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FANNY SAYS on 'best books' lists

Nickole Brown's Fanny Says has recently been included on two important lists: Over the Rainbow's "2016 Over the Rainbow List: 68 LGBT Books for Adult Readers," and Advocates “The 30 Best Books You Missed in 2015."

According to Over the Rainbow, Fanny Says is "a biography of a fiesty, bawdy, grandmother told through the poetry of her granddaughter. Funny, powerful, and steeped in truth and love." The 2016 Over the Rainbow Project book list is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA).

Advocate featured Fanny Says alongside Pelvis with Distance, a new collection by Brown's wife, Jessica Jacobs. The two books focus on personal growth through the lens of others' perspectives.

"My new favorite poetry power couple—Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown—each turned up a wonderful, must-read collection this year. Jacobs’s Pelvis With Distance weaves together a biography-in-poems of artist Georgia O’Keeffe with Jacobs’s own month in a solitary desert cabin, giving loving attention to feminism, the geography of creativity, and relationships among the unfamiliar. Brown too explores her own voice through another woman in Fanny Says. A complex but loving tribute to the author’s grandmother, Fanny Says reads like a novel, one that explores a bawdy Southern broad as well as domestic violence, racism, teenage pregnancy, and the myth of perfect womanhood. The one-two punch of these books makes me want to be a dinner guest at the Jacobs-Brown Arkansas dining table."

Adding to the good news, Fanny Says was just named a long list finalist for the Julie Suk Award for the best book of poetry published by an independent or university press in 2015.

Click here for the complete Over the Rainbow LGBT book list.
Click here for Advocate's complete list of "The 30 Best Books You Missed in 2015."

Fanny Says is available now at the BOA Bookstore.

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