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LGBTQ Nonfiction for Hudson Pride Month

24 Aug

Last week in honor of Hudson Pride Month we shared some great fiction titles; this week we are sharing some terrific nonfiction works available from HPL and other BCCLS Libraries!

All the Young Men
by Ruth Coker Burks
In 1986, a young woman visits a friend in the hospital & notices that nurses are ignoring AIDS patients. She enters the quarantined area, comforts the men & creates friendships.

Girls Can Kiss Now
by Jill Gutowitz
A collection of funny, personal essays exploring the intersection of queerness, relationships, pop culture, the internet, and identity. Mainstreaming of lesbian culture is explored.

The Natural Mother of the Child
by Krys Malcom Belc
A memoir of nonbinary parenthood about how a trans woman’s experience raising an adopted son clarifies her gender identity.

Raising the LGBTQ Allies
by Chris Tompkins
A parents guide to changing the messages from the playground by focusing on the prevention of homophobia, transphobia & bullying.

Unprotected
by Billy Porter
A powerful and revealing autobiography from the award-winning actor who overcame a traumatic childhood of bullying and sex abuse to become a popular icon.

Broken Horses
by Brandi Carlile
A moving biography from the popular lesbian singer whose dysfunctional childhood helped to shape her identity and her successful singing career.

Cruising
by Alex Espinoza
An uncensored journey through the underground revealing the timeless art of cruising. Combining historical research & oral history, this radical pastime is examined.

Selected Works of Audre Lorde
A selection of prose & poetry from the self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior and poet” for new readers. Her literature focuses on black, queer women.

Celebrate Pride with HPL
In honor of Hudson County’s Pride Month, the award-winning poet Robert Anthony Gibbons will present a poetry reading from his chapbook Flight, dedicated to his former lover and the year they spent touring favorite U.S. sites. He will also present a staged reading from the Tony Award-winning play “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” by Tony Kushner. The performance will be held on Sunday, August 28 at 1:00 pm in the Large Programming Room. Click here to RSVP.

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Ethan Galvin



Three Quirky Modern Love Stories: Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade, Murder Most Actual by Alexis Hall, and Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches by Kate Scelsa

1 Jun

Romance novels often don’t get the respect they deserve. Just because there is a happily ever after doesn’t mean the stories are all the same. Here are three charmingly unique books which use fan fiction, true crime podcasts, and tarot cards to give unique spins to their couples’ romantic journeys.

Spoiler Alert
by Olivia Dade
Spoiler Alert feels a bit of wish fulfilment for anyone out there who has ever written fanfiction and dreamed that the actor or actress of their favorite TV show or movie might fall in love with them.  April Whittier is a successful geologist who likes to write fanfiction about a popular fantasy series.  When a picture of her cosplaying gets a negative comment on social media, the star of the show not only comes to her defense but asks her out on a date.  Complicating the situation is that Marcus Caster-Rupp isn’t just an actor, he is also a fellow fanfiction writer who has developed a secret online friendship with April.  I appreciate that Olivia Dade’s heroines aren’t the cookie cutter skinny girl on most romance books covers; April is beautiful, yes, but she also has lots of curves as does Robin who is written about in the next in the series All the Feels.

Murder Most Actual
by Alexis Hall

Murder Most Actual is a funny mystery novel that parodies Clue and will win over fans of the podcasters turned detective series Only Murders in the Building, but at its heart is the relationship between Hanna a corporate financier and her wife Liza, a true crime podcaster.  The two are near their breaking point, Liza’s new found success has led to them having less time together and their relationship has become strained.  A weekend at an exclusive Scottish hotel is Hanna’s attempt to try and patch up their relationship.  There is always something a little hard about watching a couple who was once head over heels in love hit a rough patch, but there is also something to me immensely satisfying to see them be able to work through their issues; happily ever after can happen, but sometimes it takes some work.  You can read another previous post I’ve done about Hall’s sweet romance Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake.

Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches
by Kate Scelsa

I had previously written a blog post about magical romances, but this book is less fantasy than about modern practitioners of witchcraft/neopaganism; perhaps the witches in the book have real powers, perhaps they just believe they do. Vividly set in Salem, Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches centers around Seventeen-year-old Eleanor who is coping with her mother’s chronic illness as well as the feeling of being an outcast. She works at a store that cashes in on the city’s historic ties to witchcraft, but isn’t a believer herself so doesn’t think much about a guide to tarot that arrives one day, until a beautiful girl named Pix and her friends show up at the store claiming to be real witches. I had made several visits to Salem when I lived in Boston for two years and the book felt very authentic to me from what I remember. I also liked the sweet way that Pix and Eleanor, both hurt from past relationships learned to trust each other. The interweaving of the tarot cards with the story was done in a fun and clever way. This book came out on May 31 and teens as well as adults will want to add it to there to be read lists. I received an advance copy of the book from NetGalley.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
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