Books to Read this Pride Month

June is Pride Month! Celebrate and honor the month with these reads! All the titles featured on this list can be found in the Mid-Hudson Library System’s catalog.

The Book of Pride by Mason Funk

This book captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen.- From the publisher.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

What if Alex Claremont-Diaz, the half-Mexican son of the first female president of the United States, fell in love with Prince Henry, England’s heir? The two heartthrobs are arch-nemesis at first. After a scandalous mishap at a wedding, they are required to pretend to be best friends lest their enmity sparks an international incident. But soon their feelings for each other begin to change. -From the publisher.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Call Me By Your Name is the story of a sudden and a powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. -From the publisher.

Stonewall by Ann Bausum

A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969 and the decades long struggle for gay rights. -From the publisher.

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

This searing story, written with humor, brilliance, and insight that is at once personal and universal- a story about realizing that life is so beyond our control, and how we forge ahead despite that. In telling her own story, Levy has captured a portrait of our time, of the shifting forces in values, women and gender in American culture, and of what has changed and what has remained. -From the publisher.

Last Call by Elon Green

The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York during the 80’s and 90’s and had all the hallmarks of the most notorious serial killers. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the sky-high murder rates, and the AIDS epidemic, his murders have been almost entirely forgotten. This gripping true crime narrative tells the story of the Last Call Killer and the decades-long chase to find him. And at the same time, it paints a portrait of his victims and a vibrant community navigating threat and resilience. -From the publisher.

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

Mark and Katie sit next to each other at school but are barely acquainted until they meet at a San Francisco club during Pride Week and connect over each other’s forbidden love. -From the publisher.

Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

With emotional depth and unparalleled honesty, Sarah shares her personal struggle with gender identity, coming out to her supportive but distraught parents, and finding her way as a woman. Sarah’s story of identity, love, and tragic loss serves as a powerful entry point for readers who want to gain a deeper understanding of gender identity and what it means to be openly transgender. -From the publisher.

Memorial by Bryan Washington

Benson and Mike are two young guys who live together in Houston. They’ve been together for a few years-good years- but now they’re not sure why they’re still a couple. Both men will change in ways that will either make them stronger together, or fracture everything they’ve ever known. And just maybe they’ll be okay in the end. -From the publisher.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It offers a piercing examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth; shows how hustling to meet those expectations leaves women feeling dissatisfied and lost; and reveals that when we quit abandoning ourselves and instead abandon the world’s expectations of us, we become women who can finally look at our lives and recognize: There she is. -From the publisher.

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes- it would be too awkward- and you can’t say no- it would look like defeat. On your desk is a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all. What could possibly go wrong? -From the publisher.

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