June: Books with LGBTQI characters

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Books with LGBTQI characters can be hard to find, so we've made it a little easier for you. We've pulled together books from many genres and styles to represent this important population.


Christopher Rice
Description: Four high school students in present-day New Orleans are torn apart by envy, passion, and tragedy. They quickly discover the fragile boundaries between friendship and betrayal as they enter high school and form new alliances. Then two violent deaths disrupt the core of what they once shared. Five years later, the friends are drawn back together as new facts about their mutual history are revealed, and what was held to be a tragic accident is discovered to be murder.
Call Number: FIC Ric
Format: Book
Date Added: May 30, 2017
Viet Dinh
Description: Recounts the experiences of four rescue workers who put their lives at risk to save others after a life-shattering earthquake in India.In the wake of a life-shattering earthquake in India four men fight to impose order on an increasingly chaotic city. Ted is a pharmaceutical salesman turned member of the Disaster Assistance Response Team; his colleague Piotr, still carries with him the scars of the Bosnia conflict. Andy, a young firefighter, is eager to prove his worth; and Dev, a doctor on the ground races against time and dwindling resources.
Call Number: FIC Din
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Nicola Griffith
Call Number: FIC Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: May 30, 2017
Foz Meadows
Description: When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war. There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne.
Call Number: FIC Mea
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Description: Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school.
Call Number: YA FIC Cro
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Clive Barker
Call Number: FIC
Format: Book
Date Added: May 30, 2017
Rita Mae Brown
Description: "Set against the backdrop of America emerging from World War I, Cakewalk provides an entertaining look at a small town straddling the Mason Dixon line, where the townsfolk remain split between good and bad, or love and sex, or male and female, or politics and sobriety, and the inimitable, irrepressible, distinctly free-thinking Hunsenmier sisters, Louise and Julia--otherwise known as Wheezie and Jutz--and their wide circle of equally indelible friends."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Bro
Format: Large Print
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Maureen F. McHugh
Description: In its pages, we enter a postrevolution America, moving from the hyperurbanized eastern seaboard to the Arctic bleakness of Baffin Island; from the new Imperial City to an agricultural commune on Mars. The overlapping lives of cyberkite fliers, lonely colonists, illicit neural-pressball players, and organic engineers blend into a powerful, taut story of a young man's journey of discovery.
Call Number: FIC McH
Format: Book
Date Added: May 30, 2017
Garth Risk Hallberg, Rebecca Lowman, MacLeod Andrews, Alex McKenna, Paul Michael (Actor)
Description: The individuals who live within this novel are Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park. Their entangled relationships open up the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the infamous blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever.
Call Number: FIC Hal
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Sara Benincasa, F. Scott (Francis Scott) Fitzgerald
Description: In this contemporary retelling of "The Great Gatsby," seventeen-year-old Naomi Rye becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle and a tragedy that shakes the summer community.
Call Number: YA FIC Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Jandy Nelson
Description: "Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor"--FantasticFiction.com.
Call Number: YA FIC Nel
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2017
Adam Haslett, Ellen Archer (Narrator), Robert Fass
Description: When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. What follows is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic, and the story of how, over the span of decades, his younger siblings--the responsible Celia and the tightly controlled Alec--struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled existence.
Call Number: FIC Has
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Pat Schmatz
Description: "Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn't sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she's in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she's ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider. But she has a gift--the power to enter a trancelike state to harness the "knowings" inside her. She has Lizard Radio. Will it be enough to save her?" -- provided by publisher.
Format: eBook
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Lynn Flewelling
Description: Seregil--thief, con artist, and spy in the employ of the queen's wizard--takes an apprentice in his struggle against a surreal world of intrigue, magic, and politics engineered by Plenimar, the queen's ancient foe.
Call Number: FIC Fle
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2017
C. W. Gortner
Description: "Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit, glamour, and ambition who defied convention, seduced the world, and forged her own path on her own terms."--book jacket.
Call Number: FIC Gor
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Patrick Ness
Description: A boy named Seth drowns, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What's going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.
