Holiday Book Recommendations from GrubStreet's Write Down the Street Team

We think that some of the best moments of the holidays are the ones where we share stories. With that in mind, our Write Down the Street team have each chosen a book that inspired them this year and that they hope to share with you. They recommend these titles as gifts to yourself or to your friends, family, and community members, and hope they inspire joy, laughter, reflection, and writing in your lives.



Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

"It highlights real issues that immigrant families face while skipping some crappy tropes that typically limit them as characters. If you like an ensemble cast friendship stories, this one's for you." - Eson Kim, Director of Community and Youth Programs


Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

"Since this book’s release in March, I have gifted at least one copy of it a month. This is the kind of book that has you laughing out loud one moment and crying the next. A necessary look at what it means to fully exist—in our bodies, our families, and our country—in this present moment." - Vero González, Neighborhood Programs Fellow


Heads of Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

"It's a collection of short stories about race, middle class, and family that blends funny and smart exceptionally well. Both the story ideas and use of language are unique and fun." - Quentin Lucas, Neighborhood Programs Fellow


Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

"If you’re looking for a combination of dystopian and mythical (specifically Diné stories) fiction with a badass Native female protagonist and lots of action, I highly recommend this! It’s a fast read, mostly because I couldn’t put it down, and also extremely satisfying." - Dharani Persaud, Youth and Community Programs Coordinator

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