Read the Rainbow

May 20, 2022

Celebrate Pride Month with the Library by reading the rainbow with us! We asked our staff to build book and DVD rainbows out of their favorite books, movies, and tv shows featuring LGBTQIA+ characters and creators. Order their picks below or view all their rainbows (and share your own) on our Facebook, our Instagram, or our Twitter @brklib with #ReadTheRainbow.

If You're Going to a March

Martha Freeman

"If you're going to a march, you're going to want a sign"--and this cheerful, introductory handbook. Inspired by author Martha Freeman's own experiences, it addresses many of the questions kids might have: What should I wear?

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Who Are You?

Brook Pessin-Whedbee

What do you like? How do you feel? Who are you? This brightly illustrated children's book provides a straightforward introduction to gender for anyone aged 5-8. It presents clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we exp

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Téo's Tutu

Maryann Jacob Macias

This story of a boy's first ballet recital celebrates gender-creativity, the joy of dance, and being yourself Teo loves to dance, whether it's the cumbia with Papi, the bhangra with Amma, or ballet class with Miss Lila. He also loves the wa

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Heather Gale

An empowering celebration of identity, acceptance and Hawaiian culture based on the true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula troupe at her school. Ho'onani feels in-between. She doesn't see herself as

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Big Wig

Jonathan Hillman

In the spirit of Julián Is a Mermaid, this irrepressible picture book celebrates drag kids, individuality, and self-confidence from the perspective of a fabulous wig! When a child dresses in drag to compete in a neighborhood costume competition, he

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Maiden & Princess

Daniel Haack, Isabel Galupo

In this modern fairy tale, a strong, brave maiden is invited to attend the prince's royal ball, but at the dance, she ends up finding true love in a most surprising place. "The prince is smart and strong," she confided in her mother. &

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Sharice's Big Voice

Sharice Davids, Nancy K. Mays, TBD

This acclaimed picture book autobiography tells the triumphant story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas. When Sharice Davids was young, she never thoug

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JR Ford, Vanessa Ford

In this joyful and impactful picture book, a transgender boy prepares for the first day of school and introduces himself to his family and friends for the first time. Calvin has always been a boy, even if the world sees him as a girl. He knows who he

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My Maddy

Gayle E. Pitman

Most mommies are girls. Most daddies are boys. But lots of parents are like my Maddy. My Maddy has hazel eyes which are not brown or green. And my Maddy likes sporks because they are not quite a spoon or a fork. The best things in the world are not o

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Julián Is a Mermaid

Jessica Love

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. T

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Sparkle Boy

Leslea Newman

Young Casey loves sparkly things, just like his older sister, who does not approve until an encounter with teasing bullies helps her learn to accept and respect Casey for who he is.

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When Aidan Became a Brother

Kyle Lukoff

"Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby"--

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Sophie Labelle

Ciel is excited to start high school. A gender non-conforming trans kid, Ciel has a YouTube channel and dreams of getting a better camera to really make their mark. Ciel can always rely on their best friend, Stephie, a trans girl who also happens to

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Sarah Moon

Scholastic/Levine has acquired Sarah Moon's middle grade novel Middletown. The story follows eighth-grader Eli, who's in love with her closest girl friend. Eli's life descends into chaos, however, when her older sister dupes social ser

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The Visitors

Greg Howard

"When a group of kids explore a deserted, haunted plantation they befriend a young ghost and together uncover the dark secret of his past that led to his mysterious death"--

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Barbara Dee

Twelve-year-old Mattie wrestles with her crush on Gemma as they participate in their school production of Romeo and Juliet in what School Library Journal calls “a fine choice for middle school libraries in need of an accessible LGBTQ stories.” Tw

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In the Role of Brie Hutchens...

