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Remembering Toni Morrison

In memory and celebration of the life of Toni Morrison, we’d like to highlight her words and works.

Resource list compiled by Sarah Brandt


  • Toni Morrison Papers (mostly 1970-2015) 1908-2017 – Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
    • “Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford, 1931) is a Nobel prize-winning American author, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. The material described in this finding aid consists of manuscripts, drafts, galleys, and proofs of Morrison’s novels and other writings; personal correspondence; editorial files relating to Morrison’s work at Random House and later publication of two posthumous works by Toni Cade Bambara; academic and teaching files, particularly pertaining to SUNY Albany and Princeton University; working files; press clippings; published books, photographs, audiovisual materials, and awards and memorabilia.”



Browse the UT Libraries’ catalog for more by Toni Morrison


Visit the physical display on the New Books shelf by the entryway of PCL.

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Queering the South: Highlighting the unique history of LGBTQIA+ rights locally and across the south

In honor of Austin’s annual celebration of Pride in August, this post and the accompanying display on the 3rd floor of PCL highlights LGBTQIA+ history in Austin and across the southern United States. These display materials serve to provide context for this event and share historical experiences and information about the LGBTQIA+ community focusing as much as possible on intersectional marginalized identities.

This display was developed by iSchool Pride, a student group out of UT’s School of Information, in collaboration with UT Libraries staff, and this post was compiled by Ask A Librarian Intern Karen Scott.

By Karen Scott

Happy Austin Pride! This month’s display is a collection of materials inside and outside of the UT Library system curated by graduate research assistants, subject librarians, and iSchool Pride co-leaders. We began collecting materials around the idea of highlighting Austin’s historical Pride materials, since Austin celebrates Pride in August. However, we found few materials that were this specific. We expanded our search to include materials written by and about LGBTQIA+ persons, issues and interests across the Southern United States. In addition to both physical and electronic resources from UT Libraries, we have included links to archives, AV materials, and LibGuides for further research and exploration. Visit the display on the 3rd floor for even more!

