It's summer once again, and the Sherrod Library is celebrating Pride Month by highlighting books and resources from LGBTQ authors. Come in to check out the display put together by the Sherrod's own Tiffany Watson or browse our libguide for reading suggestions both academic and for pleasure.
What's on Display?
Another Appalachia: Coming up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place
Written by the daughter of Indian Immigrants who raised their family in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia, Neema Avashia reflects on the experiences that shaped her identity in a book that "mixes nostalgia and humor, sadness and sweetness, personal reflection and universal questions."
- West Virginia University Press summary
The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School
A contemporary coming of age novel, this book centers around the character Yami Flores, a 16-year-old high-school student juggling a new school, a secret crush, and her parent's expectations. Sonora Reyes was born and raised in Arizona and is a prominent LGBTQ activist who primarily writes young adult fiction. The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School was her first major publication.
Gender Queer: A Memoir
Written and illustrated by Maia Kobabe, this graphic memoir explores one person's struggle to define sexuality, gender, and one's self. One of the most challenged books of the 2020s, this title is a can't miss for those interested in the politics of gender and free, honest, expression.
Queer: A Graphic History
Dr. Meg-John Barker is a prolific author who writes about sex, gender, and mental health. Other published works include Sexuality: A Graphic Guide, Rewriting the Rules, and Life Isn't Binary. Queer: A Graphic History was illustrated by Jules Scheele, and serves as an excellent introduction to queer theory.
Living Queer History - Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City
G. Samantha Rosenthal blends elements of memoir, historical analysis, and theory in this book about an LGBTQ community in a small Virginian city on the edge of Appalachia. Rosenthal is an author, activist, and public historian, as well as an Associate Professor at Roanoke College.