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  • Gabby Womack

The Memory Librarian by Janelle Monáe

Inspired by their most recent album and emotion picture, Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe and some amazing collaborators brought us The Memory Librarian and other Stories of Dirty Computer. It’s a science fiction afrofuturistic book of short stories that all ponder the future of tech, class, love, gender, and liberation. All of the main characters are nonbinary and/or transgender and Black or BIPOC.

I love that each story also has a setting or concept that was shown in the Dirty Computer emotion picture like the Pynk Motel. Thanks to this cohesion, I was able to have an easier time picturing the world within this book. My favorite stories are Nevermind and Timebox Altar[ed]. I don’t wanna spoil the book for y’all so I recommend you watch the emotion picture and then read this book.

As an audiobook girlie, I had to listen to it! I mean, Janelle and Bahni Turpin are the narrators! Janelle’s voice is probably the most soothing narration I’ve ever heard (aside from Toni Morrison’s).

Absolutely 5 out of 5 stars!

Content Warnings: TERFs, Transphobia, State Violence, Burnout


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