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Drag Race Reads

Start your engines and get ready to read! If you're watching and loving RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13, here's a list of fabulous books to add some sparkle to your TBR.

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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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Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood

By Trixie Mattel & Katya
Narrated by: Trixie Mattel & Katya
Length: 3 hours 7 minutes

The RuPaul's Drag Race legends, stars of UNHhhh, and expert biological women share the secrets of their feminine mystique in this satirical guide to beauty and homemaking. 

Drag superstars Trixie Mattel and Katya have long captivated fans with their stunning looks, onscreen chemistry, and signature wit. In Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern... Read more »

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Blame It On Bianca Del Rio

The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything

By Bianca Del Rio
Narrated by: Bianca Del Rio
Length: 4 hours 45 minutes

The cheeky, larger-than-life drag queen and outrageous comic—"The Joan Rivers of the Drag World," (New York Times)—who isn’t afraid to shock or offend brings her trademark acerbic wit and sharp commentary to the page in an uproarious collection of advice.

When it comes to insult comics, Bianca Del Rio is in a class by herself. Fierce, funny, and... Read more »

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Suck Less

Where There's a Willam, There's a Way

By Willam Belli
Narrated by: Willam Belli
Length: 5 hours 22 minutes

The only lie told more often than "No, that looks totally cute on you" and "I got AIDS through oral" is "It gets better." Well, a lotta times it don't. Sometimes it just sucks less. But I promise you: where there's a Willam, there's a way.

But this isn't all about me (for once). It's about you and how you can Suck Less at a variety of things... Read more »

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GuRu

RuPaul Wisdom

By RuPaul
Narrated by: RuPaul & Michelle Visage
Length: 1 hours 15 minutes

FOREWORD BY JANE FONDA

A timeless collection of philosophies from renaissance performer and the world’s most famous shape-shifter RuPaul, whose sage outlook has created an unprecedented career for more than thirty-five years. GuRu is packed with more than 80 beautiful photographs that illustrate the concept of building the life you want from the... Read more »

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Name Drop

The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour

By Ross Mathews
Narrated by: Ross Mathews
Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

From Ross Mathews, the nationally bestselling author of Man Up!, judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and alum of Chelsea Lately, comes “a delightful mix of sweet and sour celebrity experiences” (Shelf Awareness) in this hilarious and irreverent collection of essays.

Pretend it’s happy hour and you and I are sitting at the bar. I look amazing and, I... Read more »

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Man Up!

Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence
A Chelsea Handler Book/Borderline Amazing Publishing

By Ross Mathews, Gwyneth Paltrow & Chelsea Handler
Length: 5 hours 10 minutes

In this hilarious and inspirational memoir, Ross Mathews -- best known as "Ross the Intern" from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno -- chronicles his life growing up as an atypical kid in a small Northwestern farm town to living as an atypical adult in Los Angeles, to eventually being his loud, proud, apologetically genuine self on national... 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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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

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Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

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

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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Sasha Masha

By Agnes Borinsky
Narrated by: Agnes Borinsky
Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

Sasha Masha

“I wish I'd had this book in high school. I wish I'd had these kind of friends in high school—what an incredible found family (once Sasha Masha found it). Agnes has written an incredibly wholesome, hopeful, and real coming-of-age story that grapples with gender identity and social anxiety in particular. The style of writing is perfectly suited to the story, and Borinsky's own narration made for an incredibly enjoyable listening experience. More please.”

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The Black Flamingo

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

The Black Flamingo

“Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London who goes to college and can't find a place to fit in, until he discovers The Drag Society. This story, told in poetry, is full of stunning language and the joy of finding your place in the world.”

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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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Drag Teen

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

A fantastic, fabulous, funny YA debut from Jeffery Self, one of the gay icons of the YouTube generation, that follows one high school student on a drag race to his future.

Debut author Jeffery Self takes us on a road trip with an insecure high school senior who was one goal: to be the first in his family to leave Clearwater, Florida, and go to... Read more »

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