Nicole Melleby

An own-voices LGBTQ novel from the acclaimed author of Hurricane Season, about eighth-grader Brie, who learns how to be true to herself and to her relationships with family, friends, and faith. Introducing Brie Hutchens: soap opera super fan, aspirin

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Gracefully Grayson

Ami Polonsky

"Tenderly and courageously told, Gracefully Grayson is a small miracle of a book. Its story is so compelling I found myself holding my breath as I read it and so intimate I felt as if what was happening to Grayson was happening to me. Thank you,

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The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

Ashley Herring Blake

Twelve-year-old Sunny St. James navigates heart surgery, reconnecting with her lost mother, first kisses, and emerging feelings for another girl in this stunning, heartfelt novel--perfect for fans of Ali Benjamin and Erin Entrada Kelly. When Sunny St

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Hurricane Season

Nicole Melleby

For Fig’s dad, hurricane season brings the music. For Fig, hurricane season brings the possibility of disaster. Fig, a sixth grader, loves her dad and the home they share in a beachside town. She does not love the long months of hurricane season. H

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Ben Y and the Ghost in the Machine

K.A. Holt

George meets Ms. Bixby's Last Day in this inspiring, heartfelt novel-in-verse, the second in a new series from bestselling author K.A. Holt. This second book in a new series by K.A. Holt will appeal to fans of House Arrest, Rhyme Schemer, and Kn

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The Boy in the Dress

David Walliams

The sparkling debut children’s novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country.

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A Song Only I Can Hear

Barry Jonsberg

"First published in Australia in 2018 by Allen & Unwin"--Copyright page.

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Boy Meets Hamster

Birdie Milano

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Kershaw's idea of a dream holiday includes at least three things: beaches to bask on, cosmopolitan culture, and a chance for romance (or at least his first kiss) with another boy. Unluckily for Dylan, his mum's treat

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Lily and Dunkin

Donna Gephart

Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town hes called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret

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Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Malinda Lo

Winner of the National Book Award A New York Times Bestseller "The queer romance we’ve been waiting for.”—Ms. Magazine Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the feeling took root—that desire to look, to move closer,

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Ghost Wood Song

Erica Waters

Sawkill Girls meets The Hazel Wood in this lush and eerie debut, where the boundary between reality and nightmares is as thin as the veil between the living and the dead. If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn al

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Rise to the Sun

Leah Johnson

From the author of You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson delivers a stunning novel about being brave enough to be true to yourself, and learning to find joy even when times are unimaginably dark. Olivia is an expert at falling in love . . . and

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The Marvelous

Claire Kann

From the author of Let’s Talk About Love and If It Makes You Happy, this exuberant YA Novel follows six teens locked together in a mansion, contending for a life-changing cash prize in a competition run by a reclusive heiress. Everyone thinks they

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How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom

S. J. Goslee

How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom is a modern gender-bent young adult rom com from S. J. Goslee. Nolan Grant is sixteen, gay, and very, very single. He's never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. It's not like Penn Valley is exactly brimming

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The Love Song of Ivy K. Harlowe

Hannah Moskowitz

Ivy K. Harlowe is a lot of things. She’s my best friend. She’s the center of attention. She is, without fail, the hottest girl in the room. Anytime. Anyplace. She has freckles and dimples and bright green eyes, and with someone else’s energy sh

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When You Get the Chance

Tom Ryan, Robin Stevenson

Follow cousins on a road trip to Pride as they dive into family secrets and friendships in this contemporary novel—perfect for fans of David Levithan and Becky Albertalli. As kids, Mark and his cousin Talia spent many happy summers together at the

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Here's to Us

Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera

#1 New York Times bestseller! Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera reunite to continue the story of Arthur and Ben, the boys readers first fell for in the bestselling rom-com What If It’s Us. Ben survived freshman year of college, but he’s feeling m

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I Wish You All the Best

Mason Deaver

Perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli, Mason Deaver's stunning debut will rip your heart out before showing you how to heal from tragedy and celebrate life in the process.

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Margot Wood

A hilarious and vulnerable coming-of-age story about the thrilling new experience--and missteps--of a girl's freshman year of college Some students enter their freshman year of college knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives. Ellio

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Let's Talk About Love

Claire Kann

In this young adult novel, Alice, afraid of explaining her asexuality, has given up on finding love until love finds her.

