We have had a great number of book donations this semester, as well as the opportunity to purchase some new items from our wishlist (suggestions from several of our patrons made it into the library this spring)!
Over the next couple of weeks, there will be regular posts about our newest items! We hope that some of the books or movies will end up on your to-read or to-watch lists this summer!
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship–one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultra-religious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self–even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.
A Pirate’s Heart (Staff favorite!)
When rare book librarian Emma Boyd searches for a pirate’s long-lost treasure map, she learns the hard way that pirates still exist in today’s world–and some modern pirates steal maps, others steal hearts.
The treasure map she seeks belonged to the Caribbean pirate Thomasina Farris, who disappeared in 1715 without a trace. Did Captain Tommy steal an entire treasure from a Spanish galleon and escape? Did she die by another pirate’s sword? Or did she die of a broken heart when the woman she loved disappeared? Emma’s and Tommy’s stories collide when Emma, after uncovering the truth about Captain Tommy’s fate, must decide her own…and the choice is between romance or revenge.
I am J
J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was; a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a “real boy” and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible – from his family, from his friends…from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he’s done hiding – it’s time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.
Sam and Evelyn live the American dream north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Their dream is shattered when Sam discovers his wife’s secret – a secret that propels him down a path that violates his reason, his values, and his heart. As their once-perfect life unravels, Evelyn questions her decision to hide her past and struggles to make peace with the violence and death that were a part of it.
In the hope of gaining full custody of their children, Sam searches Evelyn’s past. His main focus turns to the murder of Evelyn’s friends when she was sixteen – a murder some suggest she committed. The man Evelyn accused of the slayings makes Sam a simple offer: if Sam joins him and helps destroy Evelyn’s life, he will make sure Sam gets the kids, wealth, and power.
She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
Jennifer Finney Boylan tells a winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, the author explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family.
The Big Gay Musical
Starring in the Off-Broadway musical comedy, “Adam & Steve – Just the way God made ’em,” aspiring actors Paul and Eddie find their complicated lives mirroring their onstage characters. Through rousing musical numbers that feature scantily clad tap-dancing angels, a clever retelling of Genesis, creepy televangelists, and a camp that attempts to turn gay kids straight, everyone realizes that life gets better once they accept who they really are: just the way God made ’em!
One Nation Under God: The Religious Right and Their Crusade to “Cure” Gay People in America (documentary)
One Nation Under God takes on the history of the religious right in America and the techniques they’ve used over the past fifty years to try to change gays and lesbians into straight people.
The film provides a historical context as well as political analysis of the frighteningly large and well-financed anti-gay campaign being waged by the religious right and conservative political leaders, who are “curing” gays and lesbians in the name of Family Values, Morality and Patriotism. It analyzes the underlying social and cultural factors that have contributed to the persistent and harmful myth that gay people are somehow damaged and can be “fixed.”
Saint of 9/11 (documentary)
In an enduring photograph of 9/11, a team of rescue workers carry a Franciscan priest’s body from the world trade center. The world came to know Father Mychal Judge in death as a symbol of courage and sacrifice.
Narrated by Sir Ian McKellan, Saint of 9/11 represents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal. Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, and a beloved New York City Fire Department Chaplain, he was a humble priest who wrestled with his own private demons while touching others in powerful and miraculous ways.
Saint of 9/11 features friends and colleagues such as former president Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and former New York Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen paying tribute to the quintessential Franciscan priest whose life’s work far eclipsed his heroic death.
Stonewall Uprising (documentary)
Veteran filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner explore the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists, and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness. Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gays from around the U.S. began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary. Hounded there still by an aggressive police force, they found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.
Perks of Being a Wallflower (We have the book AND the movie!)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the wildly popular novel by Stephen Chbosky about a freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who is always watching from the sidelines until two charismatic seniors take him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her fearless stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the quest for the perfect song.
Prayers for Bobby (film)
Sigourney Weaver stars in this emotional true story about a deeply religious suburban housewife and mother who struggles to accept her son’s homosexuality. Mary Griffith (Weaver) is a devout Christian who has raised her children with a conservative religious perspective. When her son, Bobby (Ryan Kelley), reveals that he is gay to his older brother, the entire family dynamic is forever shifted. While Bobby’s father and siblings slowly come to terms with his homosexuality, Mary turns to her steadfast beliefs in an attempt to “cure” her son. Alienated and quickly becoming more detached from the safety of his close-knit family, Bobby’s depression drives him to take drastic – and tragic – actions. Based on the book Prayers for Bobby by Leroy Aarons (held by our library).
She’s a Boy I Knew (film)
She’s a Boy I Knew is a comic, heartbreaking, uplifting autobiography that focuses on the interpersonal relationships of a family who unexpectedly find their bonds strengthening as they overcome their preconceptions of gender and sexuality.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (all 7 seasons!)
Watch Buffy and her friends (and enemies) mature from angsty teenagers to more self-aware and lovable characters – from charming season one to apocalyptic season seven.
Stop by between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday – Friday to check out any of these items! Not sure when you can make it in? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve the copy and have it ready to go when you can come pick it up!