




Craft: A Memoir by Tony Trigilio

Marsh Hawk Press | September 1, 2023

Each chapter in this collection of linked personal essays “features an anecdote from the author’s development as a writer that illustrates craft elements central to his body of work.”




Straitjackets and Lunch Money by Katya Cengel

Woodhall Press | September 5, 2023

Cengel’s novel is “a gut-wrenching account of childhood mental illness told from the inside interspersed with updates from experts in the field.”




The Weight of Ghosts by Laila Halaby

Red Hen Press | September 5, 2023

Halaby’s memoir “is a circling of grief following the death of the author’s older son when he was 21.”




If You Turn to Look Back by Tom Hazuka

Woodhall Press | September 5, 2023

If You Turn to Look Back “combines memoir with political, social, and economic investigations of what it means to be an American and a citizen of the world.”




How to Live: A Memoir-In-Essays by Kelle Groom featuring detailed artwork of a blue and gold sky above a black forest.How to Live by Kelle Groom

Tupelo Press | October 1, 2023

Groom’s memoir-in-essays “is the story of a restless search for a place to be—a way to live—after a series of devastating events.”





Bold, Brave, and Breathless: Reveling in Childhood's Splendiferous Glories While Facing Disability and Loss by Margaret Anne Mary Moore featuring a photograph of a child in a walker with a soccer ball.Bold, Brave, and Breathless: Reveling in Childhood’s Splendiferous Glories While Facing Disability and Loss by Margaret Anne Mary Moore

Woodhall Press | October 2, 2023

In this memoir, Moore “delves into the challenges that often come with seeking inclusion and acceptance, but she also highlights the joyous—and often hilarious—adventures of her childhood.”




There Is No Blue by Martha Baillie featuring abstract artwork of a person.There Is No Blue by Martha Baillie

Coach House Books | October 3, 2023

Baillie’s memoir is a “richly layered response to her mother’s passing, her father’s life, and her sister’s suicide.”




Who Killed Kenzo?: The Loss of a Son and the Ongoing Battle for Gun Safety by Griffin Dix

Woodhall Press | October 3, 2023

Dix’s memoir “exposes how the gun industry markets guns designed for the military and police to untrained civilians,” giving “full voice to both sides of a fascinating American debate that has implications for the safety of American families.”




Salt in the Veins by Mary E. McDermott featuring a photograph of two people walking on the beach with a colorful sky.Salt in the Veins by Mary E. McDermott

Sea Crow Press | October 3, 2023

In this memoir, McDermott explores Cape Cod’s “rich moments and sometimes amusing, always fascinating history.”




Furniture Music by Gail Scott featuring a beige cover with the title in large print and the author’s name scattered across the page several times.Furniture Music by Gail Scott

Wave Books | October 3, 2023

In this memoir, Scott “chronicles her years in Lower Manhattan during the Obama era, in a community of poets at the junction between formally radical and political art.”




Italian Blood by Denise Tolan featuring a red and golden striped cover with a photograph of an explosion.Italian Blood by Denise Tolan

CavanKerry Press | October 3, 2023

This memoir-in-essays “traces the legacy of violence in an Italian American family, showing how abuse reverberates both in the body and mind of a family.”




Transplant by Bernardine Watson featuring dark blue closeup photographs of leaves.Transplant by Bernardine Watson

Washington Writers’ Publishing House | October 3, 2023

This memoir is “a page-turning, personal journey into one Black woman’s battle with kidney disease and the American medical system.”




Letting in Air and Light by Teresa Tumminello Brader featuring a pastel painting of two windows against a grass and sky background.Letting in Air and Light by Teresa Tumminello Brader

Belle Point Press | October 10, 2023

In this memoir, Brader, “niece of the convicted art forger William Toye, retells her family’s experience as she discovers her uncle’s misdeeds after decades of secrecy.”




A Walk Across Dirty Water and Straight Into Murderer’s Row by Eugene S. Robinson

Feral House | October 10, 2023

A Walk Across Dirty Water is Robinson’s memoir “of growing up in Brooklyn during the 1970s, playing in punk bands and touring the world during the eighties, taking a break to attend Stanford, and accidentally becoming a famous television personality in Germany.”




