Great Reads for LGBTQ Pride
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At home, in school, and on the streets, a homosexual teenager moves through comic sexual experiments, isolation, fear, and exciting expectations toward an escape from childhood and a firm sense of self.
Friends since the age of thirteen, Jonathan and Bobby live troubled lives that eventually take them to New York, where they meet the romantically troubled Clare, and the three embark on a new life together.
A professor at a California university in the 1960s must deal with loneliness and a sense of disconnection after the death of his longtime partner.
A stay-at-home mom, juggling the inherent insanity of caring for small children, experiences a flare-up of a childhood illness that causes her to question her own upbringing and the way she is raising her family.
After leaving his partner in New Mexico to start a new life in San Francisco, ESL teacher Aaron Englund seeks closure from a rejection-marked childhood and his own questionable choices by exploring his relationships with fellow misfits in his youth.
When Daniel Rosen's twin brother and sister-in-law are killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, he and his husband Matthew are confronted with challenges that threaten their relationship as they try to adopt the couple's two children.
In a story set against the backdrop of Dublin in 1915, two boys who meet at the local swimming hole plan to swim to an island in Dublin Bay the following Easter, but their plans coincide with the Easter uprising.
Barracuda - Christos Tsiolkas
Raised by a hairdresser single mom in a tiny Melbourne flat, Danny is elevated to an elite world by his Olympics-level swimming talent and must consider returning home twenty years later when a family member reaches out for help.
Bi Lives contains 18 in-depth, revealing interviews with bisexual women. Some of them are in relationships with women, some with men, some with both, and some are single. Some are monogamous; some are nonmonogamous. The women range in age from 21 to 57. They are of different classes and races, with vastly different life experiences. They include bisexual political organizers, such as Lani Ka'ahumanu; women who identified as lesbians; disabled women; nurse-midwives; visual and performance artists; and an HIV-positive woman.
From a fearful Irish Catholic Girl Scout to gun-toting teenage revolutionary--and finally the "Avatar of American Erotica" (NY Times)--Bright's life story is shaped as much by America's sexual awakening as the national sexual landscape was altered by Bright herself. In Big Sex Little Death
, Bright introduces us to her influences and experiences, including her early involvement with notorious high school radicals, The Red Tide, as well as the magazine she cofounded in the 1980s, On our backs--the first-ever erotic magazine created by women, which turned the lesbian and bisexual community upside down before it took the "straight" world by storm.
A U.S. release of a modern classic is based on the author's real experiences and follows the story of three prisoners of war who must negotiate the complex emotions and belief-challenging intimacies of survival in a male-only prison camp.
After breaking up with her boyfriend when she cannot reciprocate his feelings for her, Clementine goes to a gay bar with her friend where she becomes captivated by Emma, a punkish girl with blue hair.
The political activist and founder of "POZ" magazine recounts his experiencesin New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic, his own transforming diagnosis with HIV, and his efforts as the executive director of the Sero Project.
A poignant account by a survivor of a church-supported sexual orientation conversion therapy facility that claimed to "cure" homosexuality describes its intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends and God, an experienced that transformed the author's relationships and self-understandings.
The story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced.
The sudden and powerful attraction between a teenage boy and a summer guest at his parents' house on the Italian Riviera has a profound and lasting influence that will mark them both for a lifetime.
When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen's wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect and reconnect throughout 25 subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays and tragedies.
A tender, unforgettable story about being young and broke in America, and the conjoined hearts of love and addiction.
The first woman Iron Chef presents an unstinting memoir of Southern life, her Greek heritage, her same-sex marriage, and the coming-of-age experiences that have shaped her culinary ambitions.
Cut Away - Catherine Kirkwood
As they each become involved in the mystery surrounding a missing teenager, three women struggle with the meaning of identity and the possibility of real change.
Embarking on an obsessive quest for love in the gay world, the handsome, kind, and desirable Malone seeks a permanent love in Manhattan's gay baths and all-night discotheques and on Fire Island's bacchanalian beaches.
A collection of more than twenty-five accounts that describes the experiences of women who have left men for women and examines female sexuality.
A transformative memoir by a queer disabled brown femme and abuse survivor: an intersectional, tragicomic story told with wild abandon.
