By Tamsin

On October 18, 2020, the Boston Bi Women’s Network welcomed 27 friends from around the United States and Europe to discuss our favorite books. The Book Swap Brunch is an annual tradition that long-standing community members Ellyn and Steph have been hosting for 20 years. While this year’s brunch was a bit different, since we could not meet in person, we nevertheless had an excellent discussion about all kinds of books and resources we’ve been enjoying this year. Most of our books—which ranged from nonfiction to novels to poetry—featured authors and characters of color, as well as LGBTQ+ authors and characters. A couple of books contained work by community members, including a short story in the fiction anthology duo Her Magical Pet and His Magical Pet (proceeds of which go to support OutRight Action International), and Chronic Illness Truths, a new anthology edited by Julie Morgenlender. We thought we’d share our list below. What have you been reading? Feel free to contact us about your favorite books, especially ones with queer themes, and maybe we’ll feature it in the next issue! And, as long as our brunches are virtual, feel free to join us, wherever you are! You can find a list of events in the calendar at the back of this issue.

TitleAuthorGenre(s)Queer Characters/Authors?Characters/Authors of Color?
TomboylandMelissa FalivenoEssayYes
The Map of Salt and StarsZeyn JoukhadarFictionYes, Arab
Red to the BoneJacqueline WoodsonFictionYes, Black
An Absolutely Remarkable ThingHank GreenFictionYes
A Beautifully Foolish EndeavorHank GreenFictionYes
Their Eyes Were Watching GodZora Neale HurstonFictionYes, Black
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoTaylor Jenkins ReidFictionYes
Life After LifeKate AtkinsonFiction
The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageHaruki MurakamiFictionNoYes, Japanese
Her Magical Pet: and His Magical Pet, including Deb! (under a pen name)Fiction anthologyYesYes
She’s Gone Santa FeMaida TildenFiction, historicalYesYes, Indigenous
HabenHaben GirmaMemoirYes, Black
Save YourselfCameron EspositoMemoirYesYes, Black
Chronic Illness TruthsEdited by very own Julie Morgenlender!Memoir anthologyYesYes
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it MattersPriya ParkerNonfiction
The Mayo Clinic Diabetes DietWeight Loss Experts at Mayo ClinicNonfiction, Health
Stamped from the BeginningIbram X. KendiNonfiction, HistoryYes, Black
Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex LifeEmily Nagoski, Ph.DNonfiction, SexQueer inclusive
If They Come for UsFatimah AsgharPoetryYes, Pakistan-Kashmiri-American
Felix Ever AfterKacen CallendarYA FictionYesYes, Black
Little and LionBrandy ColbertYA FictionYesYes, Black
Daughter of Smoke & BoneLaini TaylorYA Fiction, FantasyYes
ALL OUT: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the AgesSaundra MitchellYA Historical FictionYesYes

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