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December 2017 Selections

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This month we’re highlighting three titles featuring LGBTQ+ characters and authors, plus a selection of picture books to share with the young readers in your life.

 REMINDER: You do not need to read all three! Choose the one(s) that appeal to you most and read those along with us!

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Considered a classic in gay literature, we chose Baldwin’s 1950’s treatise on love and passion to go back to the roots of Pride literature. With a 4.22 rating on Goodreads, we have a feeling this one will be a hit with readers this month.

From the publisher: 

Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and characterized by dangerous liaisons and hidden violence, an American finds himself unable to repress his impulses, despite his determination to live the conventional life he envisions for himself. After meeting and proposing to a young woman, he falls into a lengthy affair with an Italian bartender and is confounded and tortured by his sexual identity as he oscillates between the two. 

Examining the mystery of love and passion in an intensely imagined narrative, Baldwin creates a moving and complex story of death and desire that is revelatory in its insight.

young adult fiction:

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Another one with high ratings on Goodreads, We Are Okay was published just last February and has made waves in Pride circles since its release.

From the publisher:

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

Middle grade fiction:

George by Alex Gino

Note: Alex Gino is a strong voice within diverse literature and is a proponent of filling the gap in children’s literature related to LGBTQA+ issues. Alex uses the singular pronoun “their” and asks that readers do the same when speaking or writing about Alex.

From the publisher:

BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part. . . because she's a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte – but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

We are proud to note that all three of our December authors belong to the Own Voices category, meaning that they are members of the communities featured in their books.