There are many powerful books that celebrate pride. So, let’s focus on three special ones that absolutely need to be on your reading list. Each, in its own way, does a remarkable job addressing pertinent themes of identity, self-love, and courage. Remember, by supporting LGBTQ+ independent authors, you make a difference in the collective effort to stand up for queer spaces throughout the country.
BookBaby Bookshop is a fair trade, independent bookstore that proudly supports the LGBTQ+ author community. From memoirs to novels, you’ll find heartfelt stories expressing themes of courage, inclusivity, acceptance, and self-love. This list shares some of our favorite Pride picks that we recommend you read this month!
Norman Mathews’ autobiography, The Wrong Side of the Room: A Life in Musical Theater, is a multidimensional masterpiece that reminds readers there is hope, no matter what. In the book, Mathews shares his fascinating life story. It’s a tale of a small-town boy who grew up to be a dancer on Broadway and movies, and after a severe back injury, he reinvented himself to become a composer and playwright. It’s rich with compelling and at times heart wrenching details about coming of age, coming out, and becoming a respected artist.
Ordinary Life is a captivating new novel that offers a new twist to the murder mystery genre. In addition to being a fascinating story, it’s an insightful examination of sexuality and identity. One thing is for certain – you will have a hard time putting down Sakile King’s ambitious story.
For all of June, BookBaby Bookshop is dedicated to highlighting our LGBTQ author community and all of the relevant books during the important days of Pride Month. So, take the time to get to know Kristin Griffith – a prolific writer who has authored several publications on LGBTQ topics, founded the LGBT graduate student, faculty, and staff organization at Rice University, and facilitated support groups at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.