July is Disability Pride Month!

July is Disability Pride Month which commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. It is a time to acknowledge and honor how disability is a natural part of human diversity in which those living with disabilities can take pride.

Demystifying Disability / Emily Ladau 
A guide for how to be a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more accessible place 

Disability Visibility / edited by Alice Wong 
Collects 17 thought-provoking essays written by disabled people that offer keen insight into the complex and rich disability experience, and ask readers to think of them as members of a community with its own history, culture and movements. 

True Biz / Sara Nović 
Taking readers into a residential school for the deaf, this coming-of-age novel follows three people—a rebellious transfer student, the school’s golden boy and the headmistress—as they each deal with personal and political crises and find their lives inextricable from one another—and changed forever. 

Sitting Pretty / Rebekah Taussig 
The disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty offers an honest look at disability and its effects on identity, love, money and self-worth by processing a lifetime of memories to paint a beautiful portrait of a body that looks and moves differently. 

Haben / Haben Girma 
Documents the incredible story of the first deaf and blind graduate of Harvard Law School, tracing her refugee parents’ harrowing experiences in the Eritrea-Ethiopian war and her development of innovations that enabled her remarkable achievements 

Act Your Age, Eve Brown / Talia Hibbert 
When his life is taken over by a purple-haired tornado of a woman named Eve Brown, B&B owner Jacob Wayne tries to fight his attraction to this sunny, chaotic woman who is his natural-born enemy. 

The Collected Schizophrenias / Esmé Weijun Wang 
Using examples from her own diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, the author discusses some of the misconceptions about the illness, the disagreements within the medical community, and her experiences of the dangers of institutionalization and mistreatment. 

About Us / edited and introduced by Peter Catapano and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson ; foreword by Andrew Solomon 
Based on the New York Times series, About Us captures the voices of a community that has been stereotyped and misrepresented. Speaking The authors in About Us offer intimate stories of how they navigate a world not built for them…. the stories here reveal the range of responses, and the variety of consequences, to being labeled as disabled by the broader public. 

Broken Places & Outer Spaces / Nnedi Okorafor ; illustrations by Shyama Golden 
A powerful journey from star athlete to sudden paralysis to creative awakening, award-winning science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor shows that what we think are our limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths. 

The sound of a wild snail eating / Elisabeth Tova Bailey 
Bedridden and suffering from a neurological disorder, the author recounts the profound effect on her life caused by a gift of a snail in a potted plant and shares the lessons learned from her new companion about her the meaning of her life and the life of the small creature. 

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.1

The Once and Future Witches / Alix E. Harrow. 
In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in a Hugo award-winning author’s novel of magic amid the suffragette movement. 

Manhunt / Gretchen Felker-Martin 
Beth and Fran spend their days traveling the ravaged New England coast, hunting feral men and harvesting their organs…Robbie lives by his gun and one hard-learned motto: other people aren’t safe. After a brutal accident entwines the three of them, this found family of survivors must navigate murderous TERFs, a sociopathic billionaire bunker brat…all while outrunning packs of feral men, and their own demons 

Malice / Heather Walter 
In this darkly magical retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Alyce, an evil sorceress, finds an ally in Princess Aurora and wonders if she can lift Aurora’s curse so that together they can forge a new world. 

The Charm Offensive / Alison Cochrun 
Successful producer on the long-running reality dating show Ever After, Dev Deshpande, with his own love life in complete disarray, falls for contestant Charlie Winshaw who has better chemistry with him than any of his female co-stars. 

Love & Other Disasters / Anita Kelly 
While competing on a popular cooking show, Dahlia Woodson stirs up trouble when she gets involved with a nonbinary contestant, and as their relationship heats up both in and out of the kitchen, she wonders if they have the right ingredients for a happily ever after 

Chef’s Kiss / TJ Alexander 
A perfectionist pastry chef working at a cookbook publisher must learn how to deal with the obnoxiously chipper new kitchen manager who begins softening her heart and comes out as nonbinary to mixed reactions at work. 

Boyfriend Material / Alexis Hall 
Fabricating a respectable relationship with a man with whom he shares nothing in common when his rock-star father’s comeback leads to unwanted attention, Luc stages publicity-friendly dates that become complicated by all-too-real feelings. 

A Marvellous Light / Freya Marske 
Robin Blyth is accidentally named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society and is forced to contend with the beauty and danger operating beneath normal reality while uncovering what happened to his predecessor. 

Light from Uncommon Stars / Ryka Aoki
To reclaim her damned soul, a gifted, but cursed violinist must take on seven students and try to entice each to trade their soul for fame while a starship captain races to stop the end of existence. 

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care / Ashley Herring Blake 
Pressured into photographing her estranged step-sister’s wedding, Delilah Green reluctantly returns home to Bright Falls where she finds herself falling for one of the stuck-up bridesmaids after the pair are forced together during party preparations. 

