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Sex Goblin By Lauren Cook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643622330
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Published: Nightboat Books - May 28th, 2024

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Travels Over Feeling: Arthur Russell, a Life By Richard King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781944860608
Published: Anthology Editions - April 16th, 2024

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For Times Such as These: A Radical's Guide to the Jewish Year By Ariana Katz, Jessica Rosenberg Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780814350515
Published: Wayne State University Press - March 1st, 2024

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Rainbow Black: A Novel By Maggie Thrash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063286870
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 19th, 2024

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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) By Bernardine Evaristo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

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Memory Piece: A Novel By Lisa Ko Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
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ISBN: 9780593542101
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2024

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593422946
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 8th, 2023

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Greasepaint By Hannah Levene Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643622132
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Published: Nightboat Books - February 13th, 2024

At long last! The butch anarchist Yiddish experimental fiction we’ve all been waiting for! To read this book is to hear the song and dance of the 1950s lesbian bar in your ear, feel the revolutionary fervor of the anarchist gathering in your blood, and fall in love with these characters with your whole heart. It is, frankly, to be utterly transported. True brilliance!


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The Girls By John Bowen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781946022707
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Published: McNally Editions - November 14th, 2023

Take the classic lesbian fantasy of a big old house, a piece of land, chickens in the yard, a massive garden, and a shop in town to sell your jams and add... murder? Fun and unexpected!


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Girl Juice By Benji Nate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781770466630
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - May 23rd, 2023

To quote Liz Phair: Girls! Girls! Girls!!!


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Alien Daughters Walk Into the Sun: An Almanac of Extreme Girlhood (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) By Jackie Wang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635901924
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Published: Semiotext(e) - November 21st, 2023

For the anarchists / poets / queers / intellectuals / bloggers / abolitionists / weirdos / academics / wanderers / lost souls / "alien girls" / any combination thereof.


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Working Girl: On Selling Art and Selling Sex By Sophia Giovannitti Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781839766701
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Published: Verso - May 30th, 2023

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Greta & Valdin: A Novel By Rebecca K. Reilly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668028049
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2024

The wit is dry, the queers are messy, and the family is chaotic. This book, perhaps the funniest I've ever read, is full of big love and even bigger Feelings. Read it, read it, read it!!!


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Revolutionary Letters: 50th Anniversary Edition: Pocket Poets Series No. 27 (City Lights Pocket Poets #27) By Diane Di Prima Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780872868793
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Published: City Lights Books - September 28th, 2021

"ALL POWER TO JOY" -- perfect for your comrades, you, and anyone reading with revolutionary optimism.


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Love Me Tender (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) By Constance Debre, Holly James (Translated by) Cover Image
By Constance Debre, Holly James (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781635901740
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Published: Semiotext(e) - September 27th, 2022

It's hard to believe this book is a memoir... Fantastic stylistically and emotionally devastating, this book contains some of the most honest and frank writing on motherhood that I've ever read.


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Mrs. S By K. Patrick Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609458409
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Published: Europa Editions - June 20th, 2023

This book is *hot*!!! Deeply moving, strikingly sensual, told in hot, taut prose, and yes, I wept. Really beautiful meditations on what it means to inhabit queer desire fully and the ways in which we're transformed by queer love and pleasure. Mrs S has continued to stick with me long after I've finished it. I can't recommend this one enough.


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The Red Book of Farewells By Pirkko Saisio, Mia Spangenberg (Translator) Cover Image
By Pirkko Saisio, Mia Spangenberg (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781949641462
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Published: Two Lines Press - April 25th, 2023

Lesbians! Communism! Art! What more could you want from experimental Finnish auto-fiction? In all seriousness, this is a fantastic story of sexual, political, and artistic awakening(s). Pirkko Saisio is sheer innovation on the page. With Mia Spangenberg's wonderful translation, Saisio so beautifully details the formation of a queer, radical life. I loved this book of becoming.


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The Hearing Trumpet By Leonora Carrington, Olga Tokarczuk (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Leonora Carrington, Olga Tokarczuk (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781681374642
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 5th, 2021

I'd follow Leonora Carrington down any rabbit-hole. A must read!!!


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Questions to Ask Before Your Bat Mitzvah By Morgan Bassichis (Editor), Jay Saper (Editor), Rachel Valinsky (Editor) Cover Image
By Morgan Bassichis (Editor), Jay Saper (Editor), Rachel Valinsky (Editor)
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ISBN: 9798986337524
Published: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard - August 8th, 2023

I wish I'd had this book before my Bat Mitzvah! Perfect for curious Jews of all ages and anyone interested in Judaism.


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Peepee Poopoo #69 By Caroline Cash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9798886200249
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Published: Silver Sprocket - March 15th, 2023

lol I love Caroline Cash


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Boulder: Shortlisted for the 2023 International Booker Prize By Eva Baltasar, Julia Sanches (Translator) Cover Image
By Eva Baltasar, Julia Sanches (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781913505387
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Published: And Other Stories - August 2nd, 2022

What do you do if your partner wants kids and you have literally no interest?? Impeccable prose! Frank! Real! Honest! Queer!!!


