June Staff Picks

Happy June! Here are some of our favorite reads this month.

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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626722590
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - May 7th, 2019

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is a graphic novel by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell that will get you in the Pride month spirit. Queer YA is a genre so often full of tragic coming out stories and detailed trauma, so a pastel-colored graphic novel with no straight or cis characters is a welcome addition. While it does delve into difficult topics, it's something that will resonate with someone more than they think. It's a hopeful book that ends promoting love, growth, and healing.‬

— Kiran

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ISBN: 9781335012906
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harlequin Teen - November 13th, 2018

Alternating between the 1950s and present-day DC, Talley intertwines the stories of teenagers in each era, setting up a mystery and paying homage to lesbian pulp fiction. Compelling and honest, a great read.

— Rachel

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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

Her Body and Other Parties is a brilliant collection of short stories that features women, their sexuality, and the trials and tribulations they experience in their lives. Carmen Maria Machado wonderfully captures a whole world in each piece of fiction that makes you wanting more. In truth, this is one of those few books that I think about all the time and has stuck with me long after I read it.

— Ani

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I Owe You One: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524799014
Availability: Available to Order
Published: The Dial Press - February 5th, 2019

I picked up this novel on a complete whim but while reading it I saw a lot of myself in the main character. Kinsella wrote a novel so touching that I left with a lesson of growing my self-appreciation and taking time to take care of myself. The novel showed me the importance of self-love which was something I feel everyone needs these days!

— Chloe