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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The Flower Girl Wore Celery

Gordon, Meryl G. (Writer) and Holly Clifton-Brown (Illustrator). The Flower Girl Wore Celery. Minneapolis: Kar-Ben Publishing, 2016.

A smiling bride with red hair and a white dress and veil picking up a smiling little girl wearing a green dress.

Emma has been invited to be a flower girl in her older cousin’s wedding. She’s excited, although a little confused. She’s been told she’ll wear a celery dress Continue reading

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Moore, Perry. Hero. New York: Hyperion, 2007.

A teenage male torso opening a button-down shirt to reveal a T-shirt with the word HERO in red.

Thom Creed is obsessed with Uberman. Not only is he the perfect superhero, with the powers of flight, invincibility, and superstrength, but he is incredibly handsome, with an amazing buff body and a kind smile. So when Thom develops a superpower and is asked to audition for the League, he is thrilled to finally meet Uberman in person. Continue reading

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Downham, Jenny. Unbecoming. New York: Scholastic, 2016.

A blue cover with three women's faces in a vertical line; the faces are expressionless with beautiful red hair.

In this ambitious and beautifully written novel, three women—a grandmother, a mother, and a teenage daughter—struggle with secrets and relationships. Katie is a pariah at school because she kissed her best friend, who ousted her from the social circle by telling people that the kiss was nonconsensual. Caroline, Katie’s mother, is exhausted from helicopter-parenting her disabled child and caring for her estranged mother while waiting for a dementia care facility to have a bed available. Mary, Katie’s grandmother, is suddenly thrust into their lives when her partner dies; she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and desperately tries to remember what happened between her and her daughter. Continue reading

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My Dad is a Clown / Mi Papá es un Payaso

Andrés, José Carlos (Writer), Natalia Hernández (Illustrator), and Amaranta Heredia Jaen (English translation). My Dad is a Clown / Mi Papá es un Payaso. NubeOcho, 2016.

A bright red book cover with title in white: "My Dad is a Clown / Mi Papa es un Payaso." A drawing of a child with large rectangular head gestures toward the title.

In this delightful bilingual picture book, a child learns about his father’s job as a clown. He’s always admired his father’s work—he makes people laugh! One day, he convinces his other father, who is a doctor, to pretend to be spies and follow him around. Continue reading

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