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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


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


Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

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Miriasha
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ISBN: 9780593111154
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Published: Dial Books - April 20th, 2021

Set in rural Vermont, this spooky and thoughtful book follows Bug, a soon-to-be middle-schooler. How do you handle your uncle’s death when he’s still haunting your house, and when he seems to have a message for you? How can you “be you” when you don’t know what that means yet? -Miriasha, Burlington/Essex


Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

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Miriasha
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$27.00
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


Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

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Nicole
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By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250207562
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

Two lesbians and a cat on a roadtrip across Texas-- a simple plotline full of emotion and heart. I love the friendship these two young women form with each other and the ways they confront and deal with past trauma together. Slight trigger warning: mentions of past sexual assault. -Nicole, Essex


On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

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Heather
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ISBN: 9780525562047
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

The narrator, Little Dog, writes a letter to his Vietnamese refugee mother who cannot read. In the letter he reveals to his mother that he is gay. The novel is about the power of telling one’s own story and seeking ways to heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are.
Be sure to find his beautiful collection of poetry, Night Sky snd Exit Wounds.


All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

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Katie
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ISBN: 9780374312718
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

George M. Johnson pulls no punches in All Boys Aren't Blue. The result? We are gifted with a clear-eyed memoir full of heart about growing up and coming out as a queer man of color. Johnson's powerful, yet conversational, personal essays illustrate his manifesto by providing readers welcome lessons in what it means to be truly seen, how our culture chooses NOT to see, and the detrimental impacts that has on our society as a whole. Required reading for all humans. -Katie, Essex


The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel

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Katie
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ISBN: 9780358424178
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2020

The Essential DTWOF is a compilation of Bechdel's groundbreaking comic strip from 1983-2008. There are myriad ways to get lost in Dykes to Watch Out For. Enjoy it with cup of tea on a chilly afternoon when you need to spend some time with good friends on a page. Leave it on the nightstand for a quick read before bed when you want to visit with Mo and Jezanna at Madwimmin Bookstore. There are myriad reasons to to love this book, too. Bechdel's expressive illustration, the funny, serious, and salient storylines. But mostly, for me, what makes DTWOF so special is the wonderfully real characters in their everyday relationships and how they interact with the world around them. -Katie, Essex


The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

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Katie
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ISBN: 9780525541622
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 25th, 2021

When Vivek's fabric-wrapped body is found lifeless on is mother's porch, the mysterious journey of the death, life, and loves of Vivek Oji begins. This is a beautiful and deeply moving novel of love in all its facets: familial, friendship, romantic, and self. Vivek Oji will stay with you a long time. -Katie


Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony

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ISBN: 9780316496131
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 5th, 2021

It's challenging to try to describe Enter the Aardvark. There are a lot of things that just don't belong together. A dudebro congressman fixated on the Reagan Era. A recusive Victorian taxidermist. A missing-but-not-really-boyfriend. And a stuffed aardvark that's seen it all. Nothing about this novel should work, and yet, in fewer than 200 pages, Jessica Anthony pulls it off. Pure alchemy. Simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and beautiful. -Beth, Essex


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