The Lambda Literary Awards - (LGBTQI)

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The Lambdas have been announced! These books are marked as the best queer fiction by the Lambda Literary Society. Both winners and nominees have been included to broaden your reading experience. Read the rainbow!


Christina Crosby
Description: Shortly after her 50th birthday in 2003, Crosby was in a bicycle accident that paralyzed her, and here shares her experience of living her new life.
Call Number: B Cro
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2017
Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Description: Lucybelle, an independent and intelligent Arkansas native, leaves New York City for Chicago in the 1950s after being offered a job as the head of the editorial department for a lab, run by the Army Corps of Engineers, that studies Arctic ice cores to reveal "a story of earth's climate... perfectly preserved, for thousands of years." There, she faces an onslaught of problems as a result of her sexual identity and her presence as a woman at a workplace composed of male scientists. Racial tension arises with the introduction of Stella, a black, well-read, and charismatic photographer, with whom Lucybelle gets involved despite the disapproval of both society and peers.
Call Number: FIC Ble
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2017
Dayna Ingram
Description: "Everyone tells 14-year-old Jordan Fontaine not to worry about the summer camp that isn't really a summer camp, not to worry about the survival statistics she's been calculating since elementary school, or about the quickly averted eyes and frowning mouths of her peers when she tells them her Liaison is coming to visit her family. She does not dare to tell anyone that her pulse quickens when she looks at the beautiful Liaison. But the Liaison, whose role is to supply their inhuman masters with bodies, is being manipulated by another. And Jordan will be drawn into a dangerous coup of which she is unaware. This is a world where women are bred like cattle, ensuring the continuation of the human race--or, as they are known to the malevolent Over, sustenance. Perhaps some children need to be seen and heard."--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Ing
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Brie Spangler
Description: After falling off the roof, fifteen-year-old misfit Dylan must attend a therapy group for self-harmers where he meets Jamie, a beautiful and amazing person he does not know is transgender.
Call Number: YA FIC Spa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Darryl Pinckney
Description: "Jed--young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago--flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is where he's chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate. Newly sober and nostalgic for the Weimar days of Isherwood and Auden, Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America. But history, both personal and political, can't be avoided with time or distance. Whether it's the judgment of the cousin he grew up with and her husband's bourgeois German family, the lure of white wine in a down-and-out bar, a gang of racists looking for a brawl, or the ravaged visage of Rock Hudson flashing behind the face of every white boy he desperately longs for, the past never stays past even in faraway Berlin. In the age of Reagan and AIDS in a city on the verge of tearing down its walls, he clambers toward some semblance of adulthood amid the outcasts and expats, intellectuals and artists, queers and misfits"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Pin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Will Schwalbe, Jeff Harding
Description: Will Schwalbe invites listeners along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in the modern world, with all its noise and distractions.
Call Number: 028.9 Sch
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Garrard Conley
Description: An account by a survivor of a church-supported sexual orientation conversion therapy facility that claimed to "cure" homosexuality describes its intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends and God, an experience that transformed the author's relationships and self-understandings.--From statement at NoveList.
Call Number: 306.766 Con
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2017
Cheryl A. Head
Description: "Charlene "Charlie" Mack is a PI in Detroit. Born and raised in the city that America forgot, Charlie has built a highly respected private investigations firm through hard work, smart choices, and relentless ambition. Her team of investigators are highly skilled and trustworthy, but she secretly struggles with her sexual orientation and a mother with early-onset Alzheimer's. When Charlie and her crack team head to Birmingham, Alabama following the trail of a missing person, what should be a routine case turns into a complex chase for answers. Shady locals and a southern patriarch with dark secrets dating back forty years obscure their path. It seems like everyone has something to hide, including Charlie. When the case turns deadly with a double murder, and Charlie is attacked on a quiet neighborhood street, everything suddenly becomes personal."-- Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Hea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
M-E Girard
Description: "In Ontario, Pen is a sixteen-year-old girl who looks like a boy. She's fine with it, but everyone else is uncomfortable--especially her Portuguese immigrant parents and her manipulative neighbor who doesn't want her to find a group of real friends"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Gir
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Description: "At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman--fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves--must confront long-hidden scars."-- Provided by publisher
Call Number: FIC Den
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Matthew Griffin
Description: The story of a hidden life and the very recent history of gay love in America. Set in a declining textile town in North Carolina, Hide is the love story of Wendell Wilson, a taxidermist, and Frank Clifton, a veteran of World War II. They meet after the war, in a time when such love holds real danger. But, severing nearly all ties with the rest of the world, they carve out a home for themselves on the outskirts of town and for decades the routine of self-reliant domesticity--Wendell's cooking, Frank's care for a yard no one sees, and the vicarious drama of courtroom TV--seems to protect them. But when Wendell finds Frank lying motionless outside at the age of eighty-three, their carefully crafted life together begins to unravel. As Frank's physical strength deteriorates and his memory dissolves, Wendell struggles in vain to keep him healthy and to hold onto the man he once knew until, faced with giving care beyond his capacity, he must come to terms with the consequences of half a century in seclusion, the sacrifices they made for each other, and the different lives they might have lived--and most especially the impending, inexorable loss of the one they had.
