Book Genre: GLBT

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Elizabeth Bear
Becker
4

I'll admit it--this was my first steampunk book. And I will certainly be reading more! Bear doesn't go into a ton of detail describing her world (an old west/mad scientist version of Seattle), but there is plenty of flavor to spark the reader's imagination. The real treasures here are Karen's...

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Hannah Moskowitz
Becker
4

Etta has a lot of identities, but none of them seem to encompass all of who she is. She's one of the few Black girls in her Nebraska town, attending a private school with other rich kids. She identifies as bisexual, which grates on her friends, The Dykes, who end up shunning her when she dates a...

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Tess. author Sharpe
Becker
3

Sophie has almost died twice. The first time was in a car crash that left her in chronic pain--and with an addiction to painkillers. The second time was after she's gotten clean, and her friend Mina was murdered in front of her. Everyone believes that Mina was murdered because of Sophie--that it...

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Ian Culbard
Becker
4

Following 3 people in different parts of the world when everyone around them disappears, Celeste is an unusual, beautiful, and thought-provoking book. In L.A., a man finds himself alone on the highway after being cut off from a frantic call from his wife--and then he finds another man in the...

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David Levithan
ShellyB
4

A is a human without a body, who switches to a different body every day, experiencing for that one day what it is like to be that person, living that life, engaging with that person's friends, family, and girlfriend or boyfriend.  With each new day A's goal is to disrupt the new body's life...

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Terry Mutchler
Becker
3

When Terry Mutchler and Penny Severns fell in love, the fact that one of them was a state senator in Illinois and the other the head of the AP bureau there wasn't the only issue they faced in their too-short 5 year relationship. While the ethics of a journalist dating a senator were definitely...

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Alexis Coe
Laurie.
3

Alice Mitchell was 19 years old when she committed murder in Memphis, Tennessee. When she went to trial in 1892, there was never a doubt Alice was guilty but everyone wanted to know what would motivate a young woman to do something so heinous. The answer would have the country buzzing about...

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Hannah Hart
Laurie.
4

Hannah (she's real informal) is a Gen Y or Millennial and a talented spokesperson for her generation. John Green, only one of the most popular authors, wrote the introduction. But Hannah, a talented punster, does more in her anthem. She reveals the anxiety and tenderness under the narcissism...

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Alan Cumming
Allie
4

I listened to the audio version of Not My Father's Son, and since Alan Cumming himself narrates it in his delightful Scottish lilt, I cannot say enough positive things about this work. It's part memoir, part self-discovery, for Cumming switches back and forth in time, in tale, and...

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Michael Rex
Josh
4

    I saw this book on an ALA list of books for young readers and the premise- a kid barbarian from another dimension comes to Earth and settles in a third grade class- is so original that I had to pick it up. I was not disappointed. Fangbone is witty and provides a tongue in...

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Sara Farizan
Becker
4

Iranian-American Leila has a lot to figure out. Pressure from her parents and their tight knit Persian community tell her to want to be a doctor--but she's horrible at science. She likes girls, but isn't ready to tell anyone yet--it's a good thing there's no one at school to crush on. That...

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Katie Rain Hill
Becker
3

Though still a teen herself, Hill already has a life story worth telling. Born Luke, and never comfortable in her own body, Katie grew up depressed and suicidal, with little support from family, friends, or school. When she learned the word "transgender" and researched what that meant, she found...

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Julie Anne Peters
Angelita
4

I loved this book because it did talk about LGBT teens, but it wasn't stereotypical. You could've switched the characters to straight and the story wouldn't have changed much. Alix, has her world torn apart when she finds out her girlfriend dies unexpectedly, but that's the only thing that...

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Daisy Hernández
Becker
3

A memoir exploring the intersections of culture, language, class, sexuality, and religion. Hernandez grew up in New Jersey with immigrant parents--her mother from Columbia, her father from Cuba. She learned both Spanish and English and helped her parents navigate the world, including filling out...

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Carol Rifka Brunt
Allie
5

I'm completely floored by Tell the Wolves I'm Home. It's not labeled Young Adult, and while it does not have the current YA conventions, it's a definite bildungsroman.

Set in 1987, we have two sisters, June and Greta; their dying uncle Finn and his "special friend" Toby; their...

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Yolanda Wallace
Becker
3

A romance novel with 2 couples that are unlike those you typically find starring in love stories. Meredith and Natalie first met in 1967 while serving as nurses in Vietnam. They felt an instant connection, but Meredith chose the more socially acceptable path and married George. 47 years later,...

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Rosa Rankin-Gee
Becker
4

The nostalgia of an idyllic island summer is fully felt in this debut novel. Recent college graduate Jude (not the expected young man) has been hired to tutor 16-year-old Pip for the college exams he has no intention of passing. Along with the Pip's family's cook, Sofi, the young almost-adults...

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Georgia Beers
Becker
4

What happens after a romance novel's "happily ever after" moment? The hard work of a long term relationship. Sometimes joyous and triumphant, sometimes depressed, bitter, and confused, Olive Oil and White Bread follows 2 women through their 20+ years of happily ever after--first house, career...

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Amber Dawn
Becker
3

You'd think one thing if I told you that this was a memoir by a sex worker. You'd think another if I told you this was a memoir about the power of words to get you through life's challenges. How Poetry Saved My Life is both of these things, told in both poetry and prose, powerful and thought-...

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Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth) Coyote
Becker
4

This book will challenge your notions about gender, including the male/female binary and what transgender means to you. Coyote and Spoon created this book out of live performances they did all over Canada and the United States, shows that incorporated music, animation, and stories. Along with...

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Kathleen Tierney
Laurie.
4

This sequel to Blood Oranges does not disappoint! Quinn (don't ever call her Siobhan) is still the same in-your-face cantankerous werewolf/vampire who can't seem to untangle herself from Mean Mr. B's dirty...

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Monica Byrne
Becker
4

2  girls, 2 continents, 2 journeys. Set in near-future India and Africa, and on a bridge spanning the Arabian Sea, The Girl in the Road imagines new configurations and perceptions of politics, religion, and gender. We follow two stories. Meena is (illegally) crossing an energy producing...

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Diane Anderson-Minshall
Becker
3

What would happen to your relationship if your partner of 15 years realized they were a different gender? This is the question at the core of Diane and Jacob's honest and thought-provoking memoir. Diane and Suzy tell of their long-term lesbian relationship, and of Suzy's transition to Jacob, and...

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Nina LaCour
Becker
4

A story of connection, family, the power of movies, and the power of the stories we tell ourselves, Emi Price's summer is captivating. She's just graduated from high school, has been working as set design intern for a movie studio for years, and has just gotten a big break and been asked to be...

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Ava Dellaira
Angelita
5

A must read if you liked Perks of Being a Wallflower. The emotions are pretty raw. In the beginning, you think that Laurel is just grieving the death of her sister, May, but as Laurel processes her loss she learns she can't hide all the things she was hiding from herself.  The...