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In Your Dauphin Co. Library

Lesbian mafia, pink-haired recruit and the Queer Eye


Whether you like fiction or non-fiction, cozy up with some books to help beat the long winter blues. Remember, the Dauphin County Library System is a great place to start your journey for great reading.

Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life, by Antoni Porowski and others.

 “Feeling your best is about far more than deciding what color to paint your accent wall or how to apply nightly moisturizer. It’s also about creating a life that’s well-rounded, filled with humor and understanding--and most importantly, that suits you. At a cultural moment when we are all craving people to admire, Queer Eye offers hope and acceptance. After you get to know the Fab Five, together they will guide you through five practical chapters that go beyond their designated areas of expertise (food & wine, fashion, grooming, home decor, and culture), touching on topics like wellness, entertaining, and defining your personal brand, and complete with bite-sized Hip Tips for your everyday quandaries. Above all else, Queer Eye aims to help you create a happy and healthy life, rooted in self-love and authenticity” (From the publisher)

Confessions of the Fox, by Jordy Rosenberg.

 “Academic intrigue meets the 18th-century underworld in Rosenberg’s astonishing and mesmerizing debut, which juxtaposes queer and trans theory, slave narrative, heroic romance, postcolonial analysis, and speculative fiction. In a 2018 not entirely recognizable as our own, transgender university professor R. Voth happens upon an apparently unread 1724 manuscript entitled “Confessions of the Fox.” It purports to be the memoirs of real-life 18th-century British folk hero Jack Sheppard, whose crimes and jailbreaks transfixed his contemporaries. But this Jack was born female, falls in love with a mixed-race sex worker, and clashes with a ring of conspirators attempting to monetize a potentially priceless masculinizing elixir.” (From Publishers Weekly)

Out of Step: A Memoir, by Anthony Moll.

“What possesses an openly bisexual, pink-haired, 18-year-old young man to enlist in the army? Moll offers his answer: Mine was a muddled recipe: uneven parts teenage wanderlust, the emotional gut punch from the attacks in New York and D.C. . . . and a desire to escape from my stagnant situation in a working-class home. It was early in 2002 when he enlisted, the era of don’t ask, don’t tell, the dictate that Moll would endure for eight years in the military, during which, he writes, I couldn’t say or be who I was. Nevertheless, the experience he recalls in his memoir is of gay and lesbian life that was surprisingly open . . .“ (From Booklist)

Stray City, by Chelsey Johnson.

“Johnson’s smart and delightful debut is narrated by Andrea, a college student and self-described member of the Lesbian Mafia. The novel is set mostly in late-’90s Portland, but also flashes back to Andrea’s repressive adolescence in Nebraska and forward a decade for its final section. Fresh from a painful breakup, Andrea receives a second emotional blow at the club where she goes to commiserate with her friends: she spots her ex, Flynn, in intimate conversation with her closest confidant, Vivian. This, and an abundance of alcohol, lead to a one-night dalliance with Flynn’s friend Ryan, a hairdresser and aspiring musician. Andrea’s fling with Ryan blossoms into a relationship, and she works to keep it secret and to understand her attraction to him, which unnerves her. When an unplanned pregnancy intervenes, must her life become conventional?” (From Publishers Weekly)

The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth, by Jo Langford.

“Longtime therapist and sex educator Langford has written an indispensable guide to a universe of things sexual and social for LGBTQ+ youth and their parents or caregivers. The content is near encyclopedic, ranging from biology to coming out, from dating to the religion thing, and from casual sex to personal safety. It is particularly complete and enlightening in terms of its coverage of transgender matters, cutting through the thicket of confusing jargon that usually surrounds this nuanced consideration.” (From Booklist) 

The Lie and How We Told It, by Tommi Parrish.

“In lovingly painted pages of comics art, with black and white intermissions, Australian cartoonist Parrish tells a deceptively simple story of friends grown apart, who run into one another by chance and spend an evening catching up. Cleary and Tim bump into each other at a grocery check-out and reconnect. Over the course of the evening, as much is concealed as is revealed, but what is left at the end is the stark understanding that, at the threshold of adulthood, one person has made emotionally honest choices and the other struggles with his sexuality and with his own heart. “ (From Publishers Weekly)