A novel in stories follows generations of an Indian immigrant family that is shaped by wrongful conclusions about a letter, a secret sexual orientation and the responsibilities of two disparate cultures.
A follow-up to Stone Butch Blues
finds East Village bouncer-turned-bartender Max Rabinowitz struggling through a mid-life crisis in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, experiencing outrage at the wars in the Middle East, and rediscovering her activist spirit after the death of a cross-dresser friend.
Struggling with sexual abuse from his father and his mother's denial of the situation, Roy dreams of a life free from his family while fantasizing about a relationship with the young man next door, whose home represents a safe haven to Roy.
Looks at the process and perils of street activism in Washington, D.C. and offers a how-to activist handbook and a rigorous inquiry into questions of identity, resistance, and citizenship in a first-hand reflection from a previous member of the Lesbian Avengers.
Presents a collection of short stories about contradiction and conflict in the lives of those who reside on the border lands around the Rio Grande.
A woman describes her life being raised by her widowed, bi-sexual father in the liberating cultural mecca of San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s and how AIDS began claiming the lives of their friends and eventually her father.
The author of Coyote
presents a collection of intimate, lyrical essays about the land and people around her, her advocacy of the natural world and the challenges of being an outsider because of her sexual orientation.
Sadie Garcia Miller, bisexual-Jewish-Latina, turns the old gum-shoe trope on its head in Finder of Lost Objects
. From Dashiell Hammett to Marcia Muller to John Goins, Hara's Sadie is a welcome addition to a long line of unorthodox sleuths in the cool grey city of love.
A respected journalist describes the abuse he suffered at the hands of a close relative, the effect this had on his formative years, and how he overcame the anger and self-doubt it left behind.
Gay and Jewish men struggle to navigate conservative communities in Georgia and the Deep South.
Peter, the only boy among four siblings born to Chinese immigrants, is convinced he is a girl and must fight the confines of a small town as well as the expectations of his parents to forge his own path into adulthood.
Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amidst a record-breaking heat wave and smallpox epidemic.
An unprecedented examination of the ways in which the uninhibited urban sexuality, sexual experimentation, and medical advances of pre-Weimar Berlin created and molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity.
Palma, a forty-three year old Latina recovering from a recent divorce, goes on a quest to locate her parents.
An Egyptian-Jewish Harvard graduate student trying to assimilate into American culture in 1977 befriends an impetuous, loud Arab cab driver and must choose between his dream or his friend.
An evaluation of the life, art and psyche of the controversial recluse whose prolific creative achievements were discovered after his death analyzes his existence as a damaged man in hiding from the societal fallout of his gay orientation, in a portrait complemented by full-color art reproductions.
Hild - Nicola Griffith
Possessing uncanny powers of observation that elevate her influence in turbulent seventh-century Britain, Hild, the king's youngest niece, is established as a seer and compelled to advise the king correctly at the risk of her loved ones.
A tale set at the height of Europe's Belle Epoque era follows the experiences of a young tutor in the household of one of Amsterdam's most prominent families who transforms his employers' lives through his charm and sensuality.
Discusses the lives of Michael Callen a leading figure in the movement to increase awareness of AIDS and Essex Hemphill poet and heart of the black gay and lesbian scene in Washington D.C. during the Second Black Renaissance.
As her father Sigmund's sounding board and chief collaborator, Anna Freud harbored secrets that could have shaken the foundation of his growing legacy. This is an insightful fictional glimpse into the Freud family dynamic and, most notably, its impact on Sigmund's theories about lesbianism. How did he receive the announcement that his daughter loved women? How did he deal with her long domestic partnership with another woman?
Follows the development of a love triangle over twenty-five years as Ben, Ruth, and Hank fall in and out of love with one another against the backdrop of New York, Portland, and places in between, in a world of struggling artists and writers.
The author's most political novel since The Cider House Rules
and A Prayer for Owen Meany
, this novel is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile."
An admired literary critic and scholar and author of Life Mask illuminates the long-standing but little-known tradition of love between women in Western literature, citing examples from the works of Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens and many more.
Traces the author's relocation to 1983 Paris in spite of his unfamiliarity with the language and culture, tracing how he established intimate, intellectual relationships with the city and new friends while advancing his literary career.