Physical Materials

  1. LGBTQ : a resource guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning students by the Queer Students Alliance
    • Guide written in 2008 by students at the University of Texas at Austin to help other students find resources and assistance while at UT
  2. From closet to crusade : the struggle for lesbian-gay civil rights in Austin, Texas, 1970-1982 by Eric Jason Ganther
    • Master’s thesis for the University of Texas at Austin published in 1990
  3. Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South by E. Patrick Johnson [eBook]
    • E. Patrick Johnson challenges stereotypes of the South as “backward” or “repressive” and offers a window into the ways black gay men negotiate their identities, build community, maintain friendship networks, and find sexual and life partners–often in spaces and activities that appear to be antigay.”
  4. My mama’s dead squirrel: Lesbian essays on Southern Culture by Mab Segrest
    • “A down-home insider’s look at the South she lives in, struggles with and loves.”
  5. Rebels, rubyfruit, and rhinestones: queering space in the Stonewall South by James T. Sears
    • “In this chatty, free-ranging cultural survey, Sears (Growing Up Gay in the South) presents a vivid kaleidoscope of the mores and political activities of many gay Southerners following the 1969 Stonewall riots and leading up to the 1979 march on Washington.”
  6. Below the Belt: Sexuality, Religion, and the American South by Angelia R. Wilson
    • “This study of the American rural South addresses the psychological effect of religious fervour, right-wing Republicanism, internalized self-hatred and the intervention of urban gay/feminist politics on gay/feminist life, identities and communities in the Southern States.”
  7. G.R.I.T.S – girls raised in the South : an anthology of southern queer womyn’s voices and their allies by Poet On Watch; Amber N. Williams
    • “G.R.I.T.S. is a critical self-analysis and celebration from the perspectives of womyn who live in the Southern region of the United States and/or have a strong affinity for this locale. The theme of the publication surrounds the subject matter of erotica while enjoying food, our connection to the South, the bonds created between lovers, and in sisterhood, personal growth, be it spiritual or otherwise and our best G.R.I.T.S recipes.”
  8. Prison Wolves: a Depiction of Gay Life in Prison by Paul F. Archuleta
    • “Paul’s first prison visit takes him to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where one of the worst prison riots took place. The Hispanic gangs and the Aryan Brotherhood led the majority of these prisons. Paul had to figure out how to stay clean from trouble, how to keep sexual predators at bay, and how to keep his mouth shut.”
  9. The queer limit of Black memory: Black lesbian literature and irresolution by Matt Richardson [eBook]
    • “A new archive of Black women’s literature that has heretofore been on the margins of literary scholarship and African diaspora cultural criticism. It argues that Black lesbian texts celebrate both the strategies of resistance used by queer Black subjects and the spaces for grieving the loss of queer Black subjects that dominant histories of the African diasporas often forget.”
  10. Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism by Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz [eBook]
    • “Comprising essays and oral history interviews that present the experiences of fourteen activists across the United States and in Puerto Rico, the book offers a new perspective on the history of LGBT mobilization and activism.”
  11. With her Machete in her Hand: Reading Chicana Lesbians by Catriona Rueda Esquibel
    • “A history of Chicana lesbian writing from the 1970s until today, this book explores a wide range of plays, novels, and short stories by Chicana/o authors that depict lesbian characters or lesbian desire.”
  12. Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country by Brian Joseph Gilly [eBook]
    • “Drawing on a wealth of observations from interviews, oral histories, and meetings and ceremonies, Brian Joseph Gilley provides an intimate view of how Two-Spirit men in Colorado and Oklahoma struggle to redefine themselves and their communities. The Two-Spirit men who appear in Gilley’s book speak frankly of homophobia within their communities, a persistent prejudice that is largely misunderstood or misrepresented by outsiders.”
  13. Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature by Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finley, Brian Joseph Gilley, Scott Lauria Morgensen
    • “Rooted in the Indigenous Americas and the Pacific, and drawing on disciplines ranging from literature to anthropology, contributors to Queer Indigenous Studies call Indigenous GLBTQ2 movements and allies to center an analysis that critiques the relationship between colonialism and heteropatriarchy.”
  14. A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G & J.R. Zuckerberg
    • “Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys”
  15. A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson
    • “A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns.”
  16. Q & A: Queer in Asian America by David L. Eng; Alice Y. Hom
    • “Q & A approaches matters of identity from a variety of points of view and academic disciplines in order to explore the multiple crossings of race and ethnicity with sexuality and gender. Drawing together the work of visual artists, fiction writers, community organizers, scholars, and participants in roundtable discussions, the collection gathers an array of voices and experiences that represent the emerging communities of a queer Asian America.”
  17. Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison
    • “Two or Three Things I Know for Sure tells the story of the Gibson women — sisters, cousins, daughters, and aunts — and the men who loved them, often abused them, and, nonetheless, shared their destinies. With luminous clarity, Allison explores how desire surprises and what power feels like to a young girl as she confronts abuse.”
  18. Partly Colored: Asian Americans and the Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South by Leslie Bow [eBook]
    • “Spanning the pre- to the post- segregation eras, Partly Colored traces the compelling history of “third race” individuals in the U.S. South, and in the process forces us to contend with the multiracial panorama that constitutes American culture and history.”
  19. Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism by Scott Herring [eBook]
    • “Herring leads his readers from faeries in the rural Midwest to photographs of white supremacists in the deep South, from Roland Barthes’s obsession with Parisian fashion to a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel set in the Appalachian Mountains, and from cubist paintings in Lancaster County to lesbian separatist communes on the northern California coast.”
  20. Fashionably Late: Gay, Bi and Trans Men who Came Out Later in Life by Vinnie Kinsella
    • “What happens when adult men come out? What triumphs and struggles do they experience? The stories in this collection explore the impact of exposing long-held secrets.”
  21. Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color by Christopher Soto
    • “The first major literary anthology for queer poets of color in the United States. In 2014, Christopher Soto and Lambda Literary Foundation founded the online journal Nepantla, with the mission to nurture, celebrate, and preserve diversity within the queer poetry community, including contributions as diverse in style and form, as the experiences of QPOC in the United States.”
  22. Unheard Voices: the Effects of Silence on Lesbian and Gay Educators by Ronni L. Sanlo
    • “In this qualitative research project, sixteen lesbian and gay teachers in the Northeast Florida public school system were interviewed about their experiences in their professional settings and how those experiences affected their lives.”
  23. Voices in the Dark by Sharon Bridgforth
    • “The Voices in the Dark was originally a concept (named by Alva Nelms) for a multi-media/multi-cultural celebration, that was produced April 11, 1991 in Austin, Texas. Sonnata blue was presented as a one wo’mn/one-act produced by Word of Mouth, Women’s Theatre Company in Austin, Texas”–Page [1].
  24. In Jewish Texas: A Family Memoir by Stanley E. Ely [eBook]
    • “Stanley Ely says that when the fiftieth or so person confronted him with a skeptical, ‘You mean you’re Jewish, and you’re from Texas?’ he decided to do more than smile and say, ‘Yes.’ The result is this funny, caustic, and nostalgic tale in the tradition of popular regionally and ethnically focused memoirs. Though the book is not a typical “coming out” story, the reader also learns of Ely’s gradual and at times reluctant acceptance of himself as a gay man.”

