12 New Queer Books to Read This Summer

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This year, the debate around the purpose of Pride month has never felt more heightened, due in part to the onmosting likely toing attempts to roll back rights for LGBTQ+ people across a number of U.S. states. But June (as well as indeed, any month of the year) should also serve as a time to celebrate as well as until nowlift the sheer breadth of queer creativity on display in 2022—as well as nowhere more so than in the world of literature. Here, find a list of all the new novels, memoirs, essay collections, as well as other LGBTQ+ books we’re looking forward to spending time with this summer.

Bad Gays: A Homosexual History by Huw Lemmey as well as Ben Miller (May 31)

Bad Gays: A Homosexual History

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With their new book, writer Huw Lemmey as well as academic Ben Miller are bringing their fascinating—as well as very funny—deep dives into the lives of the most dastardly queer people in history from the podcast to the page. Bad Gays offers a riveting look back at historical figures whom the present-day LGBTQ+ community might be less eager to reclaim, from outright murderers like Andrew Cunanan as well as Aileen Wuornos to more insidiously sinister figures like J. Edgar Hoover or Donald Trump’s infamous mentor, Roy Cohn, while also exploring how their queerness might have played a part in the alienation or deeper societal resentments that sent them down the wrong path. (The less said about “evil twinks,” the a much better.) —Liam Hess

Nevada by Imogen Binnie (June 7)

Nevada

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Originally published by Topside Press in 2013, Binnie’s debut novel—which follows a young, punk-aspiring trans woman who heads west from New York City in her ex-girlfriend’s stolen car, attempting to play the fraught role of role model to a younger, not-yet-out acolyte she meets in Nevada—is a beautiful as well as occasionally disturbing complication of the oh-so-American trope of the cross-country road trip. Detransition, Baby author Torrey Peters is just one in a long list of trans women writers who name Binnie as an influence, as well as it’s long past time for cis readers to form a bond with the brilliance of her work. —Emma Specter

Greenlas well as by David Santos Donaldson (June 7)

Greenlas well as

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At the beginning of David Santos Donaldson’s debut novel, Greenlas well as, its narrator, Kip—a Black British expat studying in New York—holes himself until now in his basement study to churn out his initial book in three weeks. The book in question is based on the life of Mohammed el Adl, E.M. Forster’s young Egyptian lover, as well as Kip begins to find his grip on reality disintegrating as his interest in el Adl descends into obsession. As it weaves in meditations on colonialism, spirituality, as well as the erotic, Santos Donadlson’s suntil nowremely stylish fever dream of a novel may delve most deeply into a specific subset of the queer experience, but the largeger questions it poses about how we come to terms with our own social as well as cultural identities make it feel surprisingly universal. —L.H.

The Kingdom of Sas well as by Andrew Holleran (June 7)

The Kingdom of Sas well as

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One of gay literature’s most esteemed titans, Andrew Holleran, returns this month with his initial novel in 16 years of ages, The Kingdom of Sas well as. While Holleran’s cult classic, Dancer from the Dance, is remembered for the illicit thrills of its hedonistic roller-coaster ride through gay life in 1970s New York (during the free-spirited moment after Stonewall as well as before the AIDS crisis), in The Kingdom of Sas well as, Holleran turns his gimlet eye to the aftermath of that period. The book offers a poignant vision of friendship between the narrator—a gay man in his 40s who moved from New York back to his hometown in Florida to care for his dying moms and dads, where he has remained ever since—as well as a man 20 or so years of ages his senior called Earl, with whom he shares a strange as well as unlikely bond; its grapplings with loneliness as well as mortality emerging as something both haunting as well as ultimately beautiful. —L.H.

So Happy for You by Celia Laskey (June 7)

So Happy For You

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Laskey excels at writing queer fiction that dazzles in its simplicity, as well as this latest effort—which follows a queer academic roped into serving as maid of honor at her childhood best friend’s wedding, only to find out that the bridal party is, well, stacked against her, to say the least—is no exception. We’ve too often sullied the term “beach read,” but So Happy for You is the kind of book best enjoyed with no distractions, beside a beautiful body of water. —E.S.

