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    4 Nov 2019

    14 LGBTQ+ Books You Need On Your Reading List Right Now

    From mythology to high school romances, we've got you covered.

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    1. Lihaaf by Ismat Chugtai – ₹189

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    Written in Urdu, Lihaaf explores female sexuality and desires through the life of Begum Jaan, a lonely housewife, who finds respite in her masseuse Rabbo. Published in 1942, this poignant work of lesbian fiction in Indian literature came under fire for obscenity and Chughtai had to defend her work in the Lahore Court.

    2. So Now You Know: A Memoir Of Growing Up Gay In India by Vivek Tuteja – ₹261

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    Set in the Bombay of the '90s, this memoir by Vivek Tuteja is a heart-breaking, funny, and poignant record of growing up gay in India.

    3. The Boyfriend by R. Raj Rao – ₹275

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    The book takes you to the deep end of Mumbai's gay subculture in the 1990s through a passionate fling between a journalist and a Dalit boy, amidst scalding critiques of casteism and homophobia.

    4. Shikhandi: And Other ‘Queer’ Tales They Don’t Tell You by Devdutt Pattanaik – ₹225

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    In this book, mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik makes sense of Indian queerness through overlooked tales in the vast written and oral traditions of Hinduism.

    5. The Pregnant King by Devdutt Pattanaik – ₹221

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    This novel is the story of a childless king, Yuvanashva, who accidentally drinks a magic potion meant to make his queens pregnant and gives birth to a son. The book also includes several other untold stories, like that of Shilavati, Somvat, Adinath, Ileshwara, and Arjun.

    6. The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith – ₹650

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    This 1952 lesbian cult classic follows Therese and Carol – two lonely women unhappy in their marriages – who after a chance meeting at a department store forge a deep friendship and decide to abandon their oppressive daily lives for the open road and have to make difficult life choices along the way.

    7. The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller – ₹468

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    This book is a romantic retelling of the classic Greek myth of Achilles and Patroclus charting their friendship, eventual relationship and their tragic end in the Trojan War.

    8. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson – ₹939

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    This 1985 British classic by Jeanette Winterson is a coming-of-age semi-autobiographical story about growing up lesbian in an English Pentecostal community.

    9. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – ₹214.02

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    In this coming-of-age young adult novel, two young boys, Aristotle and Dante, meet at a swimming pool and through their friendship, they discover the truths of life and their sexualities.

    10. Honeybee by Trista Mateer – ₹666

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    This is a book of deeply moving confessional poems by Trista Mateer about letting go of the woman she used to love, and also deals with themes like homophobia and biphobia.

    11. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – ₹384.80

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    Written by Meredith Russo, this book follows the journey of Amanda, a transgender female, as she navigates life at her new school.

    12. Boy Erased: A Memoir Of Identity, Faith And Family by Garrad Conley – ₹379

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    In this book, Garrad Conley writes about having to choose between a Church-mandated conversion therapy programme to cure him of his homosexuality; or risk losing his friends, family, and the only God he has ever known.

    13. The Carpet Weaver by Nemat Sadat (Hardcover) – ₹490

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    This book by Nemat Sadat follows the journey of a carpet weaver who falls in love with his friend and how the two men navigate their life together in war-torn Afghanistan where love like theirs only culminates in death.

    14. I Felt A Funeral In My Brain by Will Walton (Hardcover) – ₹402

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    Written in verse and prose, the novel follows the journey of 16-year-old Avery as he deals with his grandfather's death and his mother's alcoholism, and comes to terms with his sexuality as he falls in love with his best friend.