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Sensible Footwear: A Girl's Guide
Included in our '35 LGBTQ books to read this Pride Month and every month' collecton. View Full Review
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Included in our '35 LGBTQ books to read this Pride Month and every month' collection. View Full Review
Under the Udala Trees
Included in our '35 LGBTQ books to read this Pride Month and every month' collection. View Full Review
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
This book has so much to enjoy and characters that will stay with you long after you've finished reading. As two teens work to discover their place in the world, this coming of age story follows Ari and Dante from when they meet at a swimming pool as their friendship changes and strengthens over the years as they work out who they want to be.  Included in our '35 LGBTQ books to read this Pride Month and every month' collection. View Full Review
Maurice
Published posthumously in 1971, this novel remains one of the great queer romances to this day. Forster understood that his homage to same-sex love, if published when he completed it in 1914, would probably end his career. Thus, Maurice languished in a drawer for fifty-seven years, the author requesting it be published only after his death. Set in early 1910s England, the Maurice tells the story of Maurice Hall and his best friend Clive, and the life they attempt to build together in London, which is ultimately destroyed by societal conventions. As Maurice makes his way through a traditional English education, he ... View Full Review
Rubyfruit Jungle
A classic coming-of-age story as Molly Bolt realises she'll have to be tough to survive 1950 America and stay true to herself. Molly Bolt is a young lady with a big character. Beautiful, funny and bright, Molly is a force to be reckoned with; in her dealings with boyfriends and girlfriends, in the rocky relationship with her mother and in her determination to pursue her career, she will fight for her right to happiness. Charming, proud and inspiring, Molly is the girl who refuses to be put in a box. The inspiration for Rita from Educating Rita this novel by Rita ... View Full Review
Giovanni's Room
First published in 1956 and recounting a tormented love affair in Paris between the American narrator, David, and Giovanni, an Italian bartender, this is a classic of gay literature. Unable to repress their impulses, they are tortured by their sexual identity and it's just such a raw, heart-breaking read because of it. Beautifully written by Baldwin, the sense of shame and despair eeks out of every page and whilst it's a harrowing read at times, it's an important read and ultimately a hopeful one. Highly recommended. Included in our '35 LGBTQ books to read this Pride Month and every month' Collection. View Full Review
What Planet Can I Blame This On?
Krystal is about to turn 29 and thought she had everything figured out. The perfect man, the perfect job and the perfect home. Until she didn't. And it all came tumbling down.  This book takes you on a journey of Kris' reawakening, and her journey to come to terms with her life. As she mourns her perfect life and she becomes aware of Saturn Return (when Saturn moves back to where it was on the day of your birth, and, according to legend everything falls apart), Kris takes on a new hobby, becomes obsessed with astrology and planning for the ... View Full Review
The Treatment
I bought this for a flight back home from London and it so captivated me that I was literally the last person to stand up after we landed. Mo and I had to put up with the same type of crap when we started writing—interviewers asking us how we as women can write such brutal stories about women and children. When women write these sorts of stories, they’re categorized as “domestic thrillers.” When men write them, they’re marketed as evocatively capturing female rage (Mo Hayder: too angry and violent. Stig Larsson: evocatively ... View Full Review
Pale Horse, Pale Rider
Many people refuse to read short fiction, but what they don’t understand is that the important part is the fiction, not the length. Being able to tell a story with a modicum of words is an absolute talent that not every book-length author possesses, but Porter loosely fictionalized a gut-wrenching account of her own struggle with the Spanish Flu in the eponymous story. I remember reading this collection in college and being shocked that this cataclysmic event that killed millions of people happened and I hadn’t until that moment really learned about the pandemic. Of course, ... View Full Review
Bluebird, Bluebird
My friend Alafair Burke told me to read this book or she would stop talking to me. She was right to put the threat at that level because this is simply one of the best books I’ve read in the last ten years. Like Alafair, Attica is both a writer and a lawyer, so she really understands her material. The thing that got me right out of the gate is that the narrator is a black Texas Ranger. We don’t often see police procedurals written from the perspective of black law enforcement officers, or in the ... View Full Review
Riot Baby
I met Tochi on a panel right before the pandemic hit and he was so delightful and engaging that I took a copy of his book home with me. Post #MeToo, a depressingly predictable number of male writers have suddenly turned away from tough guy narrators to writing women protagonist who are feisty and kick ass and love to give blow jobs. Tochi isn’t like that. He has a kindness and curiosity that imbues his characters with respect and believable complications.  His young women are trying to find a place in the world that seeks to stifle ... View Full Review