Electronic Resources

  1. A brief and improper geography of queerspaces and sexpublics in Austin, Texas by Shaka McGlotten 
    • “This article offers ethnographic and autoethnographic vignettes from the author’s research on cultures of public sex in Austin, Texas. It also tracks some of the ways their own racialization as a black queer man shaped the research project.”
  2. Men in Place: Trans Masculinity, Race, and Sexuality in America by Miriam J. Abelson [eBook]
    • American masculinity is being critiqued, questioned, and reinterpreted for a new era. In Men in Place Miriam J. Abelson makes an original contribution to this conversation through in-depth interviews with trans men in the U.S. West, Southeast, and Midwest, showing how the places and spaces men inhabit are fundamental to their experiences of race, sexuality, and gender.
  3. Couples : a photographic documentary of gay and lesbian relationships by John Gettings [eBook]
    • “Photos & commentary portray diversity & commitment in same sex unions.”
  4. Forgetting the Alamo, or, Bloody Memory by Emma Perez [eBook]
    • “This literary adventure takes place in nineteenth-century Texas and follows the story of a Tejana lesbian cowgirl after the fall of the Alamo. Micaela Campos, the central character, witnesses the violence against Mexicans, African Americans, and indigenous peoples after the infamous battles of the Alamo and of San Jacinto, both in 1836. “
  5. Performing the US Latina & Latino Borderlands by Arturo J. Aldama, Chela Sandoval, & Peter Garcia [eBook]
    • “In this interdisciplinary volume, contributors analyze the expression of Latina/o cultural identity through performance. With music, theater, dance, visual arts, body art, spoken word, performance activism, fashion, and street theater as points of entry, contributors discuss cultural practices and the fashioning of identity in Latino/a communities throughout the US.”
  6. Toxic Silence : Race, Black Gender Identity, and Addressing the Violence Against Black Transgender Women in Houston by William T. Hoston [eBook]
    • “Toxic Silence: Race, Black Gender Identity, and Addressing the Violence against Black Transgender Women in Houston contributes to a growing body of transgender scholarship. This book examines the patriarchal and heteronormative frames within the black community and larger American society that advances the toxic masculinity which violently castigates and threatens the collective embodiment of black transgender women in the USA.”
  7. Out in the South by Carlos L Dews; Carolyn Leste Law
    • “In this book gays and lesbians from the Deep South to East Texas and Appalachia speak from vivid personal experience and turn an analytical eye on the South and its culture.”
  8. Intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality in higher education : exploring students’ social identities and campus experiences by Ryan Andrew Miller
    • “This study begins to address a need for empirical research on the social identities and higher education experiences of this population.”
  9. Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray by Rosalind Rosenburg [eBook]
    • “Throughout her prodigious life, activist and lawyer Pauli Murray systematically fought against all arbitrary distinctions in society, channeling her outrage at the discrimination she faced to make America a more democratic country. In this definitive biography, Rosalind Rosenberg offers a poignant portrait of a figure who played pivotal roles in both the modern civil rights and women’s movements.
  10. Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and Rise of Florida Tourism by Jerry T. Watkins [eBook]
    • Jerry Watkins reveals both the challenges these men and women faced in the years following World War II and the essential role they played in making the Emerald Coast a major tourist destination. In a state dedicated to selling an image of itself as a “family-friendly” tropical paradise and in an era of increasing moral panic and repression, queer people were forced to negotiate their identities and their places in society.
  11. Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940 by Julio Capo Jr. [eBook]
    • As Julio Capo Jr. shows in this fascinating history, Miami’s transnational connections reveal that the city has been a queer borderland for over a century. In chronicling Miami’s queer past from its 1896 founding through 1940, Capo shows the multifaceted ways gender and sexual renegades made the city their own.
  12. Black. Queer. Southern. Women. : an oral history by E. Patrick Johnson [eBook]
    • Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, this book powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities–all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society.