Call Number: FIC Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
John Corey Whaley
Description: Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that--and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.
Call Number: YA FIC Wha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
David France
Description: A history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic, and the powerful, heroic stories of the gay activists who refused to die without a fight. This is the story of the men and women who, watching their friends and lovers fall, ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, chose to fight for their right to live. We witness the founding of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), the rise of an underground drug market in opposition to the prohibitively expensive (and sometimes toxic) AZT, and the gradual movement toward a lifesaving medical breakthrough. This is an insider's account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.19 Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Tig Notaro
Description: In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C-diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Days after her diagnosis, Tig took her grief onstage, opening an unvarnished set with, "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer." The set went viral instantly and was later released as an album, Live, and was nominated for a Grammy. This book takes stock of that no good, very bad year, with an inspired combination of deadpan silliness and open-hearted vulnerability. A moving and often hilarious look at Notaro's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.
Call Number: B Not
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Meredith Russo, Samia Mounts
Description: Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. Amanda is keeping a secret, and she's determined not to get too close to anyone. When she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can't help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. Because the secret that Amanda's been keeping? It's that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?
Call Number: YA FIC Rus
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Joe Okonkwo
Description: Ben Charles and his wife Angeline take part of the Harlem Renaissance scene in the 1920s. Ben finds himself drawn to Paris due to the influence of trumpeter Baby Back Johnston.
Call Number: FIC Oko
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Susan Wittig Albert
Description: When AP political reporter Lorena Hickok is assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of 1932 Democratic candidate FDR, the women become deeply, intimately involved.
Call Number: LP FIC Alb
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Augusten Burroughs
Description: In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he's had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out.
Call Number: B Bur
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Alexis M Smith
Description: Lucie Bowen left the islands twenty years ago, when the May Day Quake set loose catastrophic waves along the west coast, from Alaska to California, shattering thousands of lives. Her father disappeared in an explosion at the Marrow Island oil refinery, destroying the island's ecosystem and sending Lucie and her mother to the mainland to start anew. Now Marrow Island is no longer uninhabitable. A mysterious Colony has conjured life again from Marrow's soil. But this rebirth seems to have come at great cost to the colonists themselves. As a journalist, what price will Lucie pay for the truth?
Call Number: FIC Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Ocean Vuong
Description: A haunting debut that is simultaneously dreamlike and visceral, vulnerable and redemptive, and risks the painful rewards of emotional honesty.
Call Number: 811 Vuo
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2017
Krystal Sutherland
Description: Henry Page fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him. He focuses on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change. Grace walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but he wants to help her put the pieces back together again.
Call Number: YA FIC Sut
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Krystal Sutherland
Description: Henry Page fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him. He focuses on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change. Grace walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but he wants to help her put the pieces back together again.
Call Number: YA FIC Sut
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
J. Aaron Sanders
Description: "Speakers of the Dead is a mystery novel centering around the investigative exploits of a young Walt Whitman, in which the reporter-cum-poet navigates the seedy underbelly of New York City's body-snatching industry in an attempt to exonerate his friend of a wrongful murder charge."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC San
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Rabih Alameddine
Description: "Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ala
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Sarah Schulman
Description: A modern retelling of Balzac's classic Cousin Bette. Earl, a black, gay actor working in a meatpacking plant, and Bette, a white secretary, have lived next door to each other in the same Greenwich Village apartment building for thirty years. Shamed and disowned by their families, both found refuge in New York and in their domestic routine. Everything changes when Hortense, a wealthy young actress from Ohio, comes to the city to "make it."
Call Number: FIC Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2017
Indra Das
Description: "A dreamlike novel about a young historian and a persuasive and beguiling stranger coming together in modern-day Kolkata, India to transcribe an ancient journal. A collection of paper, parchment, and skins, the journal tells of bloodshed, kidnapping, magic and shapeshifting, set against the harsh landscapes of the 17th-Century Mughal Empire. It reveals the story of hunters and prey, lovers and the beloved, and, in the end, the choice to be transformed, or be quarry"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Das
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Marie Lu
Description: There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen. Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She's turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained. When a new danger appears, Adelina's forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest-though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Jonathan Corcoran
Description: A once-booming West Virginia rail town no longer has a working train. The residents left behind in this tiny hamlet look to the mountains that surround them on all sides: The outside world encroaches, and the buildings of the gilded past seem to crumble more every day.
