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Staff Picks - LGBTQ

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All fiction titles shelved alphabetically by the author's last name

The Angel of History
by Rabih Alameddine
Follows the experiences of Yemeni-born poet Jacob, who revisits the events of his life from his upbringing in an Egyptian brothel, to his adolescence under the aegis of a wealthy father, to his years as a gay man in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

The Prince’s Boy
by Paul Bailey
Sent to Paris in 1927, by his father, Dinu Grigorescu visits the Bains du Ballon d'Alsace, a notorious establishment, where he meets Razvan, a fellow Romanian who instructs him in the way of the world.

The Nothingness of Ben
by Brad Boney
Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan's top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows. 

by Rita Mae Brown
A post-World War I tale set in the small community of Runnymede finds residents split between belief systems on the Mason Dixon line, where free-thinking sisters Louise and Julia Hunsenmier and their friends explore small-town sins and rivalries. 

Leading Men NEW
by Christopher Castellani
A life-changing encounter among Tennessee Williams, his lover Frank Merlo and a taciturn Swedish beauty at a 1953 Truman Capote party culminates in deathbed revelations about Williams' final play a decade later.

Dodging and Burning NEW MYSTERY
by John Copenhaver
In the summer of 1945, a murdered woman's photograph propels three young people into the middle of a far-reaching mystery that resurfaces fifty-five years later, inspiring mystery writer Bunny Prescott to try to piece together what really happened. 

A Home at the End of the World
by Michael Cunningham
Friends since the age of thirteen, Jonathan and Bobby live troubled lives that eventually take them to New York, where they meet the romantically troubled Clare, and the three embark on a new life together.

by E. M. Forster
This is the coming of age of two young men who meet at Cambridge and fall in love. Maurice and Clive struggle with the desires of their hearts and the rigid constraints of society.

All I Love and Know
by Judith Frank
When Daniel Rosen's twin brother and sister-in-law are killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, he and his husband Matthew are confronted with challenges that threaten their relationship as they try to adopt the couple's two children.

The Sparsholt Affair
by Alan Furst
A World War II-era Oxford engineering student who hides secret ambitions to join the Royal Air Force and the lonely son of a celebrated novelist forge a fateful bond that reverberates throughout seven decades of shared family life and friendship. 

Three Junes
by Julia Glass
Reveals the interconnected lives, loves, and relationships of different generations of the McLeod family over the course of three crucial summers.

Less NEW
by Andrew Sean Greer
Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his 50th birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself and making connections with the past. 

What Belongs to You
by Garth Greenwell
When he drawn by hunger, loneliness and risk embarks on a sexual relationship with a young hustler, an American teacher discovers that desire has far-reaching consequences when the unnerving similarities between his past and the foreign country he finds himself in force him to grapple with his own fraught history and that of his lover, with whom he is obsessed.

The Line of Beauty
by Alan Hollinghurst
Moving into the attic room in the Notting Hill home of the wealthy, politically connected Fedden family in 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest becomes caught up in the rising fortunes of this glamorous family and finds his own life forever altered by his association during the boom years of the 1980s. 

The Spell
by Alan Hollinghurst
A witty study of contemporary gay life and the complex affairs of the human heart follows the interlocking passions of four different men as each falls under the spell of love or drugs, country living or urban allure.

Elevation NEW
by Stephen King
Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell
by William Klaber
In 1855, Lucy Lobdell—on a personal quest to work and earn men's wages, to wear what she wants and to love whomever she cares to—discovers that to gain the freedoms she desires, she must endure public scorn and wrestle with a sexual identity whose vocabulary has yet to be invented. 

Fall of Man in Wilmslow MYSTERY
by David Lagercrantz
Suspecting that foul play may be behind the suicide of mathematical genius Alan Turing, 1950s detective Leonard Corell defies his superiors to investigate the Bletchley Park operation while making astonishing discoveries about his own life.

Honky Tonk Samurai MYSTERY
by Joe R. Lansdale
Blackmailed into accepting a missing-persons cold case, rebel Hap and gay veteran Leonard search for their client's long-missing granddaughter, who they discover was involved in a prostitution ring. 