None of the Above by Travis Alabanza featuring a pink cover with a green checkmark box.None of the Above by Travis Alabanza

Feminist Press | October 17, 2023

In this memoir, Alabanza “considers the meaning of gender, and the role it plays in a world that rigidly and aggressively enforces the binary.”





These Dreams of You: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, and Resilience by Ann McCloskey

Green Writers Press | October 17, 2023

McCloskey‘s memoir about her daughter “documents the choreography, the steps and gestures, often desperate, of their dance, a pas de deux, for mother and daughter.”




Daddy Lessons by Steacy Easton featuring the title and author in blue and orange against a beige background.Daddy Lessons by Steacy Easton

Coach House Books | October 24, 2023

“Part memoir, part literary study, part formalist exercise in excitement,” this book is “a transgressive text of pleasure, bodies, the Lord, and the West.”





The Hurricane Book: A Lyric History by Claudia Acevedo-Quinones featuring a pattern of light blue wavy lines against a dark blue background.The Hurricane Book: A Lyric History by Claudia Acevedo-Quiñones

Rose Metal Press | October 24, 2023

In this debut memoir, Acevedo-Quiñones “pieces together the story of her family and Puerto Rico using a captivating combination of historical facts, poems, maps, overheard conversations, and flash essays.”




Eventually, Inevitably: My Writing Life in Verse by René Saldaña, Jr. featuring a graphic of a tree growing out of a pencil with letters in the branches against a white background.Eventually, Inevitably: My Writing Life in Verse / Tarde o temprano era inevitable: Mi vida de escritor en verso by René Saldaña, Jr.

Arte Público Press | October 31, 2023

This bilingual memoir in verse for teens “relates the development of a reader and writer while honoring his Mexican-American community.”




The Inventor: A Transcolonial Autobiography by Eileen R. Tabios featuring artwork of a pile of junk against a white and red background.The Inventor: A Poet’s Transcolonial Autobiography by Eileen R. Tabios

Marsh Hawk Press | November 1, 2023

According to Tabios, “In The Inventor, I show how Poetry is not mere words but a proactive approach to improving our relationships with each other and life on our planet.”




Leaping from the Burning Train by Jeanne Murray Walker featuring a photograph of a woman’s silhouette leaping off a cliff from high above. Leaping from the Burning Train by Jeanne Murray Walker

Slant Books | November 7, 2023

This memoir tells the story of a teenaged girl who “abruptly realizes the tight-knit fundamentalist community she has been raised in may not have all the answers it claims to have.”




An Unruled Body by Ani Gjika featuring artwork of a hand holding a spiraling mirror looking at a woman’s reflection against a dark starry night background. An Unruled Body by Ani Gjika

Restless Books | November 14, 2023

In this debut memoir, “Gjika tells a different kind of immigrant story by writing about the ways a woman listens to her own body, intuition, and desire.”




Neither Created Nor Destroyed by Zara Jamshed featuring artwork of a hooded figure against a cloudy night sky with photos of a temple, rocketship, and satellite dish surrounding them. Neither Created Nor Destroyed by Zara Jamshed

Game Over Books | November 14, 2023

Jamshed’s memoir “is the brave and vulnerable story of a young woman who explores her own trauma, belonging, and self-actualization.”




Kinderszenen by Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz featuring a black and white photograph of a young boy sitting in rubble with the title in a red border on the side.Kinderszenen by Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz

Translated from the Polish by Charles S. Kraszewski

Slant Books | December 12, 2023

In this memoir, Marek “recounts what it was like to grow up in Warsaw during the German occupation of World War II.”






Essay Collections


Against the Written Word: Toward a Universal Illiteracy by Ian F. Svenonius

Akashic Books | January 3, 2023

According to Publishers Weekly, “Wielding the satiric tone of a Gen-X Jonathan Swift or leftist Andy Kaufman . . . Svenonius is an engaging companion . . . and he lands some scathing blows.”




Black and Female by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Graywolf Press | January 17, 2023

In this essay collection, Dangarembga “examines the legacy of imperialism on her own life and on every aspect of black embodied African life.”




Unbound: A Book of AIDS by Aaron Shurin

Nightboat Books | January 24, 2023

​​Unbound is Shurin’s “intimate account of life in San Francisco in the 80s and 90s during the apex of the AIDS epidemic.”




