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A selection of books to engage, educate and inspire touching on themes from ARRAY's 'Jewel's Catch One'.

 
 
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BAD FEMINIST | RoXANE GAY

From Roxane Gay comes this collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation. In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

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GIOVANNI'S ROOM | JAMES BALDWIN

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

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BLACK LIKE US: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction | Don Weise , Devon W. Carbado , Dwight McBride

Showcasing the work of literary giants like Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, and writers whom readers may be surprised to learn were "in the life," Black Like Us is the most comprehensive collection of fiction by African American lesbian, gay, and bisexual writers ever published. From the Harlem Renaissance to the Great Migration of the Depression era, from the postwar civil rights, feminist, and gay liberation movements, to the unabashedly complex sexual explorations of the present day, Black Like Us accomplishes a sweeping survey of 20th century literature.

ADDITIONAL READS...

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown 

Girl Walking Backwards by Bett Williams 

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name - A Biomythography by Audre Lorde

Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley 

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer 

A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Book by Alison Bechde

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts

Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran 

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M Blow

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt 

Loving Her, by Ann Allen Shockley 

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta