7 Must-Read LGBTQ Books
In the spirit of pride month, here are awesome LGBTQ books you should check out.
1. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Hours follows three characters at three different points in time: Virginia Woolf before her suicide during WWII, Clarissa Vaughn, who is planning a party in modern-day New York for her friend, a famous poet, who is dying from AIDS, and Laura Brown, a housewife in the late 1940s who is struggling with her perfect-life existence at home in the suburbs. The story is a passionate tale that intricately intertwines the three women’s stories.
2. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
There weren’t many YA novels about homosexuality before David Levithan hit the scene with Boy Meets Boy. Following the typical romantic plotline of boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl, the story follows the love life of openly gay sophomore Paul through the teenaged ups and downs of dating in a small New Jersey town.
3. I Left It on the Mountain by Kevin Sessums
Kevin Sessums first broke onto the scene with his memoir Mississippi Sissy, where he recounts his life growing up gay in the Deep South and testifying in the murder trial of the man who killed his gay mentor, Frank Haines. This time around, Sessums delves into his life in the New York arts scene as an actor and writer, as well as his struggles with meth addiction and living with HIV. Ripe with celebrity encounters and eye-opening moments, you won’t be able to put this memoir down.
4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Get lost in this magical tale of young love and self-discovery. Lauded by readers and critics alike, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a breakthrough coming-of-age YA tale about two teenage boys whose happenstance meeting in a swimming pool turns into a lasting friendship that ends up changing their lives forever.
5. 85A by Kyle Thomas Smith
This award-winning young adult book is Catcher in the Rye if Holden Caulfield was a gay punk-rock 15-year-old in 1989 Chicago. With the world practically set against him, Seamus O’Grady plans to be a playwright in London. Anyone who’s ever felt a little out of place will find a little piece of themselves in 85A.
6. Sex Happens: The Gay Man’s Guide to Creative Intimacy by Arlen K. Leight
Sex Happens is a comprehensive guide to help gay men and their partners deepen their relationships while maintaining sexual intimacy and creativity. No individual should have to suffer within the most intimate relationship of his life, and Leight’s plethora of expertise is sure to benefit any gay man, no matter where he may be in his life or intimate relationship.
7. To Cook Is To Love by John Verlinden
Chef Johnny shares Nuevo Cuban recipes from Mami Aida. You’ll have Mami Aida in your ear as you learn how to create healthier versions of traditional Cuban dishes. And while your stomach is sated, Mami Aida will tell you her story, along with the wisdom she’s picked up over the years.
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