This Pride month, we’ve prepared a short list of new and notable recommendations from our shelves that add interesting, international perspectives on the LGBTQ experience today. These selections make great reading this Pride month or any other month of the year!
NIGHTWOOD, Djuna Barnes — Lesbian icon Djuna Barnes’ 1936 masterpiece tells an oft-told tale of expats in Paris between the world wars from a fresh and new perspective. Robin Vote scandalously leaves her husband the Baron to pursue affairs with other women. Told in an avant-garde-for-the-time stream of consciousness narrative that led modernists like T.S. Eliot to adore it.
QUEER CITY: GAY LONDON FROM THE ROMANS TO THE PRESENT DAY, Peter Ackroyd — You may know Gay icons from London’s recent past, like Oscar Wilde and Ian McKellen, but did you know that there is ample evidence for gay life in London since Roman times? This delightful history tells the story of gay life in London since recorded history there began.
SHE CALLED ME WOMAN: NIGERIA’S QUEER WOMEN SPEAK, edited by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan, and Rafeeat Aliyu —The Nigerian fiction scene is gaining more and more international recognition thanks to writers like Teju Cole and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This collection of 25 stories open a window on life as a queer woman in this dynamic country.
GAY NEW YORK, George Chauncey — Discover the drag balls, speakeasies, and drawing rooms of the pre-Stonewall New York gay counterculture in this fascinating history. Winner of the LA Times Book Prize, the Lambda Literary award, and numerous other prizes, this brings gay life from before the 1960’s out of the closet
WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE, Samra Habib —Habib comes from a minority Muslim denomination in Pakistan, and persecution led her family to come to Canada as refugees. There, she experiences a new kind of persecution as she explores her identity as a Muslim and a queer contemporary woman. An inspiring and thought-provoking story.
LESS, Andrew Sean Greer — This Pulitzer Prize winner is also one of our best sellers at Idlewild! Arthur Less’s life is in shambles–his boyfriend of nine years is engaged to someone else and his career is going nowhere. He undertakes a Quixotic world journey to escape his responsibilities and encounter himself again.