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The Over the Rainbow committee of ALA’s Rainbow Roundtable gave careful consideration to a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, and the almost 50 titles that make up the complete 2021 Over the Rainbow book list all exhibit commendable literary quality and significant, authentic LGBTQIA+ content. There was a welcome increased diversity of transgender, immigrant, Indigenous, and asexual experiences represented as authors explored topics like history and contemporary politics through new lenses. The full list can be found here: https://www.glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow/
Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex. By Angela Chen. Beacon, $26.95 (9780807013793).
An exploration of what asexuality means and what it reveals about a society obsessed with sex. Chen includes a diverse range of identities, and is frank about the book’s biases and why these biases exist.
Here for It: or, How to Save Your Soul in America. By R. Eric Thomas. Ballantine, $26 (9780525621034).
A hilarious memoir about growing up as a gay Christian Black man in the U.S., told through a range of content, from poignant and personal essays to viral Facebook posts.
A History of My Brief Body. By Billy-Ray Belcourt. Two Dollar Radio, $15.99 (9781937512934).
Belcourt’s memoir details his early life in the Driftpile First Nation community, sexual exploration, and identity, using writing as a survival technique.
Homesick: Stories. By Nino Cipri. Dzanc, $16.95 (9781945814952).
An eclectic mix of short stories across genres from romance to horror to sf that includes multiple queer identities and characters across the gender spectrum.
Homie: Poems. By Danez Smith. Graywolf, $16 (9781644450109).
Poetry that explores queerness, friendship, family, illness, race, and death in America.
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers. By Jenn Shapland. Tin House, $22.95 (9781947793286).
A new biography of McCullers that is also a memoir of the way Shapland’s efforts to understand her subject brought her closer to understanding herself, as the uncovering of McCullers’ queer identity mirrors Shapland’s own self-examination.
Plain Bad Heroines. By emily m. danforth. William Morrow, $27.99 (9780062942852).
A queer, feminist horror-comedy centered on the deaths of five young women at a cursed New England boarding school for girls and the horror film now being shot on the school grounds.
The Prettiest Star. By Carter Sickels. Hub City, $26 (9781938235627).
Set in 1986, the book showcases the fullness of life in the throes of illness and the potential for and limits of growth and forgiveness, told through the shifting perspectives of a man in the final stages of AIDS returning to his hometown, his mother, and his younger sister.
Real Life. By Brandon Taylor. Riverhead, $26 (9780525538882).
Wallace, a student at a Midwestern university, is distanced even within his circle of friends because he is Black and queer, until the events of one weekend expose very real threats in a book that discusses racism, homophobia, and the helplessness and trauma that can come along with those experiences.
What’s Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She. By Dennis Baron. Norton/Liveright, $25.95 (9781631496042).
This comprehensive and scholarly work puts pronouns outside of he and she into historical context, bringing new understanding to their usage in society.
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