It’s March and we have a new selection of books to share with you.
Despite the fact that we’re coming into spring, it seems like the weather hasn’t taken notice of the change of seasons and has kept us firmly in winter weather. Thankfully, that gives us more than enough excuses to hide away from the blistering cold, and wrap ourselves up with a duvet and a good book.
We’ve searched high and low for our March recommendations and we think that you’ll be quite impressed with what we’ve got to suggest. There’s a ballroom blitz, queer retellings, a lesbian romance, and a memoir that sees the Government set out to destroy one’s reputation.
Without further ado, here’s our book recommendations for March.
The House of Impossible Beauties – Joseph Cassara
Taking inspiration from Jenny Livingston’s iconic documentary Paris is Burning, ‘The House of Impossible Beauties’ is set within the Harlem ballroom scene from 1976 to 1993.
Main character Angel is new to the drag world. When she falls in love with dancer Hector, they form the House of Xtravaganza, the first ever all-Latino ballroom house. Set amongst the AIDS epidemic, the story is full of hope, grief, and a sense of finding one’s identity. It’s also an opportunity for younger readers to get a sense of what it was like living around that time.
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages – edited by Saundra Mitchell
Coming together in this collection of fiction for teens, seventeen queer authors share a diverse range of stories from 1970s roller-discos to a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood featuring a transgender soldier.
The diverse roster of talent and characters featured in the book span a range of sexualities, skin colours, backgrounds, and time periods offering a raw and realistic perspective on new stories and giving a fresh take on old classics. Some of the authors to feature in the book include Malinda Lo, Natalie C. Parker, Scott Tracey, and Mackenzi Lee.
Women – Chloe Caldwell
When a young woman moves to the city, she falls in love for the first time with a woman. Nineteen years older than her, this poetic novella tells the story of finding love in the most unlikeliest of places.
The book has already been described as “a beautiful read” by Lena Dunham, and has appeared on many book lists for 2018. Charting all the notions of love, it’s one to add to your must-reads.
Charlie – Elton Justice
Highlighting the power that comes with comments on social media, ‘Charlie’ is a memoir retelling the events that followed from one single Facebook comment. The story is an account of a gay man’s fight against the authorities of a Far Eastern government determined to destroy his reputation and everything he knows.
It’s a harrowing story of rape, abuse, imprisonment and the murder of an innocent gay man. The book also comes highly recommended from a certain Mr. Elton John. The singer sent the author of ‘Charlie’ a letter to tell him how touched he was by the story.
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