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Thrown in the Throat (National Poetry) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315212
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2020

I stan HARD! This may be the best collection I've read in years. Pick this up ASAP!!

 


Review by Rosa

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Catrachos: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450239
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2020

I loved everything about this collection. There were so many lines I re-read over and over again in hopes I will remember them forever. 


Review by Rosa

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Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250224354
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Published: Celadon Books - March 9th, 2021

There has been a push in the world of true crime to shift focus from the perpetrator and their crimes, to the victims and their stories, and this book is no exception. The descriptions of the crimes, facilitated by the harmful indifference of law enforcement, are grisly but brief, opting more for an exploration of a buoyant queer community in 1980's New York as it faced waves of renewed discrimination in the wake of the AIDs epidemic.  My heart broke for these victims, and I smirked with recognition listening to each of their stories. I left this book feeling enriched and educated by the trials and resilience of my forebears, as well as a  renewed desire to keep their stories alive.


Review by Dean

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Sarahland Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781538735060
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 9th, 2021

Sarahland is an acid road trip with writhing bodies stuck together by lip gloss and bodily fluids I can't mention here. The little connections and pop culture references - BUFFY! - made me beam in delight, and one story in particular made me dream of becoming a Sarah who turns into a tree. The fluidity of gender and sexuality, as well as all the different shapes and sizes a body can be, are all celebrated in this collection of messy queer Sarahs. 


Review by Sarah C.

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Winter's Orbit Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250758835
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Published: Tor Books - February 2nd, 2021

A delightful queer romance with a fun sci. fi. setting. There's a nice balance between cute relationship moments and unraveling an interplanetary mystery full of political intrigue. I listened to the audiobook on Libro.fm and it was top notch.

If you want something that will pull you in and be a great time, pick this one up, you'll thank me later.

P.S. Your heart is NOT ready for Prince Kiem and Count Jainan <3 <3


Review by Nicole

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Crosshairs: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982146023
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Published: Atria Books - December 8th, 2020

What does it mean to be a true ally?

What are you willing to give up so EVERYONE is free?

These are the kind of questions this book will ask of you. Could not put down. Highly recommended! 


Review by Rosa

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Liquor & Cigarettes Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781974711628
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Published: SuBLime - January 14th, 2020

This story is short, sweet, (quite) sexy and lovingly illustrated. If you are into yaoi (its my new thing) this one is well worth a snag. 


Review by Dean

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The Once and Future Witches Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316422048
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Published: Redhook - October 13th, 2020

Alix E. Harrow's lush sophomore novel grapples with the allure of feminine power and the bonds of sisterhood in a historical setting. A creative twist on magic and imaginary worlds draws from familiar European folklore, sure to delight any reader familiar with Grimms Tales and other mythological stories.

 

Three sisters, traumatized by their violent father, discover one another on the streets of New Salem in the mid-1850s. A mysterious pull has drawn them together at the moment of two incendiary events: a protest for Women's Suffrage and the dramatic yet brief appearance of the Lost Way of Avalon. These events compel the sisters to work together, despite old wounds, and inadvertently aid a tyrannical mayoral candidate in his efforts to snuff out witchcraft forever.

 


Review by Danielle

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Boyfriend Material Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781728206141
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

The fake boyfriend trope is a classic in romantic fiction, and when it’s done as wonderfully as it is in “Boyfriend Material,” you can see why. There is nothing more satisfying than learning to love two very different characters despite their quirks and flaws, knowing all the while that they are meant to be together. And if the journey to happily ever after involves the dung beetle, ridiculous puns and  the craziest, most wonderful cast of supporting characters ever assembled, all the better. Luc and Oliver will steal your heart.


Review by Deborah

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My Brother's Husband, Volumes 1 & 2 (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
By Gengoroh Tagame, Anne Ishii (Translated by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780375715181
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Published: Pantheon - February 11th, 2020

I don't do 'cute' and I don't let my books get water damaged. Needless to say my copy of this affecting story about kinship and acceptance is thoroughly dampened with tears. Read it. Now.


Review by Dean

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