  1. Waterloo Counseling Center records, 1982-1997 located in the Briscoe Center for American History 
    • “Waterloo Counseling Center is a non-profit organization specializing in supplying mental health services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities of Austin, TX. Established in 1983, the Waterloo Counseling Center began as one room facility that grew into a much larger center. The Center’s work also expanded into helping those afflicted with HIV and AIDS as well as their family members.
  2. Allgo pasa! : newsletter of the Austin Latino/a Lesbian & Gay Organization located in the Benson Latin American Collection
    • “allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities here in Texas and beyond through cultural arts, wellness, and social justice programming. They support artists and artistic expression; promote health and wellness; and mobilize our community to make change. They work deeply and intentionally with our partners and allies to challenge marginalization and oppression in all their forms, and to build a just and equitable society.”
  3. National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization (LLEGÓ) Records, 1987-2004 located in the Benson Latin American Collection
    • “The National Latino/a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization (LLEGÓ), was a nonprofit organization committed to organizing Latino/a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities through mobilization and networking.”
  4. Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas records, 1981-1991 located in the Briscoe Center for American History
    • “The Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas was founded in 1982 as the Lesbian/Gay Rights Advocates, which itself was formed from a meeting of members of the Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas and the Texas Gay Task Force. Since 2005 the LGRL has been known as Equality Texas. Equality Texas is a statewide political group dedicated to fighting for the cause of equality in Texas.”
  5. The Texas triangle : the lesbian and gay news weekly of Austin located in the Briscoe Center for American History
    • Weekly newspaper covering LGBT news and culture published in Austin, Texas.
  6. Texas Lesbian Conference located in the Briscoe Center for American History
    • “Correspondence, classified files, lists, artifacts, financial records, notebooks, newspaper clippings and photographs documenting and assembled by the Texas Lesbian Conference relating to annual conferences 1988 to 1992, organizational activities including fund raising, and gay and lesbian issues and rights.”
  7. A Guide to the Glen Maxey Papers, 1991-2003 located in the Briscoe Center for American History
    • “Composed of correspondence and personnel, office, and legislative files, the Glen Maxey Papers, 1991-2003, chronicle Maxey’s career and activities as a politician. Personnel case files relate to his relationship with his constituents and their concerns, while office files pertain to a number of political, medical, and social issues that he was researching, such as higher education, LGBTQ communities and rights, environmental regulations and legislation, HIV research and medical programs, and affirmative action, among others.”


