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Sarah Waters - 2002-10-01
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No one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals. Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a "baby farmer." Mrs. Sucksby’s household also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.One day, the most beloved t...
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily M. Danforth - 2013-05-28 (first published in 2012)
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When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they'll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.But that relief doesn't last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that fr...
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Annie on My Mind
Nancy Garden - 2007-02-20 (first published in 1982)
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"If you don't put that ring on this minute, I'm going to take it back," Annie whispered in my ear. She leaned back, looking at me, her hands still on my shoulders, her eyes shining softly at me and snow falling, melting, on her nose. "Buon Natale," she whispered, "amore mio.""Merry Christmas, my love," I answered.From the moment Liza Winthrop meets...
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Rubyfruit Jungle
A Novel
Rita Mae Brown - 2015-06-23 (first published in 1973)
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A landmark coming-of-age novel that launched the career of one of this country’s most distinctive voices, Rubyfruit Jungle remains a transformative work more than forty years after its original publication. In bawdy, moving prose, Rita Mae Brown tells the story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a dirt-poor Southern couple who boldly forges he...
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The Color Purple
A Novel
Alice Walker - 2019-12-10 (first published in 1982)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alice Walker's iconic modern classic is now a Penguin Book.A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty t...
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Fun Home
A Family Tragicomic
Alison Bechdel - 2007-06-05 (first published in 2006)
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In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father.Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her fathe...
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Tipping the Velvet
A Novel
Sarah Waters - 2000-05-01 (first published in 1998)
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This delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of Nan King, who begins life as an oyster girl in the provincial seaside town of Whitstable and whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer named Miss Kitty Butler. When Kitty is called up to London for an engagement on "Grease Paint A...
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Under the Udala Trees
Chinelo Okparanta - 2016-09-20 (first published in 2015)
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Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does. Born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. But when their love is discovered, Ijeoma learn...
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The Price of Salt, or Carol
Patricia Highsmith - 2015-11-10 (first published in 1952)
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An unlikely encounter between Therese, a young sales clerk, and Carol, a lonely homemaker, leads to an amorous romance in this classic work of lesbian fiction. Struggling against the oppressive routines of their daily lives and the strict social norms governing mid-century femininity, the new lovers take to the open road where their new relationshi...
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Stone Butch Blues
A Novel
Leslie Feinberg - 2004-04-01 (first published in 1993)
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Woman or man? This internationally acclaimed novel looks at the world through the eyes of Jess Goldberg, a masculine girl growing up in the "Ozzie and Harriet" McCarthy era and coming out as a young butch lesbian in the pre-Stonewall gay drag bars of a blue-collar town. Stone Butch Blues traces a propulsive journey, powerfully evoking history and p...
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Zami by Audre Lorde
The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer
Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Rage by Julie Anne Peters
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Nevada by Imogen Binnie
When Women Were Warriors Book I by Catherine M Wilson
The Midnight Hunt by L. L. Raand
Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Huntress by Malinda lo
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Perfect Rhythm by Jae
And Playing the Role of Herself by K. E. Lane
Missed Her by Ivan Coyote
Felt in the Jaw by Kristen N. Arnett
I Can't Think Straight by Shamim Sarif
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie
Inseparable by Emma Donoghue
Sissy by Jacob Tobia
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague
Women by Chloe Caldwell
Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller
Desert Of The Heart by Jane Rule
Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters
Ex-Wives of Dracula by Georgette Kaplan
The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer
Pulp by Robin Talley
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Valencia by Michelle Tea
The House You Pass On the Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
Crier's War by Nina Varela
Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
Batwoman by Greg Rucka
Backwards to Oregon by Jae
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden
Wild by Meghan O'Brien
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
Blend by Georgia Beers
Who'd Have Thought by G Benson
Prince by Sara Gravatt-Wimsatt
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
Alone by E. J. Noyes
Ask Me Again by E. J. Noyes
Trash by Dorothy Allison
She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen
Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden
Malice by Heather Walter
Maurice by E. M. Forster
Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
Small Beauty by Jia Qing Wilson-Yang
All That Matters by Susan X Meagher
Queer by Meg-John Barker
Calling the Dead by Ali Vali
Queen by J.S. Fields
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor
All Out by Saundra Mitchell
Macho Sluts by Pat Califia
This Is Not For You by Jane Rule
Am I Blue? by Marion Dane Bauer
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
Bingo Love Volume 1 by Tee Franklin
Corona by Bushra Rehman
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-benn
The Hellion's Waltz by Olivia Waite
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz