By Emily Pullen, Manager, Reader Services and Engagement
June 1, 2022
Join the Library in celebrating Pride Month throughout June with book recommendations, free online events, resources, and more.
We are fortunate to be living in a golden age for LGBTQ literature, where any list you make is bound to have incredible queer voices. So being able to make a list made up entirely of those voices is such a treat —and miraculously, there were too many to include in just one list!
Below are some of our favorites from among the latest nonfiction releases which include memoirs, essays, social history, and more. When you're done exploring these, check out new fiction releases in several genres including science fiction, mystery, romance, short stories, and literary fiction.
With lyric explorations of foodways, religion, sports, standards of beauty, social media, gun culture, and more, these essays from a queer Indian American teacher from West Virginia mix nostalgia and humor, sadness and sweetness, personal reflection and universal questions.
When divorce moves young Mertz away from rural Pennsylvania and their abusive father, their mom and stepdad dive headfirst into the world of conservative Catholic homeschooling. Mertz comes into a queer identity, and also seeks to use religion for both acceptance and rebellion.
A historian explores the roots of queer and trans incarceration, connecting misogyny, racism, state-sanctioned sexual violence, colonialism, sex work, and the failures of prison reform. A close look at a building intricately tied to the history of Greenwich Village and Stonewall.
A queer writer and perfumer presents a memoir focused on the history of scent and how it has been used to mark the differences between the civilized and the barbaric, pure and polluted. A critical, alternate history of South Asia from an American Bangladeshi Muslim femme perspective.
An award-winning journalist shares her struggle to make her mother proud by becoming a good Cambodian daughter, while dealing with the fallout after coming out to her, which eventually breaks their bond in two.
A fresh and intoxicating blend of personal stories, sharp observations, and laugh-out-loud humor. This timely collection of essays helps us make sense of our collective pop-culture past even as it points the way toward a joyous, uproarious, near - and very queer - future.
Invisible in the food we eat, the people we kiss, and inside our own bodies, viruses flourish—with the power to shape not only our health, but our social, political, and economic systems. A leading microbiologist tackles the scientific and sociopolitical impact of viruses in twelve striking essays.
Part butch memoir, part ekphrastic travel diary, part queer family tree, this essay collection gleans insight from the sediment of land and relationships. For Gutiérrez, terrain is essential to understanding that no story, no matter how personal, is separate from the space where it unfolds.
This memoir from the global gay rights and immigration activist recounts his being forced to flee from a violent mob in his native Nigeria and his experiences navigating the confusing U.S. immigration system as a refugee.