Happy #PrideMonth!

This June, we’re reading with pride and highlighting inspiring and unique stories that celebrate the world’s LGBTQIA+ communities.

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Inspiring Memoirs:

Brace for Impact: A Memoir by Gabe Montesanti

A powerful and redemptive story of how the dazzling world of roller derby helped one young woman transform her fear and self-doubt into gutsy, big-hearted, adventurous living.

“A universal story of healing and triumph, made all the more beautiful, wild, and free by Gabe’s fierce love for roller derby and her team, who become her family.”—Abby Wambach, Olympian, activist, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wolfpack

Brace for Impact bursts with honest, vulnerable, lifesaving storytelling. This book helped me grow and finally understand that I belong to myself.”—Tara Schuster, author of Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies

Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Burn the Page: A True Story of Torching Doubts, Blazing Trails, and Igniting Change by Danica Roem

An inspirational memoir-meets-manifesto by Danica Roem, the nation’s first openly trans person elected to US state legislature.

Burn the Page by Danica Roem is far from a typical politico’s book . . . [it] is an inspiring, fun gonzo page-turner. It’s a must-read.”—Washington Blade

“With grace and humor . . . this colorful, no-holds-barred account of Roem’s life and political work still delights for its unabashed candor. An inspiring story of self-acceptance and determination.”—Kirkus Reviews

Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation by Hannah Gadsby

Multi-award-winning Hannah Gadsby broke comedy with her show Nanette when she declared that she was quitting stand-up. Now she takes us through the defining moments in her life that led to the creation of Nanette and her powerful decision to tell the truth—no matter the cost.

“Hannah is a Promethean force, a revolutionary talent. This hilarious, touching, and sometimes tragic book is all about where her fires were lit.”—Emma Thompson

“Consistently self-effacing and contemplative, Gadsby acknowledges that her unique brand of deadpan observational comedy isn’t for everyone, especially since it often skewers ‘the two most overly sensitive demographics the world has ever known: straight white cis men and self-righteous comedians’ . . . A witty and provocatively written life story.”—Kirkus Reviews

Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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All Down Darkness Wide: A Memoir by Seán Hewitt

By turns devastating and soaring, an ambitious memoir debut from one of Irish literature’s rising stars.

“This book bears reading twice it is so beautiful. Readers seeking an elegant, profound memoir will find none better than this. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal, starred review

“A beautiful, complex, and textured meditation on love, on growing up gay, on becoming a poet . . . I was engrossed . . . I woke in the morning fully enclosed by it, as though I had been dreaming it.”—Colm Tóibín, author of The Magician

Available July 12th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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An Illuminating Graphic Novel:

Our Colors by Genoroh Tagame; Translated by Anne Ishii

A mesmerizing coming-of-age and coming-out graphic novel by the genius writer-artist of the Eisner Award–winning breakout hit My Brother’s Husband.

“Rich with visual metaphors, Tagame’s cartooning masterfully reveals the inner life his protagonist battles to conceal.”—R. Kikuo Johnson, author of No One Else

“Only Tagame could create this deeply moving and original story that at first seems to be about an older gay man mentoring a younger one—and instead, becomes about how they help each other heal.”—Alexander Chee, author ofHow to Write an Autobiography

Available June 21st in Hardcover and eBook Editions.

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Pride in Fiction:

Body Grammar: A Novel by Jules Ohman

A coming-of-age queer love story set in the glamorous but grueling world of international modeling.

Body Grammar is gorgeously written; it’s chic, vivid, and glittering. It’s also sticky with big truths and stinging heartaches. Jules Ohman is a real talent.”—Jami Attenberg, author of All This Could Be Yours

“A terrific debut, cool and laconic on its glamorous surface, but roiling with deep questions of identity and art, love, and the irrepressible need for meaning in life. Jules Ohman is a young writer worth watching.”Jess Walter, bestselling author of The Cold Millions

Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Like a House on Fire: A Novel by Lauren McBrayer

What would you do if you found the spark that made you feel whole again? Like a House on Fire explores the sensation of female friendship as it transforms into romance.

“This raw, emotional debut novel explores the disquiet of middle age, the nature of female friendships and the joy and burden of living authentically.”—The Washington Post

“Jane injects [Merit’s life] with a jolt of electricity that’s more than a work friendship, it’s a chance to imagine a different kind of life. This story of female relationships will spark your own imagination, too.”—Good Housekeeping

Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Detransition, Baby: A Novel by Torrey Peters 

The lives of three women—transgender and cisgender—collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires.

“Reading this novel is like holding a live wire in your hand.”—Vulture

“Even the most complimentary adjectives feel insufficient to describe Torrey Peters’ first novel.”—Bookpage, starred review

“With heart and savvy, [Detransition, Baby upends] our traditional, gendered notions of what parenthood can look like.”—The New York Times Book Review

Available in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Rainbow Milk: A Novel by Paul Mendez

*Nominated for a 34th annual Lambda Literary Award*

An essential and revelatory coming-of-age novel from a thrilling new voice, Rainbow Milk follows nineteen-year-old Jesse McCarthy as he grapples with his racial and sexual identities against the backdrop of his Jehovah’s Witness upbringing.

