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Repression Queen: A Memoir About Gender Transformation Erotica By Harper O'Neill Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9798989744602
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Published: Harper O'Neill - February 1st, 2024

Repression Queen is a memoir, freckled with tg fantasy erotica short stories.
It’s not about gender transition, but what comes before it. It’s about men turning into women, and magic, and shame, and fear, and acceptance, and relationships, and privilege, and sex, and epiphanies, and addiction, and love. I’m grateful this book exists, for anyone who can relate to the feeling of not being at home in your skin.


Review by Bailey

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A Botanical Daughter By Noah Medlock Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781803365909
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Published: Titan Books - March 19th, 2024

Four words: gardening, fungus, Frankenstein, dendrophilia. This book is as mesmerizing as it is gruesome. 


Review by Lauren

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Dinner on Monster Island: Essays By Tania De Rozario Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063299665
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 6th, 2024

Monsters in real life are rarely as easy to identify as those in movies. Tania De Rozario grew up queer, brown and fat in a society that demonized these characteristics and encouraged conformity. From the gay exorcism her mother orchestrated to the mandatory weight loss program in Singapore elementary schools, the author retains and solidifies her own unapologetic identity while musing on the role of women in horror films. 


Review by Natalie

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062936011
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Published: Harper Voyager - September 3rd, 2019

Ariadne is one of a four person crew on a mission to explore and study planets with the potential to harbor life. Partway through this decades-long mission, transmissions from Earth become spotty and then cease altogether. Far from home and without any guidance from mission control, Ariadne and her crewmates must make decisions that affect not only their own lives, but humankind as a whole. Chambers packs so much into just 176 pages: space travel, aliens, and queer astronauts set the stage for beautifully written musings about fate, humanity, and the nature of self-sacrifice.


Review by Jade

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Heaven By Emerson Whitney Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781952119545
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Published: McSweeney's - November 1st, 2022

Vulnerable and messy in all the right ways, Whitney's examination of the body, motherhood, femininity, gender, and childhood is a whole gallery of art.


Review by Sofia

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Safe and Sound: A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair By Mercury Stardust Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780744079074
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Published: DK - August 22nd, 2023

This book is super accessible for people of all skill sets! It has everything from simple fixes in your bathroom, to preparing your apartment for winter and summer conditions, to managing mold and pests and preparing your apartment for moving out so you can get your deposit back. There’s even a fantastic section helping you to learn your rights as a renter and resources for finding tenant laws in each state! As a renter, I found this to be extremely helpful, even as a safety net!
 


Review by Lauren

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Camp Damascus By Chuck Tingle Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250874627
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Published: Tor Nightfire - July 18th, 2023

A departure from Tingle’s typical steamy sentient food stories, this first of two traditional LGBTQ+ themed releases is scary because it reflects a chilling reality. Told through the lens of a young queer woman, it answers the question: How far could hatred masked as religion go to keep queer youth in line? Expect plague-like flying insects, monsters, and one pretty cool scene involving a rock-n-roll flame-thrower. But in this cinematic exploration readers can also expect heartfelt emotion, love, and friendship.  A crew of misfits brought together by a (terrible) common experience must travel back to the conversion camp that cursed them to rediscover their authentic selves, but do they have the tools they need to defeat their demons? 

 



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Bloom By Delilah S. Dawson Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781803365756
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Published: Titan Books - October 3rd, 2023

It begins as a sweet, playful romance. Rosemary and Ash have a thing going–whatever that may mean. As an assistant professor, Rosemary is good with words, while Ash is an artisan who makes everything by hand. Everything is syrupy sweet until it becomes acrid. As a horror novel, you know that something sinister lurks around the corner, bubbling right under the surface, but you’re not quite sure what it is that is itching at the back of your mind until it drenches you like a bucket of ice. This is perfect for those who are allured by the thrill and the sense of dread that slowly spreads through your veins until it consumes you.


Review by Lauren

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Mrs. S By K. Patrick Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609458409
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Published: Europa Editions - June 20th, 2023

Observations of queer desire are no longer left to metaphor and flowery language, but made tangible in the grasp of a thigh or bite of a fist. The picturesque femininity of Mrs. S, and her untouchability as the headmaster's wife, comes to a physical clash against the unnamed narrator, open with their butchness and desire to succumb to an illicit affair that is doomed from the very start.


Review by Sarah C.

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The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School By Sonora Reyes Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063060258
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 25th, 2023

If you make one great decision today, decide to acquaint yourself with the charming and relatable Yamilet Flores. Watching her grow into herself is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, and this book's appeal is definitely not limited to young adult audiences. Plus the author coins a great phrase to use in response to white privilege: "The caucasity!" Happy reading!


Review by Natalie

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