50 Years of Innovative Books: PRIDE Edition

What better way to begin a blog post than with one of our favorite quotes from Tennessee Williams? “What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart? Oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.” Whether you like nonfiction or fiction, biographies or poetry, there is something for everyone on on our latest list of inspiring and innovative books featuring proud LGBTQIA+ characters.

  1. Rubyfruit Jungle, by Rita Mae Brown
  2. Portrait of a Marriage, by Nigel Nicolson
  3. Coal, by Audre Lorde
  4. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Charles Silverstein and Felice Picano
  5. The Bisexual Option, by Fritz Klein
  6. Movement in Black, by Pat Parker
  7. Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin
  8. Annie on my Mind, by Nancy Garden
  9. Zami, by Audre Lorde
  10. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  11. A Boy’s Own Story, by Edmund White
  12. The Boys on the Rock, by John Fox
  13. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson
  14. The Lost Language of Cranes, by David Leavitt
  15. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, by Fannie Flagg
  16. The Object of My Affection, by Stephen McCauley
  17. The Arizona Kid, by Ron Koertge
  18. Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto
  19. The Swimming-Pool Library, by Alan Hollinghurst
  20. Weetzie Bat, by Francesca Lia Block
  21. Putting on the Ritz, by Joe Keenan
  22. The Liar, by Stephen Fry
  23. Invisible Life, by E. Lynn Harris
  24. Ammonite, by Nicola Griffith
  25. Funny Boy, by Shyam Selvadurai
  26. Trouble and Her Friends, by Melissa Scott
  27. Dream Boy, by Jim Grimsley
  28. The Hours, by Michael Cunningham
  29. Tipping the Velvet, by Sarah Waters
  30. The Blackwater Lightship, by Colm Tobin
  31. Hard Love, by Ellen Wittlinger
  32. Pedro and Me, by Judd Winick
  33. Middlesex, by Jeffery Eugenides
  34. Luna, by Julie Anne Peters
  35. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  36. Fun Home, by Allison Bechdel
  37. Call Me By Your Name, by Andre Aciman
  38. Hiding in Hip Hop, by Terrance Dean
  39. Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories, by Craig Laurance Gidney
  40. Huntress, by Malinda Lo
  41. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth
  42. Nevada, by Imogen Binnie
  43. The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin
  1. Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta
  2. A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
  3. Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry
  4. Darius the Great is Not Okay, by Adib Khorrram
  5. I’m Afraid of Men, by Vivek Shraya
  6. The Thirty Names of Night, by Zeyn Joukhadar
  7. Detransition Baby, by Torrey Peters

Did we leave out some of your favorites, like The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller or Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli?  Let us know in the comments below, and celebrate PRIDE month by picking up these books and more at your local HPB or HPB.com.

Happy reading!