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Just as I Am: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062931061
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - January 26th, 2021

Cicely Tyson has bestowed upon us one last gift before her passing, and has once again immaculately  shown us the depths and complexities of human life. Widely renowned for her work in the entertainment industry, Ms. Tyson spares no expense in this memoir, baring her soul in a way that will leave readers utterly entranced by her life and her work.


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Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982141493
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

In an amazing debut, John Paul Brammer shares his journey from rural Oklahoma, to a successful columnist and as the "Chicano Carrie Bradshaw" of New York City. Immaculately written, John Paul does an amazing job at capturing what it is like to grow up both Queer and Latinx, and relates worthwhile advice through heartfelt anecdotes. Heartwarming and hilarious, this is a must read for anyone who wants to cry, laugh, or both at the same time!


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Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250305978
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021

Ashley Ford's first memoir is nothing short of an instant classic! Equal parts heartbreaking and inspirational, Ford beautifully details how she was able to grow up and thrive in spite of the abuse she faced at the hands of those around her and in the absence of her father who was imprisoned for most of her life. Each page is wonderfully written and will prove to be a challenge to put down once you've started!


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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

Please trust me when I say that this memoir will be one of the best memoirs you have ever read! Simply exquisite, Michelle Zauner combines her love of H Mart and Korean food with the feelings of loss and grief she had following her mother's untimely passing. It's never easy losing someone who you cared for so deeply in your life, but Michelle knows how to take the sting out just a little bit (and makes you incredibly hungry while reading with her detailed descriptions of Korean food)!


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The Paris Library: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9781982134198
Published: Atria Books - February 9th, 2021

This book is a must-read for anyone who considers themself a book  or history buff! Based on the real-life American Library in Paris, The Paris Library focuses on the lives of two women, one from Paris and the other from rural Montana and how their shared love for literature gets them through the harder parts of life.


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How to They/Them: A Visual Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns and the World of Gender Fluidity Cover Image
By Stuart Getty, Brooke Thyng (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781632173133
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Published: Sasquatch Books - September 29th, 2020

An insightful how-to guide, this is a must read for anyone who is looking to learn more about individuals who use they/them pronouns and how you can be a better ally to those who use them!


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All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060959470
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

Warning: Once you pick this book up, you will find that it will be near-impossible to put down! A masterclass in love, bell hooks forces us to re-evaluate our relationship with the concept: from redefining love, embracing love, and rejecting what love is not. Equal parts life-changing and revolutionary, everyone needs to read this masterpiece by bell hooks!


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The Committed Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157065
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Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

A direct sequel to Nguyen's "The Sympathizer", The Committed follows our beloved, unnamed narrator to France where he and his brother encounter the brutal reality of living as Vietnamese refugees within the city of Paris. Weaving the story with elements of crime noir, politics, and colonialism, this book remains "committed" to keeping you on your toes while you read it! 


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Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

Kazuo Ishiguro blends real world concerns about technology and society with amazing storytelling to tell us about the life of Klara, an "Artificial Friend", who longs to love and be loved. Throughout the book we accompany Klara as she navigates what it truly means to be human and to feel emotion for the first time. An amazing read for anyone interested in technology and wanting to feel moved!


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Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982116255
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 2nd, 2021

As powerful as it is vulnerable, Rebecca Carroll invites us into her world as she navigates how love is love regardless of whether it comes from biological or chosen family.


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If Beale Street Could Talk (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307275936
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Published: Vintage - October 10th, 2006

Simply beautiful, James Baldwin has written an amazing story about two lovers, torn apart by the system who go on a journey that will have you feeling incredibly emotional with each page. This is a must read for anyone interested in James Baldwin's work and feel super emotional by the end.


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Queer Cocktails: 50 cocktail recipes celebrating gay icons and queer culture Cover Image
By Lewis Laney (Editor)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781912983278
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Published: Dog n Bone - March 9th, 2021

This collection of cocktail recipes is definitely a must have for Pride!  All of the recipes are based off of LGBT  icons and are super easy to follow with pretty tasty results! This is also a great recipe collection for anyone who wants to brush up on their bartending skills!
 


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The Autobiography of Malcolm X Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345350688
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 12th, 1987

Probably one of my favorite books I have ever read, this autobiography of one of the most polarizing figures in history is incredibly detailed and has unfortunately shown us how litte things have changed in the nation, and how much work is left before real change can even happen. Inspring and heartbreaking at the same time, this book is an absolute must read for everyone!