Your Hearts, Your Scars by Adina Talve-Goodman

Bellevue Literary Press | January 24, 2023

In this essay collection, published posthumously, Talve-Goodman “tells the story of her chronic illness and her youthful search for love and meaning, never forgetting that her adult life is tied to the loss of another person—the donor of her transplanted heart.”




The Poetics of Wrongness by Rachel Zucker

Wave Books | February 7, 2023

In her first book of critical nonfiction, Zucker “explores wrongness as a foundational orientation of opposition and provocation.”




Sex with My Family by Jessica Anne

Long Day Press | February 14, 2023

This lyric essay collection includes “musings on infertility, cows, longing & freedom by an anemic woman in the winter of her 41st year.”





Until All You See Is Sky by George Choundas

EastOver Press | February 21, 2023

This essay collection is “a report from the front lines of a first-generation American life: growing up as the outsider, parenting without a clue, and persevering in plague times.”




Voyager: Constellations of Memory by Nona Fernández

Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer

Graywolf Press | February 21, 2023

In this lyric essay inspired by the mission of the Voyager spacecrafts, “Fernández finds a new container for her profound and surreal reckonings with the past.”



Banzeiro Òkòtó: The Amazon as the Center of the World by Eliane Brum

Translated from the Portuguese by Diane Whitty

Graywolf Press | March 7, 2023

This essay collection is “a confrontation with the destruction of the Amazon by a writer who moved her life into the heart of the forest.”




Five Conversations About Peter Sellers by Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Texas Review Press | March 12, 2023

This essay “begins as an exploration of the author’s burgeoning obsession with Peter Sellers, and specifically his role in hijacking and derailing production of the spy spoof, Casino Royale, in the late 60s.”




Diary of an Invasion by Andrey Kurkov

Deep Vellum | April 4, 2023

This journal collects Kurkov’s “searing dispatches from the heart of Kyiv.”





Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Feminist Press | April 18, 2023

This new edition of Body Horror is “a fascinating, insightful portrait of the gore that encapsulates contemporary American politics.”




Black Avatar and Other Essays by Amit Majmudar

Acre Books | April 28, 2023

In these essays, Majmudar “reflects on the effects of colonialism, drawing upon sources ranging from early Sanskrit texts to contemporary film and television.”




Latina Histories and Cultures by Montse Feu and Yolanda Padilla

Arte Público Press | April 30, 2023

These fifteen academic essays “use transnational approaches and Latina feminist theory to remind us of a principle that is still too often forgotten: that sex and gender should be centered as crucial problematics in the study of the long history of Latina/o/x literature and culture.”




On Dreams by Maureen Thorson

Bloof Books | May 30, 2023

According to Elisa Gabbert, “After being diagnosed, or misdiagnosed, with a rare, ‘invisible’ eye condition that causes blind spots, Maureen Thorson set out to write a self-portrait in a broken mirror.”




RASA or knowledge of the self by René Daumal

Translated from the French by Louise Landes Levi

Cool Grove Press | June 6, 2023

This is the third edition of RASA, “a ‘cult classic’ edited by Claudio Rugafori, secretary of the Daumal archives.”




Junk Shop Window: Essays on Myth, Life, and Literature by James J. Patterson

Alan Squire Publishing | June 6, 2023

In these essays, “every experience gleams with insight, and the world is at once more strange and more deeply beautiful than you ever knew.”




Cover of Walking in Awe by Dave Van Manen, featuring a photograph of a man walking alone in a forest.Walking In Awe: Musings of a Nature-Loving Nonprofit Director by Dave Van Manen

Middle Creek Publishing & Audio | July 20, 2023

This is a collection of personal essays by “a non-profit nature education center director who also created award-winning environmental literacy programming, outlining the challenges of balancing life and work in the same fields and forests.”




Cover of Queer Then and Now: The David R. Kessler Lectures, 2002-2020, with yellow block text on a hot pink field.Queer Then and Now

Feminist Press | August 15, 2023

From CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, edited by Debanuj DasGupta, Joseph Donica, and Margot Weiss, “these intertextual conversations tackle some of today’s most important interventions from the margins.”




Cover of The last Year by Jill Talbot, featuring a photograph of a tar-painted highway stretching beneath a storm sky.The Last Year by Jill Talbot

Wandering Aengus Press | August 15, 2023

According to Felicity Jones, “The Last Year is an evocative and heart wrenching portrait of her final days living with her daughter, Indie, who’s about to leave home for university—just as the world begins to shut down in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.”