Call Number: FIC Cor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Cathleen Schine, Cynthia Darlow
Description: Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. When Joy's husband Aaron dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother's loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy's college days.
Call Number: FIC Sch
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Garth Greenwell
Description: "On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher walks down a stairwell beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture, looking for sex. Among the stalls of a public bathroom he encounters Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and their trysts grow increasingly intimate and unnerving as the enigma of this young man becomes inseparable from that of his homeland, a country with a difficult past and an uncertain future"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Leopoldine Core
Description: "In Leopoldine Core's stories, you never know where you are going to end up. Populated by sex workers and artists, lovers and friends, her characters are endlessly striving to understand each other. And while they may seem to operate at the margins, there is something eminently relatable, even elemental about their romantic relationships, their personal demons, and the strange shapes their joy can take. Refreshing, witty, and absolutely close to the heart, Core's twenty stories, set in and around New York City, have an other-worldly quality along with a deep seriousness--even a moral seriousness. What we know of identity is smashed and in its place, true individuals emerge, each bristling with a unique sexuality, a belief-system all their own."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Cleve Jones
Description: A longtime LGBTQ and AIDS activist offers an account of his life from sexually liberated 1970s San Francisco, through the AIDS crisis, and up to his present-day involvement with the marriage equality battle.
Call Number: 306.766 Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
Andrea Hairston
Description: "Cinnamon Jones dreams of stepping on stage and acting her heart out like her famous grandparents, Redwood and Wildfire. But at 5'10" and 180 pounds, she's theatrically challenged. Her family life is a tangle of mystery and deadly secrets, and nobody is telling Cinnamon the whole truth. Before her older brother died, he gave Cinnamon The Chronicles of the Great Wanderer, a tale of a Dahomean warrior woman and an alien from another dimension who perform in Paris and at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The Chronicles may be magic or alien science, but the story is definitely connected to Cinnamon's family secrets. When an act of violence wounds her family, Cinnamon and her theatre squad determine to solve the mysteries and bring her worlds together. "--Publisher website.
Call Number: FIC Hai
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2017
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A Body, Undone : Living On After Great Pain
Christina Crosby
B Cro
Lust & Wonder [Audiobook]
Augusten Burroughs
B Bur
A Thin Bright Line : A Novel
Lucy Jane Bledsoe
FIC Ble
Marrow Island
Alexis M Smith
FIC Smi
All Good Children
Dayna Ingram
FIC Ing
Night Sky With Exit Wounds
Ocean Vuong
811 Vuo
Beast
Brie Spangler
YA FIC Spa
Our Chemical Hearts
Krystal Sutherland
YA FIC Sut
Black Deutschland
Darryl Pinckney
FIC Pin
Our Chemical Hearts [Audiobook]
Krystal Sutherland
YA FIC Sut
Books For Living [Audiobook]
Will Schwalbe, Jeff Harding
028.9 Sch
Speakers Of The Dead
J. Aaron Sanders
FIC San
Boy Erased : A Memoir
Garrard Conley
306.766 Con
The Angel Of History : A Novel
Rabih Alameddine
FIC Ala
Bury Me When I'm Dead : A Charlie Mack Motown Mystery
Cheryl A. Head
FIC Hea
The Cosmopolitans
Sarah Schulman
FIC Sch
Girl Mans Up
M-E Girard
YA FIC Gir
The Devourers
Indra Das
FIC Das
Here Comes The Sun : A Novel
Nicole Dennis-Benn
FIC Den
The Midnight Star [E-book]
Marie Lu
Hide : A Novel
Matthew Griffin
FIC Gri
The Rope Swing : Stories
Jonathan Corcoran
FIC Cor
Highly Illogical Behavior
John Corey Whaley
YA FIC Wha
They May Not Mean To, But They Do : A Novel [Audiobook]
Cathleen Schine, Cynthia Darlow
FIC Sch
How To Survive A Plague : The Inside Story Of How Citizens And Science Tamed Aids
David France
362.19 Fra
What Belongs To You
Garth Greenwell
FIC Gre
I'm Just A Person [Audiobook]
Tig Notaro
B Not
When Watched : Stories
Leopoldine Core
FIC Cor
If I Was Your Girl [Audiobook]
Meredith Russo, Samia Mounts
YA FIC Rus
When We Rise : My Life In The Movement
Cleve Jones
306.766 Jon
Jazz Moon
Joe Okonkwo
FIC Oko
Will Do Magic For Small Change : A Novel Of What Might Have Been
Andrea Hairston
FIC Hai
Loving Eleanor [Large Print]
Susan Wittig Albert
LP FIC Alb