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Punk Rock Karaoke By Bianca Xunise, Bianca Xunise (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bianca Xunise, Bianca Xunise (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593464526
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 23rd, 2024

This book is brilliantly loud and bright in colors, content, characters, and music. Perfect for the tender misfit teen in your life, or even the nostalgic formerly rowdy adult (like me, with ear plugs and back pain from standing too long at the back of shows.)  


Review by Sarah C.

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I Heard Her Call My Name: A Memoir of Transition By Lucy Sante Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593493762
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Published: Penguin Press - February 13th, 2024

Following her own transition at age 67, Sante looks back at her entire life to consider how we are molded by friendships, why we escape into art, and the ways we form and are formed by our identities as we move through the years. This is a memoir written by a master of the form; a quick, enjoyable read you will undoubtedly spend weeks thinking about.


Review by Connor

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The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers: A novel By Samuel Burr Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593470091
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Published: Doubleday - April 9th, 2024

Crosswords, jigsaws, garden mazes, sudoku; in a manor house full of puzzles, Clayton Stumper is the biggest mystery of them all. Abandoned on the doorstep of the Fellowship of Puzzlemakers as a baby, Clayton has spent his young life surrounded by love and logic in the companionship of the society. But the question still remains, who is he really? The puzzlemakers are now aging and Clayton needs to find his own way, and more of his own people, if he is to solve the most important puzzle of his life.


Review by Deborah

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Ours: A Novel By Phillip B. Williams Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593654828
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Published: Viking - February 20th, 2024

A fable about the cost of freedom told through decades of history of a fictional town called Ours.   

A big, messy, alternative black history full of magical realism and folk mythology. If you like a huge cast of characters and don't mind taking a few side roads, you may find you love this as much as me!

 


Review by Trevor

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Family Meal: A Novel By Bryan Washington Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593421093
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2023

Cam & TJ are childhood friends, almost brothers, estranged through time, distance and trauma.  When they find each other again in their hometown they circle each other warily, not trusting that the history they share is enough to bring them back together.   A beautiful and often graphic story of finding a way through the devastation of grief back to the arms of an imperfect and messy family.


Review by Charlotte

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We The Animals: A Novel By Justin Torres Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547844190
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Published: Mariner Books - September 11th, 2012

I never saw the film this book was made into, and I didn't need to. The images in this book are seared into my brain and heart as though I was in the room when the action was taking place.  The family violence, the wild otherness of the brothers, the blooming sexuality and sex itself, so much packed into this small book.  I felt it all and wanted more.


Review by Charlotte

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The Pride Atlas: 500 Iconic Destinations for Queer Travelers By Maartje Hensen Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781797217550
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 2nd, 2023

Pack your bags and plan your next Gaycation with help from this collection of over 500 ICONIC destinations for queer travelers! With vibrant photographs and thoughtful descriptions of each location, it’s an incredible tool to make sure you’re hitting all the right spots on your trip. From Amsterdam to Orlando, Hong Kong to Helsinki, no matter where you’re heading, this book will not only tell you where it is safe to travel around the world as an LGBTQ+ person, but also make sure you know what you simply MUST SEE while you’re there! 



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Antoni: Let's Do Dinner By Antoni Porowski Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780358395324
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Published: Harvest - September 14th, 2021

Antoni from Queer Eye brings us into his home, inviting us to do dinner with him & his friends (like Gigi Hadid). The recipes are all straightforward & delicious, and easy to imbue with your own signature twists. Lots of easy ways to shake up your menu.



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Under the Whispering Door By TJ Klune Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217394
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Published: Tor Books - January 31st, 2023

This book...oh goodness, this book! One second Charons Crossing will lure you in with its quirky characters, slapstick humor and calm contemplation of life (and afterlife) philosophies. You and your curiosity will be content to cozy up by the fire with the perfect cup of tea, watching ghostly mysteries unfold. Then BAM--you'll find yourself crying on the couch, eating a sorrow-baked scone and checking in with loved ones. The power of this story will sneak up on you much like a visit from The Manager, but the importance of the gentle, considerate light it shines on human challenges cannot be overstated.


Review by Katelynn