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We continue our celebration of Rainbow Book Month with some recommendations for young adult readers.

If you missed it, check out our earlier blogs with suggested reading for children and young adults.

The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the WorldBook of Pride cover by Mason Funk

The true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, told through interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen.

I’m in Seattle, Where Are You?: A MemoirI'm in Seattle book cover by Mortada Gzar

An award-winning Iraqi writer tells of his childhood work as a scrap-metal collector in a war zone and the indignities faced by openly gay artists in Iraq, and how he creates a new world for himself in Seattle in search of lost love. Longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize.

Leaving Isn’t the Hardest ThingLeaving isn't the hardest thing by Lauren Hough

“A memoir in essays about so many things — growing up in an abusive cult, coming of age as a lesbian in the military, forced out by homophobia, living on the margins as a working class woman and what it’s like to grow into the person you are meant to be. Hough’s writing will break your heart.” ~ Book review

Young MungoYoung Mungo book cover by Douglas Stuart

Booker Prize-winning writer Douglas Stuart returns with a story about Mungo and James, two young men who defy their upbringings to become best friends and fall in love. A gripping story about the bounds of masculinity, the divisions of sectarianism, the violence faced by many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much.

Mostly Dead ThingsMostly Dead Things cover by Kristen Arnett

A darkly funny look at love and loss and the ways we live through them together. Named a Best Book of the Year by the New York TimesNPRThe New YorkerTIMEWashington, Shelf AwarenessGood Housekeeping and more.

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