The Family Man
by Elinor Lipman
A hysterical phone call from Henry Archer's ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well-ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago. Henry is a lawyer, an old-fashioned man, gay, successful, lonely. Thalia, now twenty-nine, is an actress-hopeful. When she moves into Henry's basement, Thalia finds a champion in her long-lost father.

The End of Eddy
by Edouard Louis
An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy.

Mary Ann in Autumn
by Armistead Maupin
Mary Ann returns to San Francisco to rejoin her oldest friend, Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, after years in New York City…the reunion that fans of Maupin’s beloved Tales of the City series have been waiting for years.

Sing You Home
by Jodi Picoult
Ten years of infertility issues culminate in the destruction of music therapist Zoe Baxter's marriage, after which she falls in love with another woman and wants to start a family, but her ex-husband, Max, stands in the way.

Black Deutschland
by Daryl Pinckney
In the age of Reagan and AIDS in a city on the verge of tearing down its walls, Jed—a young, gay black man—arrives in Berlin where he, encountering outcasts, expats, intellectuals, artists and misfits on his way to adulthood, hopes to escape what it means to be a black male in America.

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris, 1932
by Francine Prose
At the Chameleon Club in Paris, Lou Villars, a star athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among its patrons, and as time passes, she experiences a transformation that warps her earnest desire for love and approval into something dangerous.

Brokeback Mountain
by Annie Proulx
The friendship between Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two cowboys, evolves into an intimate relationship while they are working together as a herder and camp tender, sharing a bond that spans many years and frequent separations.

The Story of the Night
by Colm Toibin
Set in Argentina during the time of generals and the Falklands War, Richard Garay is forced to hide his sexuality and professional desires, yet as things in his country begin to settle, he starts taking greater risks to find his own happiness.

The Book of Salt
by Monique Truong
Considering whether he will accompany his employers, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, to America, a personal cook remembers his youth in French-colonized Vietnam and his days cooking for the doyennes of the Lost Generation.

The Child’s Child
by Barbara Vine
Inheriting their grandmother's home in London, siblings Grace and Andrew Easton move in together and initially enjoy a shared life that is complicated by Andrew's gay relationship, a friend's murder, and Grace's discovery of a lost manuscript.

The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters
Forced to take in lodgers in economically challenged 1922 South London, widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter find their lives profoundly and disturbingly changed by the arrival of a modern young couple.

by Nell Zink
Stillwater College in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingénue with literary pretensions, falls under the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, and they begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage. The two are mismatched from the start--she's a lesbian, he's gay--but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind. 

A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being (155.33)
by Ellen D. B. Riggle
Discusses eight themes related to living positively with an LGBTQ identity, including increasing self-awareness and compassion; creating flexible gender roles; and working for social justice. 

Saving Alex (289.3092 COOPER)
by Alex Cooper
Provides an inspiring, harrowing and brave memoir by a young Mormon lesbian woman whose captivity and escape from an unlicensed "residential treatment program" resulted in a groundbreaking battle for LGBTQ rights that has impacted society and individual lives.

The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves (306.766)
Edited by Sarah Moon
Collects letters from such famous contributors as Brian Selznick, Michael Cunningham, and Amy Bloom to offer hope and support in the face of prejudice. 

GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens (306.766)
by Kelly Huegel
Describes the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens, offers practical advice, real-life experiences, and accessible resources and support groups. 

“You Can Tell Just By Looking": and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People (306.766 B869)
by Michael Bronski
Breaks down the most commonly held misconceptions about LGTB people and their lives.

Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America (306.766)
by Nathaniel Frank
Nathaniel Frank tells the dramatic story of how an idea that once seemed unfathomable—and for many gays and lesbians undesirable—became a legal and moral right in just half a century.

Queer: the Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens (306.76608)
by Kathy Belge
A guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.

Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with his Sexuality (306.76608 S399)
by John Schwartz
Sharing his family's own struggles within a culture that is quickly changing, a national correspondent for "The New York Times" and father of a gay teen offers crucial lessons about helping gay kids and how to cope in a potentially hostile world.

A Queer History of the United States (306.76609)
by Michael Bronski
Examines how American culture has shaped the LGBT experience, while simultaneously arguing that LGBT people not only shaped but were pivotal in creating this country.

The Gay Revolution (306.76609)
by Lillian Faderman
A chronicle of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian and transgender rights draws on interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists and members of the LGBT community to document the cause's struggles since the 1950s. 

