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Celebrating Pride: New Titles in Leisure Reading

By Rachel Barnett

Roesch Library has added some new titles to the leisure reading collection just in time for UD's Pride Week. Stop in to browse or request them through the catalog links. 


  • America Chavez finally gets her own comic book, and Roesch Library has the first two installments!  In Gabby Rivera's America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez  (2017), Miss America fights interdimensional monsters with Captain America as her wingman and still finds time to complete her college assignments.  In America Vol. 2: Fast and Fuertona  (2018), Rivera reveals America’s origin story as her family comes out of the woodwork to help her take down the evil Midas Corp. 
  • In Bisco Hatori’s Ouran High School Host Club, young Haruhi must figure out how to pay an $80,000 debt. The solution? She starts working at an all-male club. This new role gives Haruhi insight into how different the wealthiest boys in school are from everybody else.
  • In Anna-Marie McLemore’s When the Moon Was Ours  (2018), little is known about Miel’s life other than that he likes to paint moons; hangs in trees; and has roses growing from his wrists. Sam has her own eccentric tale, which includes a rumor that she spilled out of a water tower when she was 5. When Miel and Sam must keep the four Bonner sisters, rumored to be witches, from getting the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, secrets are revealed.
  • In Jeff Garvin’s Symptoms of Being Human  (2016), Riley Cavanaugh begins to find a voice through writing an anonymous blog about being a gender-fluid teenager. Just as things seem to be coming together for Riley, a threat to expose his/her identity leaves him/her with the choice of walking away from what the blog has created or standing up, coming out, and risking everything.
  • Are you looking for a unique retelling of classic Greek mythology?  In Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles  (2012), Homer’s Iliad is brilliantly remastered in an imaginative retelling of Achilles’ unforgettable journey.


Looking for a little romance to spice up your spring? Check out one or a few of these new LGBTQ+ romance novels.

  • In Nina LaCour’s Everything Leads to You  (2014), Emi seems to be able to design everything she wants and needs except a love life.  That is, until a mysterious letter found in an estate sale leads her to seek out answers about the hidden life of a movie icon.  Emi’s search for the truth in someone else’s life leads her to reveal the hidden truth of her own, which only starts to blossom after she meets Ava.
  • In Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl, Amanda is struggling to fit in as the new girl in school while trying not to get too close to anyone. But as she starts to spend more time with Grant, she finds herself wanting to share more with Grant about herself, including the past she has been avoiding discussing with anyone. Amanda is terrified to tell Grant about her past, because at her old school, she used to be Andrew. If Amanda tells Grant the truth, will it costs her this new love and the new life she has been building at her new school?
  • In Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees  (2016), Ijeoma has a love affair with another refugee girl from a different ethnic community. When they are found out, Ijeoma can only hope she will be able to find a way to live a life of truth and love while surrounded by war and division, taboos and prejudices.
  • In Claire Kann’s Let’s Talk About Love  (2018), Alice has no room in her summer plans for romance.  Her girlfriend just broke up with her after Alice confessed she’s asexual. Alice has no interest in dating until she meets Takumi and can’t stop thinking about him. Alice has to decide whether she wants to risk her budding friendship for a love that may not be mutual or even understood.

— Rachel Barnett is an access services specialist pursuing a doctorate in higher education leadership.


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