When she's not communing with nature, Shay enjoys immersing herself in works of fiction and non-fiction, memoirs, mystery novels, poetry, as well as nature and personal development books.
A vulnerable, transformative memoir written by queer Chinese-Australian writer and artist, Mimi Zhu. Their debut book highlights the significance of chosen family and the support and understanding they offer, both in good times but especially during experiences of profound adversity. This book is a message of hope, love and healing.
A moving work of historical fiction told from the perspective of Civil Townsend, a black nurse living in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1970s, who advocates tirelessly for the reproductive rights of patients of the Family Planning Clinic she works at.
Identity and family are poignant motifs in this memoir by Korean-American singer and writer, Michelle Zauner. This book evokes laughter, tears, and gratitude of family. Written while navigating grief after her mother's death due to pancreatic cancer, this book will have you feeling a wide spectrum of emotions.
An affirming collection of poems accompanied by art, both created by Morgan Harper Nichols. This work of poetry is a reminder on the importance of practicing unwavering grace and kindness towards oneself, as well as recognition and appreciation for how far you've come in life despite its multitude of challenges. This feels like a great, warm hug.