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Odes to Common Things Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780821220801
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Published: Bulfinch - May 1st, 1994

Pablo Neruda is simply one of the most amazing poets to have ever picked up a pen, and this collection of poems proves that. With each poem in this collection, Neruda finds a way to find the beauty of everyday items we would never look twice at, and turns everyday experiences into beautiful memories. 


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Films of Endearment: A Mother, a Son and the '80s Films That Defined Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335773791
Published: Hanover Square Press - May 4th, 2021

A must-read for film buffs everywhere, this memoir not only tells us about the author's life in eloquent detail, but also how an amazing decade for film shaped his relationship with his mom and how those films continue to impact us to this day.


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How Iceland Changed the World: The Big History of a Small Island Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143135883
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Published: Penguin Books - May 11th, 2021

Where some history books are a bit harder and a bit more difficult to read, this book finds a way to entrap and enthrall you in the history of one of the world's most unique islands. At first glance, it might not seem like the history of such a place would be interesting, but Egill Bjarnasson's descriptions of ancient and contemporary Icelandic history are so fascinating that this book will be hard to put down once you've started.


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The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524748838
Published: Pantheon - March 9th, 2021

One hundred ghost stories might seem a little spooky at first, but this collection of stories range from simply sad, to an incredibly meaningful look at the concept of death, and what it ultimately means to live a life. 


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The Raven: Tales and Poems (Penguin Horror) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143122364
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 1st, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe takes us on a hauntingly beautiful exploration of the human psyche as he tells us the stories of love gone awry, a guilty conscious, and more in this spectacular collection of his work. A great read for anyone interested in exploring the darker sides of love and life.


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The Meaning of Mariah Carey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250164681
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Published: Andy Cohen Books - September 29th, 2020

Although not an author by nature, Mariah Carey's skills with a pen should never be underestimated. Having written a record number of #1 singles and being the only artist in history to have a #1 in 4 different decades, Mariah Carey's life is quite the rollercoaster, and this memoir does an amazing job at giving her legacy the justice that it so righteously deserves.


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What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250223180
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - April 27th, 2021

This book is an amazing start if you want to begin a journey of self-reflection and healing. Oprah and Bruce Perry do an amazing job at not only explaining how events in our past (both traumatic and seemingly insignificant) can have the greatest impact on how we live our lives in the present, but they also make the conversation about trauma psychology extremely accessible for everyone who wants to learn more or simply want to heal from their past. 


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They Both Die at the End Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062457806
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 18th, 2018

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Bath Haus: A Thriller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385546737
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Published: Doubleday - June 15th, 2021

Where do I even begin with this masterpiece?! This Queer thriller will leave you wanting more and more with each word that PJ Vernon writes. Bath Haus follows a man named Oliver as he attempts to rebuild his life in Washington DC following a childhood marred by abuse, drug addiction, and homophobia. As Oliver finds stability and normalcy within his relationship with a handsome doctor by the name of Nathan, a singular mistake begins to unravel the stability that Oliver has craved for so long. 


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The Ethical Slut, Third Edition: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399579660
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Published: Ten Speed Press - August 15th, 2017

Monogamous? Polyamorous? In an open relationship? Queer? Straight? Single? Partnered? Then this might be the right book for you! An amazing guide to love and intimacy, this a must read for anyone looking to learn how to strengthen their relationships by navigating boundaries, communication, and trust. Filled to the brim with all sorts of information about human sexuality, this is a book that I think everyone would benefit from reading and learning from.


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Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062909107
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Published: Ecco - September 28th, 2021

Written by Anthony Bourdain's longtime assistant and confidante, Laurie Woolever, this book gives us an unprecedented look into the icon's life through incredibly insightful interviews with friends, collaborators, and family. As detailed as it is eyeopening, this biography will leave you with a newfound appreciation for a person whose work inspired millions of people around the world. 


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Taste: My Life Through Food Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

To be quite honest, I have never felt hungrier and watered more at the mouth while reading a book in my life until I read this! Having authored a few  cookbooks and starred in amazing films, Stanley Tucci knows exactly how to combine storytelling with cooking and this autobiography shows it. Deserving of a Michelin star in my humble opinion, Stanley Tucci will have you at the grocery store in a frenzy looking for the ingredients needed to craft such delicious food as what he grew up with!


