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A few new LGBTQ reads for your Pride Month reading list


Bingo Love is the most enjoyable romantic graphic novel I have ever encountered. I read it three times and don’t even like romance.

Hazel and Mari meet and fall in love at church bingo in the early 60s but their families and society keep them apart. They reunite and rekindle many years later, and then be prepared to feel all the feels. This book is darling and heartwarming and the illustrations are gorgeous. Get your copy today and celebrate the enduring bond between two women, and bingo.

You should also definitely check out My Favorite Thing is Monsters  by Emil Ferris and As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman.

In biography and nonfiction, be sure to check out Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon

Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray. Everyone should know more about this person. I mean, really.

And then breathe a deep sigh of appreciation for Me and My House: James Baldwin’s Last Decade in France

Keep an eye out for Kiese Laymon’s memoir, Heavy, due out this fall. I’m told it’s fantastic.

Now for a few of my personal favorite recent additions in adult fiction:

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

Black Wave by Michelle Tea. OK, I recommend pretty much anything written by Michelle Tea.

Stray City by Chelsey Johnson is just delightful. Side note: I had the pleasure of meeting Chelsey at her book talk at Babe’s of Carytown earlier this year. It’s really an awesome experience to meet an author and hear them read from their work. I recommend attending any and all readings that you possibly can.

Guapa by Saleem Haddad

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell

The Angel of History by Rabih Alemeddine.

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney. Fans of Saul Bellow will especially like this one.

My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci

No One Can Pronounce my Name by Rakesh Satyal

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

And finally, a few recent poetry collections you need in your life:

Black Movie by Danez Smith

Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen