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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Cover Image
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 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524760786
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Published: Hogarth Press - 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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A Line in the Dark Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735227422
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

Jess and Angie are best friends, so when Angie comes out and starts dating Margot, a rich girl from a different high school, Jess tries to be supportive. Jess has secretly loved Angie for a long time - and she doesn't plan on losing their relationship to the shark-infested waters of Angie's new, cliquish social circle so easily. But then a girl goes missing after a wild house party, with Jess and Angie right in the middle of it. And both of them are lying. Spooky, contemporary queer YA packed with morally complex female characters!

Review by Christina

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

I love everything about My Lesbian Experience. Nagata is extremely open about her struggle with mental illness and unfulfilled need for human connection in a resoundingly familiar way for anyone with any sort of developmental disorders or social anxiety. The traditional manga-style drawings help to further convey her sense of mental infancy that is at odds with her physical body and societal expectations - a feeling that isn't explored much outside of studies on autism. A highly empathetic must-read, especially for anyone interested in "abnormal" human psyche.

Review by Avery

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On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories Cover Image
By Mark Seliger (Photographer), Janet Mock (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780847858316
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 11th, 2016

This is one of my favorite books of 2016. Mark Seliger (whose works you have undoubtedly seen on the covers of Time Magazine, Rolling Stones, and GQ) does a phenomenal job of capturing both the portraiture and resilience of the trans people of one of New York's most prominent LGBTQ communities.

Review by Avery

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Boy Erased: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594633010
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Riverhead Books - May 10th, 2016

A heartbreaking and intense memoir about Conley's experience in a 12-step ex-gay conversion program and more deeply, his knotty, complicated relationship with his parents. Conley's deeply embedded trauma from the shame-based dogma in his father's ministry and the sorrow he experienced in conversion therapy is both infuriating to behold and beautiful to read. He holds true to a non-condemning world where no one is demonized nor are they a saint.

Review by Courtney