“The kind of novel you never knew you were waiting for. An explosive work that reels from sex, to sin, to salvation all the while grappling with what it means to black, gay, British, a son, a father, a lover, even a man. A remarkable debut.”—Marlon James, New York Times bestselling author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

“Mendez’s dialect-writing stretches the boundaries of a language owned by no one . . . The writing is delicious and subtle throughout, often punctuated by musical references that ground it in the decades it explores.”—The New York Times Book Review

Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.

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I’m So (Not) Over You: A Novel by Kosoko Jackson

A chance to rewrite their ending is worth the risk in this swoony romantic comedy from Kosoko Jackson.

“A snappy, sizzling, downright delightful book from Jackson, a welcome and fresh new voice in rom-coms.”—Julia Whelan, author of  My Oxford Year

“A witty and fast-paced romance full of rapid-fire dialogue, laugh-out-loud one liners, and spot-on pop culture references. I’m So (Not) Over You is full of swoon-worthy and sizzling romantic moments, but it’s also about following your heart and figuring out what you want to do with your life.”—Kerry Winfrey, author of Very Sincerely Yours

Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Queerly Beloved: A Novel by Susie Dumond

A people-pleasing bridesmaid-for-hire falls for the crushable new lesbian in town. Will she finally find her happily ever after—and her own voice? 

“A delightful debut, perfect for any person who’s ever created their own place to belong.”—Casey McQuiston, bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue and One Last Stop

“Heartwarming and sparkling with originality.”—Sophie Cousens, bestselling author of This Time Next Year 

Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Delilah Greene Doesn’t Care: A Novel by Ashley Herring Blake

A clever and steamy queer romantic comedy about taking chances and accepting love—with all its complications—by debut author Ashley Herring Blake.

“There’s family drama, trauma, childhood memories, love, romance, diverse relationships between not just the main couple, but everyone in the book, that’ll have you on the edge of your seat. The novel also does a great job of inputting a queer love story in the middle of an enticing read.”—USA Today

“Delilah Green Doesn’t Care is the dreamy, steamy, utterly satisfying answer to your craving for an outcast-and-former-mean-girl romance, with complicated step-family relationships thrown in for extra delight . . . And let’s not forget the snappy banter and seriously scorching chemistry; you’ll need a very cold shower after this read!”Lana Harper, author of Payback’s a Witch

Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Bad Girls: A Novel by Camila Sosa Villada; Translated by Kit Maude

Gritty and unflinching, yet also tender, fantastical, and funny, a trans woman’s tale about finding a community on the margins.

“After I finished reading Camila’s story, it kept growing in me . . . As a story of gender oppression, Bad Girls (beautifully translated by Kit Maude) would sound familiar almost everywhere . . . To record the travesti experience, no matter how harrowingly painful, as something precious is [its] purpose.”—The New Yorker

“This fantastical story about the power of chosen family is entrancing.”—BuzzFeed

Available in Hardcover and eBook Editions.

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The Secret Life of Albert Entwhistle: A Novel by Matt Cain

This humorous, life-affirming, and charmingly wise novel tells the story of how the forced retirement of a shy, closeted postman in northern England creates a second chance with his lost love, as he learns to embrace his true self, connect with his community, and finally experience his life’s great adventure.

“This rollicking romance entrapped me! True in its detail and its scope, it is amusing yet heart-breaking.”—Sir Ian McKellen

Available in Trade Paperback and eBook Editions.

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Listen with Pride:

Golden Boys by Phil Stamper; Read by Michael Crouch, Graham Halstead, Shawn K. Jain, Briggon Snow, and Karissa Vacker

National bestselling author Phil Stamper crafts the perfect summer friendship story, starring four queer boys with big hearts and even bigger dreams.

It’s the summer before senior year. Gabriel, Reese, Sal, and Heath are best friends, bonded in their small, rural town by their queerness, their good grades, and their big dreams. But they have plans for the summer, each about to embark on a new adventure.

What will this season of world-expanding travel and life-changing experiences mean for each of them—and for their friendship?

Phil Stamper treats listeners to an emotionally resonant summer story, full of aspirational experiences, sweet romance, and joyously affirming friendship.

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Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram; Read by a Full Cast

A smart, sexy YA novel about a boy band star, his first breakup, his first rebound, and what it means to be queer in the public eye, from award-winning author Adib Khorram.

Kiss & Tell is a total rush! Perfectly sweet and swoon worthy. I loved every page!”—Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’

“Adib has crafted a sparkling, modern fairytale effortlessly woven with yearning, social justice, and sweet but complex friendships bursting with lovely little rays of hope.”—David Yoon, New York Times bestselling author of Frankly in Love and Super Fake Love Song

Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Celebrate Pride this month and always by downloading the new Pride in Your Words zine. Featuring excerpts from upcoming books by LGBTQIA+ authors, artwork by Kyle Letendre, and a 2022 reading list, this zine is truly one of a kind.

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