A virtuoso indie rapper who wields a philosophy degree and a reputation for unrequitable romance, Dessa is especially known for her Hamilton Mixtape track “Congratulations.” This exceptional memoir showcases the artist herself boldly acting out the poetic metaphors that make her music so powerful. In My Own Devices, Dessa works with neuroscientists to overcome the feeling of lost love. The autobiographical snapshots are anarchistic, beautiful, measured, anxious, eloquent, and brave. I loved it. - a.c.