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Participation By Anna Moschovakis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781566896573
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Published: Coffee House Press - November 8th, 2022

Eerily prescient, Participation is formal innovation at its finest. Great for Maggie Nelson fans looking to read some fiction.


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salt slow By Julia Armfield Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250224781
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 4th, 2022

For fans of Her Body and Other Parties!


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Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel By Julia Armfield Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250229892
Published: Flatiron Books - July 12th, 2022

Oscillates between the sweet mundanity of a queer couple's life and a seriously surreal, freaky thriller -- this had my heart pounding!


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Just as You Are: A Novel By Camille Kellogg Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593594704
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - April 25th, 2023

I love this book for the romance, yes -- but also for the accountability, forgiveness. and learning in queer friendships, the uncertainties about gender presentation (masc, femme? both, or, and???) and the always relatable conundrum of trying to find one's way. Super cute, a little silly, and oh so queer. Also, humorously relatable. The perfect book to get out of a reading slump!


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Zigzags By Kamala Puligandla Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945649349
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Published: Not a Cult - October 19th, 2020

Do you like: bikes? tacos? friends? being young and dumb in the summertime? queer dance parties? kissing??? all of the above!!? Read it and weep.


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Land of Milk and Honey: A Novel By C Pam Zhang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593538241
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2023

I was blown away by both the imaginative leaps made in this book and the luminosity of the prose itself. Every sentence is beautiful, every line sings. The bleakness of the world C Pam Zhang envisions and the moneyed attempts to escape it felt eerily prescient. But ultimately this is a welcome and much needed addition to the landscape of climate catastrophe fiction -- refreshing in its premise, lyrical prose, queer storyline, and above all, its hope. Great for foodies, fans of Emily St. John Mandel, and optimists and pessimists alike.


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Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington By Joanna Moorhead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780691254487
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Published: Princeton University Press - August 22nd, 2023

Your new favorite weirdo.


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Idlewild: A Novel By James Frankie Thomas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419769146
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 12th, 2023

Wow OK I couldn't put this one down. For the theatre kids, anyone who's ever had a LiveJournal, and you, if you're queer and/or had a *really* intense friendship in high school that flamed out sort of inexplicably (the Venn diagram here is strong and largely overlapping).


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Family Meal: A Novel By Bryan Washington Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593421093
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2023

Washington writes with an unmatched generosity of spirit. Great for service workers, fans of The Bear, that one friend whose love language is feeding you, frequenters of gay bars, and anyone who's ever lived through the gentrification of their neighborhood.


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Mudflowers By Aley Waterman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781459751521
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Published: Rare Machines - October 17th, 2023

Waterman's debut is a really cogent depiction of grief, intimacies of all sorts, and the complexities of human connection. This book is intimate and true and heartfelt and moving. And its written in sincerely beautiful prose. A wonderful book for anyone learning how to love differently and anew, twenty-something artists, and fans of Sheila Heti.


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Cross-Stitch By Jazmina Barrera, Christina Macsweeney (Translator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781949641530
Published: Two Lines Press - November 7th, 2023

A subtle portrait of three young friends, each on the cusp of changing and embarking on divergent paths into adulthood. Barrera seamlessly weaves their pasts and presents with writings and ruminations on embroidery, the three friends' favorite past-time. This is a nuanced and touching story of grief, growing up, and growing apart.


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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl By Andrea Lawlor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525566182
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

My all-time favorite book. Includes zines, the Midwest, messy queers, shapeshifters, gay bars, being young and dumb, Patti Smith fandom, etc.


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Angela Davis: An Autobiography By Angela Y. Davis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781642595680
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Published: Haymarket Books - January 18th, 2022

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Happy Hour: A Novel By Marlowe Granados Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781839764011
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Published: Verso Fiction - September 7th, 2021

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Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 By Susan Sontag, David Rieff (Editor) Cover Image
By Susan Sontag, David Rieff (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780312428501
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Published: Picador - October 27th, 2009

It is unfathomable to me that she wrote this in her early teens onward. An incomparable critical mind and thinker.


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Rubyfruit Jungle: A Novel By Rita Mae Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101965122
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Published: Bantam - June 23rd, 2015

Molly Bolt is one of my favorite characters in all of literature. Whip-smart, hilarious, and utterly uncompromising.


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She Is Haunted By Paige Clark Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781953387202
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - May 17th, 2022

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Little Blue Encyclopedia: (For Vivian) By Hazel Jane Plante Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780994047199
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Published: Metonymy Press - October 7th, 2019

Hazel Jane Plante is brilliant! This book is amazing feat of creativity and creation.


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Nevada: A Novel By Imogen Binnie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374606619
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - June 7th, 2022

Truly canonical -- a must read of trans fiction. Also, there are bikes.