Reading Lists

LGBTQ (RD 80 and 90)

She's not there : a life in two genders

Boylan, Jennifer Finney

Broadway Books 2004

The exuberant memoir of a man named James who became a woman named Jenny.

Second line : two short novels of love and cooking in New Orleans

Brite, Poppy Z, Brite, Poppy Z, Brite, Poppy Z

Small Beer Press ; Distributed to the trade by Consortium 2009

"'The Value of X' introduces Rickey and G-man, who are slowly realizing there are only two important things in life: cooking...and each other. It's a love story that unfolds over eggplant quiche, Gulf oysters, and braised pork shanks in the vibrant, gritty world of 1990s New Orleans. Rickey and G-man must navigate the end of childhood, the challenges of family and separation, and their divergent ambitions, to unearth the elusive, intangible worth of true love: the total value of X" --Cover, p. 4. "When 'D*U*C*K' picks up, Rickey and G-man are owners and co-chefs of Liquor, of New Orleans' most popular restaurants. Not content with fighting off vengeful former employees or conquering the competition, Rickey pushes G-Man to cater the Ducks Unlimited banquet, where every course must include the ducks the hunters have bagged. Rickey's crew is ready but he's not sure he can do it all and deal with the guest of honor: childhood hero, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert" --Cover, p. 4.

The miseducation of Cameron Post

Danforth, Emily M

Balzer + Bray 2012

In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Stone butch blues : a novel

Feinberg, Leslie

Alyson Books 2003

Jess Goldberg decides to come out as a butch in the bars and factories of the pre feminist '60s and then to pass as a man in order to survive when she is left without work or a community in the early '70s.

Suicide notes : a novel

Ford, Michael Thomas

HarperTeen 2010

Brimming with sarcasm, fifteen-year-old Jeff describes his stay in a psychiatric ward after attempting to commit suicide.

The difference between you and me

George, Madeleine

Viking 2012

School outsider Jesse, a lesbian, is having secret trysts with Emily, the popular student council vice president, but when they find themselves on opposite sides of a major issue and Jesse becomes more involved with a student activist, they are forced to make a difficult decision.

Murder in the Irish Channel

Herren, Greg

Liberty Edition, Bold Strokes Books 2011

"It begins as a simple missing persons case--a young MMA fighter's mother has mysteriously disappeared. But as New Orleans private eye Chanse MacLeod starts digging around, he discovers that she is the leader of a group fighting the powerful Archdiocese of New Orleans over the closing of two churches. As the trail leads from corrupt church officials to powerful real estate developers to the world of cage fighting, Chanse soon realizes there are a lot of powerful people who want to make sure she stays gone--and don't have a problem with getting rid of a pesky gay private eye" --P. [4] of cover.

Almost perfect

Katcher, Brian

Delacorte Press 2010

With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.

Boy meets boy

Levithan, David

Alfred A. Knopf 2005

Love is never easy. Especially if you're Paul. He's a sophomore at a high school like no other, and these are his friends: Infinite Darlene, the homecoming queen and star quarterback. Joni, Paul's best friend who may not be his best friend anymore. Tony, his other best friend, who can't leave the house unless his parents think he's going on a date...with a girl. Kyle, the ex-boyfriend who won't go away. Rip, the school bookie, who sets the odds... and Noah, the boy. The one who changes everything.


Lo, Malinda

Little, Brown and Co. 2010

In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.

The letter Q : queer writers' notes to their younger selves

Moon, Sarah Lecesne, James

Arthur A. Levine Books 2012

Collects letters from such famous contributors as Brian Selznick, Michael Cunningham, and Amy Bloom to offer hope and support in the face of prejudice.

Bobby Blanchard, lesbian gym teacher

Nolan, Monica

Kensington Books 2010

Roberta "Bobby" Blanchard, having taken a position as the gym teacher at Metamora Academy after an accident forced her to quit professional field hockey, investigates the mysterious death of the math instructor, while trying to build a winning field hockey team, teaching her students about themselves, and learning lessons about love.

Luna : a novel

Peters, Julie Anne

Little, Brown 2004

Fifteen-year-old Regan's life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam's transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of "transitioning" by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy's body.

Keeping you a secret : a novel

Peters, Julie Anne

Little, Brown and Co. 2005

As she begins a very tough last semester of high school, Holland finds herself puzzled about her future and intrigued by a transfer student who wants to start a Lesbigay club at school.


Rice-Gonzalez, Charles

Magnus Books 2011

Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the youth culture of Manhattan, Chulito is a coming-of-age. coming out love story of a sexy Latino man and the colorful characters that populate his block --

Saints of Augustine

Ryan, Patrick

HarperTeen 2007

In St. Augustine, Florida, former best friends Charlie Perrin and Sam Findley, now both sixteen, come to realize that their friendship is the only thing that will keep them afloat when each of their worlds is turned upside down through death, divorce, and the seemingly out-of-control direction of their lives.

Someone killed his boyfriend

Stukas, David

Kensington Books 2001

Robert tags along as his friend Michael Stark goes in search of the man who left him standing at the altar and stole his priceless Matisse. They track him to Provincetown, where he turns up dead and Michael and Robert become the chief suspects.

Don't let me go

Trumble, J. H

Kensington Books 2012

Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, heart-pounding, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang. But when Adam graduates and takes an off-Broadway job in New York at Nate's insistence- that certainty begins to flicker. Nate's friends can't keep his insecurities at bay, especially when he catches glimpses of Adam's shirtless roommate. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it's the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.--From back cover.

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