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Charis Books and More Pride Playlist

Charis Books and More is one of the oldest queer and feminist Bookstores in the United States, this playlist is a mix of our new and old LGBTQ favorites to get your Pride Month off to a great start.

The Great Believers

By Rebecca Makkai
Narrated by Michael Crouch /  18 hours 16 minutes

The Great Believers

“This flawlessly written and lovingly told story weaves the immediate toll AIDS took on the Chicago gay community in the 80's with the longterm impact on survivors and their families. Makkai threads it all compellingly together with art world intrigue and institutional drama. I don't want to diminish it in any way with comparisons, but The Great Believers brought to my mind several of my favorite contemporary novels: A Little Life, Three Junes, and The Goldfinch. Rebecca Makkai, in my opinion, has launched herself into a whole new category of literary achievement with this, her third novel.”

The Vermont Book Shop image Becky Dayton, The Vermont Book Shop
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Getting Mother's Body

A Novel
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Narrated by Suzan-Lori Parks /  7 hours 29 minutes

Billy Beede, the teenage daughter of the fast-running, no-account, and six-years-dead Willa Mae, comes home one day to find a fateful letter waiting for her: Willa Mae’s burial spot in LaJunta, Arizona, is about to be plowed up to make way for a supermarket.

As Willa Mae’s only daughter, Billy is heiress to her mother’s substantial but... Read More »

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$22.33 USD

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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

By Patty Yumi Cottrell
Narrated by Nancy Wu /  6 hours 19 minutes

Helen Moran is thirty-two years old, single, childless, college educated, and partially employed as a guardian of troubled young people in New York. She is accepting a furniture delivery in her shared studio apartment when her uncle calls to break the news: Helen’s adoptive brother is dead.According to the Internet, there are six possible... Read More »

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

By Jeanette Winterson
Narrated by Jeanette Winterson /  6 hours 7 minutes

Jeanette Winterson’s bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most acclaimed books of the last three decades, including her internationally bestselling first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents that is considered... Read More »

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Whipping Girl

A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
By Julia Serano
Narrated by Julia Serano /  11 hours 35 minutes

In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observation-both pre- and post-transition-to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion and... Read More »

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Tipping the Velvet

A Novel
By Sarah Waters
Narrated by Juanita McMahon /  19 hours 5 minutes

Nan King, an oyster girl, is captivated by the music hall phenomenon Kitty Butler, a male impersonator extraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury. Through a friend at the box office, Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet her heroine. Soon after, she becomes Kitty's dresser and the two head for the bright lights of Leicester... Read More »

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Fire Shut Up In My Bones

A Memoir
By Charles M. Blow
Narrated by Charles M. Blow /  10 hours 8 minutes

A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up—a place where slavery's legacy was felt astonishingly close,... Read More »

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Carol

The Price of Salt
By Patricia Highsmith
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell /  10 hours 37 minutes

A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. But their newly discovered bliss is... Read More »

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The Argonauts

By Maggie Nelson
Narrated by Maggie Nelson /  4 hours 48 minutes

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and familyMaggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the... Read More »

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Under the Udala Trees

By Chinelo Okparanta
Narrated by Robin Miles /  11 hours 18 minutes

Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child, and... Read More »

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Amateur

A True Story About What Makes a Man
By Thomas Page McBee
Narrated by Thomas Page McBee /  3 hours 38 minutes

*Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction
*Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award
*Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize

One of The Times UK’s Best Memoirs of 2018, BuzzFeed’s Best Nonfiction of 2018, Autostraddle’s Best LGBT Books of 2018, and 52 Insight’s Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2018

A “no-holds-barred examination... Read More »

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How We Fight For Our Lives

By Saeed Jones
Narrated by Saeed Jones /  5 hours 34 minutes

WINNER OF THE 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE IN NONFICTION

A NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2019 SELECTION

One of the most anticipated books of Fall 2019—as selected by O, The Oprah Magazine; Marie Claire; Entertainment Weekly; Time; The Millions; Refinery29; Good Housekeeping; and many more.

“A moving, bracingly honest memoir that reads like fevered... Read More »

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Sister Outsider

Essays and Speeches
Crossing Press Feminist: Book #1
By Audre Lorde
Narrated by Robin Eller /  7 hours 31 minutes

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action... Read More »

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Giovanni’s Room

By James Baldwin
Narrated by Dan Butler /  6 hours 49 minutes

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality.

With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the... Read More »

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Fall On Your Knees

By Ann-Marie McDonald
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell /  21 hours 25 minutes

The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives—even destroy them.

Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters. Theirs... Read More »

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Here Comes the Sun

A Novel
By Nicole Dennis-Benn
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 42 minutes

Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is... Read More »

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Her Body and Other Parties

Stories
By Carmen Maria Machado
Narrated by Amy Landon /  8 hours 41 minutes

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado... Read More »

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The Stonewall Reader

By New York Public Library & Edmund White
Narrated by Various /  10 hours 44 minutes

"...a remarkable audio experience that emphasizes the revolutionary power of LGBTQ voices and provides an invaluable record of a community that refuses to be silenced." -AudioFile magazine Earphones Award winner

For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and...
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

A Novel
By Ocean Vuong
Narrated by Ocean Vuong /  7 hours 18 minutes

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

“My words can't do justice to how beautiful the language is in this book. Listening to the author read it was so raw and engaging. This book was emotionally painful in a lot of parts but just touched me on so many levels. Definitely the best book that I've listened to (and read) so far this year.”

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

By Andrea Lawlor
Narrated by Dani Martineck /  9 hours 28 minutes

“HOT” —Maggie Nelson
“TIGHT” —Eileen Myles
“DEEP” —Michelle Tea

It's 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a flaneur with a rich dating life. But Paul's also got a secret: he's a shapeshifter.... Read More »

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