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As spring approaches, select from one or more of these titles that range from the practical to informational, from inspiring to thought provoking.  Remember, the Dauphin County Library System has even more titles that are sure to spark your interest.  Find out more be either visiting us in person or online

Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love
by Michelle LeClair and Robin Gaby Fisher

“There is nothing as powerful as a mother’s love, and nothing as healing as a child’s soul.” Unknown said the best things. But what Michelle LeClair told The Central Voice about her and her mother’s ordeal with The Church of Scientology is even better. In her tell-all memoir, Perfectly Clear, Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love, LeClair offers an insider’s perspective on Scientology’s pervasive influence, secret rituals, and ruthless practices for keeping members in line. It’s a story of self-acceptance, of finding the strength and courage to stand up for your emotional freedom, and of love prevailing. Eventually, LeClair finds the love of her life, a woman, and ultimately leaves the church. But the split comes at a terrible price. Her once pristine reputation is publicly dragged through the mud, the police raid her home, her ex-husband tries to gain full custody of their children, and the multi-million-dollar business she built from scratch is utterly destroyed." (From The Central Voice)

Gender: Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture
by Lee Airton.

“The days of two genders--male, female; boy, girl; blue, pink--are over, if they ever existed at all. Gender is now a global conversation, and one that is constantly evolving. From the differences among gender identity, gender expression, and sex, to the use of gender-neutral pronouns like singular they/them, to thinking about your own participation in gender, Gender: Your Guide serves as a complete primer to all things gender. You will learn how gender works in everyday life, how to use accurate terminology to refer to transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming individuals, and how to ask when you aren›t sure what to do or say.” (From the Publisher)

Modern Familes: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship
by Joshua Gamson.

“These are case studies of how a few families were formed in a “deliberately unconventional” way. At the center are two quite different stories of how Gamson (sociology, Univ. of San Francisco) and his husband had two children through donated eggs implanted in surrogate mothers. He recounts the more familiar tales of older women trying increasingly expensive medical assistance to get pregnant, and of single women and lesbian couples trying to adopt internationally. He also tells the stories of families with more unusual complexities--a lesbian couple and a gay couple adopting children internationally, so they can all be parents together, or a lesbian paired with a woman transitioning to a man, who tries to get pregnant, and then adopt, both before and after the latter’s gender transition."  (From Choice)

Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise
by Elizabeth F. Schwartz.

“Schwartz, an attorney with expertise on the rights of LGBT individuals, assembles wide-ranging practical and legal advice for those about to embark on marriage. The author begins with a summary of the journey to secure marriage rights for the LGBT community and then embarks on a measured discussion of issues that couples should consider before tying the knot. Schwartz covers what marriage means, its alternatives, nuptial agreements, finances, estate planning, and divorce. Her clear writing features hypothetical but true-to-life examples that illustrate such topics as the tax benefits of marriage and the complications that can ensue in parental rights when a partner dies or the couple separates. Cameo essays from experts on elder law, taxation, adoption, counseling, and military benefits add meat to an already sturdy book." (From Library Journal)

Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships, and Identity
edited by Carter Sickels.

This work “assembles pieces from diverse contributors, college professors and blue-collar workers, some established writers and some never before published. Edited by Carter Sickels (The Evening Hour), these extremely sharp essays . . . cover the reasons why marriage is important to some members of LGBTQ communities, addressing questions of medical decision-making, finances and insurance, child rearing, equality. Others protest what Ben Anderson-Nathe calls a “rhetoric of sameness”: the argument for marriage rights based on the idea that queer families are just like straight ones. . . With Sickels’s synthesizing introduction, these sympathetic, well-informed essays show that the fight for same-sex marriage is deeply complex and only one issue in the fight for inclusiveness and equality.” (From Shelf Awareness)

2brides 2be: A Same-Sex Guide for the Modern Bride
by Laura Leigh Abby.

“In response to the dearth of guides on same-sex weddings, Abby (2Brides2Be.com) draws from her own experience and that of wedding planners to create a handbook to help women achieve the wedding of their dreams. She covers basics such as putting together a guest list, inviting exes, registering, and establishing a budget, but also takes on issues specific to same-sex couples, including coming out to announce the relationship and deciding who walks first down the aisle. Advice on changing one’s name and wording the ceremony pronouncement are other useful additions. Verdict An accomplished book about the meaning of marriage for same-sex couples and how to represent that in the wedding." (From Library Journal)