Traces the events that led a privileged, free-spirited Southern woman who flaunted convention was driven to addiction and mental illness when forced to undergo treatment for lesbianism.
Discovering a love for journalism upon stealing a newspaper from her mother's white employer, precocious Ivoe Williams eventually flees her segregated community to launch a first female-run African-American newspaper at the side of her lover.
Last Words from Montmartre
is a novel in letters that narrates the gradual dissolution of a relationship between two lovers and, ultimately, the complete unraveling of the narrator. In a voice that veers between extremes, from self-deprecation to hubris, compulsive repetition to sublime reflection, reticence to vulnerability, it can be read as both the author's masterpiece and a labor of love, as well as her own suicide note. Each letter unfolds as a chapter, the narrator writing from Paris to her lover in Taipei and to family and friends in Taiwan and Tokyo.
Little Reef and Other Stories
is a collection that dramatizes the lives of contemporary gay men, their families, and especially the women who become important in their lives.
Presents three novellas set in mythical Falls, North Carolina, about a woman seeking the child she gave up for adoption, a high school valedictorian who disappears during a trip to Africa, and two married men whose friendship shifts toward desire.
The co-author of Grassroots
explores the role, significance, and influence of bisexuality in modern-day women's lives, looking at the growing visibility of gay and bisexual characters, performers, and issues on the national stage; detailing her own experiences as a bisexual; and examining the implications of the phenomenon.
Lost Boi - Sassafras Lowrey
A bold and beautiful queer punk retelling of the Peter Pan story.
In this stunning collection of black and white photos Misha Friedman tells the story of Lyudmila and Natasha, two women living in Saint Petersburg. Friedman is known for his evocative photographs in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, and the New Yorker that illuminate contemporary life in Russia. Friedman captures the love story of two women against a powerful backdrop of hostile politics, financial struggles, and general instability.
In a collection of essays, observations, and commentaries, the humorist describes his recent move to Paris, life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, and restaurant meals.
Traverses issues of gender and identity with a wistful, perceptive eye.
A celebrity journalist chronicles his bullying behaviors throughout his Southern youth, his friendships with such figures as Eudora Welty, and the impact of journalist Frank Hain's murder on his career.
Barrington Jedidiah Walker is 74 and leads a double life. A flamboyant, wisecracking character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father, grandfather, and also secretly gay; lovers with his childhood friend, Morris. With an abundance of laugh-out-loud humor and wit, Evaristo explodes cultural myths and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.
The author describes her life and experiences as she tries to reconcile her growing attraction to other women and her Christian faith.
A PEN/Hemingway Award-winning art critic recounts his coming-of-age in the era of conceptual art, a period shaped by the achievements of famous artists, the death of his brother, his confusion over his sexuality and his creative education.
Warned about the controversial and womanizing activities of Professor Nicholas Brodeur before her arrival at his prestigious university, graduate student Regina Gottlieb is nevertheless captured by his charisma and good looks before falling prey to his volatile wife in ways that resonate throughout subsequent years.
Remembering two different pasts that reflect contrasting historical events and relationships with different people, an elderly Patricia Cowan wonders about her identity while gazing at a moon that might house benign or malicious technologies.
A young man arrives in Prague in October 1990 to experience the spirit of the Czechoslovakian revolution as the picturesque city is positioned between its communist past and a capitalist future.
Nevada - Imogen Binnie
Nevada is the darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she'd carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey that will most certainly change her forever.
A collection of short stories about gender, sexuality, and nationality explores the tensions between an anonymous, globalized world and the human drive for connection.
In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.
Peter, a 59-year-old gay advertising executive befriends 28-year-old magazine editor Will, a friendship that soon turns into love.
On Loving Women
is a collection of stories about first love and sexual identity. Diane Obomsawin shares her friends' and lovers' personal accounts of coming into their queerness or first finding love with another woman.
Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion
and Sexing the Cherry
. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God's elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.
Orlando doubles as first an Elizabethan nobleman and then as a Victorian heroine who undergoes all the transitions of history in this novel that examines sex roles and social mores.
Orphan #8 - Kim Van Alkemade
When hospice nurse Rachel realizes that her new patient is the doctor that spent years subjecting her to tortuous medical experiments at a Jewish orphanage, she is forced to confront her memories of the time and their lasting effect.