  1. Holding My Own: Art & Poetry by LGBTQ Prisoners in Texas by Austin Anarchist Black Cross
    • “A zine composed for and by LGBTQ prisoners currently incarcerated in the Texas prison system. This project is a response to the anticipated Trans Prisoner Day of action, which calls for a greater effort to raise awareness around prisoner’s struggles, to connect people inside and outside of prisons, and to promote non-criminalized identities and personal expression.”
  2. Feminist Action Project Zines in the UT Libraries’ collection
  3. GSC list of Zines by UT Student Organizations
    • A collection of zine titles put together by UT Austin’s Gender and Sexuality Center.

Join the conversation by contributing to a Zine! Stop by the display and decorate one of the half-sheets provided following one of the prompts below. iSchool Pride will choose pages from these submissions to incorporate into a collective zine. This project aims to fill in information gaps in LGBTQIA+ experiences on campus. The pages will be collected into a zine and distributed by iSchool Pride in September.


  • Write or draw about your experience with Austin Pride or LGBTQA+ organizations/events.
  • What type of support do you want to see around UT Austin?
  • What is pride?
Images of Seneca Falls organizers

Reading Recommendations for the 171st Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention

This week marks the 171st anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, often seen as the launching point for the Women’s Rights Movement. In honor of this anniversary, UT Libraries’ Graduate Research Assistant for Information Literacy Services, Natalia Kapacinskas has recommended some materials from the UT Libraries collection . Enjoy!

*This post discusses an historical event and may use some terms and vocabulary that some readers may feel are out of date. We acknowledge that terms are constantly evolving and certain terms have been abandoned or expanded by the communities that use them for good reason. However, for this post the decision has been made to use the vocabulary of the sources from which information was pulled unless deemed inappropriate.

By Natalia Kapacinskas

In 1840, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met at the World’s Anti-Slavery Convention. The women shared the Quaker faith, abolitionist beliefs, and were supporters of the growing movement in favor of expanding women’s political and social rights in the United States. Together, they worked towards these shared goals.

Eight years later, Mott and Stanton organized a convention on women’s rights in Seneca Falls, New York, held July 19-20, 1848. This month marks the 171st anniversary of that event. The Woman’s Rights Convention was attended by 240 people, the vast majority of whom were women. The Convention culminated in the writing of a “Declaration of Sentiments” in favor of increased women’s rights which mirrored the United States Declaration of Independence. However, unlike the original Declaration, the Seneca Falls Declaration asserted the importance of women’s rights to vote, own property, and receive adequate wages.

UT Libraries provides access to many of the primary sources generated by the Seneca Falls conference, including its news coverage and proceedings. For example, the Convention was publicized in the Seneca County Courier the week prior.

Check out this printed version of the Convention proceedings.

Image of "The Rights of Women" column in the North Star on June 28, 1848
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After the Convention, Frederick Douglass published a brief report on what had transpired, titling the column, “The Rights of Women.”

Image of "The Rights of Women" column in the North Star on August 11, 1848
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A more robust account of the Convention was published about two weeks later, also in the North Star. This time, it was front-page news, along with a full listing of the resolutions passed at the Convention.

*The above images were taken from UT Libraries’ microfilm holdings of The North Star, which are available to check out. You can also access The North Star online.


UT Libraries also has a number of autobiographies and original literary works written by the participants of the Woman’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls. Explore those below:

“Based on material from Douglass’ three autobiographies: Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, 1845; My bondage and my freedom, 1855; and Life and times of Frederick Douglass, 1881. Material edited for this recording by Dr. Philip S. Foner.”

“Elizabeth Cady Stanton recalls the discontent that led her to launch the woman suffrage movement at Seneca Falls in 1848 and the frustration of having no voice in her own government after a half century of hard work.”

“Juxtaposed with contemporary reports and biographical essays, the words of this legendary suffragist reveal Susan B. Anthony as a loyal, caring friend, and an eloquent, humorous crusader. ‘More than a collection of well-arranged quotations, the work informs, inspires, and gives historical perspective.’–The Houston Post.”

