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Portland-based writer Cosima Bee Concordia, the second book-industry professional we’ve chosen to feature for this series of laid-off local booksellers, maintains a playful, clever, theory-informed social-media presence that almost daily offers us fresh humor mixed with genuine insight. We approached her to curate a list for us knowing that anything she put together would, inevitably, be the kind of collection that would upend your worldview and imagine a radically new society. We also knew it would have some titles that some might find controversial, uncomfortable, or surprising, and honestly, we kind of love that.

In her list, Cosima challenges us to think creatively, expansively, and systemically about what ails humanity, and offers us the kinds of texts that will surely lead your life (and dinner-table conversations) down entirely new paths.

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781517901738
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - December 5th, 2017

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, Second Edition Cover Image
By Eric A. Stanley (Editor), Nat Smith (Editor), Cece McDonald (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781849352345
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Published: AK Press - October 27th, 2015

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers' Rights Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781786633613
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Published: Verso - March 3rd, 2020

Authors and sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith are not interested in making a moral argument about sex work being “good”—sex work is just as likely to involve abuse and exploitation as any other work under capitalism, which is exactly why sex work must be decriminalized and sex workers deserve full workers protections.


In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781645036692
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 25th, 2020

During any uprising, you see rhetoric trying to separate the good “peaceful” protestors from the bad “violent” ones. Here Vicky Osterweil makes the argument that not only is theft and property damage not violence, but that looting is one of the most effective and direct ways to incite change.


Me, not you: The trouble with mainstream feminism Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781526155801
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Published: Manchester University Press - April 1st, 2021

Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility (Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture) Cover Image
By Reina Gossett (Editor), Eric A. Stanley (Editor), Johanna Burton (Editor)
$59.95
ISBN: 9780262036603
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Published: The MIT Press - December 15th, 2017

This gorgeous collection explores the trap of trans visibility from many different directions, gifting us with an expanse of rich history, theory, and art.
 


Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (Sexual Cultures) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780814757284
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Published: New York University Press - November 30th, 2009

Cruising Utopia is a brilliant work against the assimilationist homonormativity that dominates so much of the discourse around gay rights, arguing that queerness itself has not yet arrived and can only seen in utopic glimpses of what could be.


Histories of the Transgender Child Cover Image
$29.94
ISBN: 9781517904678
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - October 23rd, 2018

Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781786637307
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Published: Verso - August 31st, 2021

Sophie Lewis is not here to give advice on the actual surrogate industry, but instead revitalizes older feminist claims that true liberation requires that we must first abolish the structure of the family itself—ripping up the roots of the things we are told from birth are “good” and “natural”.


Transgender Marxism Cover Image
By Jules Joanne Gleeson (Editor), Elle O'Rourke (Editor), Jordy Rosenberg (Foreword by)
$25.25
ISBN: 9780745341668
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Published: Pluto Press - May 20th, 2021

This phenomenal collection takes on a thing that already exists (transness, Marxism, and the unusually high ratio of trans Marxists) and coalesces it into a series of theory pieces that have expanded and at times exploded my own notions of transness in ways nothing else ever has.


Sexual Hegemony: Statecraft, Sodomy, and Capital in the Rise of the World System (Theory Q) Cover Image
By Christopher Chitty, Max Fox (Editor), Christopher Nealon (Introduction by)
$29.84
ISBN: 9781478009580
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Published: Duke University Press - August 14th, 2020

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia Cover Image
$32.20
ISBN: 9781479886753
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Published: New York University Press - May 7th, 2019

Sabrina Strings takes us on a voyage through our horrifying history to demonstrate how, like most of out bigotries, our notion of what bodies are healthy and beautiful was and is inherently constructed to enforce the systemic justification of white supremacy.


Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture (Series Q) Cover Image
$30.99
ISBN: 9780822324430
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Published: Duke University Press - January 13th, 2000

Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World (Sexual Cultures #53) Cover Image
$34.50
ISBN: 9781479830374
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Published: New York University Press - May 19th, 2020