We Do What We Do in the Dark / Michelle Hart 
Long after the end of an affair with an older, married woman, Mallory retreats into herself and must decide whether to stay safely in isolation or step fully into the world to confront how much the woman altered her life, for better or worse. 

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty / Akwaeke Emezi 
Learning how to feel joy while healing from loss, Feyi Adekola starts dating the perfect guy, but discovers she has feelings for someone else who is off limits and must decide just how far she is willing to go for a second chance at love. 

Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington / James Kirchick 
Drawing on declassified documents, interviews and materials unearthed from presidential libraries and archives around the country, this chronicle of American politics illuminates how homosexuality shaped each successive presidential administration through the end of the 20th century. 

To Paradise / Hanya Yanagihara 
Spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, an unforgettable cast of characters are united by their reckonings with the qualities that make us human—fear, love, shame, need and loneliness 

Real Easy / Marie Rutkoski 
In 1999, Georgia, a dancer at the Lovely Lady strip club, is drawn into the investigation of two fellow dancers—one dead and one missing—as she tries to assist a Harvard-educated detective with a complicated story of her own. 

Perpetual West / by Mesha Maren 
When her husband, who, unbeknownst to her, has fallen in love with a lucha libra fighter, goes missing, Elana can’t determine whether he left of his own accord or was kidnapped, forcing her to face who she really is. 

May is National Pet Month!

Celebrate your furry loved ones with these great tales!

Dewey: The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World / Vicki Myron with Bret Witter. 
Dewey was left abandoned as a kitten on the coldest night of the year stuffed in the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library in Iowa. He won the heart of Vicki Myron, the librarian who found him, and for the next 19 years he charmed the people of Spencer. 

Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat / Gwen Cooper. 
A pet rescue volunteer and literacy outreach coordinator describes her relationship with a three-pound blind cat whose daredevil character and affectionate personality saw the author through six moves, a burglary, and the healing of her broken heart. 

All Creatures Great and Small / James Herriot. 
A country veterinary surgeon in Yorkshire describes the joys and trials of his profession and recalls his early career and experiences with his unique clientele. 

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood / Sy Montgomery
An ardent nature lover and author of Journey of the Pink Dolphins describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community that gave her an anchor to family and home. 

How Dogs Love Us / Gregory Berns. 
A media-cited Emory University neuroscientist recounts his painstaking efforts to overcome administrative and behavioral hurdles to train his dogs to sit still during an MRI scan and gain insights into the active canine brain, an effort that produced compelling evidence about canine empathy and the human-dog bond. 

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs / Jennifer Finney Boylan. 
The best-selling author of She’s Not There, New York Times opinion columnist and human rights activist offers a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs. 

Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond / Alexandra Horowitz. 
In thirteen thoughtful and charming chapters, Our Dogs, Ourselves affirms our profound affection for this most charismatic of animals—and opens our eyes to the companions at our sides as never before. 

Alex & Me / Irene M. Pepperberg. 
The story of a famous African Grey parrot documents his thirty-year relationship with his trainer and the ways in which his life has changed scientific understanding about language and thought. 

When Harry met Minnie / Martha Teichner. 
The Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent describes how she adopted a dying friend’s Bull Terrier as a companion to her own, forging unexpected heartwarming and heartbreaking bonds along the way. 

Pit bull / Bronwen Dickey. 
Describes how the loyal and affectionate dog breed that once earned presidential recognition for their roles on the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne and appeared in films and TV, became demonized and stigmatized through urban dog-fighting rings. 

Catwise / Pam Johnson-Bennett. 
Top feline behavior expert (and author of Penguin’s bestselling Think Like a Cat and Cat vs. Cat) answers the 150 questions most often asked by puzzled cat owners. 

The Dragon Behind the Glass / Emily Voigt
A tour of the world of the endangered Asian arowana, or “dragon fish,” describes the violence, expense, cultural beliefs, and sophisticated smuggling operations surrounding its illegal possession, tracing the author’s years-long quest in search of surviving populations 

H is for Hawk / Helen Macdonald. 

When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk, but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White’s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life. 

Travels with Charley / John Steinbeck. 
Author John Steinbeck was 58 when he set out to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With his elderly French poodle, Charley, he embarked on a quest across America, from the northermost tip of Maine to California’s Monterey Peninsula. Traveling the interstates and the country roads, they stopped to smell America: trucker and strangers, old friends and new acquaintances. Steinbeck’s poignant, perceptive reflections reveal the American character: a blend of unexpected kindnesses and racial hostilities, loneliness and humor. 

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating / Elisabeth Tova Bailey. 
Bedridden and suffering from a neurological disorder, the author recounts the profound effect on her life caused by a gift of a snail in a potted plant and shares the lessons learned from her new companion about her the meaning of her life and the life of the small creature.