Normally we would only feature one title for our blog, but we couldn't pick just one book for this week! YYCPride runs August 24th through September 3rd, and we wanted to help celebrate by bringing you some fantastic titles that are written by and/or about LGBTQ+ people.
Mean by Myriam Gurba: "True crime, memoir and ghost story, Mean is the bold and hilarious tale of Myriam Gurba's coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana."
Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote: "Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving memoir told in stories, about how they learned to embrace their tomboy past while carving out a space for those of us who don't fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels."
Disoriental by Negar Djavadi: "In this high-spirited, multigenerational tale, key moments of Iranian history punctuate a story about motherhood, family, exile, rebellion, and love. At the heart of this prize-winning international bestseller is the unforgettable Kimia Sadr - queer punk-rock aficionado and storyteller extraordinaire, a woman caught between the vibrant intricacies of her origins and the modern life she's made."
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin: "Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. By Riley isn't exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection, the pressure - media and otherwise - is building up in Riley's so-called 'normal' life."
The Clothesline Swing by Ahmad Danny Ramadan: "The Clothesline Swing tells the epic story of two lovers anchored to the memory of a dying Syria. Hakawati, a storyteller, relays remembered fables to keep life going for his dying partner. Each night he waves stories of his childhood home in Damascus, of the cruelty he has endured for his sexuality, of leaving home, of war, of his fated meeting with his lover. Death himself joins the conversations, eavesdropping on the two men's secrets as he awaits their final undoing."
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel: "This is Claude. He's five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes."
Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead: "'You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine' is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer and NDN glitter princess, repeats to himself in this vivid and utterly compelling debut novel by Joshua Whitehead."
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: "Dante can swim. Ari can't. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison....Against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, the develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of the lives, and help define the people they want to be."
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender: "Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and twelve-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately...But when a new student named Kalinda arrives, Caroline's luck begins to turn around. Kalinda...becomes Caroline's first and only friend - and the person for whom Caroline has begun to develop a crush. Now Caroline must find the strength to confront her feelings for Kalinda, brave the spirit stalking her through the islands, and face the reason her mother abandoned her."
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: "Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride - or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia - the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion! Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art and family. A fairy tale for any age."