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LGBT Entertainment Preview 2016: What books to read

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Each year in honor of Pride month, Entertainment Weekly celebrates the LGBT community through its boldest and most fearless creative forces. In our new issue, available now, we honor the TV shows, music, movies, and books that help promote a better understanding of LGBT culture.

 

PARTY OF ONE: A MEMOIR IN 21 SONGS

June 28

Dave Holmes’ memoir of his closeted, Catholic St. Louis childhood and eventual career as an MTV VJ and writer is a delightful, heartwarming read — and includes fun interludes like a breakup playlist and celebrity stories.

HERE COMES THE SUN

July 5

In Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Jamaica, the opulence of Montego Bay beach resorts is juxtaposed against the grindingly difficult lives of local residents — particularly Margot, an ambitious young woman struggling with her sexuality.

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AS I DESCENDED

Sept. 6

Robin Talley’s novel — a chilling reimagining of Macbeth with queer girls playing the title role and Lady Macbeth — is set at a boarding school in the South.

BEAST

Oct. 11

Beauty and the Beast gets an intriguing update in Brie Spangler’s YA novel: This “beast” is a hairy, teenage loner named Dylan, and “beauty” is his crush Jamie, who worries about what will happen when Dylan finds out she’s a transgender woman.

TRANNY

Nov. 15

In Laura Jane Grace’s highly anticipated memoir, which blends childhood diary entries with straightforward narrative, the transgender rocker recalls growing up with gender dysphoria and fronting the punk band Against Me! for nearly two decades.