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Drag Culture and Stories

Learn more about the history of drag, drag culture, and its importance with these audiobooks! We've also included a few stories featured in Drag Story Hour. For their full reading list, visit: https://www.dshnyc.org/book-list

The Big Reveal

An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag

By: Sasha Velour
Narrated by: Sasha Velour
Length: 6 hours 14 minutes

“Drag embodies the queer possibility that exists within each of us—the infinite ways in which gender, good taste, and art can be lived.” Sasha VelourThis book is a quilt, piecing together memoir, history, and theory into a living portrait of an artist and an art. Sasha Velour illuminates drag as a unique form of expression with a rich history... Read more

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The House of Impossible Beauties

A Novel

By: Joseph Cassara
Narrated by: Christian Barillas
Length: 15 hours 35 minutes

“Joseph Cassara's debut novel follows the life of Angel, a young transgender woman who goes on to become the "House Mother" of the legendary House of Xtravaganza. Gritty, yet always tender, House of Impossible Beauties explores the 1980's Harlem drag ball scene made famous in Jennie Livingston's documentary Paris is Burning in a way that is... Read more

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The Black Flamingo

By: Dean Atta
Narrated by: Dean Atta
Length: 3 hours 40 minutes

“This beautiful novel in verse has a tender, loving lens on the toxic directions we're sometimes forced to grow in before we are able to come into our own. In that way, it reminds me of Moonlight. The epilogue is beautiful and stands on its own—I want to print it out and pin it up in every middle and high school. Read more

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The Queer Bible

Essays

By: Jack Guinness
Narrated by: Jack Guinness, Amelia Abraham, Paula Akpan, Munroe Bergdorf, Joseph Cassara, Juliet Jacques, Paris Lees, Freddy McConnell, Paul Mendez, Mark Moore, Graham Norton, Matthew Todd & Russell Tovey
Length: 8 hours 45 minutes

An O, The Oprah Magazine LGBTQ Book ""Changing the Literary Landscape""A gorgeously illustrated collection of essays written by today’s queer heroes—featuring contributions from Elton John, Tan France, Gus Kenworthy, Paris Lees, Russell Tovey, Munroe Bergdorf, and many others. The Queer Bible is a celebration of LGBTQ+ history and culture,... Read more

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Middle School's a Drag, You Better Werk!

By: Greg Howard
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

In this heartfelt and hilarious new novel from Greg Howard, an enterprising boy starts his own junior talent agency and signs a thirteen-year-old aspiring drag queen as his first client.

Twelve-year-old Mikey Pruitt--president, founder, and CEO of Anything, Inc.--has always been an entrepreneur at heart. Inspired by his grandfather Pap Pruitt,... Read more

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Legendary Children

The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life

By: Tom Fitzgerald & Lorenzo Marquez
Narrated by: Tom Fitzgerald & Lorenzo Marquez
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes

A definitive deep-dive into queer history and culture with hit reality show RuPaul's Drag Race as a touchstone, by the creators of the pop culture blog Tom and Lorenzo

NPR's Best Books of the Year 2020 pick
A New York Times New & Noteworthy book
One of Logo/NewNowNext's "11 Queer Books We Can't Wait to Read This Spring"


From the singular voices... Read more

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Diary of a Drag Queen

By: Crystal Rasmussen & Tom Rasmussen
Narrated by: Crystal Rasmussen & Tom Rasmussen
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes

“This book changed my life. Tom Rasmussen’s honesty, vulnerability, and fearlessness jump out of every page and every word. It is the queer bible I’ve always needed.” —Sam Smith, singer and songwriter

This program is read by the author.

In this program, listeners will find glamour and gaffes on and off the stage, clarifying snippets of queer... Read more

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I Am Not Myself These Days

A Memoir

By: Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes

I Am Not Myself These Days follows a glittering journey through Manhattan's dark underbelly—a shocking and surreal world where alter egos reign and subsist (barely) on dark wit and chemicals...a tragic romantic comedy where one begins by rooting for the survival of the relationship and ends by hoping someone simply survives. Kilmer-Purcell is a... Read more

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Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

By: Tanya Boteju
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 10 hours 29 minutes

“Poignant and important.” —Refinery29
“A bright and sparkly celebration of love and self-acceptance.” —Kirkus Reviews

Judy Blume meets RuPaul’s Drag Race in this funny, feel-good debut novel about a queer teen who navigates questions of identity and self-acceptance while discovering the magical world of drag.

Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark... Read more

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Princess Hair

By: Sharee Miller
Narrated by: LaQuita James
Length: 3 minutes

Princesses with curls wear pearls. Princesses with head wraps take long naps. And princesses with teeny-weeny Afros wear teeny-weeny bows.

Celebrate different hair shapes, textures, and styles in this self-affirming picture book! From dreadlocks to blowouts to braids, Princess Hair shines a spotlight on the beauty and diversity of black hair,... Read more

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Julián Is a Mermaid

Julián: Book #1

By: Jessica Love
Narrated by: Avi Roque
Length: 6 minutes

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in... Read more

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Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

By: Alyssa Zaczek
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 6 hours 1 minute

In this bighearted middle-grade debut, Martin McLean struggles to find his voice—and his inner diva—as he navigates friendship, family, first crushes, and a whole lot of glitter.



Seventh-grader Martin McLean has always been surrounded by people who can express themselves. His mother is an artist, his colorful Tío Billy works in theater, and his... Read more

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My Name's Yours, What's Alaska?

A Memoir

By: Alaska Thunderfuck 5000
Narrated by: Alaska Thunderfuck 5000
Length: 5 hours 43 minutes

Alaska Thunderfuck spills the tea on her meteoric rise from timid Pennsylvania kid to drag superstar in this intimate photographic memoir that will appeal to diehard Alaska admirers and broader drag fans alike.

Before RuPaul's Drag Race became a worldwide phenomenon, Drag was mostly an underground art form, performed by the daring and the... Read more

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Becoming a Queen

By: Dan Clay
Narrated by: Dan Clay
Length: 10 hours 40 minutes

This program is read by the author.

A vibrant and emotional novel from debut author Dan Clay about a boy who turns toward love, self-expression, and drag when the unthinkable happens, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Julie Murphy.


If only Mark Davis hadn’t put on a dress for the talent show. It was a joke—other guys did it too—but when his... Read more

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Who Does That Bitch Think She Is?

Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag

By: Craig Seligman
Narrated by: Mela Lee
Length: 10 hours 29 minutes

An exciting new history of drag told through the life of the remarkable, flawed, and singular Doris Fish

In the 1970s, gay men and lesbians were openly despised and drag queens scared the public. Yet that was the era when Doris Fish (born Philip Mills in 1952) painted and padded his way to stardom. He was a leader of the generation that prepared... Read more

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Drag Teen

By: Jeffery Self
Narrated by: Jeffery Self
Length: 6 hours 5 minutes

When life's a drag, you've gotta drag it up.JT feels like his life's hit a dead end. It looks like he'll always be stuck in Florida. His parents are anti-supportive. And his boyfriend, Seth, seems to be moving toward a bright future a long way from home.Scholarship money is nonexistent. After-school work will only get JT so far. There's... Read more

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Pumpkin

Dumplin’

By: Julie Murphy
Narrated by: Chad Burris
Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

Return to the beloved world of Julie Murphy’s #1 New York Times bestselling Dumplin’—now a popular Netflix feature film starring Jennifer Anistonin this fabulously joyful, final companion novel about drag, prom, and embracing your inner Queen. This audio edition is performed by Chad Burris (Broadway’s Mean Girls, Frozen, and The Book of... Read more

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Working Girls

Trixie and Katya's Guide to Professional Womanhood

By: Trixie Mattel & Katya
Narrated by: Trixie Mattel & Katya
Length: 4 hours 24 minutes

Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova took the world by storm with their Guide to Modern Womanhood, a book of expert advice on beauty, homemaking, and relationships. Now they’re tackling an even bigger challenge: finding success in the modern workplace.

In Working Girls, Trixie and Katya dole out both savvy and satirical advice for every stage... Read more

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