Celebrating Pride Month: 2 Favorite Reads
It's Pride Month and for the Crazy Curious Reader, the best way to celebrate it is reading some great books and spreading the buzz about them! So, I'm going to do a series of posts and here's a quick look at 2 of my picks. One of them is a recent coming-of-age story and the other is a classic! Check them out, gift them or simply share the word. Keep looking out for my new posts.
The following list is not in any order of preference.
Gender Queer: A Story From a Different Closet
This is a recently released book by Allan D. Hunter about the coming-of-age journey of someone who identifies as gender queer.
Derek is a girl. He wasn't one of the boys as a kid. He admired, befriended, and socialized with the girls and always knew he was one of them, despite being male. That wasn't always accepted or understood, but he didn't care--he knew who he was. Now he's a teenager and boys and girls are flirting and dating and his identity has become a lot more complicated: he's attracted to the girls. The other girls. The female ones.
This is Derek's story, the story of a different kind of male hero--a genderqueer person's tale. It follows Derek from his debut as an eighth grader in Los Alamos, New Mexico until his unorthodox coming out at the age of twenty-one on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque. This century's first decade saw many LGBT centers and services rebranding themselves as LGBTQ. The ''Q'' in LGBTQ is a new addition. It represents other forms of ''queer'' in an inclusive wave-of-the hand toward folks claiming to vary from conventional gender and orientation, such as genderqueer people. People who are affirmatively tolerant on gay, lesbian and transgender issues still ask ''Why do we need to add another letter to the acronym? Isn't anyone who isn't mainstream already covered by 'gay' or 'lesbian' or 'bisexual' or 'trans'? I'm all in favor of people having the right to call themselves whatever they want, but seriously, do we need this term?'' Derek's tale testifies to the real-life relevance of that ''Q.'' This is a genderqueer story before genderqueer was trending.
Call Me By Your Name
A bestseller by Andre Aicman. I first saw this title mentioned in my favorite fitness instructor Shaun T's story. This is definitely a must read.
An Instant Classic and One of the Great Love Stories of Our Time
Andre Aciman's Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction.
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year • A Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post Best Book of the Year • A New York Magazine "Future Canon" Selection • A Chicago Tribune and Seattle Times(Michael Upchurch's) Favorite Favorite Book of the Year.