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Pride Month: Part 2

It's time for Part 2 of the Pride month LGBTQIA inspired reading list. Check out any of these books (one for every day in June) and take a look at Part 1 for the rest of the list.  

Don't forget about East Dundee's Pride on the Fox on June 15 and FRVPLD's celebrations, Rainbow Storytime for youth and Rainbow Mosaic program for adults and teens the same day.

                    

  • June 16: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson- In this semi-autobiographical novel, Jeanette begins the story as an evangelical, believing she is one of God’s elect. As a teenager, Jeanette falls for a girl and this love leads her to leave the church and throws her family into upheaval.
  • June 17: Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller- Re-telling The Iliad’s story of Achilles and Patroclus, Song of Achilles charts their youth and relationship from their first meeting through the Trojan War that will change everything.
  • June 18: When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri- Katie is dumped by her fiancé and, while nursing a broken heart, meets Cassidy. At first, the women are unsure of each other, but eventually their connection can’t be ignored. Katie questions her sexuality and her traditional views on gender, and starts to learn more about who she is.
  • June 19: Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht- In 1962, Vera Kelly is working at a radio station when she’s headhunted by a CIA recruiter to become a spy. She ends up on a mission in Argentina where things inevitably go wrong.
  • June 20: Codename Villanelle and No Tomorrow (Killing Eve novels) by Luke Jennings- Villanelle is one of the world’s leading assassins, and Eve is a former government agent tasked with tracking her down. What starts as a simple cat and mouse chase becomes more as the women become infatuated with each other.

 

                    

  • June 21: The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst- Through the eyes of David Sparsholt and, later, his son Johnny, this book explores key moments in Britain’s changing views on morality and homosexuality from the 1940s to the present.
  • June 22: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel- Claude is not like his older brothers. He likes long hair and dresses and wants to carry a purse. He tells his parents he wants to be a girl when he grows up, and at first they believe he will grow out of it. But eventually, keeping this quiet takes a toll on the family.
  • June 23: Lie With Me by Philippe Besson- Philippe reminisces about a secret affair that he has never forgotten. During his last year of high school, he and Thomas ignored each other in the halls but conducted a passionate, life-changing affair outside of school.  
  • June 24: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn- Margot works at a resort in Montego Bay and does all she can to earn money for her younger sister Thandi in order to pay for Thandi to go to school and build a better life than the one offered on their small island. When a new luxury hotel gets ready to open, Margot sees an opportunity not only to make more money for Thandi, but a chance to openly declare her feelings for another woman.
  • June 25: Stuck in the Middle With You: a memoir of parenting in three genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan- Boylan’s memoir about transitioning from a man to a woman and from a father to a mother also features interviews with other fathers and mothers about the world of parenting.

 

                    

  • June 26: Fun Home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel- Bechdel’s memoir in graphic novel format focuses on her family and includes her coming out and eventual realization that her father was gay.
  • June 27: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde- The young and beautiful Dorian Gray has his portrait painted by a friend, through whom he meets Lord Henry Wotton. Lord Henry’s influence on Dorian leads to his corruption and years of debauchery. Through all of this, Dorian never ages, with all the signs of his age and horrible behavior showing up in his portrait.
  • June 28: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy- The narrative spans decades and locations throughout India, weaving together disparate characters’ stories through some of the darkest times in modern Indian history.  
  • June 29: Stonewall Uprising- This documentary film tells the story of the police raids on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, and the fight back which became the birth of the gay rights movement.
  • June 30: Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris- One of Sedaris’s more recent collections of biographical short stories, these use his trademark twisted humor to re-visit strange and formative moments in his life and recognize the absurd in everyday life.