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Jun 12, 2018

Reading for Pride Month

Happy Pride! Based heavily on the most recent Lambda Literary Award finalists, this list of 21 books contains current acclaimed titles featuring LGBTQIA+ themes and characters that JMU Libraries owns. Find some entertaining fiction or some emotional nonfiction – each title has a description that is featured in our own JMU Library Catalog. Simply click each linked title, and you will find the call number or online reading information!




Autonomous by Annalee Newitz. “Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack's drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand. And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?”


Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith. “Smith's unflinching poetry addresses race, class, sexuality, faith, social justice, mortality, and the challenges of living HIV positive at the intersection of black and queer identity.”


Less by Andrew Sean Greer. “Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.”


My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame (translated from Japanese by Anne Ishii). “From one of Japan's most notable manga artists: a heartbreaking and redemptive tale of mourning and acceptance that compares and contrasts the contemporary nature of gay tolerance in the East and the West.


My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris. “Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late '60s Chicago, and narrated by 10-year-old Karen Reyes, Monsters is told is told through a fictional graphic diary employing the iconography of B-movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines. As the precocious Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, we watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around her unfold.”


*Outside is the Ocean by Matthew Lansburgh. “Three days after her twentieth birthday, a young woman who grew up in Germany during World War II, crosses the Atlantic to start a new life. Outside Is the Ocean traces Heike's struggle to find love and happiness in America. After two marriages and a troubled relationship with her son, Heike adopts a disabled child from Russia, a strong-willed girl named Galina, who Heike hopes will give her the affection and companionship she craves. As Galina grows up, Heike's grasp on reality frays, and she writes a series of letters to the son she thinks has abandoned her forever. It isn't until Heike's death that her son finds these letters and realizes how skewed his mother's perceptions actually were.”


Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction edited by Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba.



 Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala. “On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., he's a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer--an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents.”


To My Trans Sisters edited by Charlie Craggs. “A collection of letters written by successful trans women sharing the lessons they've learned on their journeys to womanhood, celebrating their achievements, and empowering the next generation to become who they really are.”





In the Province of the Gods by Kenny Fries. “A disabled foreigner in Japan--a society historically hostile to difference--Kenny Fries spins a tale of exciting, bewildering adventure. As he visits Japanese gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV-positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to re-enter life on new terms.”


*Lavender and Red by Emily K. Hobson. “LGBT activism is often imagined as a self-contained struggle, inspired by but set apart from other social movements. Lavender and Red recounts a far different story: a history of queer radicals who understood their sexual liberation as intertwined with solidarity against imperialism, war, and racism.”


Time Slips: Queer Temporalities, Contemporary Performance, and The Hole of History by Jaclyn I. Pryor.


*Unmaking Love: The Contemporary Novel and The Impossibility of Union by Ashley T. Shelden. “The author examines how the romantic conception of love has been critiqued, destroyed, and reoriented in modernist and contemporary novels.”


Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn. “A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok--a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women's lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.”


What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth by Rigoberto Gonzalez. “Burdened by poverty, illiteracy, and vulnerability as Mexican immigrants to California's Coachella Valley, three generations of González men turn to vices or withdraw into depression. As brothers Rigoberto and Alex grow to manhood, they are haunted by the traumas of their mother's early death, their lonely youth, their father's desertion, and their grandfather's invective.”



Available on Internet Only (Nonfiction)

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton. “The story of Christine Jorgensen, Americas first prominent transsexual, famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era. Her celebrity, however, has obscured other mid-century trans narratives-ones lived by African Americans such as Lucy Hicks Anderson and James McHarris. Their erasure from trans history masks the profound ways race has figured prominently in the construction and representation of transgender subjects. C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence.”


The Ethics of Opting Out: Queer Theory’s Defiant Subjects by Mari Ruti.


Punishing Disease: HIV and The Criminalization of Sickness by Trevor Hoppe. “From the very beginning of the epidemic, AIDS was linked to punishment. Calls to punish people living with HIV -- mostly stigmatized minorities -- began before doctors had even settled on a name for the disease. Punitive attitudes toward AIDS prompted lawmakers around the country to introduce legislation aimed at criminalizing the behaviors of people living with HIV. Punishing Disease explains how this happened -- and its consequences. With the door to criminalizing sickness now open, what other ailments will follow? As lawmakers move to tack on additional diseases such as hepatitis and meningitis to existing law, the question is more than academic.”


A Sinner in Mecca (film) directed by Parvez Sharma. “For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For filmmaker Parvez Sharma, however, these were risks he had to assume as he embarked on his Hajj pilgrimage, a journey considered the greatest accomplishment and aspiration within Islam, his religion.”


The War on Sex by David M. Halperin and Trevor Hoppe.


Welcome to Fairyland by Julio Capø, Jr.




* Indicates resource is also available via Internet

Modified: Jun 12, 2018, 2:31 p.m.