“Committed abolitionist, controversial Quaker minister, tireless pacifist, fiery crusader for women’s rights–Lucretia Mott was one of the great reformers in America history. Drawing on widely scattered archives, newspaper accounts, and other sources, Lucretia Mott Speaks unearths the essential speeches and remarks from Mott’s remarkable career. The editors have chosen selections representing important themes and events in her public life. Extensive annotations provide vibrant context and show Mott’s engagement with allies and opponents. The result is an authoritative resource, one that enriches our understanding of Mott’s views, rhetorical strategies, and still-powerful influence.”

Women of Color and Women’s Rights

Some groups were under- or un- represented at the Convention. The only African American individual to attend was Frederick Douglass, and there were no women of color at the Convention. However, women such as Sojourner Truth, Anna J. Cooper, and Ida B. Wells were highly involved in working toward women’s rights during this time period. You can learn more about their lives and work in the recommended reading list below.

“This memoir, first published in 1850, recounts the struggles of a distinguished African-American abolitionist and champion of women’s rights. Sojourner Truth tells of her life in slavery, her self-liberation, and her travels across America in pursuit of racial and sexual equality. Essential reading for students of American history.”

“Considered one of the original texts foretelling the black feminist movement, this collection of essays, first published in 1892, offers an unparalleled view into the thought of black women writers in nineteenth-century America. ”

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was one of the foremost crusaders against black oppression. This engaging memoir tells of her private life as mother of a growing family as well as her public activities as teacher, lecturer, and journalist in her fight against attitudes and laws oppressing blacks.

From the scholars

“The book covers 50 years of women’s activism, from 1840-1890, focusing on four extraordinary figures–Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Susan B. Anthony. McMillen tells the stories of their lives, how they came to take up the cause of women’s rights, the astonishing advances they made during their lifetimes, and the lasting and transformative effects of the work they did. At the convention they asserted full equality with men, argued for greater legal rights, greater professional and education opportunities, and the right to vote–ideas considered wildly radical at the time… A vibrant portrait of a major turning point in American women’s history, and in human history, this book is essential reading for anyone wishing to fully understand the origins of the woman’s rights movement.”

“For too long the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the visionary adventures of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born, who spearheaded a national movement. In this essential reconsideration, Susan Ware uncovers a much broader and more diverse history waiting to be told. Why They Marched is the inspiring story of the dedicated women–and occasionally men–who carried the banner in communities across the nation, out of the spotlight, protesting, petitioning, and demonstrating for the right to become full citizens.”

“The story of how the women’s rights movement began at the Seneca Falls convention of 1848 is a cherished American myth. The standard account credits founders such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott with defining and then leading the campaign for women’s suffrage. In her provocative new history, Lisa Tetrault demonstrates that Stanton, Anthony, and their peers gradually created and popularized this origins story during the second half of the nineteenth century in response to internal movement dynamics as well as the racial politics of memory after the Civil War.”


Although the Seneca Falls Convention is remembered as an initial step towards women’s right to vote in the United States, that right was not granted until 72 years later when the 19th amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1920.

Today, nearly 200 later, current events remind us of the assertions of the congregants at Seneca Falls: that women should have “equal right to think, speak and act on all subjects that interest the human family” (Abigail Bush. “Selections. Woman’s Rights Convention,” North Star, 11 August 1848).

Access to equal pay for women is one topic under discussion in recent days. Specifically, the victory of the US Women’s National Soccer team at the World Cup has brought attention to their efforts to be paid equally to the Men’s national team.

Read more about that issue here:


**Featured images left to right:

  • Lucretia Coffin Mott; photograph by Frederic Gutekunst (1865), Public Domain
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, seated, and Susan B. Anthony, standing; photograph by David B. Edmonston (between 1880 and 1902), Public Domain
  • Frederick Douglass; photograph by unknown (circa 1866), Public Domain
Image of book cover, "Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights" by Ann Bausum, cropped

What to read and watch for the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

by Brenna Wheeler

*This post discusses an historical event and uses terms and vocabulary that may feel out of date to some readers. We acknowledge that terms are constantly evolving and certain terms have been abandoned or expanded by the communities that use them for good reason. However, for this post the decision has been made to use the vocabulary of the sources from which information was pulled. For more information on current terms, please visit the Gender and Sexuality Center’s Glossary.