Format: eBook
Date Added: May 16, 2017
Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston
Description: "In 1980s Yugoslavia, a young Muslim girl is married off to a man she hardly knows, but what was meant to be a happy match goes quickly wrong. Soon thereafter her country is torn apart by war and she and her family flee. Years later, her son, Bekim, grows up a social outcast in present day Finland, not just an immigrant in a country suspicious of foreigners, but a gay man in an unaccepting society. Aside from casual hookups, his only friend is a boa constrictor whom, improbably--he is terrified of snakes--he lets roam his apartment. But during a visit to a gay bar, Bekim meets a talking cat who moves in with him and his snake. It is this witty, charming, manipulative creature who starts Bekim on a journey back to Kosovo to confront his demons, and make sense of the magical, cruel, incredible history of his family. And it is this that, in turn, enables him finally, to open himself to true love--which he will find in the most unexpected place."-- Provided by publisher
Call Number: FIC Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Robin Talley
Description: When Aki and her best friend Lori set off on a youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer, Aki meets Christa, who helps awaken her sexual and emotional feelings towards other women.
Call Number: YA FIC Tal
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Laura Lam
Description: Gene, the daughter of a noble family, runs away from the decadence of court to R.H. Ragona's circus of magic, where she meets runaway Micah, whose blood could unlock the mysteries of the world of Ellada.
Call Number: YA FIC Lam
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Jen Wilde
Description: Australian friends Charlie, Taylor and Jamie are in San Diego for their first ever "SupaCon." Charlie likes to stand out. She's a vlogger/actress promoting her first movie, and this is her chance to show fans she's over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie's long-time crush on her isn't as one-sided as she thought. Taylor's brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there's one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie. When she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Call Number: YA FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Cara Hoffman
Description: "Running brings together an ensemble of outsiders who get by as "runners"--hustlers who sell tourists on low-end accommodations for a small commission and a place to stay. Bridey Sullivan, a young American woman who has fled a peculiar and traumatic upbringing in Washington State, takes up with a queer British couple, the poet Milo Rollack and Eton drop-out Jasper Lethe. Slipping in and out of homelessness, addiction, and under-the-table jobs, they create their own kind of family as they struggle to survive."--Amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Hof
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Jacqueline Carey
Description: Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive "Wolf-Man" who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon. The "Wolf-Men" were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father's wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider. After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town. Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: May 30, 2017
Tim Floreen
Description: "After Franklin commits a horrific crime and is sent to a special lab for rehabilitation, only Jeremy believes that Franklin might actually be better but when crimes start up again in their small town, Jeremy begins to wonder if evil can ever truly be quelled."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Flo
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2017
Manil Suri, Vikas Adam, Priya Ayyar, Inc Blackstone Audio
Description: As Mumbai empties under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation, statistician Sarita can only think of being reunited with her physicist husband. To find him, she must journey across the surreal landscape of a near-abandoned city, braving gangs of competing Hindu and Muslim hoodlums. Joining her is Jaza Muslim whose true religion has always been sex.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: May 17, 2017
David Ebershoff, Jeff Woodman
Description: Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks "What do you do when someone you love wants to change?"
Call Number: FIC Ebe
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Édouard Louis, Michael Lucey
Description: "An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy. "Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again. Today I'm really gonna be a tough guy." Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different -- "girlish," intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men. Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Lou
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Jeanette Winterson, William Shakespeare, Inc Books on Tape
Description: The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's "late plays." It tells the story of a king whose jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter and the death of his beautiful wife. His daughter is found and brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of extraordinary events, father and daughter, and eventually mother too, are reunited. In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. This is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Carolina De Robertis
Description: February 1913: seventeen-year-old Leda, clutching a suitcase and her father's cherished violin, leaves her small Italian village for a new home (and husband) halfway across the world in Argentina. Upon her arrival in Buenos Aires, Leda is shocked to find that her bridegroom has been killed. Unable to fathom the idea of returning home, she remains in this unfamiliar city, living in a commune, without friends or family, on the brink of destitution. She finally acts on a passion she has kept secret for years: mastering the violin. Leda is seduced by the music that underscores life in the city: tango, born from lower-class immigrant voices, now the illicit, scandalous dance of brothels and cabarets. Leda knows, however, that she can never play in public as a woman, so she cuts off her hair, binds her breasts, and, as a young man, joins a troupe of musicians bent on bringing tango into the salons of high society. As time progresses, the lines between Leda and her disguise will begin to blur, and feelings that she has long kept suppressed will reveal themselves, jeopardizing not only her music career but her life itself.
Call Number: FIC De R
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Rose Tremain, Derek Perkins
Description: Growing up sheltered from the echoes of World War II, Gustav forges an intense relationship with a mercurial Jewish boy, Anton, a talented pianist who introduces him to the harsh realities of racism, tolerance, and cruelty during a friendship spanning half a century.
Call Number: FIC Tre
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Emily M Danforth
Description: In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.