Cover of A Paul Gruchow Reader, featuring a photograph of a man in a hat beside a black dog, on a red background.A Paul Gruchow Reader

Shipwreckt Books | August 19, 2023

Edited by Louis Martinelli, this collection is a sampler of Paul Gruchow’s best writing from his many books.




Cover of Bon Courage: Essays on Inheritance, Citizenship, and a Creative Life by Ru Freeman with a black silhouetted figure of a woman in a knee-length dress and a high hairdo on an orange background.Bon Courage: Essays on Inheritance, Citizenship, and a Creative Life by Ru Freeman

Etruscan Press | August 29, 2023

Freeman’s essay collection “encompasses the big questions of our time: what we mean by courage, how we define our world, how we choose to exist in it.”




Fast Fallen Women

Woodhall Press | September 5, 2023

Edited by Gina Barreca, Fast Fallen Women “introduces 75 new essays about the dangerous and enthralling ways women fall—and how we get back on our feet, more deft, more decisive, and daring than ever.”




The Book by Mary Ruefle

Wave Books | September 5, 2023

In this book of essays, Ruefle “generously invites us to query ourselves as readers and thinkers in a world that will eventually endure without us.”




Outtakes by Joanna Acevedo

WTAW Press | September 26, 2023

In these essays, Acevedo “portrays a young memoirist’s experience of a life that is broken, beautiful, and confusing all at once.”




The Birth of The Best by David Lehman featuring a beige textured cover with the title in colorful lines.The Birth of The Best: The Making of The Best American Poetry by David Lehman

Marsh Hawk Press | October 1, 2023

The Best American Poetry editor David Lehman “gives readers a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the making of the yearly anthology he founded in 1988.”




Songs for Olympia by Tomoé Hill featuring the edge of a golden frame with the title and author on a label.Songs for Olympia by Tomoé Hill

Sagging Meniscus | October 15, 2023

A response to Michel Leiris’s The Ribbon at Olympia’s Throat, this essay collection is “an ode to the both the ribbon and the memory: what leads us to constantly rediscover ourselves and a world so easily assumed as viewed through a single frame.”




Otherwise: Essays by Julie Marie Wade featuring a photograph of different colored motel doors.Otherwise by Julie Marie Wade

Autumn House Press | October 16, 2023

In these braided essays, Wade “invites readers on a journey of self-discovery framed by memory, literature, and popular culture.”




A Place Here Volume 3 by Beth Brown Ables, featuring an illustration of a baker putting rolls and pie down on a table with a cat watching on a blue background.A Place Here, Volume 3: Thoughts and Recipes for Nurturing Community by Beth Brown Ables

Good Printed Things | October 24, 2023

This book is “a collection of essays and recipes centered around food and its nurturing role in our communities.”





A Watershed Runs through You by Freeman House, featuring a birds-eye-view photograph of a river beneath a mountain.A Watershed Runs through You by Freeman House

Empty Bowl Press | October 24, 2023

The essays and talks in this collection explore “the central place of salmon in the ecology and culture of the Cascadia bioregion and the critical role of human communities in the restoration of its home watersheds.”




A Calendar is a Snakeskin by Kristine Langley Mahler featuring a photograph of a spread with crystals, candles, tarot cards, and other spiritual objects against a beige background.A Calendar Is a Snakeskin by Kristine Langley Mahler

Autofocus Books | October 31, 2023

In these three connected essays, Mahler “excavates personal meaning from astrology, tarot, mothering, siblinging, and homesickness.”




Asides by George Singleton featuring a navy-blue outline of South Carolina against a white background. Asides by George Singleton

EastOver Press | November 8, 2023

In this essay collection, Singleton explains “how he came to be a writer (he blames barbecue), why he still writes his first draft by hand (someone stole his typewriter), and what motivated him to run marathons.”




Critical Hits: Writers Playing Video Games, Edited by J. Robert Lennon & Carmen Maria Machado, featuring blue game menus against a black background.Critical Hits: Writers Playing Video Games

Graywolf Press | November 21, 2023

Edited by J. Robert Lennon and Carmen Maria Machado, this anthology features essays exploring video games by Hanif Abdurraqib, Charlie Jane Anders, Alexander Chee, Larissa Pham, and more.