Riding Fury Home: A Memoir (306.7663 W747)
by Chana Wilson
Explores the relationship between the author and her mother, who spent time in a mental institution after attempting to commit suicide in 1958 as a result of the mental anguish over a love affair with another woman. 

Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man (306.768 B719)
by Chaz Bono
The adult child of Sonny Bono and Cher tells the story of the long road to discover the gender he truly identified with and his life-changing decision to have a sex-change operation.

Tomorrow Will Be Different (306.768 MCBRIDE)
by Sarah McBride
Before she became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016 at the age of twenty-six, Sarah McBride struggled with the decision to come out—not just to her family but to the students of American University, where she was serving as student body president.

Trans/Portraits: Voices from Transgender Communities (306.768 S562)
by Jackson Wright Schultz
Recounts the stories of thirty transgender Americans, raising questions about gender, acceptance, and love.

No House to Call My Home (306.76809 B493)
by Ryan Berg
The author uses his time working in a group home for disowned and homeless LGBTQ teenagers to tell moving, intimate, and raw stories from the frontlines of LGBTQ homelessness and foster care.

My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation (306.76809 H349)
by Molly Haskell
A renowned feminist film critic describes her brother's transformation into a woman. 

Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family (306.76809 M225)
by Amy Ellis Nutt
Presents the story of a politically conservative New England family whose son identified as a girl, and how they overcame their confusion and fear to champion transgender rights and allow Nicole to be herself.

Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (346.79401)
by David Boies
Documents the story of the landmark 2013 Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the two lawyers who argued the case, tracing the 2008 adoption of Proposition 8 through its defeat five years later. 

Coming Around: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender kids (306.874)
by Anne Dohrenwend
This is a rich resource, jam-packed with insights, information and practical guidance for parents of gay, bisexual and transgender children, as well as an indispensable reference for therapists, clergy, educators and psychological self-help collections.

The Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out (306.874 D515)
by Robb Forman Dew
The author depicts the depth of family love in this recounting of the time when her son told her that he was gay and the events that followed. 

Bettyville: A Memoir (306.874 H689)
by George Hodgman
A veteran magazine and book editor returns to his hometown of Paris, Missouri, to take care of his aging mother, Betty, a strong-willed woman who speaks her mind and has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.

A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples (346.73 2016)
by Nolo Press 
Provides legal information to help same-sex couples exercise their rights and make sound decisions together. 

One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium (371.10086 O584)
Edited by Kevin Jennings
Perhaps no profession is as challenging for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people than teaching. Working under constant suspicion arising from the long-held stereotype of LGBT people as pedophiles who are "after your kids," teachers who are LGBT face enormous challenges.

The Gay Couple's Guide to Wedding Planning: Everything Gay Men Need to Know to Create a Fun, Romantic, and Memorable Ceremony (392.5 T734)
by David Toussaint
Toussaint's comprehensive wedding planner for male couples features more than 100 photographs and offers advice on everything from wedding rings to getting in shape for the special day to honeymoon planning. A list of gay-friendly vendors is included.

Fun Home (741.5973)
by Alison Bechdel
A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.

The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photograph (778.99392 H224)
by Kathryn Hamm
This first guide to posing and sensitively capturing same-sex couples on their wedding days equips semi-pro and professional wedding photographers to serve the exciting LGBT wedding photography market. 

Me (782.42164 M382)
by Ricky Martin
In this intimate memoir, international superstar Ricky Martin opens up for the first time about his early childhood, experiences in the famed boy band Menudo, reflections on coming to terms with his sexuality, relationships that allowed him to embrace love, and life-changing decisions like devoting himself to helping children around the world and becoming a father. 

Untied: a Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering (791.45028 B355)
by Meredith Baxter
The actress who played the mother on the hit 1980s show Family Ties discusses the ups and downs of her life and career. 

Whatever...Love is Love (791.45028 B446)
by Maria Bello
The actress and activist presents a full-length account of her high-profile New York Times "Coming Out as a Modern Family" essay to challenge popular myths about partnerships.

What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth (813.54 GONZALEZ)
by Rigoberto Gonzalez
Mexican American poet Rigoberto González chronicles his relationship with his younger brother, from surviving poverty in California together, to their diverging paths in life in adulthood.