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LGBTQ Books To Read For January 2019

Mesha Maren's debut novel "Sugar Run"

Mesha Maren’s debut novel “Sugar Run”

Lambda Literary announces ALL the new LGBTQ book releases for January 2019.

They and I (how is that for great writing?!?!?) are all excited about Mesha Maren’s debut novel  Sugar Run (Algonquin Books). Lambda Literary highlighted the book first in its monthly rundown and I’m excited because Algonquin sent me a free copy in the mail to check out….which I desperately need to find the time to do!!!

Here’s Algonquin’s synopsis of the novel:

In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison. When she’s released eighteen years later, she finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom but determined to chart a better course for herself. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian Mountains, she heads south in search of someone she left behind, as a way of finally making amends. There, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother living in a motel room with her children. Together they head toward what they hope will be a fresh start. But what do you do with your past—and with a town and a family that refuses to forget, or to change?

Non-fiction wise there’s Siddharth Dube’s memoir, An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex (Atria Books):

From his time as a child in 1960s India, Siddharth Dube knew that he was different. Reckoning with his femininity and sexuality—and his intellect—would send him on a lifelong journey of discovery: from Harvard classrooms to unsafe cruising sites; from ivory-tower think-tanks to shantytowns; from halls of power at the UN and World Bank to jail cells where sexual outcasts are brutalized.


Lambda is also all over Sabina Khan’s The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali (Scholastic Press):

Unable to come out to her conservative Muslim parents, she keeps that part of her identity hidden. And that means keeping her girlfriend, Ariana, a secret from them too. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life at home and a fresh start at Caltech in the fall. But when Rukhsana’s mom catches her and Ariana together, her future begins to collapse around her.



Still in Love by Michael Downing



Sleeping With Strangers by David Thomson



Shakespeare and Queer Theory by Melissa E. Sanchez

LGBT Studies


Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

Young Adult and Children’s Literature


Music City Dreamers by Robyn Nyx



Thorn by Anna Burke

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror


The Bold World



Weak Link by Rob Halpern



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