Tuesday April 18, 2017

Read with Pride

By Lucy Fisher

The University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Committee partnered with UD Spectrum to promote Pride Week and encourage everyone to check out a book by a LGBTQ+ author. Spectrum, UD's Gay-Straight Alliance, is a group dedicated to advocating for the acceptance and respect of all LGBTQ+ students in our community through creating a safe space and promoting awareness and education on campus. 

Pride Week events begin Tuesday, 4/18 and continue through Saturday, 4/22.  For more information, catch up with Spectrum on Twitter @UD_Spectrum

Click on the titles to borrow from Roesch Library or another OhioLINK institution.

Based on events from Patricia Highsmith's own life, Carol tells the story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever changed by the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese's job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, ensnared by society's confines and the imminent disapproval of others, yet propelled by their infatuation. Also made into a movie, Carol is available via OhioLINK.

The Gilded Razor is the true story of a double life. By the age of seventeen, Sam Lansky was an all-star student with Ivy League aspirations in his final year at an elite New York City prep school. But a nasty addiction to prescription pills spiraled rapidly out of control, compounded by a string of reckless affairs with older men, leaving his bright future in jeopardy. After a terrifying overdose, he tried to straighten out. Yet as he journeyed from the glittering streets of Manhattan, to a wilderness boot camp in Utah, to a psych ward in New Orleans, he only found more opportunities to create chaos--until finally, he began to face himself.

Rita Mae Brown tells the story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a dirt-poor Southern couple who boldly forges her own path in America. With her startling beauty and crackling wit, Molly finds that women are drawn to her wherever she goes—and she refuses to apologize for loving them back. Rubyfruit Jungle, a literary milestone, continues to resonate more than forty years after its original publication with the message about being true to yourself and, against the odds, living happily ever after.

A Home at the End of the World is Michael Cunningham’s story of people living life without a blueprint. They are outsiders, misfits in several ways: Bobby, kind and open, but haunted; clever, gay Jonathan, unhappy with his directionless life; and fiercely independent Clare, searching for a future to match her dreams.

When a respected older man clings to the values of the liberated 1970s and when he pursues relationships relentlessly, his reputation suffers and chaos ensues. Edmund White explores different aspects of aging, romance, and sex, inviting his readers to come with him to Florida, the Greek Isles, and Turkey — and into the chaotic gay demimonde of contemporary New York in Chaos: a novella and short stories.

Redefining Realness: my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more introduces readers to Janet Mock who relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America.  Mock offers readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. An account of one woman's quest for self at all costs, Mock’s memoir encourages greater acceptance of one another--and of ourselves.

- Lucy Fisher, Course Reserves Specialist

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