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Jul 31 '14

Review - That’s So Gay! Microagressions in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community by Kevin L. Nadal

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the cover of That's So Gay!

That’s So Gay!  Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community is one of the better books I have ever read about mental health issues for LGBT people.  Kevin L. Nadal has written a book where the B is not scapegoated, ignored, or presented in a confusing jumble.  Instead bisexuality and bisexual issues are cohesively streamlined into the text with multiple examples, case studies, and definitions.

I tried to do my usual trick of checking for bisexuality in the index, and it only came up with one page number, which was for a definition of bisexuality.  However there are TONS of bisexual examples in this book, the publisher just didn’t list them all in the index (wtf APA press?).  Nadal talks about monosexism and biphobic microaggressions throughout, sprinkling them through the book and mixing them in with the lesbian, gay, and transgender examples.   Nadal also writes this book as a man of color, and the chapters on intersections of LGBT microaggressions with race, age, ability, gender identity, and religion demonstrate a clear understanding of intersectional identities.  

There was still some room for improvement.   All but one of the bisexual examples were women and all were cis, with nothing in the transgender chapter about the intersection of bisexual and transgender identities.   The definition of bisexuality included the phrase ‘both genders’ and there was casually cissexist language like that throughout.  As previously mentioned, its index was poorly done.   

However I was still really impressed by this book.  It gives tips for how to handle microaggressions in specific circumstances (strangers, family, work, etc) and I appreciated that Nadal kept the book grounded and useful rather than letting it become overly academic.  While it was an LGBT book, it handled bisexual issues well and works as both a resource for mental health professionals and any one researching biphobic/sapphobic microaggressions.  

- Sarah 

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Jul 30 '14

[image description: two photos, one of Love In the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block. The second is the title page of the book, which is signed.]

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Just picked up Love in the Time of Global Warming by @francescablock from @addendumbooks. I’ve been looking for it for ages and haven’t been able to find it anywhere. Should’ve known that Addendum, which literally has the best selection ever would have it. (AND it’s signed! Best bookstore ever? YES.)

Anyways, I am very happy. This is literally the best book and you should all get it. There are lovely queer superheroish type people and it is so wonderful. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out in the fall!

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Jul 30 '14

Danika reviews Kissing Kate by Laureen Myracle

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I have had this book on my shelf for so many years that I actually couldn’t say with any certainty whether I read it or not. I felt like I had, but I couldn’t remember anything about it. So, since I was going to see Lauren Myracle at Leakycon in a couple weeks, I decided to pick it back up and determine that for certain. Kissing Kateis definitely a quick read, under 200 pages, but I feel like it…

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Jul 29 '14
[image description: a photo of a room with six people all reading Far From You by Tess Sharpe]
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fiercefiction:

Team fiercefiction catch up on the new Guardian Teen bookclub read… Tess Sharpe’s Far From You!!
http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/competition/2014/may/04/giveaway-far-from-you-tess-sharpe
Watch this space for lots more over the month of May!

I think I need to put this picture on my wall. 

[image description: a photo of a room with six people all reading Far From You by Tess Sharpe]

sharpegirl:

fiercefiction:

Team fiercefiction catch up on the new Guardian Teen bookclub read… Tess Sharpe’s Far From You!!

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/competition/2014/may/04/giveaway-far-from-you-tess-sharpe

Watch this space for lots more over the month of May!

I think I need to put this picture on my wall. 

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Jul 28 '14
[image description: the cover of Hello, Groin by Beth Goobie]
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Hello, Groin (2006) by Beth Goobie
”Anyway, why does that part of your body have to be treated like a wild animal that should be caged and controlled? Why can’t it be about decency and honor, and what’s true and good? And wise,” I added defiantly, crossing my arms over my chest.
When Dylan agrees to create a display for the school library, she has no idea of the trouble it’s going to cause- for her principal, her family, her boyfriend Cam, and her best friend Jocelyn. And for Dylan herself. If only her English class had been studying a normal, run-of-the-mill, mundane book like Lord of the Flies instead of Foxfire things wouldn’t have gotten so twisted. Then the world wouldn’t have gone into such a massive funk. And then Dylan wouldn’t have had to face her deepest fear and the way she was letting it run her life. 

[image description: the cover of Hello, Groin by Beth Goobie]

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Hello, Groin (2006) by Beth Goobie

”Anyway, why does that part of your body have to be treated like a wild animal that should be caged and controlled? Why can’t it be about decency and honor, and what’s true and good? And wise,” I added defiantly, crossing my arms over my chest.

When Dylan agrees to create a display for the school library, she has no idea of the trouble it’s going to cause- for her principal, her family, her boyfriend Cam, and her best friend Jocelyn. And for Dylan herself. If only her English class had been studying a normal, run-of-the-mill, mundane book like Lord of the Flies instead of Foxfire things wouldn’t have gotten so twisted. Then the world wouldn’t have gone into such a massive funk. And then Dylan wouldn’t have had to face her deepest fear and the way she was letting it run her life. 

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Jul 28 '14

Rachel reviews Lady Knight by L-J Baker

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Anyone looking for a good lesbian love story that takes place in the medieval period should definitely try Lady Knight by L-J Baker. It has a perfect blend of romance, battles, and intriguing characters.

The story opens with Riannon, an open female knight who is rejected by almost everyone who learns her true identity. She is honorable and chivalrous, but people only see her as a misfit. She is…

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Jul 27 '14
[image description: a photo of a dog on a couch, with a book beside them and a paper sign behind them. The sign says “Because you don’t know what will change someone’s life.” and the book is Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow]
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#WEneeddiversebooks because you don’t know what will change someone’s life.
Submitted by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

[image description: a photo of a dog on a couch, with a book beside them and a paper sign behind them. The sign says “Because you don’t know what will change someone’s life.” and the book is Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow]

weneeddiversebooks:

#WEneeddiversebooks because you don’t know what will change someone’s life.

Submitted by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

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Jul 26 '14
[image description: the cover of Far From You by Tess Sharpe]
thegayya:

Tee’s May Book Challenge - Day 10 - Favorite Thriller/Mystery
(Hey, one I can answer with just one title!)
That would be Far From You by Tess Sharpe, which incidentally our giveaway for ends today. Enter now if you want a chance to win a signed copy!
The main character is bisexual and actually says the words "I’m bisexual." Which, for those of you who don’t know, is very rare. And it’s also just amazingly written and made me cry almost constantly while reading it. Check out our full review.

[image description: the cover of Far From You by Tess Sharpe]

thegayya:

Tee’s May Book Challenge - Day 10 - Favorite Thriller/Mystery

(Hey, one I can answer with just one title!)

That would be Far From You by Tess Sharpe, which incidentally our giveaway for ends today. Enter now if you want a chance to win a signed copy!

The main character is bisexual and actually says the words "I’m bisexual." Which, for those of you who don’t know, is very rare. And it’s also just amazingly written and made me cry almost constantly while reading it. Check out our full review.

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Jul 26 '14

Abigail reviews Child of Doors by J.S. Little

Abigail reviews Child of Doors by J.S. Little

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This book was a wild read from start to finish. It has been a while since I read some truly weird speculative fiction like this. That’s about as specific as I can be about the genre of this book. It was part horror, part paranormal, part science fiction, part fantasy, and possibly meant to be somewhat allegorical. It reminded me a lot of Philip K. Dick, or Cordwainer Smith: the kind of science…

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Jul 25 '14

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