Our West Berlin: Storybook from the Island featuring colorful cartoon artwork of people and cars in a city under a blue cloudy sky.Our West Berlin: Storybook from the Island

Translated from the German by Cindy Opitz and Carolyn Steinberg

Berlinica Publishing | December 1, 2023

This anthology devoted to West Berlin features writing by Gretchen Dutschke, Harald Jähner, Harald Martenstein, Ingo Lamberty, Kerstin Schilling, and more.




Holy American Burnout! By Sean Enfield featuring a black-and-white photograph of a man in a beanie covered by blue and red dots against a golden background. Holy American Burnout! by Sean Enfield

Split/Lip Press | December 5, 2023

This essay collection “wrestles with the physical, mental, and emotional burdens that American society places on educators, students, and all relatively conscious minorities in this country.”






Other Nonfiction


De-Integrate! A Jewish Survival Guide for the 21st Century by Max Czollek

Translated from the German by Jon Cho-Polizzi 

Restless Books | January 10, 2023

Originally published in Germany, this book is “a battle cry against Jewish assimilation into a dominant culture that seeks to paint over the past—and a handbook for minorities on how to embrace their difference and resist rising nationalism, antisemitism, xenophobia, and racism.”




Pitiless Bronze: A Postpatriarchal Examination of Prepatriarchal Cultures by Ruth J. Heflin

Choeofpleirn Press | February 10, 2023

This book is “a re-examination of ancient symbols and literature through gynocentric eyes, instead of the biased androcentric view.”




The World Itself: Consciousness and the Everything of Physics by Ulf Danielsson

Bellevue Literary Press | February 21, 2023

In The World Itself, an acclaimed theoretical physicist “makes a lucid and passionate case that it is nature, full of beauty and meaning, which must compel us.”




All Else Failed: The Unlikely Volunteers at the Heart of the Migrant Aid Crisis by Dana Sachs

Bellevue Literary Press | March 21, 2023

Sachs’s book “tells a story of despair and resilience, revealing the humanity within an immense humanitarian disaster.”




Literature & Politics: Selected Writings by Robert Musil

Translated from the German by Genese Grill

Contra Mundum Press | March 31, 2023

This book “presents Robert Musil’s writings on the relationship between literature and politics from World War I through World War II and elucidates his personal struggle to bear witness during the Age of Totalitarianism.”




Bookworm: Conversations with Michael Silverblatt by Michael Silverblatt

The Song Cave | March 31, 2023

This book “gathers interviews with some of the most influential luminaries of our time,” including John Ashbery, John Berger, Octavia Butler, Joan Didion, and Carlos Fuentes.




Always the Many, Never the One by Pierre Joris

Contra Mundum Press | April 4, 2023

Throughout this collection of conversations with Florent Toniello, Joris “develops a core concept of his thinking and writing, ‘in-betweenness,’ using both literary examples and life anecdotes, some never shared in Joris’s vast bibliography so far.”




The Kevin Powell Reader: Essential Writings and Conversations by Kevin Powell

Akashic Books | April 4, 2023

This book contains a selection from Powell’s lifework, “spanning the Reagan-Bush years of AIDS and crack epidemics to our current era framed by the COVID-19 pandemic; the tragic killing of George Floyd; the #MeToo movement; and much more.”




Plums for Months: Memories of a Wonder-Filled, Neurodivergent Childhood by Zaji Cox

Forest Avenue Press | May 9, 2023

These short essays “evoke the abundant imagination of childhood” and explore “the challenges of growing up mixed race and low-income on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon.”




Elixir: In the Valley at the End of Time by Kapka Kassabova

Graywolf Press | May 16, 2023

Kassabova “seeks out the deep connection between people, plants, and place” in this “call to rethink how we live—in relation to one another, to Earth, and to the cosmos.”




Wildflowers of Wichita by Beverly Strouse

Choeofpleirn Press | May 31, 2023

Wildflowers of Wichita is both a memoir and “a photographic journey through several parks in Wichita, Kansas.”





Fulfilled: 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness by Bernadette Anderson

Woodhall Press | June 6, 2023

In this book, Dr. Bernadette “asks questions, discusses symptoms and issues, then provides a Prescription worksheet to help you achieve healing, health, and happiness.”