Call Number: YA FIC Dan
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2017
Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
Description: "When a secret government agency trying to enslave you isn't the biggest problem you're facing, you're in trouble. Erik, a former teen star living in San Francisco, thought his life was complicated; having his ex-boyfriend in jail because of the scandal that destroyed his career seemed overwhelming. Then Erik learned he was Blooded: descended from the Gods. Struggling with a power he doesn't understand and can barely control, Erik discovers that a secret government agency is selling off Blooded like lab rats to a rival branch of preternatural beings in 'Zebub--San Francisco's mirror city in an alternate dimension. Lil, a timid apprentice in 'Zebub, is searching for answers to her parents' sudden and mysterious deaths. Surrounded by those who wish her harm and view her as a lesser being, Lil delves into a forgotten history that those in power will go to dangerous lengths to keep buried. What neither Erik nor Lil realize is that a darkness is coming, something none have faced in living memory. It eats. It hunts. And it knows them."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Til
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Seth Dickinson
Description: "Baru Cormorant believes any price is worth paying to liberate her people--even her soul. When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, overwrites her culture, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her fathers, Baru vows to swallow her hate, join the Empire's civil service, and claw her way high enough to set her people free. Sent as an Imperial agent to distant Aurdwynn, another conquered country, Baru discovers it's on the brink of rebellion. Drawn by the intriguing duchess Tain Hu into a circle of seditious dukes, Baru may be able to use her position to help. As she pursues a precarious balance between the rebels and a shadowy cabal within the Empire, she orchestrates a do-or-die gambit with freedom as the prize. But the cost of winning the long game of saving her people may be far greater than Baru imagines"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Dic
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Chinelo Okparanta
Description: A young Nigerian girl, displaced during their civil war, begins a powerful love affair with another refugee girl from a different ethnic community until the pair are discovered and must learn the cost of living a lie amidst taboos and prejudices.
Call Number: FIC Okp
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
Alexis De Veaux
Call Number: FIC De V
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2017
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A Density Of Souls
Christopher Rice
FIC Ric
Our Own Private Universe
Robin Talley
YA FIC Tal
After Disasters
Viet Dinh
FIC Din
Pantomime
Laura Lam
YA FIC Lam
Ammonite
Nicola Griffith
FIC Gri
Queens Of Geek
Jen Wilde
YA FIC Wil
An Accident Of Stars
Foz Meadows
FIC Mea
Running : A Novel
Cara Hoffman
FIC Hof
Beautiful Music For Ugly Children
Kirstin Cronn-Mills
YA FIC Cro
Santa Olivia
Jacqueline Carey
FIC Car
Books Of Blood: Volume 1
Clive Barker
FIC
Tattoo Atlas
Tim Floreen
YA FIC Flo
Cakewalk [Large Print]
Rita Mae Brown
LP FIC Bro
The City Of Devi: A Novel [eAudiobook]
Manil Suri, Vikas Adam, Priya Ayyar, Inc Blackstone Audio
China Mountain Zhang
Maureen F. McHugh
FIC McH
The Danish Girl [Audiobook]
David Ebershoff, Jeff Woodman
FIC Ebe
City On Fire [Audiobook]
Garth Risk Hallberg, Rebecca Lowman, MacLeod Andrews, Alex McKenna, Paul Michael (Actor)
FIC Hal
The End Of Eddy : A Novel
Édouard Louis, Michael Lucey
FIC Lou
Great
Sara Benincasa, F. Scott (Francis Scott) Fitzgerald
YA FIC Ben
The Gap Of Time: A Novel [eAudiobook]
Jeanette Winterson, William Shakespeare, Inc Books on Tape
I'll Give You The Sun
Jandy Nelson
YA FIC Nel
The Gods Of Tango [Audiobook]
Carolina De Robertis
FIC De R
Imagine Me Gone [Audiobook]
Adam Haslett, Ellen Archer (Narrator), Robert Fass
FIC Has
The Gustav Sonata [Audiobook]
Rose Tremain, Derek Perkins
FIC Tre
Lizard Radio [E-book]
Pat Schmatz
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post
Emily M Danforth
YA FIC Dan
Luck In The Shadows
Lynn Flewelling
FIC Fle
The Root : A Novel Of The Wrath & Athenaeum
Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
FIC Til
Marlene
C. W. Gortner
FIC Gor
The Traitor Baru Cormorant
Seth Dickinson
FIC Dic
More Than This [E-book]
Patrick Ness
Under The Udala Trees
Chinelo Okparanta
FIC Okp
My Cat Yugoslavia
Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston
FIC Sta
Yabo
Alexis De Veaux
FIC De V