Of Fire and Stars

Coulthurst, Audrey. Of Fire and Stars. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2016.

The title, Of Fire and Stars, in large curly script, with two princesses in blue beneath.

Princess Dennaleia has been engaged to the prince of Mynaria since childhood, an arrangement that will strengthen the diplomatic alliance between their countries. Denna has been trained her entire life to be a queen: she is intelligent, charming, clever, and well-versed in courtly etiquette. There’s just one problem. Continue reading

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Pregnant Butch

Summers, A.K. Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, a Graphic Memoir. Berkeley: Soft Skull Press, 2014.

A rotund butch with a button down shirt and jeans, with a dark background and "Pregnant Butch" in big red letters.

In 2005, two years after the birth of her son, A.K. Summers began working on a biographical comic about her experience being a pregnant butch lesbian. Continue reading

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The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig

Jenkins, Steve, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane (Writers), and Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator). The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

A smiling pink pig with a cape and crown.

In this fun and extremely cute picture book, a miniature pig named Esther is adopted by two dads, who discover that she’s actually a full-sized pig. First, Esther sleeps in a cat house. When she outgrows that, she gets a dog bed. She keeps outgrowing her beds until finally she has a twin mattress in her own bedroom. Eventually she grows so large that the family moves to a farm, where they can care for lots of rescue animals. Continue reading

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Coffee Will Make You Black

Sinclair, April. Coffee Will Make You Black. New York: Avon Books, 1994.

A black woman sitting in a steaming cup of black coffee.

Jean “Stevie” Stevenson is a Black preteen growing up in a working-class family in South Chicago during a time when Black is not beautiful—the mid-1960s. Her stern mother refuses to let her use AAVE, makes her get her hair straightened, and encourages her to use skin-lightening cream. Her peers compare skin color to see whose is better (lighter). Stevie is desperate to fit in and become cool. When she finally gets invited to a popular girl’s party, Stevie is overjoyed to be noticed. Continue reading

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Queer Music Heritage

Doyle, JD. Queer Music Heritage. JD Doyle Archives. January 2000-March 2015. http://queermusicheritage.com.

Queer Music Heritage in white-on-black over a tiled background of queer musicians.

Queer Music Heritage was a monthly radio program that ran from January 2000 to March 2015. Hosted by prolific queer history buff JD Doyle, the show covered a wide range of genres, identities, and time periods. Each show is archived on the website with both streaming and download options, and includes playlists, photographs, and additional information. Although the final show aired in 2015, the site remains as an archive, and Doyle occasionally adds more information and graphics. There are currently 2066 pages in a veritable rabbit warren of links leading to other links resulting in serendipitous browsing. Continue reading

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Harriet Gets Carried Away

Sima, Jessie. Harriet Gets Carried Away. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018.

An excited looking child amidst a group of penguins.

In this fun and very active picture book, costume-lover Harriet is preparing for her birthday party with her dads when she runs into a gang of penguins and follows them to Antarctica! Continue reading

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (Executive producer). Chilling Adventures of Sabrina [Television series]. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Television, October 2018.

A mischievously smiling girl in front of a black cake with thick red candles. There are black horns behind her, looking like they are rising from her head.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a two-season web television series distributed on Netflix. It stars Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto as her aunts, Chance Perdomo as her cousin, Jaz Sinclair and Lachlan Watson as her best friends, and Ross Lynch as her boyfriend. This review covers the first season, which was released on October 26, 2018.

Sabrina Spellman, orphan daughter of a warlock and a mortal, struggles to maintain her mortal humanity while gaining power as a witch. She carefully navigates two worlds—the mortal world of her human friends, charming boyfriend, and Baxter High; and the supernatural world of her paternal family, her budding magical abilities, and the Academy of Unseen Arts—all while battling mysterious sinister forces coming after her loved ones.

Spoilers abound after the cut! Continue reading

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