The holidays usually means long trips to see friends and family. If you need something new to listen to during your travels check out this roundup of new audiobooks read by some fabulous queer narrators.
GuRu, RuPaul and Michelle VisageDey Street Books
RuPaul’s most inspirational quotes and life lessons are now read by Mother Ru, herself, and his closest squirrel friend, Michelle Visage. The audio version should hold you over until Drag Race All Stars Season 4 premieres next month.
Valley of the Dolls, Laverne CoxTiger LLC
Queen Laverne Cox takes on one of the campiest classics to ever hit the bookshelf, with the 50th anniversary of Valley of the Dolls. Can we please start a petition to have her star in the movie remake?
My Life as a Goddess, Guy BranumAtria Books
You recognize him from Chelsea Lately or Talk Show the Game Show, but Branum is more than just a funny panelist on cable TV. In his deeply personal memoir he goes into detail about growing up in a rural Northern California town, his complicated relationship with his family, and his law school days before he came to Hollywood. You come for the celebrity stories, but stay for his hilarious dive into Canadian history—no, seriously—and pop culture.
Tales of the City Series, Cynthia Nixon, Alan Cumming, etc.Harper Perennial
Netflix’s revival series, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, debuts next year, and there’s no better way to reacquaint yourself with the residents of 28 Barbary Lane than with the audiobook versions featuring celebs like Cynthia Nixon and Alan Cumming reading the classic San Francisco-set series.
What If It’s Us, Noah GalvinHarperTeen
Critically acclaimed authors Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the novel that inspired Love, Simon) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) have joined forces for What If It’s Us, a new gay YA novel from Harper Collins’ Teen imprint. The plot unfolds from two points of view: Out actor Noah Galvin (Dear Evan Hansen, The Real O’Neals) narrates as Arthur, and Froy Gutierrez (Teen Wolf) narrates as Ben.
I Can’t Date Jesus, Michael ArceneauxAtria/37 Ink
This New York Times bestseller from author and journalist Michael Arceneaux is jam-packed with the writer’s witty and heartfelt reflections on growing up black and gay in the South. Arceneaux himself narrates, and the book promises to show readers “what it’s like to be outspoken and brave in a divisive world.”
Calypso, David SedarisLittle, Brown and Company
Calypso is the latest essay collection from bestselling out author and comedian David Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day, SantaLand Diaries), though critics say the work is “simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet.” Sedaris himself narrates the audiobook version of Calypso, which chronicles the author’s hilarious and harrowing musings on aging and mortality as he tries to enjoy his not-so-idyllic life in a beach house on the Carolina shore.
Amateur, Thomas Page McBeeScribner
Written and narrated by trans author Thomas Page McBee, Amateur follows McBee’s real-life journey toward understanding what it means to be a man as he trains to fight in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden. The author navigates the complexities of male violence and toxic masculinity, offering readers “insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.”
I Might Regret This, Abbi JacobsonGrand Central Publishing
I Might Regret This is a new essay collection from Abbi Jacobson, one half of the dream team behind the smash-hit series Broad City. The book chronicles Jacobson’s cross-country drive in solitude, delving deep into her introspections on life, love, loss, work, and figuring out who you really are. Jacobson narrates (you’re welcome.)