LGBTQ Authors

In honor of Pride Month this June, check out this selection of LGBTQ authors! Comment below with what you’re reading this month.  

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  • Fun Home – A graphic memoir about family and coming out.    GN BIOG BECHDEL

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Ellen Degeneres

  • Seriously – I’m Kidding – A memoir, where comedian Ellen Degeneres opens up on her personal life, show, and so much more. BIOG DEGENERES

Emily Dickinson

Bret Easton Ellis

  • American Psycho  – Patrick Bateman moves to Manhattan in the 1980s.  He’s young and handsome and works on Wall Street, but he spends his evenings with both torture and murder.  FIC ELLIS

Roxane Gay

  • Bad Feminist – A collection of essays about politics, criticism, and the feminine.  It is a look at how author Roxane Gay learned how to embrace and grow into being a woman.305.4209 GAY

Allen Ginsberg

  • Howl and Other Poems – Noted as being one of the most influential poetic works of the post WWII era.  811.5 GINSBERG

Langston Hughes  

  • The Weary Blues – Hughes was 24 years old when this collection of poetry was published in 1926. Now over 90 years later, it is still an influential piece of work. 811.52 HUGHES

David Sedaris

  • Calypso – A collection of essays from the comedian David Sedaris, that include adventures from buying a summer home on the Carolina coast, as well as reflections on middle age and mortality. 814.54 CALYPSO

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  • Brooklyn – 1950s Ireland and Ellis Lacey cannot find work.  When a job offer comes up in America, she takes it and makes the journey overseas. FIC TOIBIN

Tennessee Williams

  • A Streetcar Named Desire – Through poetic dialogue, playwright Tennessee Williams crafts a story about how promiscuous Blanche Dubois is pushed over the edge by her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski.  812.54 WILLIAMS

Alice Walker

  • The Color Purple – A classic novel about two sisters, one who is a missionary in Africa, and the other who is a child wife living in the south.  YA FIC WALKER

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  • At the Water’s Edge – A privileged woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of WWII from a small town located in the Scottish Highlands. FIC WATERS

Virginia Woolf

  • A Room of One’s Own – A critique on social situations, Wolf cites the keys to freedom being 1) a fixed income and 2) a room of one’s own. 823.9 WOOLF  

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The Handmaid’s Tale

Blessed be! “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns for its third season on Wednesday, June 5th on Hulu.

Based on the book by Margaret Atwood, the story follows the happenings of Gilead, a society that rises from the ashes of a United States wracked by Civil War. If you love the show or the book, make sure to check out our following book recommendations for similar dystopian tales.

Don’t have Hulu? Come check out a Roku from our Library of Things! The Roku comes with a subscription to Hulu, courtesy of the Friends of the Livingston Library. It checks out for two weeks, providing you with time to binge seasons one and two of the Handmaid’s Tale. For more information, call (973) 992-4600 or visit https://www.livingstonlibrary.org/library-of-things.

-Katie Neylan, Head of Adult Services