Fave 2018 LGBTQ Reads (So Far)

It's only the end of May, but 2018 (aka 20gayteen) has already shown up with a good number of solid LGBTQ YA and middle grade novels, as well as a handful of excellent picture books. I've been keeping up as best I can, and here are my favorites of the bunch (so far). First on… Continue reading Fave 2018 LGBTQ Reads (So Far)


Review: Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman

Elizabeth M. Edman is an Episcopal priest and a lesbian. These two aspects of her identity are stitched into her very soul; they are vitally important, essential aspects of who she is as a person and how she moves about in the world. In Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and… Continue reading Review: Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman

Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

I borrowed Sarah Waters's newest novel The Paying Guests from a coworker of mine who said she hadn't been able to put it down, and even though I got interrupted while reading it---I spent a month in Asia and couldn't bring the big hardcover along---I, too, didn't want to stop reading. Sarah Waters is an amazing writer. I always… Continue reading Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Friday Favorites: LGBTQ Books

As soon as my coworker arrives with our rental van this morning, we'll be heading to Toronto for a weekend at World Pride! It's going to be an exciting, gay adventure, and I can't wait. I was hoping to be able to write my review of Marya Hornbacher's Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia before leaving,… Continue reading Friday Favorites: LGBTQ Books

Matilda Reviews: Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

Summary: Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky, some pet fish, and two moms who think he's the greatest kid ever. And he happens to think he has the greatest moms ever, but everything changes when his birth mom and her wife, Jo, start to have marital problems. Suddenly, Nick is in the middle, and… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

Matilda Reviews: I Prefer Girls by Jessie Dumont

For Christmas this year, I received a poster-sized version of the book cover of the lesbian pulp fiction classic I Prefer Girls. So of course I bought and read the book as well. Penny, a young lesbian living in Greenwich Village (who is hot and definitely knows it) spends much of her time preying on straight girls,… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: I Prefer Girls by Jessie Dumont

Matilda Reviews: Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

If you're LGBT, interested in film, or not living under a rock, chances are you've heard about Blue is the Warmest Color, the French film about two young lesbians that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Well, that film is based on the French graphic novel Le bleu est une couleur chaude (in English,… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Review: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

For as long as I can remember (in the ten years that I've been an out lesbian), Rubyfruit Jungle has appeared and been mentioned in countless places.  Websites, books, magazines, and word-of-mouth all tout this unorthodox coming-of-age novel as The One Lesbian Novel You Must Read.  I suspect that, in the '70s when it was published, this was probably… Continue reading Review: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

Review: Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

Genre: Graphic Memoir Published: 2012 Summary Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood .… Continue reading Review: Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel