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New LGBTQ+ books for adults

June is Pride month where we get to celebrate people of all gender identities and sexual orientations and remember those who have fought for equal rights for all. Over the month of June we will be highlighting recent books about and by LGBTQ+ people for adult, teens, and children. This list for adults includes the much anticipated first novel by Ocean Vuong On earth we're briefly gorgeous, Nicole Dennis-Benn's new novel Patsy, a memoir from Queer Eye's fashion maven Tan France, and more! 

For help finding any of these titles or more, please contact the Reference Desk at 978-623-8430 or email us at rdesk@mhl.org.


	Paris, 7 a.m. : a novel
Paris, 7 a.m. : a novel
by Liza Wieland

The award-winning author of A Watch of Nightingales reimagines the experiences of pre-fame poet Elizabeth Bishop during three life-changing weeks spent in Paris on the eve of World War II. 

	Naamah
Naamah
by Sarah Blake

Imagines the life of Noah's wife, Naamah, a woman torn between faith and fury, lending her strength to her sons and their wives, caring for an unruly menagerie of restless creatures and silently mourning the lover she left behind. 

	Patsy : a novel
Patsy : a novel
by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Receiving her long-coveted visa to America, Patsy leaves behind her family in Jamaica, only to discover that life as an undocumented immigrant is not what her best friend had described. By the award-winning author of Here Comes the Sun. 

	The tradition
The tradition
by Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown’s poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we’ve become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown’s mastery, and his invention of the duplex―a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues―is testament to his formal skill. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction.

	Going Dutch : a novel
Going Dutch : a novel
by James Gregor

"Going Dutch is a hilarious and cutting portrait of modern relationships that finds a gay male graduate student falling for his brilliant female classmate. For fans of The Love affairs of Nathaniel P (with a queer twist)"

	On earth we're briefly gorgeous : a novel
On earth we're briefly gorgeous : a novel
by Ocean Vuong

A first novel by the award-winning author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds is written in the form of a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read about the impact of the Vietnam War on their family. 

	Naturally Tan : a memoir
Naturally Tan : a memoir
by Tan France

The Queer Eye star and designer recounts his complicated early life as a closeted gay youth from a traditional South Asian family in Yorkshire, sharing insights into his coming of age, emergence as an artist and happy marriage. 

	Out east : memoir of a Montauk summer
Out east : memoir of a Montauk summer
by John Glynn

A portrait of life in a Montauk summer house is also a debut memoir of first love, identity and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family. 

	Real queer America : LGBT stories from red states
Real queer America : LGBT stories from red states
by Samantha Allen

A transgender reporter for the Daily Beast visits Red States in America's "flyover country" and tells the stories of extraordinary LGBT people who decided to stay, rather than leave for the more liberal coasts, and describes their work for change.

	When Brooklyn was queer
When Brooklyn was queer
by Hugh Ryan

A groundbreaking, never-before-told story of the neighborhood’s colorful and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day, shows how the formation of the Brooklyn we know today is inextricably linked to the stories of the extraordinary people who created its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.

	Sissy : a coming-of-gender story
Sissy : a coming-of-gender story
by Jacob Tobia

A gender-diverse cultural influencer on both the Forbes "30 Under 30" and "OUT 100" lists examines how religious, political and educational experiences revealed the need for greater cultural inclusion and anti-discrimination legislation that acknowledges the gender spectrum.

	Long live the tribe of fatherless girls : a memoir
Long live the tribe of fatherless girls : a memoir
by T Kira Madden

An acclaimed literary essayist presents this raw and redemptive debut memoir about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager in Boca Raton, Florida, where she, the only child of parents continually battling drug and alcohol addictions, found loving friendships with fatherless girls.

	We are everywhere : protest, power, and pride in the history of Queer Liberation
We are everywhere : protest, power, and pride in the history of Queer Liberation
by Matthew Riemer

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, this essential and empowering introduction to the history of queer liberation traces queer activism from its roots in late-19th-century Europe to the gender warriors leading the charge today.
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