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The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

Tiến doesn’t know the Vietnamese words to tell his mom he’s gay. His mom misses her home and family back in Vietnam. Together, they read fairy tales, and the stories help them both – to process grief, to bridge cultures, and ultimately to reach out to each other. The art is so beautiful -- and so is the story!

 


Review by Allie

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Spear Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250819321
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Published: Tordotcom - April 19th, 2022

More than a mere retelling, this is a stunning reweaving. With lush writing, sharp characters, and a clear affinity for her source, Nicola Griffith has spun anew a story steeped in ancient lore. 

Spear is the Arthurian tale I have been longing for since the legends of Camelot and Albion first called to me: queer and beguiling and beautiful, offering a promise of belonging.

 

 



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Yerba Buena: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250810465
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 31st, 2022

Loss, longing, love. Two women, growing up at different ends of California, and the story of their intersecting lives. Yerba Buena is smooth, fresh, bitter, and a little sweet. It is a small wound and a tenderly applied bandage. 

Sara runs from her small idyllic town, leaving behind the river, the forest, the death, the drugs... all the ways her father fails her and her younger brother. Emilie grows up in L.A. and she spends too much time on school, on people who will leave her, on jobs that don't feel right. She keenly feels abandonment but doesn't see how she becomes a vessel for other people to fill. Pivotal moments pull Sara and Emilie together; memories of ghosts push them away. Heartbreaking. Hopeful.  Written exactly as it needs to be. 

 


Review by Danielle

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The Town of Babylon: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781662601033
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Published: Astra House - March 22nd, 2022

Its only March but this may just be the best book I've read in 2022! A beautiful novel about coming home, confronting the past, and embracing the future. This book put me in ALL MY FEELS and I havent been the same since. 


Review by Rosa

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Siren Queen Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250788832
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Published: Tordotcom - May 10th, 2022

Siren Queen is mesmerizing: an unusual blend of fantasy, historical fiction, horror, and magical realism. Golden Age Hollywood is the superficial outline, the glimmer and glow that draws your eye. But look into the depths--there's something supernatural and uncanny there. Here is an unsettling and electric story that mirrors the origin and rise of our narrator, Chinese American actress Lulli Mei.

At turns a tale of queer loves, at others an allegory on the monstrosity of powerful men, Vo recasts immigrants and outsiders as shapeshifters and sirens and silver screen starlets. 


Review by Danielle

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Return Flight Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315281
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Published: Milkweed Editions - January 18th, 2022

Poignant & Inventive Poetry that will make you think about family, distance, and friendship.



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A Hundred Lovers: Poems Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593320983
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Published: Knopf - February 8th, 2022

Titillating, exciting, vivid poems about queer love.



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When We Lost Our Heads: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593422908
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 8th, 2022

I don't normally read historical fiction but this cover is gorgeous and I love O'Neill's writing so I had to give this a try. So glad I did because I loved every minute of it. A queer AF story of friendship class, and feminism during the 19th century.


Review by Rosa

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Love and Other Poems Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595998
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 9th, 2021

I was afraid to read this book because Dimitrov's writing is so powerful, but am glad I finally did. This book celebrates life & will make you feel less alone.



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Silver in the Wood (The Greenhollow Duology #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250229793
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Published: Tordotcom - June 18th, 2019

"Perhaps you'd like to know more about the Wild Man of Greenhollow Wood?" he said. "You never know; you might meet him someday."

I knew I would love this small, wild book when I first laid eyes on it. With its forests and folklorists, Silver in the Wood is as deep-rooted and green and brimming with old magic as the wood itself.



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