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Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare

Yuhki Kamatani

The beloved coming-out and coming-of-age manga about a broad LGBT+ community. Not only is high schooler Tasuku Kaname the new kid in town, he is also terrified that he has been outed as gay. Just as he’s contemplating doing the unthinkable, Tasuku

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Go For It, Nakamura!


Nakamura loves a boy in his class--now he just has to keep himself together! Nakamura is a shy boy who falls in love at first sight with another boy--his dreamy high school classmate Hirose. But there's a problem: they haven’t met yet. And Nak

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Christopher Golden

"The Pride, back in L.A.? Their parents, alive? Karolina had never realized hope and fear could feel so much alike." Written by New York Times best-selling author Christopher Golden, Runaways: An Original Novel is a fresh take on the Marvel

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The Backstagers Vol. 1

James Tynion IV

James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredibly earnest story that explores what it means to find a place to fit in when you're kinda an outcast. When Jory transfers to an

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Boys Run the Riot 1

Keito Gaku

A transgender teen named Ryuu finds an escape from the expectations and anxieties of his daily life in the world of street fashion. This personal, heartfelt, fictional story from a Japanese transgender manga creator is completely unique, and comes pr

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Kiss Number 8

Colleen AF Venable

A 2019 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids A 2020 Tayshas Reading List Selection A 2020 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Selection Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with

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Alice Oseman

Moonstruck Vol. 1: Magic To Brew

Grace Ellis

Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it's up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionis

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Hannah Templer

Pan's life used to be very small. Work in her dad's body shop, sneak out with her friend Tara to go dancing, and watch the skies for freighter ships. It didn't even matter that Tara was a princess... until one day it very much did matt

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Lifetime Passes

Terry Blas

In this darkly comedic YA graphic novel, a group of teens starts a program to bring senior citizens to a local theme park to take advantage of the unofficial park policy: If someone dies on the property, the rest of their party is given lifetime pass

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The Watcher's Test

Hamish Steele

Barney and his best friend Norma are just trying to get by and keep their jobs, but working at the Dead End theme park also means battling demonic forces, time traveling wizards, and scariest of all--their love lives! Follow the lives of this diverse

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Suzanne Walker

"This sweet, spellbinding story will appeal to fans of magic and romance." — School Library Journal (starred review) A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft. Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She wo

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Breaking Glass

Mariko Tamaki

Harleen is a tough, outspoken, rebellious kid who lives in a ramshackle apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named MAMA. Ever since Harleen's parents split, MAMA has been her only family. When the cabaret becomes the next vict

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Maggie Tokuda-Hall

An IndieBound Bestseller “Squad is a fast-paced and feminist horror story for every girl who’s ever felt like prey, and asks how far a girl should go to hunt the hunters.”—Laura Ruby, author of National Book Award Finalist Thirteen Doorways,

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Love, Simon

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to tell his family or friends he's gay and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's fal

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Halt and Catch Fire

Set in the early 1980s, and about a fictional visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations confronts the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the cha

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Schitt's Creek

Formerly filthy rich video store magnate Johnny Rose, his soap star wife Moira, and their two kids, über-hipster son David and socialite daughter Alexis, suddenly find themselves broke and forced to live in Schitt's Creek, a small depressing to

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Adventure Time

Hook up with Finn and Jake as they travel the Land of Ooo searching for adventure. But remember, adventure isn’t always easy. Sometimes you’ve got to battle fire gnomes that torture old ladies, save a smelly hot dog princess from the Ice King, an

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

A single-camera ensemble comedy following the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.

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Steven Universe

A young boy takes his mother's place in a group of gemstone-based beings, and must learn to control his powers.

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But I'm a Cheerleader

Megan is an all-American girl. A cheerleader. She has a boyfriend. But Megan doesn't like kissing her boyfriend very much. And she's pretty touchy with her cheerleader friends. Her conservative parents worry that she must be a lesbian and s

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Yuri!!! on Ice

Yūri Katsuki carried all of Japan's hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants to

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The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

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The Favourite

England, early 18th century. The close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill is threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, Abigail Hill, resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favourite.

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The Matrix

Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.

