Oceans of Pride

Adult and teen books celebrating Pride Month.

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The Stonewall reader : edited by the New York Public Library /
foreword by Edmund White
Presents a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines, and newspapers chronicling the years leading up to and the years following the Stonewall uprising.

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David Bowie made me gay : 100 years of LGBT music /
Darryl W. Bullock
The most comprehensive history of LGBT music ever compiled, encompassing a century of music by and for the LGBT community.

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Sister outsider : essays and speeches /  Audre Lorde
A celebration of what it means to be queer, Sister Outsider is a breath of fresh air amidst the often-difficult personal exploration of sex, gender, and identity. This collection of essays and speeches given by the famed African-American womanist and lesbian writer Audre Lorde is considered a groundbreaking book that defines and celebrates LGBTQ identity amidst its social challenges. (Also available in downloadable audio from Libby/OverDrive and hoopla.)

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/ David Sedaris
Sedaris reflects on many life benchmarks, including aging, coming out, dating men, and married gay life. Calypso demonstrates Sedaris’ trademark ability to shock and entertain readers with his sometimes subtle, always humorous observations. (Also available as a ebook and downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive.)

Call me by your name : a novel / André Aciman
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. (Also available as an ebook from Libby/OverDrive.)

/ David Santos Donaldson
A dazzling literary debut novel-within-a-novel, in the vein of The Prophets, about a young author writing about the forbidden love affair between E.M. Forster and Mohammed el Adl – in which Mohammed’s story collides with his own, blending fact and fiction.

/ Jeffrey Eugenides
Calliope’s friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparents’ desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s. (Also available in downloadable audio from Libby/Overdrive.)

Less : a novel /
Andrew Sean Greer
Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past. (Also available in ebook and downloadable audio formats from Libby/OverDrive.)

The kingdom of sand / Andrew Holleran
Andrew Holleran’s unique literary voice is on full display in this poignant story of lust, dread, and desire–the first novel in thirteen years from one the most acclaimed gay authors of our time.

Detransition, baby : a novel
/ Torrey Peters
A trans woman, her detransitioned ex, and his cisgender lover build an unconventional family together in the wake of heartbreak and an unplanned pregnancy. (Also available in downloadable audio from Libby/Overdrive.)

Fun home : a family tragicomic
/ Alison Bechdel
An unusual memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family’s Victorian home, funeral home director, high-school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.

/ Glennon Doyle
An activist, speaker and philanthropist offers a memoir wrapped in a wake-up call that reveals how women can reclaim their true, untamed selves by breaking free of the restrictive expectations and cultural conditioning that leaves them feeling dissatisfied and lost. (Also available in ebook and downloadable audio from Libby/Overdrive.)

Redefining realness : my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more
/ Janet Mock
A journalist and activist offers her perspective on the realities of being young, multi-racial, economically challenged, and transgender, recounting her disadvantaged youth and decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery at the age of eighteen.

She drives me crazy
/ Kelly Quindlen
After an embarrassing loss to her ex-girlfriend in their first basketball game of the season, seventeen-year-old Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with her nemesis, Irene Abraham, head cheerleader for the Fighting Reindeer. When the accident sends Irene’s car to the shop for repairs, the girls are forced to carpool, and their rocky start only gets worse. In trying to get back at her toxic ex, Scottie bribes Irene into a fake-dating scheme that threatens to reveal some very real feelings. (Also available in downloadable audio from hoopla.)

Golden boys / Phil Stamper
Gabriel, Reese, Sal, and Heath are best friends, bonded in their small rural town by their queerness, their good grades, and their big dreams. They are about to embark on the summer before senior year of high school, where each is going on a new, big adventure, from attending a design school in Paris to interning on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Senator. What will this summer of new experiences and world-expanding travel mean for each of them–and for their friendship. (Also available as a ebook and downloadable audio on Libby/OverDrive.)

The long way to a small, angry planet / Becky Chambers
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers a bed, a chance to explore the galaxy, and some distance from her past. The crew is diverse: Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot; chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, the captain. They are offered a job tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet. It’s a lucrative job, but a host of unexpected mishaps force the crew to depend on each other. (Also available as a ebook and downloadable audio on hoopla.)

The Circus infinite / Khan Wong
A mixed-species fugitive, Jes tries to blend in on a pleasure moon, but instead catches the attention of a crime boss who owns the resort-casino where he lands a circus job and is forced to bend to the mobster’s will until he decides to take the big bossdown.

BH: June 2022