Palmerino - Melissa Pritchard
Author Sylvia Casey travels to rural Italy to research Violet Paget, the subject of her new novel, and, engrossed with and possessed by her subject, imagines the details of Lee's relationships with other women.
Butch writer and storyteller Coyote and femme gender researcher Sharman gather forty essays and personal narratives. Joan Nestle, author of The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader
, providing the foreward. Each essay is followed by a brief author's bio. These pieces give a poetic, personal, interesting and insightful glimpse at the different facets of "butch" and "femme" as experienced by each writer.
Explores how conservative Christian ideology reproduces homophobic attitudes and shares how Bible Belt gays negotiate these attitudes in their daily lives.
The author explores, in graphic novel memoir format, her adventures of being a butch/dyke and becoming pregnant, while dealing with the stereotypes and judgment of those around her.
Offers a collection of poems that explore questions of masculinity, sexuality, race, and shifting identity.
Presents a fictionalized account of Deborah Sampson Gannett, who defied the rigid societal and social norms of her times to disguise herself as a man, join the Continental Army, and fight against the British during the American Revolution.
The author describes his bizarre coming-of-age years after his adoption by his mother's psychiatrist, during which he witnessed such misadventures as a fake suicide attempt and front-lawn family/patient sleepovers.
Certain that she is really a male trapped in a female body, Mary Ward pursues this elusive identity, much to the consternation of her mother, her brother, and a neighbor's son.
She of the Mountains
is an illustrated novel by Vivek Shraya, the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist God Loves Hair
. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complex ways that we are formed and transformed by love, and show how the process of learning to love and be loved by another can ultimately, and sometimes painfully, bring us back to ourselves.
A stillborn baby ends Max and Zoe's marriage. Max leaves Zoe and turns to drinking. Zoe falls in love with a female school counselor, Vanessa. Max finds help for his drinking problem through his brother's church. Vanessa and Zoe get married. Vanessa offers to carry one of Zoe and Max's fertilized embryos. Zoe goes to Max to get permission to release the embryos to her but Max's new found religious fervor leads him to sue Zoe for custody.
Set against the backdrop of 1980s New York City, this colorful and atmospheric tale of wild bohemians, glamorous celebrities and complicated passions follows the author's affair with film director Howard Brookner, which was haunted by addiction, promiscuous sex and infidelity during the AIDS epidemic.
A series of vignettes recount the events of the author's life as she travels across the globe, dealing with family issues, bad dates, self doubt, and sexual politics, on a journey spent looking for happiness.
A pop music critic relates how his love for soul music was fostered by records his father left behind when his parents divorced, and explores how he tried to make sense of living in Arkansas during the 1980s and 1990s.
Scanning Las Vegas tourists in the hopes of spotting the mother who abandoned him as a young child, Walter confronts his own growing sense of self in the wake of new friendships, in a story complemented by graphic-novel inserts.
Jess Goldberg decides to come out as a butch in the bars and factories of the prefeminist '60s and then to pass as a man in order to survive when she is left without work or a community in the early '70s.
A biography of one of America's greatest playwrights describes his public persona as well as his personal life, including conflicts with his family, his sexuality and multiple affairs, and his misreported death.
In September 1919, 21-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to the sister of a man he fought alongside of during World War I, but the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit.
Presents the story of Miguel Sarmiento, a doctor, his aristocratic wife, and young son as they are caught up the Mexican Revolution and the political upheavals and chaos that follows the collapse of the old order.
Worried that her secret long-distance affair with a famous artist might be over, Vivian recalls the relationship through email messages and with a series of aliases to conceal her lover's true identity.
The author's life is turned upside down when her mentally ill mother reveals she is dying, and she moves from Portland to New Mexico to care for her.
A haunted woman's reclusively ordered world is thrown into chaos by a houseguest who bullies her into reality and brings love into her life.
A debut entry in an international series designed to retell the Bard's most renowned plays in 21st-century settings as written by leading modern authors reimagines The Winter's Tale
in modern London and a storm-ravaged America in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.
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Agreeing to model nude for Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka in 1927 Paris, young American Rafaela Fano inspires the artist's most iconic Jazz Age images and becomes her lover while discovering darker truths about Tamara's private life.