We Suggest: Rainbow Book Month

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph

In addition to being Pride Month, the American Library Association, and the Rainbow Roundtable have designated June as Rainbow Book Month. It is a celebration of LGBTQ+ stories, and you can find some recent favorites below!

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LGBTQ+ fiction


Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

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This complex tale of parenthood, relationships, and what it means to be a family is a powerhouse novel for lovers of literary fiction.

Description: A trans woman, her detransitioned ex and his cisgender lover build an unconventional family together in the wake of heartbreak and an unplanned pregnancy.

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100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell

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Get swept up in this raunchy, punk novel of a gay Black man looking for connection in all the wrong places.

Description: An irreverent, dirty, and profoundly intimate collection of vignettes exploring gay male desire, loneliness, sex, and self-sabotage.

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The Adventures of Isabel by Candas Jane Dorsey

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A detective with no name, a murder, and a cat? There’s nothing cozy about this mystery.

Description: A social worker investigates the murder of a friend’s granddaughter in a Canadian city.

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The Unbroken by C. L. Clark

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This enemies-to-not-quite-lovers tale has excellent world building and commentary on colonialism.

Description: Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet’s edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne. Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren’t for sale.

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The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

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Go on a journey from Syria to NYC in this award-winning family saga.

Description: Follows three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts. 

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Arcadia by Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam

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A thought-provoking look at gender and insular communities.

Description: This English-language debut, which doubles as a scathing critique of innocence in the contemporary world, follows 15-year-old Farah as she begins to question the confines of gender and the hypocritical principles that those within and outside the Arcadia live by. 

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Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera

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This coming-of-age tale deftly handles immigration, identity, and falling for the pastor’s daughter.

Description: Lit by the hormonal neon glow of Miami, this heady, multilingual debut novel follows a Colombian teenager’s coming out as she plunges headfirst into lust and evangelism.

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

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A YA novel that takes a nuanced look at what it means to be asexual.

Description: A secretly asexual college student, who desires a swoon-worthy romance without sex, despairs of ever having a relationship when she is unable to convince any prospective partners that love and sex do not always go together, a resolve that is tested by her crush on a young man she is sure will not understand her.

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Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph

About Dontaná

Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.

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