Take a look at some of our newest favorite LGBTQ titles!

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ISBN: 9780802125286
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Published: Grove Press - August 2nd, 2016

Once you succumb to the dizzying, time-jumping journey of the brilliant CHRISTODORA, you won’t be able to put it down. Spanning approximately 40 years in New York’s Greenwich Village – from the early 80’s to 2021 – Tim Murphy has created a nuanced portrait of an era that was ravaged by gentrification and the AIDS epidemic. The memorable characters whose lives interwind throughout the book are anchored in this important historical context as they struggle to find meaning against insurmountable odds. Through their broken lives, Murphy explores sexuality, mental illness, art, community, the drugs that save us and the drugs that destroy us. But rather than exploiting his characters and their circumstances, Murphy has written a moving and empathetic account that honors the lives of those who were and still are most effected by drug addiction and AIDS, without sugarcoating reality. This book is a spectacular journey, one that will simultaneously devastate and uplift you. Shane recommends!

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ISBN: 9781939419729
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Published: Unnamed Press - June 14th, 2016

Explore the subversive underground world of adult video stores with Drew Smith’s startling good debut, ARCADE.  Sam, our neurotic protagonist, has recently broken up with his boyfriend, “the cop,” when he becomes obsessed with a nearby sex arcade.  Attempting to reconcile with his past, his frequent visits lead him on a journey where he walks a fine line between self-discovery and self-destruction.  Quick pacing and sprightly prose propel this smart novel that encapsulates all the compulsiveness, darkness, and beauty of sex and sex stores.  It takes a talented author to turn a novel into a tender love letter to one of the strangest and seediest places in America, and Drew Smith has done just that.  Filthy and funny, insightful and heartfelt, ARCADE is a great novel.  Shane recommends!  

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ISBN: 9780374288228
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 19th, 2016

There aren’t too many literary gay novels these days.  Fortunately, Greenwell’s strong debut, WHAT BELONGS TO YOU reminds us of the relevancy of a genre that has recently fallen out of fashion.  This seemingly simple story about the relationship between an American teacher in Bulgaria and the hustler Mitko works as a slow burn, delicately revealing the truths behind their desires.  Greenwell wows not with plot twists, but in the strength of his brisk and lyrical prose and the sheer power of his storytelling.  This is an introspective and haunting novel, and one that perfectly captures that undefinable ache of longing and loneliness in a way that few novels do.  Shane recommends this stunning debut!

Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist Cover Image
By Samuel Steward, Jeremy Mulderig (Editor), Justin Spring (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780226304687
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Published: University of Chicago Press - December 14th, 2015

Samuel Steward returns! The subject of Justin Spring’s phenomenal biography Secret Historian is given the royal treatment in Philip Sparrow Tells All, a collection of his lost essays written under his pseudonym Philip Sparrow.  In the 1940s, in an effort to seduce his attractive dentist, Samuel Steward agreed to write essays for the Illinois Dental Journal (yes you read that correctly). Thus the professor, sexual renegade and tattoo artist wrote about an eclectic array of topics: cryptography, teaching, Chicago, ballet, pet cemeteries, and friends Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder, all while drinking heavily, having tons of sex in gay bath houses, writing amateur porn, and tricking with sailors. It’s a shame that these finely crafted essays have been banished into obscurity for so long, but thankfully Jeremy Mulderig has compiled this solid and wonderfully odd collection (with extensive notes to help contextualize the subject matter) that will enlighten and entertain. Shane recommends!   

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ISBN: 9780307473134
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Published: Vintage - October 13th, 2015

GAY BERLIN is a richly documented and well researched piece of impressive scholarship tracing the emergence of a modern gay identity to German -specifically Berlin- culture in the late 19th and early 20th century.  It is an elucidating and often startling study of how German tolerance encouraged homosexual expression, especially Weimar Berlin’s flourishing homosexual subculture (gay bars, drag balls, male prostitution, homosexual publications).  It also focuses on early modern sexological research (Karl Ulrichs, Richard Von Kraft-Ebbing, Magnus Hirschfield) and their political agitation for the abolition of legal discrimination against homosexuality (the notorious paragraph 175!) the narrative is also peppered with fascinating stories of blackmail, outing, criminality, and homo-erotic youth groups!! GAY BERLIN is the single best volume around on the burgeoning homosexual rights movement and origins of modern homosexual identity!  Ed loved and highly recommends!

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ISBN: 9780385392792
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Aidan Lockwood lives in the sleepy town of Temperance, OH-  known for its cattle ranches and not much else.  That is, until Jarrod, a friend he hasn’t seen in five years, moves back to town and opens Aidan’s eyes in startling ways: to Aidan’s ability to see the spirit world, to the red-bearded spectre of death, to a family curse that has claimed the lives of the Lockwood men one by one… and to the new feelings he has developed for Jarrod.  Ianni loved!

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ISBN: 9781476746661
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Published: Scribner - June 2nd, 2015

Already being heralded as the successor to David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, Isaac Oliver's uproarious debut collection is fresh and unapologetically GAY.  It fully captures the complex realities of urban gay life & dating, and his stories about random hook-ups, online courtship, and heartbreak will resonate with anyone, but his perspective is also a hilarious and humanizing celebration of the LGBT community.  Ianni loved!

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ISBN: 9780545709545
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Published: Push - May 26th, 2015

ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN has everything: joy, heartfelt tears, and the blissful celebration of a personal dance party.  The characters are real and complex, and the story is visceral, honest, pure and truly captures the tumult of being a young person trying to figure out who you are and who you're willing to let yourself be.  A wonderful coming-of-age novel!  It brought me back to my own adolescence and my unrequited straight friend crushes... Ianni <3

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ISBN: 9780393248210
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 11th, 2015

THE GREEN ROAD is a vibrant family portrait of the Irish Madigan family: Rosaleen, the mother, and her four children- Hanna, Constance, Dan and Emmet.  Long introductions (chapter-length) to each of the five principal characters (the novel’s first half) precede “the family reunion” on the west coast of Ireland (the novel’s second half).  In the chapter on Dan, who is the eldest son and who is gay, Enright writes with such assurance and crystalline clarity of a certain time and place (New York City, 1980s, start of the AIDS crisis) that I was blown away (it is THAT good, SO spot-on!)  Enright is brilliant in capturing the quotidian in family life and making it exciting and engaging.  THE GREEN ROAD showcases Enright’s un-ostentatious skill at quietly and compassionately constructing a powerful story about the complicated nature of familial love!  Ed loved and highly recommends!!!

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ISBN: 9780525428848
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 17th, 2015

Tiny Cooper, the beloved 6’6”, 300 lb football player we met in “Will Grayson…” is back!  He finally gets his solo in the spotlight and it’s magnificent.  Tiny has rewritten his life in the form of a musical comedy.  And it’s a HIT!  David Levithan can make you laugh and cry on the same page- this is funny, poignant, poetic and one of his BEST!  I’m gasping to see this performed live!  Ianni recommends.

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ISBN: 9780393240719
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 16th, 2015

MY AVANT-GARDE EDUCATION, critic and writer Bernard Cooper’s unconventional narrative about his early interest and involvement in pop and conceptual art, exists as a collage of enlightening essays and poignant moments.  Cooper’s explorations in creativity and art mirrored his explorations of his own identity, as he struggled to find his place in what is now considered a pivotal time in art history.  More than just an art history lesson, MY AVANT-GARDE EDUCATION is an astute meditation on the process of creativity and a celebration of the seemingly mundane moments that make up a beautiful life.  The generosity of his spirit and the sheer lyricism of his words propel this alternately funny and moving book.  Shane recommends!

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