This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a major catalyst for the Gay Liberation movement and the fight for LGBTQIA+ Rights. In honor of this occasion, the UT Libraries Diversity Action Committee would like to highlight a couple of pieces in our collection to contextualize this historical event.

The Stonewall Riots

Tony Lauria, the son of a Mafia boss, three of his childhood friends, and Matty Ianello, another member of the Mafia, first opened the Stonewall Inn on March 18, 1967 (Carter 2004, pg. 1). Like many gay bars of the 1960s, the Stonewall Inn was a “bottle club” that sold alcohol to private parties and did not require a liquor license (Bausum 2015, pg. 24; Carter 2004, pg. 68). The lack of a license made these businesses the targets of frequent police raids, so the Mafia bosses who ran these clubs made weekly payments to the local police precinct to avoid being raided (or at least receive warning in advance of a raid) (Bausum 2015, pg. 25). The Mafia owners would then make a profit on overcharging for watered-down drinks and not maintaining proper sanitation (Bausum 2015, pg. 5).

Despite these conditions, Stonewall quickly became a popular place for the gay and transgender communities to dance, drink, and socialize. Before it became legal, the Stonewall dancefloors were one of the few places that allowed same-sex couples to dance together (Bausum 2015, pg. 6). Its placement on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village also generated plenty of foot-traffic, so there was always a crowd on Friday and Saturday nights (Bausum 2015, pg. 27).

At 2:00 AM on June 28, 1969, a police team led by Inspector Seymour Pine raided the Stonewall Inn with the intent of arresting the employees, the mafia members, and those who were not wearing at least three pieces of gender-conforming clothing. Some of the patrons who were allowed to leave stayed outside the bar and were joined by friends and pedestrians. The crowd cheered at the arrest of the Mafia members, but they became angry when the police began arresting the drag queens. According to several witnesses, the crowd finally rioted when a lesbian patron managed to escape the police car, and the police roughly shoved back her inside (Carter 2004, pg. 150-153). Many of the officers left by taking the full paddy wagons to the nearest police station, but a small group hid with Inspector Pine inside the Stonewall Inn. Eventually, the Tactical Police Force (TPF) arrived to gain control of the rioters. After two hours, the crowd dispersed, the police left, and the riots ended (Bausum 2015, pg. 37-64). For the next four nights, people gathered, protested, and organized on Christopher Street. Several activist groups joined together to create the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) (Segal 2019, pg. 132).

In the following months, pamphlets such as “Get the Mafia and Cops out of Gay Bars” by Craig Rodwell and “The Hairpin Drop Heard Around The World” by Dick Leitsch spread news of the riots and gathered support for the rapidly expanding Gay Liberation Movement. On July 27th, a protest gathered in Washington Square Park and marched to the Stonewall Inn in celebration of the riots and political activism in the month after the Riots (Bausum 2015, pg. 74). A year later, Craig Rodwell organized the first Pride Parade from Christopher Street to Central Park on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Today, Pride Parades are still held annually during the months of June, July, and occasionally August and celebrated with a surge of rainbow-branded marketing. In the United States, the month of June was officially recognized as Pride Month by the Clinton and Obama administrations. In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that bans against gay marriage were unconstitutional, and many activists are still working toward full equality, including advocating for protections against employment discrimination and ensuring that all partners receive the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples. The Stonewall Riots created a huge influx of political and social movement that continues today as activists further the work of organizations, such as the Gay Liberation Front.


  1. Bausum, Ann. 2015. Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights. New York: Penguin Group.
  2. Carter, David. 2004. Stonewall: the Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
  3. Segal, Mark. 2019. “And Then I Danced” in The Stonewall Reader. New York: Penguin Classics.

