Non-Fiction

“Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama” by Alison Bechdel

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Book: “Are You My Mother”

Author: Alison Bechdel

Genre: Biography & Graphic Novel

About: From the creator of the “Bechdel Test” comes a memoir about the relationship of a woman and her mother and the complexities of their relationship. This is the mate to “Fun Home”

Publisher: Mariner Books

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Are-You-My-Mother-Comic/dp/0544002237/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502314538&sr=1-1&keywords=are+you+my+mother+alison+bechdel

Non-Fiction

“Branded by the Pink Triangle” by Ken Setterington

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Author: Ken Setterington

Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical

About: I cannot recommend this book enough. It was filled with information and I learned so much about homosexuality during the Nazi reign. The book is easy to read and I would honestly recommend it for mature 12 year olds and up. I learned so much about homosexuality during the Nazi reign.

Something to remember: Paragraph 175 (which made homosexuality illegal in Germany) wasn’t repealed until 1969. Homosexuals were treated as criminals and forced to live out their jail sentences even after concentration camp liberation. Reparations for those wearing Pink Triangles weren’t given until 2001, when most victims were either old or deceased. ‪Hate is not history.

Publisher: Second Story Press

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Branded-Pink-Triangle-Ken-Setterington/dp/1926920961

Non-Fiction
2235825Book: “The Portable Queer: Homo History: A Compilation of Events that Shook and Shaped the Gay World”

Author: Erin McHugh

Genre: Non-Fiction

About: “Homo History” contained lots of interesting information. It was written very colloquially and was easy to read. The writer’s voice came through clearly. However, I did not find a fair number or phrases or certain thoughts necessarily apropos. Certain words, phrases, and ideas- in my opinion- could have been approached in a more politically correct manner. For example, the word “transgendered” was used, but “transgender” should have been used instead. In sum, “Homo History” touched on a lot of different things and was a good overview, but should be read with a grain of salt.

Publisher: Alyson Books

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Queer-History-Compilation-Events/dp/1593500319

Non-Fiction

“Delusions of Gender” by Cordelia Fine

10199960Book: “Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference”

Author: Cordelia Fine

Genre: Non-Fiction, Feminism, Sociology, Gender

About: Sometimes this book felt dense. I feel like it took me forever to read. But the content was solid and I felt like it all came together really well in the end. I felt like I learned a lot. I enjoyed how it went into common gender studies and clarified facts and also where the myths came from. also feel like this is a book that every person should read.

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Delusions-Gender-Society-Neurosexism-Difference/dp/0393340244

 

Non-Fiction

“Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel

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Author: Alison Bechdel

Genre: Biography & Graphic Novel

About: From the creator of the “Bechdel Test” comes a memoir about the relationship between a woman and her father, and how their sexualities influenced them.

Publisher: Mariner Books;

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Fun-Home-Tragicomic-Alison-Bechdel/dp/0618871713/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434131771&sr=8-1&keywords=fun+home

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“Pansy” by Andrea Gibson

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Author: Andrea Gibson

Genre: Poetry

About: Gender, Sexuality, Politics, Chronic Illness. These are just a few of the themes that you can find in all of Gibson’s works. This book covers topics such as “Checking Your Privilege” and “Black Lives Matter”. Although, this is not my favorite of Gibson’s books, there were several poems that knocked it out of the park.

Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing

Notable Quote:

All the wars we’ve fought
have turned our shine into rust;
Now we can’t touch each other’s trust
without a tetanus shot.

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Pansy-Andrea-Gibson/dp/1938912985

Non-Fiction

“Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights” by Ann Bausum

tumblr_ntkidv0D3B1u9kr1ho1_400Book: “Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights”

Author: Ann Bausum

Genre: Non-Fiction, Young Adult

About: This book is a good introduction to what happened at the Stonewall bar on Christopher Street in the summer of 1969. Although, It’s written for a teenage audience, audiences of all ages will find it informative.

From a queer perspective, I think that a lot of key players in the riots were left out and I would have liked to read about them, not just Craig Rodwell. Also, it felt like the story was so textbook-like that I can tell that the author is straight and not apart of the queer community.

Publisher: Viking

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Stonewall-Breaking-Out-Fight-Rights/dp/0670016799