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Queer As Folk

Brash humor and genuine emotion make up this original series revolving around the lives, loves, ambitions, careers and friendships of a group of gay men and women living on Liberty Avenue in contemporary Pittsburgh, PA. The show offers an unapologeti

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Star Trek: Discovery

Follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

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Queer X Design

Andy Campbell

The first-ever illustrated history of the iconic designs, symbols, and graphic art representing more than 5 decades of LGBTQ pride and activism--from the evolution of Gilbert Baker's rainbow flag to the NYC Pride typeface launched in 2017 and be

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Butch Heroes

Ria Brodell

Portraits and texts recover lost queer history: the lives of people who didn't conform to gender norms, from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries. “A serious—and seriously successful—queer history recovery project.” —Publisher

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Body Counts

Sean Strub

The political activist and founder of "POZ" magazine recounts his experiencesin New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic, his own transforming diagnosis with HIV, and his efforts as the executive director of the Sero Project.

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We Have Always Been Here

Samra Habib

CANADA READS 2020 WINNER NATIONAL BESTSELLER 2020 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNER How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don't exist? Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Mu

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Queer Love in Color

Jamal Jordan

A photographic celebration of the love and relationships of queer people of color by a former New York Times multimedia journalist "Thank you, Jamal Jordan, for showing the world what true love looks like."--Billy Porter Queer Love in Color

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Boy Erased

Garrard Conley

The New York Times bestselling memoir about identity, love and understanding. Now a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton. “Every sentence of the story will stir your soul” (O Maga

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Eris Young

Showing what life is like as a non-binary or genderqueer person, this book explores relationships, mental and physical health, language use and identity and appearance, providing advice for non-binary people and how friends and family can support the

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No Modernism Without Lesbians

Diana Souhami

'Souhami is an exceptionally witty and original biographer' Sunday Times, on Wild Girls. 'Souhami has a Midas touch with words. Her narrative sparkles' Nigel Nicolson, Sunday Telegraph, on Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter. The extraord

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Wow, No Thank You

Samantha Irby

"'Country crock' first published, in different form, in Nasty women: feminism, resistance, and revolution in Trump's America (Macmillan Publishing Group, 2017), and 'Hysterical!' first published, in slightly different fo

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Trans New York

Peter Bussian

A visually stunning, landmark photography book of transgender New Yorkers, complete with thought-provoking and revealing interviews that honor the transgender community and the courage it takes to find oneself and defy societal norms. A growing porti

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Antoni in the Kitchen

Antoni Porowski, Mindy Fox

The food guru and breakout star of the Netflix smash hit Queer Eye unveils the stylishly accessible, healthy recipes fans have been waiting for

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Invisible No More

Andrea J. Ritchie

“A passionate, incisive critique of the many ways in which women and girls of color are systematically erased or marginalized in discussions of police violence.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow Invisible No More is a timely exam

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Meet Cute Club

Jack Harbon

Jordan Collins doesn't need a man. What he needs is for his favorite author to release another one of her sexy supernatural novels and more people to sign up for the romance book club that he fears is slowly and steadily losing its steam. He als

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Red, White & Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston

* Instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller * * GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER for BEST DEBUT and BEST ROMANCE of 2019 * * BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR* for VOGUE, NPR, VANITY FAIR, and more! * What happens when America's First Son falls in love w

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Something to Talk About

Meryl Wilsner

A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance. Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that,

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Love & Other Disasters

Anita Kelly

The first openly nonbinary contestant on America’s favorite cooking show falls for their clumsy competitor in this delicious romantic comedy debut that USA Today hailed as “an essential read.” Recently divorced and on the verge of bankruptcy, D

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The Charm Offensive

Alison Cochrun


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D'Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding

Chencia C. Higgins

A TODAY SHOW BEST ROMANCE PICK FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JASMINE GUILLORY “In a romance featuring Black joy, plus-sized beauty, and Mexican pride, the conflicts are entirely believable, and not overly dramatic, and make for a thoroughl

