The Lambda Literary Awards - (LGBTQI) 2018

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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!


John Rechy
Call Number: FIC ordered 060718
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 11, 2018
Annalee Newitz
Description: Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack's drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand. And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?
Call Number: FIC New
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 5, 2018
C. Riley Snorton
Description: The story of Christine Jorgensen, Americas first prominent transsexual, famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era. Her celebrity, however, has obscured other mid-century trans narratives-ones lived by African Americans such as Lucy Hicks Anderson and James McHarris. Their erasure from trans history masks the profound ways race has figured prominently in the construction and representation of transgender subjects. C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence. Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials-early sexological texts, fugitive slave narratives, Afro-modernist literature, sensationalist journalism, Hollywood films-Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable. In tracing the twinned genealogies of blackness and transness, Snorton follows multiple trajectories, from the medical experiments conducted on enslaved black women by J. Marion Sims, the father of American gynecology,to the negation of blackness that makes transnormativity possible. Revealing instances of personal sovereignty among blacks living in the antebellum North that were mapped in terms of cross dressing and canonical black literary works that express black mens access to the female within, he concludes with a reading of the fate of Phillip DeVine, who was murdered alongside Brandon Teena in 1993, a fact omitted from the film Boys Don't Cry out of narrative convenience.
Call Number: ordered 060718
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 11, 2018
Juliana Delgado/ Melo Lopera
Call Number: ordered 060718
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 11, 2018
Carmen Maria Machado
Description: Contains short stories about the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
Call Number: FIC Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 5, 2018
Roxane Gay
Description: In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring peoples shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as wildly undisciplined, Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. She explores her past, including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life, and brings listeners along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.
Call Number: 616.8526 Gay
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 5, 2018
A. E. Radley
Description: "Amy is stuck in a rut. After graduating, she never left her temporary job at the motorway service station. Daily visits from a mysterious woman are the highlight of her days. Until one day, when the mystery woman vanishes. Amy investigates the disappearance and makes a shocking discovery. Suddenly, she's being framed and no-nonsense Claudia McAllister is being sent to arrest her. Will Amy's unique approach to evading capture prove successful?"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Rad
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 23, 2018
Rebecca Podos
Description: When her father is diagnosed with Hungtington's disease, eighteen-year-old Vanni abandons her plan to flee her small New Mexico hometown after high school graduation and instead spends the summer keeping herself busy with part-time jobs and boys, but that changes after she meets Leigh, whose friendship dares Vanni to ask herself big questions and make new plans.
Call Number: YA FIC Pod
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 5, 2018
Chike Frankie Edozien
Call Number: 306.766 Edo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 23, 2018
Laurie. Loft
Description: After a rough breakup, Todd Addison wants time alone to grieve. While still dreaming of winning back his ex's love, he moves across the country and finds work with a construction company. The last thing he needs is the cute office boy developing a crush on him, especially since he's back in the closet. Sebastián Nye can't help feeling sorry for the obviously brokenhearted Todd. Though rebuffed repeatedly, Sebby chisels away at Todd's resistance, determined to help him forget -- a task potentially beyond anyone's capabilities. He never meant to fall for the poor guy, but he does. Hard. Desperate to hold on to Todd, Sebby hatches a sneaky plot guaranteed to end Todd's heartbreak -- if Todd doesn't bail and ruin everything. Just when things can't get more complicated, Todd's ex wants him back. And Sebby's abusive ex is just waiting to catch Sebby alone. Todd and Sebby must decide what's worth fighting for, what's worth sacrifice, and what's worth compromise, or their relationship will begin and end with a broken heart.
Call Number: FIC Lof
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 5, 2018
Emil Ferris
Call Number: FIC Fer
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2018
Marshall Thornton
Call Number: FIC ordered 060718
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 11, 2018
Yolanda Wallace
Description: Before Grace Henderson began working as a tailor in her father's bespoke suit shop in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn, she established a hard and fast rule about not dating clients. The edict is an easy one for her to follow, considering the overwhelming majority of the shop's clients are men. But when Dakota Lane contacts her to commission a suit to wear to her sister's wedding, Grace finds herself tempted to throw all the rules out the window. Dakota Lane works as a bicycle messenger by day and moonlights as a male model. Her high-profile career, gender-bending looks, and hard-partying ways garner her plenty of romantic attention, but she would rather play the field than settle down. When she meets sexy tailor Grace Henderson, however, she suddenly finds herself in the market for much more than a custom suit.
Call Number: FIC ordered 060718
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 11, 2018
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Description: Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley's face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes--the moment she hears him speak of his crimes--she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case.
Call Number: 364.1523 Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 5, 2018
Barbara Browning
Description: In the midst of the Occupy movement, Barbara Andersen begins spamming people indiscriminately with ukulele covers of sentimental songs. A series of inappropriate intimacies ensues, including an erotically charged correspondence and then collaboration with an extraordinarily gifted and troubled musician living in Germany.
Call Number: FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 5, 2018
Bogi Takács
Description: As with the first volume of Transcendent, Lethe Press has worked with a wonderful editor to select the best work of genderqueer stories of the fantastical, stranger, horrific, and weird published the prior year. Featuring stories by Merc Rustad, Jeanne Thornton, Brit Mandelo, and others, this anthology offers time-honored tropes of the genre--from genetic manipulation to zombies, portal fantasy to haunts--but told from a perspective that breaks the rigidity of gender and sexuality.
Call Number: FIC Tra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 23, 2018
C. A. Conrad
Call Number: 811.6 Con
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
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After The Blue Hour.
John Rechy
FIC ordered 060718
Love And Other Hot Beverages
Laurie. Loft
FIC Lof
Autonomous
Annalee Newitz
FIC New
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters: Book One
Emil Ferris
FIC Fer
Black On Both Sides : A Racial History Of Trans Identity
C. Riley Snorton
ordered 060718
Night Drop
Marshall Thornton
FIC ordered 060718
Cuentamelo : Testimonios De Immigrantes Latinos Lgbt
Juliana Delgado/ Melo Lopera
ordered 060718
Tailor-Made
Yolanda Wallace
FIC ordered 060718
Her Body And Other Parties: Stories
Carmen Maria Machado
FIC Mac
The Fact Of A Body : A Murder And A Memoir
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
364.1523 Mar
Hunger : A Memoir Of (My) Body
Roxane Gay
616.8526 Gay
The Gift (Or, Techniques Of The Body)
Barbara Browning
FIC Bro
Huntress
A. E. Radley
FIC Rad
Transcendent 2: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction
Bogi Takács
FIC Tra
Like Water
Rebecca Podos
YA FIC Pod
While Standing in Line for Death
C. A. Conrad
811.6 Con
Lives Of Great Men : Living And Loving As An African Gay Man : A Memoir
Chike Frankie Edozien
306.766 Edo