Queer Classics

Updated February 8, 2023
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Bad feminist : essays
Gay, Roxane
"Roxane Gay is so great at weaving the intimate and personal with what is most bewildering and upsetting at this moment in culture. She is always looking, always thinking, always passionate, always careful, always right there."  -- Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be...
The color purple
Walker, Alice
Now a Broadway musical featuring Jennifer Hudson Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the National Book Award   Published to unprecedented acclaim, The Color Purple established Alice...
Fun home : a family tragicomic
Bechdel, Alison
A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic...
Giovanni's room
Baldwin, James
Set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris, this groundbreaking novel about love and the fear of love is "a book that belongs in the top rank of fiction" (The Atlantic). * With an Introduction by Colm Tóibín, New York Times bestselling author of The Master. <...
The price of salt
Highsmith, Patricia
A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can...
Rubyfruit jungle
Brown, Rita Mae
"The rare work of fiction that has changed real life . . . If you don't yet know Molly Bolt--or Rita Mae Brown, who created her--I urge you to read and thank them both."--Gloria Steinem   Winner of the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award | Winner of the Lee Lynch Classic Book...
Sister outsider : essays and speeches
Lorde, Audre.
"Sister Outsider, a collection of essays and speeches by the pioneering feminist Audre Lorde, is one of my all-time-favorite books. It's always great to have an intersectional tome on hand." --Amanda Gorman   "Sister Outsider's teachings, by one of our...
Tales of the city
Maupin, Armistead.
The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin's best-selling San Francisco saga, and inspiration for the Netflix original series, Tales of the City "A consummate entertainer who has made a generation laugh...It is Maupin's Dickensian gift to be able to render...

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