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Detransition, Baby: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593133385
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Published: One World - October 5th, 2021

This book will destroy you, but in a good, heartwarming kind of way! Torrey Peters follows the lives of Reese, Ames, and Katrina as they navigate transitioning, detransitioning, parenthood, and their places in world where rigid gender norms are the standard. By using parenthood as a means to explore one's own gender identity, Torrey Peters dives deep into creating a story that is as chaotic and emotional as it is rich and beautiful.


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The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction: 1948–1985 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807006566
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Published: Beacon Press - September 21st, 2021

A compilation of essays and stories, Price of the Ticket proves that James Baldwin is one of the greatest authors to have graced the Earth. This collection of nonfiction by James Baldwin is not only an amazing introduction to his work, but is also incredibly demonstrative of how James Baldwin was able to creatively describe the chaos and inequality that he and so many others faced and continue to face. 


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Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982156848
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Published: Atria Books - August 17th, 2021

From our headphones to our movie screens, Aaliyah was truly "One in a Million", and Kathy Iandoli goes to great legnths in this book to prove that. While many have tried and "tried again" to capture the true essence of Aaliyah's pioneering music, Kathy Iandoli frames Aaliyah and her life in a way that pays respect to and gives much deserved credit to Aaliyah's legacy. A must read for any fan of Aaliyah, this book goes beyond the tabloids and straight to the core of what makes Aaliyah a legend.


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Be Gay, Do Comics Cover Image
By The Nib (Compiled by), Matt Bors (Editor), Matt Lubchansky (Editor), Sarah Mirk (Editor), Eleri Harris (Editor)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781684057771
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Published: IDW Publishing - September 1st, 2020

An anthology of Queer comics created by and for Queer people, this is an amazing collection of comics that range from teaching Queer history, laughing at gender norms, and to imagining of what a Queer utopia could look like. As beautiful and vibrant as the Queer community itself, these comics will have you hooked after the first few pages!
 


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Queer as All Get Out: 10 People Who've Inspired Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781951491079
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Published: Street Noise Books - November 23rd, 2021

This collection of stories weave together some of the most important, yet criminally under-recognized lives of Queer heroes. Informative and packed with amazing illustrations, this is a great way to immerse yourself in Queer history.


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There Are Trans People Here Cover Image
By H. Melt
$16.00
ISBN: 9781642595727
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Published: Haymarket Books - November 16th, 2021

This is an amazing book of poetry that loudly and beautifully proclaims that yes, "There Are Trans People Here"! Equal parts inspiring and radical, this poetry should be a mandatory read for everyone, Trans or cis.


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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

This new understanding of the formation of our country, has undoubtedly been a book that everyone needs to read ASAP! One of the most crucial reads to have come out in 2021, this book goes beyond what we were led to believe in school about our nation's history and gives us a new and accurate look at what makes the United States what it is today. Covering topics from economics to social justice, this expansive read is a must for everyone.


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Yearbook Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984825407
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Published: Crown - May 11th, 2021

From the mind that brought you Superbad and Pineapple Express, Yearbook is an amazing book that will have you in hysterics (much like some of Seth Rogen's own films)! Filled with stories about Rogen's Jewish upbringing, his humble beginnings as a stand-up comedian, to even stranger stories about Tom Cruise and Kanye West (if you can even believe it, trust me I didn't until I read this book), this book is one of the most entertaining books you'll ever read. I also strongly recommend listening to this as an audiobook!


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A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020) Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780316558792
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 5th, 2021

This collection of vastly different short stories is definitely bound to keep you on your toes and hooked to the very last word. Hilariously written, David Sedaris surely will have an entry (or several) in this book that will have you laughing or at least bewilderingly entertained! And with every David Sedaris book, I highly recommend giving this one a listen as an audiobook as well if you have the chance.


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High-Risk Homosexual: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593767051
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Published: Soft Skull - January 11th, 2022

Delightfully romantic and blissfully sweet, Here's to Us is a story about two men named Ben and Arthur and how a chance reunion between the two can rekindle the flame between them that once was. And while their chance reunion in the Big Apple proves that their love for each other is still there, the universe has other plans to "complicate" things a little bit. Will they fall back in love or will their love remain in the past in the memories of what once was? Regardless, you are going to have a phenomenal time getting to that answer!


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Here’s to Us Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063071636
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 28th, 2021

If you want a book that will make you laugh, cry, and feel all sorts of feelings you didn't even know you had, then this is the perfect read for you. Edgar Gomez leaves no stone unturned as he takes us on a rollercoaster that is unapologetically Queer, Latinx, and full of pride.