February Indie Books Roundup!

Akashic's Changers

We love independent publishers, but great indie releases have a way of getting past us. Enter the Indie Roundup, a monthly review of new books we’re excited about, from independent, university, and small presses we love.

February’s a strange month, mixing the last dregs of winter with a cultural focus on love. This month, our Indie Roundup reflects this dichotomy between the heat of emotion and the freeze of winter. We’ve got books on what it means to love—whether it be oneself or others—as well as stories reflecting the sometimes chilly state of the human condition. Read a love story, coming of age adventure, or American Gothic tale, it’s all here. These are the books we’re most looking forward to among February’s releases:

Changers Book One: Drew, by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper (Akashic Books)
So many things to be excited about here! First, Changers marks the launch of Black Sheep, a new imprint for young adult readers from Akashic. Second, John Green gave the book a shout out via twitter, and third, the idea of living each year of high school as someone new is fascinating…and somehow comforting. Like, yeah, that was sort of my high school experience, I just didn’t have the vocabulary to explain what was going on. Changing bodies, developing personalities, forays into adult activities—where was this book circa the early 2000s when I needed it? But something tells me my adult self will learn a thing or to from it as well.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2014, by Human Rights Watch  (Seven Stories Press)
February marks the publication of the 24th annual World Report, a hefty book that breaks down the human rights conditions of over 90 countries and territories across the globe. The Human Rights Watch is one of the most comprehensive independent think tanks organized to defend, protect, and investigate human rights around the world, and this is their annual report, which reflects 2013’s human rights’ news stories, whether reported, underreported, or ignored.

Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn, edited by Jill H. Casid and Aruna D’Souza (Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute)
One of the best things about common knowledge is that it’s always growing and constantly being challenged. As the world grows, what we “know” to be true shifts and changes. When I took an intro to Art History class as a college freshman years and years ago, I was fascinated by the narrative of development and expression; it didn’t once cross my mind that the majority of the subjects studied were reflections of a Eurocentric framework. Enter Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn, a new look at an old subject, and a glaring question: how do we understand art history through the many lenses of geographical, religious, political, and linguistic differences?

Got Teens? The Doctor Moms’ Guide to Sexuality, Social Media and Other Adolescent Realities, by Logan Levkoff, Ph. D. and Jennifer Wider, M.D. (Seal Press)
Got Teens? is a manual of sorts for all the uncomfortable challenges that come with raising a teen right now. From body development to emotional growth (and its opposite) to blossoming sexuality, the topics this book covers make it a valuable resource for any parents. Also, I feel like a teenager 90% of the time and am wondering if I should read it in order to give myself some parental love.

What new releases are you excited to read this month?

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