Pride Reads

Some of my favorite pride reads, recommended by mood.

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  • For the book you’ll want to read again as soon as you’ve finished it: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  • For the one to send chills down your spine: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  • For a coming of age story that will make your heart ache: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • For the beautiful story in the untraditional format: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • For the one to whisk you away on an adventure: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • For the stunning YA novel about grief, anxiety, sexuality, and so much more: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • For the classic that helped blaze the trail for all the others: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  • For the novel that will teach you about places and times you’ve never read about: Disoriental by Négar Djavadi

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Caleb and Kit

Thank you to the lovely people at Running Press Books for my copy of Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel.  All thoughts and images are my own.

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

Caleb is shorter, frailer, and more protected than most twelve year olds.  That’s because he was born with cystic fibrosis, a disease that fills his lungs with mucus and shortens his lifespan.  The rules and routines that manage his disorder control too much of Caleb, not that his prying mom or perfect older brother seem to care. Continue reading

George

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

Be who you are.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. Buy she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part… because she’s a boy. Continue reading

Christmas by the Book

In an unsurprising turn of events, almost every gift I gave this year involved a book.  While I am posting this after the holiday itself, I’m sharing it because I’m proud of how each gift reflects the reading personality of the recipient and because maybe it’ll give you ideas for next year! Continue reading

A Most Extraordinary Pursuit

Thank you to the team at Berkley Pub for gifting me this copy of A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray.  All thoughts and images are my own.

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

February 1906.  As the personal secretary of the recently departed Duke of Olympia – and a woman of scrupulous character – Miss Emmeline Rose Truelove never expected her duties to involve steaming through the Mediterranean on a private yacht under the prodigal eye of one Lord Silverton, the most charmingly corrupt bachelor in London.  But here they are, improperly bound on a quest to find the duke’s enigmatic heir, current whereabouts unknown. Continue reading

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America.  An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds. Continue reading