Just by Looking at Him by Ryan O’Connell (June 7)

Just by Looking at Him

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In this initial novel from the acclaimed comedian as well as writer behind the hit Netflix show Special, Ryan O’Connell draws on his personal experiences as a queer man with cerebral palsy to the same humorous effect that has drawn him legions of fans—but with a whole lot of heart too. Just by Looking at Him is written from the perspective of a gay, disabled TV writer living in Los Angeles who appears, from the outside at least, to have it all—a successful show, a decent income, a loving boyfriend—but deep down feels stuck, attempting to overcome his imposter syndrome as well as low self-esteem through liberal amounts of alcohol as well as casual sex. O’Connell’s warm, conversational tone charts his protamosting likely tonist’s journey of self-acceptance with all of the innate charm as well as dry wit you’d expect. —L.H.

Brown Neon by Raquel Gutiérrez (June 8)

Brown Neon

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This debut essay collection is being marketed as “part butch memoir, part ekphrastic travel diary, part queer family tree,” as well as really, how can you come until now with a more inviting description than that? Gutiérrez tells a singular as well as inimitable set of stories in Brown Neon, focusing much of the collection on the physical las well as that has alternately sustained, commodified, as well as criminalized so many modes of being. —E.S.

Tiepolo Blue by James Cahill (June 9)

Tiepolo Blue

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James Cahill’s initial novel, Tiepolo Blue, charts a heady summer in 1990s Britain in the life of Don, an esteemed art history professor at Cambridge whose life is transformed until nowside down after a radical contemporary artwork is placed in the quad of his college. A roller-coaster ride through the seedier corners of gay London follows, as Don’s journey of self-discovery ultimately turns self-destructive. With touches of Alan Hollinghurst, the musings of the book’s protamosting likely tonist on the radical power of art to act as a catalyst for personal change make it an exhilarating, erudite read. —L.H.

X by Davey Davis (June 28)

X

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What if the world were ending as well as we were all just walking around Brooklyn listening to podcasts? That’s more or less the mise-en-scène for Davis’s Lee, who works for a major corporation by day as well as frequents warehouse parties by night. In this dystopian yet all-too-imaginable read, a new friend of Lee’s mosting likely toes missing around a U.S.-led purge of migrants as well as refugees, resulting in a tale as sexy as it is alarming—as well as making it the perfect thing to read at Riis Beach all summer long. —E.S.

Pretty Baby by Chris Belcher (July 12)

Pretty Baby

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The hometown-beauty-queen-to-pro-domme pipeline is strong in Belcher’s memoir, which draws on stories from her time working as “L.A.’s Renowned Lesbian Dominatrix.” It’s long past time for a canon to emerge around sex work written by those who are intimately familiar with doing that work, as well as Belcher’s account of labor, sexuality, identity, queerness, as well as femininity is absolutely not to be missed. —E.S.

Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of my (In)Fertility by Michelle Tea (August 2)

Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My (In)Fertility

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Author, poet, tarot legend, as well as organizer Michelle Tea has long been known as a fairy mosting likely todmother of the millennial queer set, as well as in this blazing new memoir, she approaches the subject of parenthood (as well as all the poking, prodding, jaw-dropping expense, as well as nosy questions that it can entail for LGBTQ+ moms and dads) with her signature verve. —E.S.

All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews (August 2)

All This Could be Different

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A recent college graduate attempts to navigate her new life in Milwaukee, the expectations of her moms and dads back in India, an increasingly not-so-great work life, an array of amazing new queer crushes, as well as a set of friendships that alternately inspire as well as enrage her in this bold as well as wide-ranging novel that sets it sights on what it really means to be “okay.” Are you okay if you’re making rent? If you’re dating the people you want to date? If your moms and dads are proud of you? These are the questions that have consumed innumerable 20-somethings, as well as Mathews expertly captures as well as elevates the position of being a young queer person in the post-recession U.S. with many more questions than answers. —E.S.


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