Any time is a good time to read LGBTQ themed books, but since June is Pride month I'm taking this time to highlight these new titles released during 2018. Happy LGBTQ Pride Month and happy reading!
The world only spins forward : the ascent of Angels in America / Isaac Butler and Dan Kois
The oral history of Angels in America, as told by the artists who created it and the audiences forever changed by it. This is a moving account of the AIDS era, essential queer history, and an exuberant backstage tale.
What drowns the flowers in your mouth : a memoir of brotherhood / Rigoberto Gonzalez
Burdened by poverty, illiteracy, and vulnerability as Mexican immigrants to California's Coachella Valley, three generations of González men turn to vices or withdraw into depression. As brothers Rigoberto and Alex grow to manhood, they are haunted by the traumas of their mother's early death, their lonely youth, their father's desertion, and their grandfather's invective. Rigoberto's success in escaping--first to college and then by becoming a writer--is blighted by his struggles with alcohol and abusive relationships, while Alex contends with difficult family relations, his own rocky marriage, and fatherhood. Descending into a dark emotional space that compromises their mental and physical health, the brothers eventually find hope in aiding each other.
Tomorrow will be different : love, loss, and the fight for trans equality / Sarah McBride
A memoir about gender identity set against the backdrop of the transgender equality movement, written by the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. Sarah McBride's story of identity, love, and loss serves as a powerful entry point for readers who want to gain a deeper understanding of gender identity and what it means to be openly transgender.
No ashes in the fire : coming of age black & free in America / Darnell L. Moore
When Darnell L. Moore was fourteen years old, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire as he was walking home from school. Darnell was tall and awkward and constantly bullied for being gay. That afternoon, one of the boys doused him with gasoline and tried lighting a match. Luckily Darnell's aunt arrived in time to grab Darnell and pull him to safety. It was not the first time he would face death. What happens to the black boys who come of age in neglected, poor, heavily policed, and economically desperate cities that the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have created? Darnell was raised in Camden, NJ, the son of two teenagers on welfare struggling to make ends meet. He explored his sexuality during the height of the AIDS epidemic, when being gay was a death sentence. He was beaten down and ignored by white and black America, by his school, and even his church, the supposed place of sanctuary. He made it out, but as he quickly learned, escaping Camden, escaping poverty, and coming out do not guarantee you freedom. It wasn't until Darnell was pushed into the spotlight at a Newark rally after the murder of a young queer woman that he found his voice and his calling. He became a leading organizer with Black Lives Matter, a movement that recognized him and insisted that his life mattered.
Excuse me while I slip into someone more comfortable : a memoir / Eric Poole
In the great tradition of David Sedaris, David Rakoff, and Augusten Burroughs, memoirist Eric Poole recounts his quirky childhood years in utterly hilarious and painful detail. In 1977, Eric Poole is a talented high school trumpet player with one working ear, the height-to-weight ratio of a hat rack, a series of annoyingly handsome bullies, and a mother irrationally devoted to Lemon Pledge. But who he wants to be is a star...ANY star. With equal parts imagination, flair, and delusion, Eric proceeds to emulate a series of his favorite celebrities, like Barry Manilow, Halston, Tommy Tune, and Shirley MacLaine, in an effort to become the man he's meant to be--that is, anyone but himself. Striving to become the son who can finally make his parents proud, Eric begins to suspect that discovering his personal and creative identities can only be accomplished by admitting who he really is.
Sisters in the life : a history of out African American lesbian media-making / Yvonne Welbon and Alexandra Juhasz, Editors
The work of African American lesbian filmmakers has made a powerful contribution to film history. But despite its importance, this work has gone largely unacknowledged by cinema historians and cultural critics. Assembling a range of interviews, essays, and conversations, Sisters in the Life tells a full story of African American lesbian media-making spanning three decades. In essays on filmmakers including Angela Robinson, Tina Mabry and Dee Rees, on the making of Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman (1996), and in interviews with Coquie Hughes, Pamela Jennings, and others, the contributors center the voices of black lesbian media makers while underscoring their artistic influence and reach.
The evolution of love : a novel / Bledsoe, Lucy Jane
A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds. Those who survived and didn’t evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies―and redefining the very meaning of community. Lily bands together with a couple of feral kids, a steadfast activist, and a bonobo researcher, among others, to forge a new life.
Night beast : and other stories / Ruth Joffre
These doomed love stories and twisted fairytales explore the lives of women--particularly queer women and mothers--and reveal the monsters lurking in our daily lives: the madness, isolation, betrayals, and regrets that arise as we seek human connection. Through this collection, readers are taken to places where the sun never sets, where cornfields rustle ominously and sleepwalkers prowl the night.
My ex-life / Stephen McCauley
David Hedges is having a midlife crisis. His boyfriend has left him for an older man. His job is exasperating. Across the country, Julie Fiske isn't having a much better time. Carol, the woman that Henry, her second husband, left her for, is downright likable. Her sullen teen daughter adamantly refuses to apply to college. Henry lays down an ultimatum--if Mandy doesn't start applying to college, she's going to come live with him and Carol. And then Mandy announces that she's been working with David Hedges, Mom's first husband from long ago. It's a lie, but a good one, and, Julie thinks, not a bad idea. So when Julie calls David out of the blue and asks if he'll help Mandy, he agrees. And when Mandy invites David to come visit them, he surprises everyone, including himself, by accepting. Soon David and Julie are living together and in many ways pick up where they left off. But while the chemistry between them is still there, and they can finish each other's sentences, there's one conversation they never finished that is unavoidable.
Time was / Ian McDonald
A love story stitched across time and war, shaped by the power of books. In the heart of World War II, Tom and Ben became lovers. Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, the two founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, Tom and Ben vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Their bodies were never found. Now the two are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their desperate timelines overlap.
Never anyone but you : a novel / Rupert Thomson
In the years preceding World War I, two young women meet in a town in France. Suzanne Malherbe, a shy seventeen-year-old with a talent for drawing, is completely entranced by the brilliant but troubled Lucie Schwob, who comes from a family of wealthy Jewish intellectuals. They embark on a clandestine love affair, terrified they will be discovered, but then, in an astonishing twist of fate, the mother of one marries the father of the other. As "sisters" they are finally free of suspicion, and, hungry for a more stimulating milieu, they move to Paris. Having reinvented themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, they move in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Hemingway and Dalí to André Breton, and produce provocative photographs that still seem avant-garde today. In the 1930s, with the rise of anti-Semitism and threat of fascism, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is on this idyllic island that they confront their destiny, creating a campaign of propaganda against Hitler's occupying forces that will put their lives in jeopardy.
Paper is white / Hilary Zaid
Ellen Margolis is an assistant curator at the Foundation for the Preservation of Memory in San Francisco, where she records the testimony of Holocaust survivors before the War's last witnesses vanish. She has come to consider herself an expert in emotional containment, but when Ellen and her girlfriend Francine decide to get married, Ellen finds herself set upon by her own lingering ghosts. As the two young women beat their own early path toward marriage equality, Ellen's longing to plumb a legacy of intergenerational silence draws her into a clandestine entanglement with a wily Holocaust survivor and a search for buried history.
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