Experience The Rainbow: New and Great In LGBTQI Books

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Pat Patterson, Bertrand Hébert
Description: "When Pat Patterson was 17 years old, he was asked to leave his home after telling his parents he was in love...with a man. Moving from Montreal to the United States in the 1960s, barely knowing a word of English, he was determined to succeed in the squared circle. Back when homophobia was widespread, Pat lived in the super-macho world of pro wrestling"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: 796.8123 Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 18, 2019
Tillie Walden
Description: Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou. This chance encounter sends them on a journey through West Texas, where strange things follow them wherever they go. The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them, and they are haunted by a group of threatening men. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths. The two women share their stories of loss and heartbreak--and a startling revelation about sexual assault--culminating in an exquisite example of human connection.
Call Number: YA FIC Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Carolina De Robertis
Description: "In 1977 Uruguay, a military government has crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In an environment where citizens are kidnapped, raped, and tortured, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression. And yet, despite such societal realities, Romina, Flaca, Anita "La Venus," Paz, and Malena--five cantoras, women who "sing"--somehow, miraculously, find each other and discover an isolated cape, Cabo Polonio, inhabited by just a lonely lighthouse keeper and a few rugged seal hunters. They claim this place as their secret sanctuary. Over the next 35 years, their lives move back and forth between Cabo Polonio and Montevideo, the city they call home, as they return, sometimes together, sometimes in pairs, with lovers in tow, or alone. Throughout it all, the women will be tested repeatedly--by their families, lovers, society, and each other--as they fight to live authentic lives. Cantoras is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC De R
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Bernardine Evaristo
Description: "Girl, Woman, Other is a celebration of the diversity of Black British experience and a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean. The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London's funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley's former students, works hard to earn a degree from Oxford and becomes an investment banker; Carole's mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter's lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class. Centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative and fast-moving form that borrows from poetry, Girl, Woman, Other is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that reminds us of everything that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Eva
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Sara Quin, Tegan Quin
Description: High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents' divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's and Sara's points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, High School captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from each another.
Call Number: 920 Qui
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Saeed Jones
Description: Jones's memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.
Call Number: B Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Mary Laura Philpott
Description: Mary Laura Philpott thought she'd cracked the code: Always be right, and you'll always be happy. But once she'd completed her life's to-do list (job, spouse, house, babies--check!), she found that instead of feeling content and successful, she felt anxious, lost, stuck in a daily grind. She'd done everything "right," but she felt all wrong. In this memoir-in-essays full of observations about home, work, and creative life, Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood with wit and heart. She shows that identity crises don't happen just once or only at midlife; but reassures us that small, recurring personal re-inventions are both normal and necessary. Philpott shows that when you stop feeling satisfied with your life, you don't have to burn it all down and set off on a transcontinental hike (unless you want to, of course). You can call upon your many selves to figure out who you are, who you're not, and where you belong. Like a pep talk from a sister, you learn what Philpott has figured out along the way: that multiple things can be true of us at once--and that sometimes doing things wrong is the way to do life right.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.244 Phi
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Carmen Maria Machado
Description: The author's account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.
Call Number: 306.766 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
T Kira Madden
Description: T Kira Madden's debut is a memoir about coming of age as a queer, biracial teenager within the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where cult-like privilege, shocking social and racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hide in plain sight. As a child in Florida, T Kira Madden lived a life of extravagance, but left to her own devices as both parents battled drug addiction, Kira navigated the perils of coming of age too quickly, and without guidance. With honesty and moving, lyrical prose, and spanning from 1960's Hawai'i to the nip and tuck rooms of 1990s Florida to the present-day struggle of a young woman in a culture of harassment, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is the story of families both lost and found, unmade and rebuilt, crooked and beautiful. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Mad
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Bryan Washington
Description: "In the city of Houston - a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America - the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family's restaurant, weathering his brother's blows, resenting his older sister's absence. And discovering he likes boys. Around him, others live and thrive and die in Houston's myriad neighborhoods: a young woman whose affair detonates across an apartment complex, a ragtag baseball team, a group of young hustlers, hurricane survivors, a local drug dealer who takes a Guatemalan teen under his wing, a reluctant chupacabra. Bryan Washington's brilliant, viscerally drawn world vibrates with energy, wit, and the infinite longing of people searching for home. With soulful insight into what makes a community, a family, and a life, Lot explores trust and love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms."--Inside dust jacket.
Call Number: FIC Was
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Kristen N. Arnett
Description: Taking 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.
Call Number: FIC Arn
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Elissa Altman
Description: Elissa and Rita have forever struggled to find their place in each other's worlds. Rita, an overreaching, makeup-addicted, narcissistic Manhattan singer couldn't be more different from Elissa, her gay, taciturn New England writer daughter. Stuck in a maelstrom of codependency, mother and daughter cannot seem to extricate themselves from the center of each other's lives. Motherland is their universal story: a journey built on the ferocity of mother-daughter love, moral obligation, and the possibility and promise of healing. Having survived a harrowing childhood at the hands of her mother, Elissa is finally settled in her own life. Elissa is at last in a healthy place, orbiting around her mother, but keeping far enough away from her to preserve the independent, quiet life she has built for herself. All of this is suddenly at risk when Rita suffers an incapacitating fall that leaves her fully dependent on her only child. Forced to confront her mother's desperate need for beauty, her view of the world through a medley of men, her lost days in the spotlight, addiction, and the money that has mysteriously disappeared in the name of maintaining her youth, Elissa must navigate the waters of their shared history, obligation, the problems of caregiving and age, and the co-dependent love that has defined their obsessive relationship.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 920 Alt
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Sarah (Poet) Blake
Description: "Revisits the story of the Ark that rescued life on earth, and rediscovers the agonizing burdens endured by the woman at the heart of the story. Naamah is a parable for our time: a fable of body, spirit, and resilience"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Ocean Vuong
Description: A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born--a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam--and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, this book is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.
