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Celebrate the upcoming season

Get energized this Spring

By Yvonne Carmicheal
Posted 2/26/20

It’s time to shake off winter's doldrums, and that’s easy to do by trying one or more of these titles from The Dauphin County Library.  You’ll find that this edition’s …

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Celebrate the upcoming season

Get energized this Spring

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It’s time to shake off winter's doldrums, and that’s easy to do by trying one or more of these titles from The Dauphin County Library.  You’ll find that this edition’s selections range from the recently released to others that you might have forgotten.  Plus, we have titles for everyone in your family. 

Do you like to read or listen to titles on a tablet or smart device?  No problem.  We have thousands of titles to choose from that’s just right for your electronic device.  Remember, the Dauphin County Library System has lots of titles to enjoy.  Find out by either visiting us in person or online at www.dcls.org

How We Fight For Our LIves, by Saeed Jones: "In this highly anticipated memoir, writer and poet Jones begins with the influence of James Baldwin and what it means to create an alternate version of oneself. He describes a childhood spent alternating between the suburbs of Dallas with his mother, and summers in Memphis with his evangelical grandmother. With lyrical writing, Jones shows the impact of lingering silence around sexuality; gay was an unspoken word in either home. This is all set against the backdrop of the deaths of James Byrd Jr. and Matthew Shepard in 1998—if being black can get you killed and so can being gay, what does it mean to be black and gay?  Throughout, Jones tells of slipping away from his mother and grandmother, of wanting a sense of newfound freedom. While college allowed this, it came with a physical and mental cost. An unforgettable memoir that pulls you in and doesn't let go until the very last page."

 #Pride: Championing LGBTQ Rights, by Rebecca Felix: “Introduces readers to the pride movement, from its beginnings at the Stonewall Riots to the LGBTQ rights movement, the first pride parade, the creation of the rainbow flag, and legislation such as the Matthew Shephard Act and the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.” This book is written for juvenile readers.

A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir, by Edie Windsor; with Joshua Lyon: “In this memoir, which [Edie] began before passing away in 2017 and completed by her co-writer, Edie recounts her childhood in Philadelphia, her realization that she was a lesbian, and her active social life in Greenwich Village's electrifying underground gay scene during the 1950s.  Edie was also one of a select group of trailblazing women in computing, working her way up the ladder at IBM and achieving their highest technical ranking while developing software. In the early 1960s Edie met Thea, an expat from a Dutch Jewish family that fled the Nazis, and a widely respected clinical psychologist. Their partnership lasted forty-four years, until Thea died in 2009.  Edie found love again, marrying Judith Kasen-Windsor in 2016. A Wild and Precious Life is a remarkable portrait of an iconic woman, gay life in New York in the second half of the twentieth century, and the rise of LGBT activism.”

Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness, edited by Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano: “Headcase is a groundbreaking collection of personal reflections and artistic representations illustrating the intersection of mental wellness, illness, and LGBTQ identity, as well as the lasting impact of historical views equating queer and trans identity with mental illness. The pieces offer personal views from both providers and clients, often one and the same, about their experiences. . . Several contributors also document the difficulty of navigating flawed health care systems that limit affordable access to genuinely affirming, effective services. Cultural norms and barriers to accessibility have an enormous impact on the quality of care available to LGBTQ communities. Traversing boundaries of race and ethnic identity, age, gender identity, and socioeconomic status, Headcase should appeal to LGBTQ communities and, specifically, LGBTQ mental health consumers and their friends, families, and comrades."

 LGBTQ Service in the Armed Forces, by Duchess Harris; with Jill C. Wheeler: This book is part of a series that mixes personal stories with legal, historical, global and contemporary perspectives on LBGTQ issues.  Geared for tweens and teen readers, this title “looks at enlisted LGBTQ people and legislation that made their experience in the US military difficult. It also discusses how LGBTQ soldiers served during times of war but were often discharged for their gender identity or sexuality after the war.”

Exposed, by Jean-Philippe Blondel; translated from the French by Alison Anderson: “Blondel's captivating second novel (following The 6:41 from Paris) tracks an aging high school English teacher's strange relationship with a famous young painter. Louis Claret, approaching 60, lives alone in a small, cold apartment in his provincial French city. His ex-wife, Anne, amicably divorced him years earlier and is happily remarried; his two adult daughters have moved away. Claret's life changes when he is invited to Alexandre Laudin's art opening. Laudin, a local celebrity whose painting has achieved national attention, was Claret's student, but Claret barely remembers him. Laudin invites a surprised Claret to his apartment, shows him a stunning new sequence of triptychs, and makes an unusual offer: he'd like Claret to pose. Claret agrees, and each time he is painted, Blondel reveals more of his past through beautiful, italicized sequences. The experience lets him dwell on a life of roads not taken and of regret mingled with beauty. All along, Laudin reveals his true self, and eventually, Claret is given the chance to strip bare. The novel flies by with gentle humor, but it also poses complex questions about the meaning of art and sexuality, and offers an elegiac look at late middle age. Claret's evolution is irresistible, and the story's fundamental kindness sets it apart."