June is Pride Month which means it’s time to fly your rainbow flags extra high! We’re proud to celebrate Pride Month by reading some of these awesome books:
- “Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story” by Jacob Tobia
Growing up in North Carolina, Jacob Tobia learned that being called a “sissy” isn’t a put down but rather is a source of pride because it’s okay to want to both play with barbies and with bugs. In this powerful memoir, Jacob takes readers through their childhood growing up Methodist to their time at Duke University and working for the United Nations all while shattering the idea that people can only be one gender.
- “Patsy” by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Yearning for a life in America after years of reading letters from her young love, Cicely, Patsy leaves Jamaica behind in search of finding both a new life and herself. But New York isn’t what she thought it would be and she grapples with having left her home and her five-year-old daughter, Tru, behind. As Patsy explores a new independence, Tru also questions her own identity and sexuality. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award and longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, “Patsy” is a must read!
- “In the Dream House” by Carmen Maria Machado
I actually read Machado’s memoir earlier this year for one of the book clubs I’m in and was quickly engrossed by her allegorical haunted house trope in which used to express how her passionate relationship quickly turned volatile. She unpacks the stereotypes of lesbian relationships and examines the possible realities of queer relationships.
- “Under the Udala Trees” by Chinelo Okparanta
Ijeoma is eleven when civil war erupts in Nigeria and she is sent away. It is then that she meets and falls in love with another displaced young girl but when their relationship is discovered, Ijeoma knows that she will forever have to bury this part of herself, but at what cost? Through one woman’s eyes, “Under the Udala Trees” explores the many ways in which Nigeria has struggled with division, either in war or through prejudice.
- “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli
Simon enjoys drama class but that doesn’t mean he wants his personal drama spread around school. Simon hasn’t come out yet but his secret is about after someone threatens to leak one of his private emails. Now Simon must find a way to break out of his comfort zone without pushing away his friends and the cute guy he’s been crushing on.
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