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27 Must Have Queer Summer Reads

Beach season is upon us, so get your reading list in order. Also be sure to check out the books everyone must read in their 20s.

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5. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The author was only 23 at the novel's publication, but it has been considered her finest work. The story follows deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various characters in a Georgia mill during the 1930s.


8. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

The author was inspired by a mysterious woman she happened across in a shop. Due to the unconventional characters that defied stereotypes about homosexuality, the book was popular among lesbians in the 1950s and is now considered a classic.


12. Fun Home By Alison Bechdel

In this graphic novel, Alison grows up in a funeral home that her family calls the "fun home." Alison discovers in college, after coming out as a lesbian, that her father is also gay.


27. I Am Not Myself These Days By Josh Kilmer-Purcell

A hilarious story of a New Yorker's dual life as an advertiser by day, drag queen by night. Kilmer-Purcell has been described as a writer who, "straddles the divide between absurdity and normalcy, and stitches them together with surprising humor."

What will you be reading this summer?


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