Pride Month Staff Picks

Pride staff picks

It's Pride Month!  In celebration, we've put together a new collection of Pride Month Staff Picks.  Explore some of our favorite queer stories here — or explore our bookseller's LGBTQ+ recommendations and articles.

 

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Light From Uncommon Stars By Ryka Aoki Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250789068
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Published: Tor Books - September 28th, 2021

World-famous violinist Shizuka Satomi has made a deal with the devil: to train seven violin prodigies and convince them to sign away their souls so Shizuka can obtain immortality. After delivering six souls, Shizuka is faced with her seventh: self-trained transgender runaway Katrina Nguyen. As Shizuka takes Katrina under her wing, she starts to become attached to her newest pupil, which makes convincing Katrina to sign away her soul all the more difficult. This funky yet heart-wrenching book will be enjoyed by fans of T. J. Klune. Also, there are donuts and interstellar refugees!

— Carissa


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Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex By Angela Chen Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780807014738
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Published: Beacon Press - September 14th, 2021

Though I don't tend to read a lot of nonfiction, I found Ace to be an absolute delight.  Through her own accounts, as well as those of a diverse cast of Ace people, Chen masterfully dissects harmful sexual narratives.  An accessible guide to understanding and revolutionizing our understanding of sexuality, this book is a valuable resource for ace and non-ace people alike.

— Max


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This Is How You Lose the Time War By Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

Told in a series of (increasingly fantastical) letters between post-human super soldiers, this excellent novella is a mad romp across the multiverse, and manages to cram in so many sci-fi tropes, the book often feels like its going to burst at the seams.  But the sheer poetry and language of it all, not to mention the irresistible love story of the two women, guarantees that it rockets towards an awe-inducing finale.

— Stefen


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The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel By Zeyn Joukhadar Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781982121525
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 13th, 2021

This is a brilliant novel and an intimately beautiful story of love, loss, and art. The Thirty Names of Night tells the interweaving stories of two Syrian-American artists: one a contemporary New Yorker in the shadow of a mother's death, the other a bygone painter most famous for her artwork of birds.  Throughout the novel, these two stories dance around one another like courting birds: sometimes touching, sometimes placing whole continents between their floating, feathery forms.  Warm, intimate, and achingly lovely.

— Leo


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The Honeys By Ryan La Sala Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338745313
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Published: PUSH - August 16th, 2022

A fun queer YA folk horror!  Mars is genderfluid and has just lost his twin sister, Caroline.  His genderfluidity excludes him from a lot of traditions in his family, including attending Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy, where Caroline spent her summers.  He elects to attend in her place after her passing and finds strangely enforced gender roles, folksy charm, and bizarre cliques like the Honeys, Caroline's old group of friends.  Mars is certain they also had something to do with her death.  Over time, Mars begins to feel haunted and hunted, by who or what, he isn't sure.  His mind plays tricks on him and his memory begins to falter.  If Mars doesn't figure out what's happening at Aspen soon, it will eat him alive.

— Carissa


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Your Body is Not Your Body By Alex Woodroe (Editor), Matt Blairstone (Editor) Cover Image
By Alex Woodroe (Editor), Matt Blairstone (Editor)
$19.99
ISBN: 9798985992304
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Published: Tenebrous Press - May 16th, 2022

This collection is an absolutely transformative (pun intended) work of queer fiction. A love letter to the trans experience, featuring stories that are both gut-wrenching and beautifully candid. These stories are sure to leave you aching for more.

— Max


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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

Royal romance with a twist! I picked this book up at the recommendation of a friend, and boy am I glad I did.  Dramatic, cheeky, and HELLA GAY, this steamy romance is a wild ride from start to finish.

— Katie


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Cemetery Boys By Aiden Thomas Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250250469
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Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

In attempt to prove himself to his family, trans brujo Yadriel summons the spirit of his murdered cousin.  Except, it's not his cousin who turns up.  It's Julian Diaz: the irritatingly stubborn (and irritatingly attractive) "bad boy" at Yadriel's school.  What ensues is a story of friendship, magic, love, adventure, and the struggle to be seen for who you truly are.  Heart-racing and heartfelt, this is one of my all-time favorites.

— Leo


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The Chosen and the Beautiful By Nghi Vo Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250820129
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Published: Tordotcom - March 29th, 2022

This Great Gatsby retelling is from the perspective of Jordan Baker, who is a queer immigrant with magical abilities brought to America from Vietnam as a child.  Gatsby was one of my favorite classics that I read in high school, so I was ecstatic to find out about this retelling, which did a wonderful job of exposing the rot beneath the lights and jazz of the Roaring '20's.

— Carissa


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American Mermaid: A Novel By Julia Langbein Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780385549677
Published: Doubleday - March 21st, 2023

American Mermaid is a surprise exercise in asexual representation without being about asexuality.  It's set up as a book within a book, with protagonist Penny, the author of the in-story novel mirroring her own protagonist Sylvia in ways both aspirational and unintentional.  Sylvia is a mermaid, not a woman, and grappling with her experience (or lack thereof) of sexual desire makes her feel as detached and imperfect as the physical disabilities resulting from her adoptive parents' attempts to make her body more human.  This is reflected in Penny's own experiences as she navigates the complexities of friendships, dating, and even dealing with her family.  She doesn't define herself as asexual, but her family is happy to provide the label for her. "It's not your fault!  You're broken!" her sister says in an earnest but misguided attempt at support.  But Penny is determined to make her way on her own terms, making for a multilayered book about perceptions and finding (and holding onto) oneself, and it was fun to see representation of a particularly marginalized part of the LGBTQ+ community.

— Caitlin