Book Genre: GLBT

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Patrick Ness
CJ
4

Rolling in the sea, muscles contracting with cold, drowning -- so begins our acquaintance with 16-year-old Seth.  Dying, he leaves one reality for an alternate, horrific one in the desolated, unpopulated English village of his birth ... a place Seth hasn't lived in years.  Why is he...

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Simon Doonan
Falil
3

Simon Doonan, author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York shares his insider stories in his new book, The asylum : a collage of couture reminiscences ...and hysteria.  He delivers his entertaining and edifying real-life essays in his signature witty...

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Kate Worsley
Becker
5

It is 1740, and life isn't easy if you're not one of the upper class. Louise Fletcher is a country dairy maid, summoned to the coast and Harwich to become a lady's maid to Rebecca, a captain's daughter hoping to marry well. We follow Louise's story as she learns the ways of the house and as her...

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Sara Farizan
Hope
3

Living in a country where homosexuality is illegal, Sahar has learned how to hide her feelings for her best friend Nasrin since she was very young. While the girls are able to see each other in private, any sort of dating or life together seems out of the question.  When Nasrin becomes...

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Jeanette Winterson
Dawn
4

Jeanette Winterson's autobiography covers her early years and her search for her biological parents.  She was adopted by a couple who were strict and abused her.  From a young age she loved literature and started an ambitious plan to read authors starting with the A's.  Her...

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Sara Farizan
Jennifer H
3

Sahar has been in love since she was six with her best friend Nasrin. Although homosexuality is illegal in Iran, Sahar is convinced that she and Nasrin will somehow be together forever. Imagine her surprise when it is announced at dinner that Nasrin will be married to a doctor. Desperate and...

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David Levithan
Jennifer
4

Over the years, I've definitely heard a lot of hype about David Levithan's books. Then he went ahead and co-authored Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green, of whom I'm a huge...

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Edited by Dave Eggers
ShellyB
4

A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country.  Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...

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David Levithan
Becker
5

From the cover and title of this one, you might think this is a love story...and you'd be right, but wrong. It's about love, but not romantic love, not entirely. The two boys kissing in the title are Craig and Harry, who are ex-boyfriends, but are attempting to break the world record in kissing...

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Laurie Rubin
Becker
4

What's it like growing up, discovering your love of music, and eventually going on to become an opera singer? Mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin shares the story of her life--music competitions, water skiing with Kenny Loggins, working with world renowned singers and composers, and trying to break into...

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Alysia Abbott
Laurie.
5

Steve Abbott was a leading figure in the 1980s poetry scene, creating publications and organizing a community of poets including my personal favorites Judy Grahn and Robert Gluck. His passion for writing, building a community, and search for love meant he was not always present for his daughter...

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Keith Boykin
Laurie.
5

How would you respond to growing suicides in your community? Keith Boykin responded by publishing a call to action through a collection of memoirs by African American and Latino men. Winner of the 2013 Stonewall Book Award for Nonfiction, these raw...

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Melanie M. Hoffert
Laurie.
5

Melanie thinks she has a dilemma: how to tell the state of North Dakota she is gay.  In reality, Melanie's memoir is more about reconciliation and acceptance. Her journey back to herself is told by the landscape and the people she once called home. No interaction is too small to provide...

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e. E. Charlton-Trujillo
Becker
4

After so many years of being called Fat Angie, Angie can only think of herself this way. Years of abuse by classmates and neglect and cruelty by her family, added on to the fact that she's the only one who believes her sister, a soldier taken hostage during the Iraq war, is still alive, lead...

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Molly Beth Griffin
Becker
4

It's the 1920s, and Garnet's mom has her life planned out for her. She's no longer allowed to pursue her passion, tromping through the forest looking for birds--she must learn to be a proper lady so that she can get married and take care of her home, husband, and children. Garnet is sent to...

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Cristy C Road
Emily
4

This amazing graphic novel is moving and eye-opening. I had no idea Green Day was so awesome, but when seen through Road's eyes their punk, pansexual, glamrock selves are inspiring, powerful and near godlike. Really cool book about the exploration of identity, culture, sexuality and ultimately...

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Beth Ditto
Becker
4

I'll admit it--I'd never heard Gossip's music before reading this book. I'd heard of Beth Ditto--it's hard not to when your reading diet contains a healthy dose of GLBTQ focused media--and her memoir sounded intriguing. Ditto details her childhood in rural Arkansas--poor, bouncing between family...

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Lesléa Newman
Becker
5

Newman describes this book as an historical novel in verse. In the introduction, she talks about being scheduled as a speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in October, 1998, just days after the brutal attack on Matthew Shepard in Laramie. Newman decided to attend the event...

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Barry Webster
Lily
5

When you think of Magical Realism, Canada is not the first country to come to mind. Nonetheless, The Lava in My Bones takes place in Labrador, which is home to an interesting family headed by a religiously devout and intensely god-fearing mother. She is bent on saving her family...

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Simon Doonan
Laurie.
3

Who knew snarky insights into another's dieting world could be so funny.  Mere mortals were first introduced to Simon Doonan via his memoir, Beautiful People, which was adapted for television and aired on the BBC. The 20 year gig at Barney's earned him some recognition too. Doonan...

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Hannah Moskowitz
Becker
4

Told in alternating voices, this is the story of Lio and Craig, of dealing with loss and of finding each other. Lio was a "cancer kid"--he and his twin brother both had leukemia when they were 8. Lio survived. His twin didn't. Lio has survivor's guilt, and his family didn't survive the cancer...

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Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Becker
4

Colby is 16, and she's known a lot of loss in her life. Her mother died a few years ago, and her dad is home from his cross country trucking job only a few times a month. Her girlfriend dumped her for a guy. She's not doing well in school. Can anything in her life go right? Searching for cans...

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Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Becker
4

Gabe's life centers around music. He uses it to express himself and to escape from the world in which he was born Elizabeth. High school is almost over for Gabe, and he looks forward to moving to a place where no one knew him as Liz and he can be Gabe all the time, not just on his community...

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A. S. (Amy Sarig) King
Becker
4

Astrid is searching—for herself, for somewhere for her love to go, for all sorts of answers.  The folks in her small town thrive on gossip and putting people in boxes. Astrid doesn’t want a box, she wants possibilities. She sends her love to the people in passing airplanes because no one...

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Kate Bornstein
extra medium
4

I’ve had a bit of a nerd crush on Kate Bornstein since I met her in 1996(or '97, can’t remember) when she was touring colleges for her book Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. I remember she deftly wielded that heartbreaking mix of honest and funny during her talk and after when I...