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5 great reads to celebrate Pride

Great books featuring LGBTQ+ characters and stories.

June is Pride Month.  Allyson Mower, head of scholarly communication and copyright for the J. Willard Marriott Library, has recommended the following titles in recognition of the celebration. The resources listed are either audiobooks or eBooks provided by Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL) or Salt Lake County Library (SLCO). If you have an address in Salt Lake County, the SLCPL has temporarily waived their address verification requirement making it easier to sign up for your library card.

“Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. Le Guin

Spending time in an androgynous society is so liberating!

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“The New Negro” by Jeffrey Stewart

A Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Alain Locke that tells the story of his upbringing and his reasons for expatriation.

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“The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

A compelling retelling of King David and his first love, Jonathan.

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“White Houses” by Amy Bloom

This really should be called Hick and Eleanor because the characters and the love story about them are so great but what the actual title—”White Houses”—achieves is to highlight the class differences and the inevitable unraveling of two women in love.

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“The Sacrament” by Olaf Olafsson

A lesbian nun returns to a murder investigation in her home country of Iceland and must grapple with her own past and a love not fully realized.

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