LGBTQ+ Memoirs: Noteworthy favoritesBy Louise Julig
Billy Porter$28.00 $26.04
More than just another celebrity memoir. Billy Porter tells his compelling story with true vulnerability and verve. I highly recommend the audiobook just to hear how he says, "Well—werk!"
David Sedaris$29.00 $26.97
Happy-Go-Lucky delves into more reflective, deeper, and more vulnerable places than any of his previous collections, and has risen to be one of my Sedaris favorites because of it. Great on audiobook.
Maia Kobabe$24.99 $23.24
This accessible graphic memoir grapples with issues of gender identity and asexuality, and was the #1 most-banned or challenged book of 2021. For high school and above.
Carmen Maria Machado$18.00 $16.74
Carmen Maria Machado's swirling, experimental forms lead the reader through this memoir of relationship abuse survival and emotional redemption.
Ariel Levy$17.00 $15.81
One of my favorite memoirs ever. Beautifully written narrative of what it feels like when life just doesn't end up the way you thought it would. The author's bisexuality informs the narrative although it isn't central to the story.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell$17.99 $16.73
Ten months in the life of a drag queen named Aqua by night/PR pro by day involved in a turbulent romance with a male escort/call boy. Funny, immediate, riveting.
Mira Jacob$22.00 $20.46
In this graphic memoir, Jacob explores the messy bonds of family through the lens of growing up as a child of Indian immigrants in New Mexico in the 80s and being the mother of a biracial child in New York City in the 2010s. Not explicitly about LGBTQIA+ identity, but includes portions of her (awkward, hilarious) experiences as a bisexual woman.
Alison Bechdel$18.99 $17.66
The now-classic graphic memoir that went on to become a hit broadway show. Bechdel explores the relationship with her troubled, closeted father after his suicide while reflecting on her own lesbian coming of age. Read one, see the other.
Charles M. Blow$15.99 $14.87
Searing memoir by NYT columnist Charles Blow. Recently adapted into an opera of the same name by Terence Blanchard, the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Metropolitan Opera.
Kate Fagan$24.95 $23.20
Subtitle says it all
Jazz Jennings$10.99 $10.22
Eye-opening and candid memoir from an extremely poised young woman who knew who she was from a very young age.