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Out of Character

Annabeth Albert

It's friends-to-enemies-to-friends-to-lovers in this LGBTQIA+ Romance for fans of Red, White & Royal Blue and The Pros of Cons. Jasper Quigley is tired of being everyone's favorite sidekick. He wants to become the hero of his own life,

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The Queer Principles of Kit Webb

Cat Sebastian

"The Queer Principles of Kit Webb kept me up all night! I simply couldn’t put it down."— Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author “Sharp, smart, and oh-so-swoony, The Queer Principles of Kit Webb reminds me that Cat Sebastian is

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I'm So (Not) Over You

Kosoko Jackson

One of... Essence's New Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2022 Popsugar's New Romance Novels That Will Make You Fall in Love With 2022 A chance to rewrite their ending is worth the risk in this swoony romantic comedy from Kosoko Jackson.

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Conventionally Yours

Annabeth Albert

When two "big name fans" go head-to-head at a convention, love isn't the only thing at stake. Charming, charismatic, and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all...but in reality, he's scrambling to keep his life

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The Love Study

Kris Ripper

"[A] warmly appealing romance." —BookPage What happens when the search for the perfect date goes perfectly wrong? Declan has commitment issues. He’s been an office temp for literally years now, and his friends delight in telling people

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The Romantic Agenda

Claire Kann

One of Buzzfeed's Most Anticipated LGBTQ Reads of 2022! Joy is in love with Malcolm. But Malcolm really likes Summer. Summer is in love with love. And Fox is Summer’s ex-boyfriend. Thirty, flirty, and asexual Joy is secretly in love with her b

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Chef's Kiss

TJ Alexander

A high-strung pastry chef’s professional goals are interrupted by an unexpected career transition and the introduction of her wildly attractive nonbinary kitchen manager in this deliciously fresh and witty queer rom-com. Simone Larkspur is a perfec

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Boyfriend Material

Alexis Hall

Wanted: One (fake) boyfriend Practically perfect in every way Luc O'Donnell is tangentially--and reluctantly--famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he's never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and o

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Written in the Stars

Alexandria Bellefleur

"I was hooked from the very first page!” – Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of In a Holidaze "This book is a delight." – New York Times Book Review A National Bestseller and winner of the Lambda Literary Award

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The Tensorate Series

Neon Yang

The Tensorate Series, which has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus, and Lambda Literary Awards, is an incomparable treasure of modern epic fantasy. Across four novellas, Neon Yang established themself as a fantasist in bold def

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The Future of Another Timeline

Annalee Newitz

"Do you remember when we had the vote?" In a world that's just a step away from our own, time travel is possible. But war is brewing - a secret group is trying to destroy women's rights, and their access to the timeline. If they s

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The Fox's Tower and Other Tales

Yoon Ha Lee

“Locus Award winner Lee (Phoenix Extravagant) takes on the folktale form in a collection of 25 gorgeous, magical stories, tiny jewels of worldbuilding that tap into mythic themes to feel somehow both ancient and delightfully fresh… The result is

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The Jasmine Throne

Tasha Suri

A long-imprisoned princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic come together to rewrite the fate of an empire in this “fiercely and unapologetically feminist tale of endurance and revolution set against a gorgeous, unique magical wor

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She Who Became the Sun

Shelley Parker-Chan


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River of Teeth

Sarah Gailey

A Finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella Sarah Gailey's wildfire debut River of Teeth is a rollicking alternate history adventure that Charlie Jane Anders calls "preposterously fun." In the early 20th Century, the United S

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C. L. Polk

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a world war, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own. Moving at a brillia

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There Before the Chaos

K. B. Wagers

The first volume of an epic space opera trilogy featuring the gunrunner empress Hail Bristol, who must navigate alien politics and deadly plots to prevent an interspecies war. Hail Bristol: former runaway princeess, interplanetary gunrunner, Empress

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A Spectral Hue

Craig Laurance Gidney

For generations, the marsh-surrounded town of Shimmer, Maryland has played host to a loose movement of African-American artists, all working in different media, but all utilizing the same haunting color. Landscape paintings, trompe l'oeil quilts

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