Fall Preview 2019: 10 New Books to Queer Up Your Library

Memoirs from Adam and Elton and the "Call Me by Your Name" sequel.

Summer is winding down, which means fewer days outdoors and more time to hunker down with some of the best reads of the season. So grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte (iced, of course) and a bookmark because we’ve got 10 new picks for your ever-growing pile. The following titles feature queer characters or story lines, or were written by LGBTQ writers. The best news? They’re all out in the coming months.

  1. High School: A Memoir by Tegan and Sara Quin

    MCD

    In their literary debut, acclaimed rockers and queer twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin delve headfirst into the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Detailing their roller coaster of an adolescence in a humble Canadian suburb via alternating first-person chapters, the siblings tackle everything from drug use, family issues, and depression to early-career milestones, first loves, and first heartbreaks. Bonus: The duo is also releasing Hey, I’m Just Like You, a new album of songs they penned in high school and rediscovered while writing their memoir, the same week. September 24.

  2. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

    Wednesday Books

    Wayward Son is the highly anticipated sequel to 2015’s Carry On, a queer romance-slash-fantasy novel from best-selling YA author Rainbow Rowell. This time around, our hero Simon Snow is in the midst of a classic “what the hell do I do with my life after saving the world?” funk. Determined to help Simon get up off the couch, his BFF, Penny, and his love interest, Baz, decide to embark on an epic three-person road trip across the United States. Inevitable hijinks ensue. September 24.

  3. Crossfire: A Litany for Survival by Staceyann Chin

    Haymarket Books

    In Crossfire, her first published poetry collection, Chin channels with unflinching candor her undying passion for justice into a “litany for survival” as a queer biracial woman and immigrant in Trump’s America. The Jamaican-born and New York–based writer and activist is hardly new to the scene: Her credits include The Other Side of Paradise (her critically acclaimed 2010 memoir) and a starring role in the Tony-nominated Broadway show Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. October 1.

  4. Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn

    Boom! Studios

    Bury the Lede is the graphic novel debut from acclaimed bisexual author-podcaster Dunn (Bad With Money), illustrated by Claire Roe and colored by Miquel Muerto. In a nod to Dunn’s past life as a journalist, the book follows Madison Jackson, a scrappy junior reporter determined to prove her worth at the fictional Boston Lede newspaper. However, she ends up falling down a dangerous rabbit hole when she attempts to win the good graces of Dahlia Kennedy—a prominent Boston socialite and the prime suspect in the double murder of Kennedy’s husband and child—while chasing a lead. October 8.

  5. How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

    Simon and Schuster

    In his new memoir, Pushcart Prize–winning poet and essayist Jones recalls his own lived experiences as a black gay man from the South, from his early memories as a child, to an uneasy adolescence spent mostly in the closet, to his life in undergrad and graduate school as an openly gay young adult. Told in short vignettes that span more than a decade of Jones’ life, How We Fight for Our Lives tackles everything from racism to homophobia with the writer’s sharp insight and poignant lyricism. October 8.

  6. Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir by Adam Rippon

    Grand Central Publishing

    In his first book, gay Olympian Rippon gets real about his journey from closeted suburban underdog to Bronze medal–winning figure skater. Readers get an intimate glimpse into his upbringing as a young athlete in Scranton, Penn., including some eventful Greyhound bus trips to skating practice when he was a kid, as well as a look at him in the spotlight in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Games. October 15.

  7. Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protest Predators by Ronan Farrow

    Little Brown and Co.

    In this reflection on the Pulitzer Prize–winning New Yorker investigation that publicly outed Harvey Weinstein as one of Hollywood’s most infamous alleged sexual predators, gay journalist Farrow delves deeper into the intricate web of deceit and manipulation that kept Weinstein safe—and kept his victims afraid to speak out. It’s been billed as part spy thriller, part journalism masterpiece, and if it’s anywhere near as riveting and game-changing as Farrow’s original deep dive, it’s sure to captivate readers from all walks of life. October 15.

  8. Me by Elton John

    Henry Holt and Co.

    Fresh off the heels of Rocketman, this spring’s hit film about his life, legendary musician and activist Elton John has written Me, his official autobiography. The book serves as a nice companion piece to the biopic, chronicling John’s whirlwind life, from his first gigs as a burgeoning international superstar to his struggles with (and eventual recovery from) drug and alcohol addiction. The memoir comes full circle when he reflects on finding love with his husband, David Furnish, and becoming a father. October 15.

  9. Find Me by André Aciman

    Faber & Faber

    Find Me is the much-anticipated follow-up to Aciman’s 2007 novel, Call Me by Your Name, a moving gay romance that went on to become an acclaimed queer film and put Aciman on the map in the U.S. This sequel picks up in protagonist Elio’s adulthood, when he is a gifted pianist and his father, Samuel, comes to visit him in Rome. A series of chance encounters—one for each of them—will, of course, change their lives forever. (Don’t worry—we haven’t seen the last of Oliver, either.) October 29.

  10. Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, Jaquira Díaz

    Algonquin Books

    In what has been heralded as one of the most highly anticipated books of 2019, Díaz, a queer Latinx writer who grew up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, recounts her attempt to reconcile her heritage and history with her burgeoning sexual identity—and her struggles to find companionship among both fellow Boricuas and other queer women. October 29.

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