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Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

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Miriasha
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374266776
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Published: MCD - May 4th, 2021

Rivers Solomon has blown me away yet again. I usually avoid horror and mystery- I had to read Sorrowland very slowly, supplementing it with lots of middle grade books to keep me from descending into the darkness and horror the book evokes. And I adored it. Rivers Solomon's writing is grounded, clear, audacious and unabashed. Pick this book up if a monstrous Black and queer survival story with no small share of fighting back sounds intriguing. -Miriasha, Burlington/Essex


Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

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Ali
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ISBN: 9780062906380
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Published: HarperOne - September 29th, 2020

I don't know if I loved Over the Top, by Jonathan Van Ness, or Naturally Tan, by Tan France, more. They may be tied for my favorite audiobook of all time. These two tell the incredible stories that eventually led them to Queer Eye with so much humor, candor, sass, and heart - and in JVN's case his signature theatrics and the wild, barely-controlled enthusiasm of a triple axel; in Tan's, his usual cheekiness and killer sense of attitude and style. Read and see for yourself, or try Libro.fm to listen and still support Phoenix Books!  -Ali, Burlington


Naturally Tan by Tan France

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Ali
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ISBN: 9781250210531
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 22nd, 2020

I don't know if I loved Over the Top, by Jonathan Van Ness, or Naturally Tan, by Tan France, more. They may be tied for my favorite audiobook of all time. These two tell the incredible stories that eventually led them to Queer Eye with so much humor, candor, sass, and heart - and in JVN's case his signature theatrics and the wild, barely-controlled enthusiasm of a triple axel; in Tan's, his usual cheekiness and killer sense of attitude and style. Read and see for yourself, or try Libro.fm to listen and still support Phoenix Books! -Ali, Burlington


The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon

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Miriasha
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ISBN: 9781335212795
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Published: Inkyard Press - June 1st, 2021

Transgender witch Wyatt fled his magical birth kingdom Asalin for the human world, where he has been living with his best friend Briar… until his ex-fiancé, and crown prince of Asalin, shows up to bring him home. Where has this feral, hurt, angry, loving, disaster of a gay trans witch been my whole life? I felt so at home within the pages of this book, and I know other trans readers will feel the same way - this is the fantasy I would have LOVED to read in high school. -Miriasha, Burlington/Essex


Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

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Miriasha
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ISBN: 9780778311027
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Published: Park Row - February 23rd, 2021

I loved this book, especially the found family and incredibly important platonic, non-blood-related relationships that Grace has-- a whole constellation of love. I'd gladly read books about almost any of the secondary characters, too! -Miriasha, Burlington/Essex


Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

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Miriasha
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ISBN: 9780593133378
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Published: One World - January 12th, 2021

This book led to my favorite (queer) book conversation to date. The characters are messy and mostly unlikeable!  Torrey dives straight into topics in trans identity often considered taboo without worrying about placating a cis-gender audience. A quietly chaotic and fascinating character study. -Miriasha, Burlington/Essex


In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

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ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

This book shook me to my core. Each chapter rarely extends longer than 1 page and explores a different facet of an abusive queer relationship through the lens of a different literary trope (stoner comedy, noir, déjà vu, etc.). As in her critically acclaimed book of short stories, Her Body and Other Parties, Machado's strength lies in her ability to create suspense and horror out of domestic life, Although this is a work of non-fiction, it reads like a thriller. -Ruth, Burlington


Girlhood by Melissa Febos

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Ruth
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ISBN: 9781635572520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 30th, 2021

"I had learned about the male gaze in women’s studies classes, but knew no way to dig it out of me," writes Febos. This books is for feminists who are looking back at their own girlhoods and wondering when and why they began to see their body through others' eyes, where along the way their voices got smaller and their "no"s became diluted or disappeared altogether. This was a book I didn't know I needed until I found it. -Ruth, Burlington


Hellion's Waltz by Olivia Waite

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Sofie
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ISBN: 9780062931832
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Published: Avon Impulse - June 15th, 2021

A flirtatious game of “Catch Me If You Can” between a music teacher who is new in town and the silk weaver running a swindle with the local worker’s union. Featuring stunning writing from an underappreciated voice in historical romance.


The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

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Sofie
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ISBN: 9781949199734
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

One of the best short story collections I have ever read. Every story touches upon the complexities of the lives of black women and how Christianity affects their sexuality, relationships, families and bodies. There is so much heart in each of these nine stories.


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