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‘Representation Matters:’ LGBTQIA Literature Goes Mainstream

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From coming of age narratives to personal memoirs, literature has been exploring themes of sexuality for as long as people have been publishing stories. We often call this queer lit (though it’s important to note that some take offense at that term) or gay lit, umbrella terms to identify any type of narrative that features LGBTQIA characters. But in a culture that has long been dominated by heteronormativity, stories exploring alternative sexualities have struggled to find a place in mainstream publishing. Instead, books about LGBTQIA characters have often been relegated to smaller presses or niche audiences. If mainstream books even featured LGBTQIA characters, they were usually treated as the funny or tragic sidekicks supporting the (straight) main character’s journey. There…

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‘Tis the Season to Binge on Our Favorite 20 Christmas Reads of 2016!

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It’s finally Christmas time, and we’re in full holiday swing — including the books that we’re currently reading! There are tons of great Christmas-themed novels to dive into these days, filled with cozy family dinners, snowy scenes and plenty of making out under the mistletoe. Here are 20 recent releases about Christmas that we can’t wait to binge on through the holiday season and into 2017: The Christmas Town, Donna VanLiere (St. Martin’s Press, October 18, 2016) As a foster child, Lauren Gabriel has never really had a place that feels like home. But all of that changes when she unexpectedly ends up in the small town of Grandon one Christmas and starts volunteering at a center for single mothers.…

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4 Memoirs that separate mothering and smothering

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With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, there’s no better time to read about the often ambivalent relationships between mothers and daughters. There’s a growing shelf of autobiographies dwelling on the complexities of the mother-child bond. Below we’ve chosen four terrific memoirs that illuminate that fine line between mothering and smothering. The Year My Mother Came Back, by Alice Eve Cohen (2015) There’s gentle magic realism in this mother-daughter memoir. The year of the title has two meanings: first was the last year of Louise Cohen’s life, when she and Alice reached a détente in their tense relationship. But then, nearly three decades later, Louise kept “coming back” during the difficult year that forms the kernel of the memoir—a year…

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