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Fence Vol. 1 Cover Image
By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781684151929
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: BOOM! Box - July 31st, 2018

Take:

  • Cutthroat competion
  • Heartthrob athletes in various states of (un)dress
  • Painfully well-executed cliffhangers
  • Rivalry rife with sexual tension

and you get this cheeky, enthralling, character-driven volume for those who wish the Rocky movies were a little gayer.


Review by Niki

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Don't Call Us Dead: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977856
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

With the urgent force of a rallying cry, Smith documents the many external and internal forces that imperil black bodies.  His pain from his experience as an HIV-positive, queer black man is palpable, and every poem brims with anger, regret and unfathomable sadness. Take your time with each poem, for every one is rich, complex and worthy of re-reading.


Review by Courtney

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She of the Mountains Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781551525600
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 14th, 2014

This is a great love epic stripped of all its finery, down to its bare bones. Shraya weaves a story of love and lust with Hindu mythology to create a story that is as emotionally raw and fierce as it is tender, reading it is like unwrapping layers and layers of delicious fruit. 


Review by Courtney

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Jonny Appleseed Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781551527253
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - May 15th, 2018

Jonny is a 2-spirit indigiqueer who has a week to return home for his step-father's funeral. Told through a non-linear timeline that weaves together a coming of age story through stories of family and tradition, trauma and survival. It's a dark-tender hearted vision of indigenous life full of raw grit, violence and ample bodily fluids that will leave you on the edge of uncomfortable. Whitehead is a master of words whose command of language will leave you aching for more.


Review by Courtney

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Speak No Evil: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780061284922
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper - March 6th, 2018

Niru and Meredith, highschoolers in Washington, D.C., are outstanding students, runners, best friends and more, until Niru faces the facts of being gay. Once his Nigerian parents discover his sexual preferences, Niru is beaten by his father and taken to the parish priest, who recommends a return to Nigeria to be "cured." A powerful, poignant coming of age tale, this story spotlights the joy of carefree youth careening toward tragic destinations!


Review by Jane

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George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545812573
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

George's titular character is a transgender 4th grade girl whose unwavering faith in herself provides a model for all readers to aspire to. The supportive relationship that George has with her best friend Melissa assures readers that, with friends who encourage you to be your most authentic self, anything is possible. 


Review by Niki

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My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781626926035
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Published: Seven Seas - June 6th, 2017

This vulnerable autobiographical manga is tremendously moving, honestly beautiful, tragically funny and surprisingly unerotic. The way Nagata views pain, expectations and adulthood as she learns to cope with her sexuality as well as her depression is what makes this raw and messy story all around remarkable and painfully relatable. This isn't a pretty story, but it is worth it.  


Review by Courtney

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Meet Cute Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328759870
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

This short story collection celebrates the chance encounters and first connections that teens invariably make in their romantic lives. The stories are diverse in genre and perspective, and flutter with balanced doses of hope and heartbreak. Read somewhere cozy with a cup of something warm and sweet. 


Review by Niki

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062382801
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 27th, 2017

This book is nonstop shenanigans and I adored every page. It tackles everything controversial for its time, piracy, infidelity, homosexuality, but the most wild...a brilliant female. It does have its heartbreaking moments, but at its core it's an adventure story, a love story, and a story of growth and acceptance. Most of all, it has a queer protagonist with a happy ending, and that means the most.


Review by Courtney

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The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524760786
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Hogarth - August 22nd, 2017

This is hands down my favorite book of the year. Boyne has written a story that is heartbreaking, rage inducing, and often laugh-out-loud hilarious. The story covers 70 years in the life of one unforgettable Cyril Avery whose life mirrors the development of Ireland from near-medieval Catholic clergy control to the modern, more accepting country it is today. Characters you will love, characters you will hate, all of them will rattle around in your head for months, if not longer.


Review by Michael

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