We bring you the list of new LGBTQ books (both fiction and non-fiction) that need to be added to your Pride bookshelf this month!
Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman ****
Call me by Your Name is the debut novel of the Egyptian born literary scholar and memoirist Andre Aciman. His coming-of-age story revolves around the sudden yet powerful romance between an adolescent boy and a guest who visits his parent’s mansion one Summer.
The novel explores the sexual awakening of Elio as he suffers from identity crisis and ruminates for it.
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown ****
Author Rita Mae Brown explores the story of a lesbian growing up in America.
Hilariously written this book was a good antidote with a mixture of human and sexual profanity. This book is perfect if you are looking to learn how to be an LGBTQ ally.
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Juliet Takes a Breath is the gorgeous debut novel by Gabby Rivera. The book revolves around the life of Juliet Milagros Palante who is moving to Portland Oregon from Bronx.
Juliet recently came out as a Lesbian to her parents which did not went well. She signed up to do a summer internship under her favorite author, Harlowe Brisbane (a hippy white woman)
This is a book about self-discovery, a summer journey of confrontations.
The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin ****
The Days of Anna Madrigal is the final novel of Armistead’s bestselling series, Tales of the City. The story revolves around Anna Madrigal, the legendary Transgender landlady who sets on a road trip back to her past.
Now a fragile 92-year-old Anna lives a peaceful life with her caretaker and former tenants and a few others. But she has another journey on her mind. With Brian on her side, she travels to her depression-era childhood where she finally unearths lifetime of secrets and dreams.
The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr *****
Author Robert Jones JR brings us a new kind of epic, focusing on the social dynamics of racism. The book is a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison. Robert manages to summon the voices of the slavers and the enslaved, and masterfully reveals’ the pain of inheritance and strength of true love.
The story explores the forbidden union of two enslaved young men on a Deep South Plantation. Soon their lives are disrupted when an old fellow slave starts to preach the gospel on the plantation. The enslaved begin to turn on them and see their love as something sinful.