Call Number: LP FIC Vuo
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Jaquira/ Guerra Diaz
Call Number: ordered 100319
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
John Glynn
Call Number: 974.721 Gly
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Description: A Jamaican woman leaves her daughter behind to immigrate to New York, where the happier life she expected is difficult to find as an undocumented worker -- adapted from jacket description.
Call Number: FIC Den
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Samantha Allen
Description: Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of LGBT people working for change, from the first openly transgender mayor in Texas history to the manager of the only queer night club in Bloomington, Indiana, and more. Capturing cultural shifts underway in unexpected places and revealing a national network of chosen family fighting for a better world, this is a trove of uplifting stories and a much-needed source of hope and inspiration in these divided times.
Call Number: 306.766 All
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Benjamin Moser, Tavia Gilbert
Description: Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Susan Sontag left a legacy of writing that forms an indispensable key to modern culture. With hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo, this is the first book based on the writer's restricted archives and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag.
Call Number: B Son
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Audrey Coulthurst, Paula Garner
Description: In a novel in two voices, a popular teen and an artistic loner forge an unlikely bond -- and create an entire universe -- via texts. But how long before the real world invades Starworld? Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom's obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls' exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam's feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they've built survive the inevitable explosion?
Call Number: YA FIC Cou
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Mesha Maren, Hillary Huber
Description: In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she's sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She's released eighteen years later and finds herself reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian Mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in a town that refuses to change?
Call Number: FIC Mar
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Amy Rose Capetta
Description: Danny didn't know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like they're ordinary and everyday, though they feel like an earthquake to Danny. But Danny didn't just find the Grays. They cast a spell that calls her halfway across the country, because she has something they need: she can bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Grays, missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alone. But before Danny can find Imogen, she finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amid the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, and whatever it is, it can kill. --Inside cover.
Call Number: YA FIC Cap
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Jericho Brown
Description: "Jericho Brown's daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown;s poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we've become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown's mastery, and his invention of the duplex--a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues--testament to his formal skill. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction." -- Goodreads.com.
Call Number: ordered 110819
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Kayla Ancrum
Description: Ryann dreams of traveling across the stars, but a career in space isn't an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. Alexandria is a loner who spurns Ryann's offer of friendship, until a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm. Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria's mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system. Every night Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day... until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Anc
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Tehlor Kay Mejia
Description: At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband's household or raise his children. Both paths promise a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school's top student, but her pedigree is a lie. She must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society. And school couldn't prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or will she give up everything she's strived for in pursuit of a free Medio--and a chance at a forbidden love?
Call Number: YA FIC Mej
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
Hugh Ryan
Description: The story of Brooklyn's vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day. When Brooklyn Was Queer is an exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic errasure of its queer history--a great forgetting. Ryan unearths that history and shows how the formation of Brooklyn is linked to the stories of the people who created the Brooklyn we know today.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.76 Rya
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2019
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Pat Patterson, Bertrand Hébert
796.8123 Pat
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous [Large Print] : A Novel
Ocean Vuong
LP FIC Vuo
Are You Listening?
Tillie Walden
YA FIC Wal
Ordinary Girls [Audiobook]
Jaquira/ Guerra Diaz
ordered 100319
Cantoras
Carolina De Robertis
FIC De R
Out East : Memoir Of A Montauk Summer
John Glynn
974.721 Gly
Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo
FIC Eva
Patsy : A Novel
Nicole Dennis-Benn
FIC Den
High School
Sara Quin, Tegan Quin
920 Qui
Real Queer America : Lgbt Stories From Red States
Samantha Allen
306.766 All
How We Fight For Our Lives : A Memoir
Saeed Jones
B Jon
Sontag [Audiobook] : Her Life And Work
Benjamin Moser, Tavia Gilbert
B Son
I Miss You When I Blink : Essays
Mary Laura Philpott
305.244 Phi
Starworld
Audrey Coulthurst, Paula Garner
YA FIC Cou
In The Dream House : A Memoir
Carmen Maria Machado
306.766 Mac
Sugar Run [Audiobook] : A Novel
Mesha Maren, Hillary Huber
FIC Mar
Long Live The Tribe Of Fatherless Girls : A Memoir
T Kira Madden
B Mad
The Lost Coast
Amy Rose Capetta
YA FIC Cap
Lot : Stories
Bryan Washington
FIC Was
The Tradition
Jericho Brown
ordered 110819
Mostly Dead Things A Novel
Kristen N. Arnett
FIC Arn
The Weight Of The Stars
Kayla Ancrum
YA FIC Anc
Motherland : A Memoir Of Love, Loathing, And Longing
Elissa Altman
920 Alt
We Set The Dark On Fire
Tehlor Kay Mejia
YA FIC Mej
Naamah : A Novel
Sarah (Poet) Blake
FIC Bla
When Brooklyn Was Queer
Hugh Ryan
306.76 Rya