We were lucky enough to have Sarah Mirk stop by to talk about her new book Open Earth, as well as recommend two other books she’s really digging right now!
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October is quickly approaching, and so we decided to put together a list of books everyone should read for LGBT History month. Do you have these titles on your bookshelf?
How to Survive a Plague by David France provides a detailed account of the activists fighting to stop the AIDS epidemic. Thoroughly researched and expansive, France gives insider insight into the harrowing fight for the rights and lives of people with a positive diagnosis.
In Cleve Jones’ memoir, When We Rise, he recounts his dive into politics in San Francisco, as well as his first-hand account of the AIDS epidemic and his efforts to raise awareness through The AIDS Memorial Quilt and The AIDS Foundation. This moving book tells the intimate story of a prolific figure in the LGBT movement.
Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele’s Queer: A Graphic History provides an overview of the LGBTQ movement in graphic novel form. This incredibly accessible book that is both an informative and entertaining way to learn about landmark moments and theories in queer history.
In this groundbreaking new book, Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience boxing—learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body—McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes, and the limitations of conventional masculinity.
“With Thomas as your gloved guide, you’ll peer into locker rooms, through ropes, and at douchebags challenging strangers to sidewalk beatdowns. … McBee explores why men so frequently confuse violence with power and why being a man ought to rely on a willingness to spar, first and foremost, with one’s own shadow.”
—Myriam Gurba, author of Mean
“Until I read this book, I didn’t realize how tired I was of reading about masculinity as cold, hard, and fixed.”
—Ann Friedman, New York magazine columnist and cohost of Call Your Girlfriend
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Serena J. Bishop talks about the LGBTQ book that changed her life.
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Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room will be at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference on Friday and Saturday tabling with new books! That’s Friday, August 3rd and Saturday, 4th at the Convention Center on 129 North Broad Street. We’re so excited to see y’all there!
This is your big CHANCE!
One way to recognize LGBTQ+ communities is to make sure their voices are heard, so for Pride Month 2018 we have put together a list of books we think are worth reading (or re-reading) this summer. Here are ten books for your Pride 2018, in no particular order:
Justin Torres’ first novel was a big hit when it was released seven years ago, and if you have not had the chance to read it yet, you should do so before the film version is released this summer. We think the movie, like the novel, is going to be a big deal!
Joseph Beam’s In the Life remains one of the best collections to explore what it means to be both black and gay in the US. This book is especially important to us, because Joseph used to work here at the store.
A best seller since it was released, this is truly fantastic collection for, by, and about trans people.
This is a heart warming story of love at first sight that takes a lifetime to mature.
The World Only Spins Forward explores the importance, and resurgence of, the ground breaking play Angels in America.
Lillian Faderman’s new and comprehensive look at this LGBT icon is a great pick for fans of history and biographies.
A long overdue look at the contribution of African American Lesbian media-making.
A great anthology of our most important poets!
This year’s Pulitzer Prize Winner is hands down hilarious, and now out in paperback!
The first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English, a fantastic edition to any LGBT library.
In Black Girl Magic, the second volume in the BreakBeats Poets series, the Black girl magic is an undeniable force, igniting the pages and speaking necessary truths. Edited by Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds, and Jamila Woods, the anthology collects poetry from the canon of Black women. The poets write from a range of intersections within the diaspora. But in each poem, there is that special spark of magic. As Simmonds writes in her introduction: “When a Black woman dares to speak her truth, she redefines understandings of womanhood. Her voice echoes out, disrupting and delegitimizing tired stereotypes and tropes. In short, there is magic.”
Exploring themes from self-love and black beauty to white supremacy and the Trump administration, the poems in this anthology offer what Browne describes as “mantras, praters, and promises of our survival.” The voices collected here provide healing and support for other Black women. The collection is also an opportunity for those who aren’t black and/or woman-identified to listen.