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Your Spring 2020 LGBTQ Reading List

Here are five new must-reads to add to your bookshelf this season…
 
The period in between seasons is already a time of waiting, but given the current circumstances, feelings of anticipation and uncertainty are heightened. To stay occupied and even get inspired during this time of social isolation and hibernation, pick up one of these new spring book releases. Step into someone else’s shoes for three or four hundred pages and give your loyal TV a break. So without further ado, here are five new must-reads to add to your bookshelf.
 
Becoming A Man
By P. Carl
Set amidst the tumultuous times of Trump’s presidency and the #METOO movement, this honest memoir tells the story of Carl’s journey from a queer woman to the man he always knew he was meant to be. It walks readers through the complexities of renegotiating long-time relationships after a gender transition and the inner questions he asked himself along his journey.

Buy it here: Amazon | Indigo
 
Beyond He & She: What’s Your Pronoun?
By Dennis Baron
Written by a linguistic scholar, this is a deep dive into the complicated and ever-changing gender pronoun debate. It explores the important role that pronouns play in the establishment of fundamental rights and personal identities and provides a historical look at their evolution.

Buy it here: Amazon | Indigo
 
The Mercies
By Kiran Millwood Hargrave
This engrossing feminist novel brings readers back to a town in Norway, circa 1617, where all the men have drowned after a storm. A few years later, a Scottish witch-hunter arrives on the island with his wife, who is intrigued to find a town run by only women—one of whom she begins to develop a strong and surprising relationship with.

Buy it here: Amazon | Indigo
 
Cleanness
By Garth Greenwell
This literary novel tells the story of an American teacher navigating love and desire in the turbulent setting of Sofia, Bulgaria, during a time of political protests.

Buy it here: Amazon | Indigo
 
Dead Mom Walking
By Rachel Matlow
In this memoir, Rachel Matlow chronicles her mother’s cancer diagnosis and tells the story of their relationship. As someone that grew up fitting the “tomboy” label and now identifies as genderqueer, Rachel identifies with her mom’s independent spirit and unique approach to life. However, what that looks like for her mom now is foregoing conventional treatment and surgery, and Rachel watches in terror as her mom puts her life into the hands of a team of alternative herbal healers until her dying days.

Buy it here: Amazon | Indigo
 

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