The Inner Ear of Don Zientara: A Half Century of Recording in One of America’s Most Innovative Studios, Through the Voices of Musicians by Antonia Tricarico

Akashic Books | June 6, 2023

This book is “photo-filled oral history of the DC-area music studio that brought us some of the most iconic recordings by Bad Brains, Bikini Kill, Fugazi, and so many more.”




Cover of Heaven, Hell and Paradise Lost by Ed Simon, featuring a white box with red and black text on a red background bifurcated by a black ribbon reading "bookmarked."Heaven, Hell and Paradise Lost by Ed Simon

Ig Publishing | August 15, 2023

In Heaven, Hell and Paradise Lost, Simon “considers Paradise Lost within the scope of his own alcoholism and recovery, the collapse of higher education, the imbecility of the canon wars, the piquant joys of labyrinthine sentences, and the exquisite attractions of Lucifer.”




Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System by M. Chris Fabricant

Akashic Books | September 5, 2023

Innocence Project attorney Fabricant “presents an insider’s journey into the heart of a broken, racist system of justice and the role junk science plays in maintaining the status quo.”




Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat by Christina Ward 

Feral House | September 26, 2023

Holy Food “digs deep into how the fringe and mainstream spiritual practices of America’s past shaped modern food culture, from trends to products still in the grocery aisle today.”




Closing Melodies by Rainer J. Hanshe featuring a plain black cover with the title in large white letters.Closing Melodies by Rainer J. Hanshe

Contra Mundum Press | October 15, 2023

In this book, “Friedrich Nietzsche and Vincent van Gogh unknowingly traverse proximate geographical terrain, nearly circling one another like close but distant stars.”




Whale Road by D. K. McCutchen featuring a cover with artwork of blue circles against a light background.Whale Road by D.K. McCutchen

JackLeg Press | October 16, 2023

In this book written after a 1992 voyage across the Pacific, “there are diary excerpts and ship’s log entries; there is myth, story, and fascinating facts about whales.”



Until We Talk by Darrell Borque featuring a cover of colorful abstract artwork.Until We Talk by Darrell Bourque

Etruscan Press | October 17, 2023

This collection is “a set of jazz-inflected ghazals tied to epigraphs from Colum McCann’s award-winning novel Apeirogon and illuminated with Bill Gingles’ abstract expressionist paintings.”




Duncan Park by Edwin C. Epps, featuring red text above a faded, black and white photograph of a baseball player jumping for a catch.Duncan Park: Stories of a Classic American Ballpark by Edwin C. Epps

Hub City Press | October 24, 2023

Duncan Park: Stories of a Classic American Ballpark “recounts the history of Spartanburg’s oldest wooden grandstand stadium,” built in 1926.




Murder Ballads Old and New: A Dark and Bloody Record by Steven L. Jones featuring graphic artwork of a man and woman with white hats and guitars sitting on a bench under a tree in a cemetery. Murder Ballads Old and New: A Dark and Bloody Record by Steven L. Jones

Feral House | November 14, 2023

“An exploration of an age-old topic—our human need to document the horrors of the world around us,” this book includes a wide range of songs and performers about “killers and victims.”




Queer Ideas by CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies featuring a plain purple cover with the title and authors in yellow and white text. Queer Ideas

Feminist Press | November 14, 2023

This book from CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies “collects the first ten historic Kessler Lectures by influential scholars, writers, and activists including Cherríe Moraga, Samuel R. Delany, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Barbara Smith.”




The Accomplished Muskrat Trapper by Arno E. Schmidt featuring a beige and blue patterned background against red text. The Accomplished Muskrat Trapper by Arno E. Schmidt

Long Day Press | November 14, 2023

This reprinting of Schmidt’s 1922 “quintessential introduction to trapping muskrats” is presented in a new edition with an introduction by Kyle François.





Graphic Nonfiction


First by Lianne Cruz

Read Furiously | May 2, 2023

First is a collection of Cruz’s webcomic Li Comics as she “continues to document her journey as an artist and all the firsts life presents her.”




STEWdio: The Naphic Grovel ARTrilogy of Chuck D by Chuck D

Akashic Books | June 6, 2023

In this limited-edition boxed set, Chuck D “brings his personal insights and social critiques to the page in fierce, passionate, and evocative visual art and prose.”