June 2021 – Pride Month – Celebrate Pride Month by reading stories by or about the LGBTQIA+ community!

Call Me By Your Name / by Andre Aciman
The story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

Mostly Dead Things / by Kristen ArnettTaking over her family’s failing taxidermy shop in the wake of her father’s suicide, grief-stricken Jessa-Lynn Morton pursues less-than-legal ways of generating income while struggling to figure out her place among her eccentric loved ones.

Giovanni’s Room / by James Baldwin
Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic / by Alison Bechdel
A 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 funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies / by John BoyneAdopted by a well-to-do, if eccentric, Dublin couple that remind him that he is not a real member of their family, Cyril embarks on a journey to find himself and where he came from, discovering his identity, a home, a country and much more throughout a long lifetime.

A Queer History of the United States / by Michael Bronski
An examination about how American culture has shaped the LGBT experience, while simultaneously arguing that LGBT people not only shaped but were pivotal in creating this country.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home / by Carol Rifka Brunt
Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person who understood her, 14-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle’s grieving friend, with whom June forges a poignant relationship. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.

Boy Erased / by Garrard Conley
A survivor of a church-supported sexual orientation conversion therapy facility that claimed to “cure” homosexuality describes its institutionalized, intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends, and God.

The Hours / by Michael Cunningham
In a novel of love, family inheritance, and desperation, the author of Flesh and Blood offers a fictional account of Virginia Woolf’s last days and her friendship with a poet living in his mother’s shadow.

Untamed / by 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.

Middlesex / by 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.

The Prophets / by Robert Jones Jr.
A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

Her Body and Other Parties / by Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism.She bends genres to shape startling stories that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

The Great Believers / by Rebecca Makkai
A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives.

All My Mother’s Lovers / by Illana Masad
Shattered by revelations about the recently deceased mother who never entirely accepted her sexuality, a gay woman tracks down the men in her mother’s hidden second life while coming to terms with new understandings about monogamy.

Tales of the City / by Armistead Maupin
A naive young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a brave new world of laundromat lotharios and cutthroat debutantes.

Red, White, and Royal Blue / by Casey McQuistonA big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends.

Outlawed / by Anna North
Forced to flee from a community that hangs barren women as witches, 17-year-old Ada joins a gang of outlaws under a charismatic former preacher who hatches a treacherous plan that risks all of their lives.

Confessions of the Fox / by Jordy Rosenberg
Discovering a mysterious manuscript from the 18th century, a recently jilted academic uncovers the story of the London underworld’s most notorious thief, escaped convict and lover, in a bold reimagining of Brecht’s Threepenny Opera.

Real Life / by Brandon Taylor
Keeping his head down at a lakeside Midwestern university where the culture is in sharp contrast to his Alabama upbringing, an introverted African-American biochem student endures unexpected encounters that bring his orientation and defenses into question.

The Knockout Queen / by Rufi Thorpe
In a novel of love, violence and friendship in the California suburbs, privileged teen Bunny Lampert befriends in-the-closet rebel Michael, who lives on the other side of the tracks.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous / by Ocean Vuong
A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read reveals the impact of the Vietnam War on their family history and provides a view into parts of the son’s life that his mother has never known.

Lot / by Bryan Washington
Coming of age in his family’s Houston restaurant, a mixed-heritage teen navigates bullying, his newly discovered sexual orientation and the ripple effects of a disadvantaged community impacted by an affair, a youth baseball season and displaced hurricane survivors.

The Paying Guests / by Sarah Waters
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

The Stonewall Reader / by Edmund White
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.A Little Life / by Hanya Yanagihara
Moving to New York to pursue creative ambitions, four former classmates share decades marked by love, loss, addiction, and haunting elements from a brutal childhood.