Learn More from Our Collection


Major! (2015) [Online Access]

Image of jacket cover for Major documentaryMiss Major Griffin-Gracy was a participant in the Stonewall Riots. Today, she is still an active supporter and advocate for transgender rights. She is currently Executive Director Emeritus of the Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project, which helps and supports transgender women of color in prison or formerly incarcerated. The documentary focuses on her work as an activist and challenges faced by the transgender community by the LGBTQIA+ Community and by society as a whole.

Pride Denied: Homonationalism and the Future of Queer Politics (2016) [Online Access]

Image of jacket cover for Pride Denied filmPride Denied tells the story of how corporate sponsors coopted the concept of LGBTQ pride, turning it into a feel-good brand and blunting its radical political edge. The film locates the origins of pride in sites of grassroots resistance and revolt, going back to the anti-police Stonewall uprising led by queer and trans people of color in 1969. It then traces how the deeply political roots of pride morphed into the depoliticized big-business spectacles of today — multimillion-dollar events designed to project an image of tolerance and equality rather than calling attention to the relationship between normative identity, power, and sexual repression.


Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History by Marc Stein [eBook]

Image of book cover for Stonewall Riots A Documentary HistoryA new addition to the UT Libraries Collection, Marc Stein’s new book retells the story of the Stonewall Riots by presenting over 200 documents relating to the event, including gay-bar guide listings, political fliers, first-person accounts, state court decisions, and song lyrics.



Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era, Photographs by Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies from the New York Public Library Archives

Image of book cover for "Love and Resistance"Another new addition to the UT Libraries, the New York Public Library Archives published this book in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies photograph and document the LGBTQIA+ activism, protests, and history. Lahsen was a member of the Daughters of Bilitis, the first national organization for lesbians, art editor for The Ladder, the organization’s magazine, and involved with the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA). Davies worked with the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), and published photographs in magazines such as Come Out! and Gay Power.

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum

Image of book cover for "Stonewall Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights"

Bausum provides an overview of the Stonewall Riots and its historical context. The book begins with the events leading up to the police raids and describes its lasting effect on the LGBTQIA+ Community, through the AIDS crisis and into the present-day.



Stonewall: the Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter

Image of book cover for Stonewall The Riots that Sparked the Gay RevolutionCarter provides a very detailed historical narrative of the Stonewall Riots, starting with the history of the Greenwich Village and Christopher Street, through the monopoly of the Mafia on gay bars, and the reactions to the events that took place.


Pride Month with the Black Queer Studies Collection

Happy Pride Month! Throughout June we are highlighting some of the incredible intersectional works included in the Black Queer Studies Collection.

Visit the book displays on the 3rd floor of PCL and in the Poetry Center in the UFCU room to find materials from the collection below. Many thanks to Sarah Brandt, Ginny Barnes, Gina Bastone, Elle Covington, and Linna Dean for getting this month’s display together!

Materials on Display

  1. Big Freedia: God save the queen diva! by Big Freedia
    • “From the eponymous star of the most popular reality show in Fuse TVs history, this no-holds-barred memoir tells the story of a gay, self-proclaimed mama’s boy who exploded onto the formerly underground Bounce music scene–a hip-hop subgenre–and found acceptance, healing, self-expression, and stardom”–
  2. Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma by Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde [eBook]
    • “Describing the dichotomy of being both revered and reviled, this memoir traces the story of a sangoma, a traditional healer, who is also a lesbian. Descriptions of traditional African healing practices and rituals are provided alongside the personalized account of one woman acting as a mirror to the daily hardships and indignities felt by members of the gay community in Africa.”
  3. Black girl dangerous: On race, queerness, class and gender by Mia McKenzie
    • Essays reprinted from the website Black girl dangerous
  4. Black on both sides: A racial history of trans identity by C. Riley Snorton [eBook]
    • “The story of Christine Jorgensen, Americas first prominent transsexual, famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era.”
  5. Black. Queer. Southern. Women. by E. Patrick Johnson [eBook]
    • “Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, this book powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities–all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society.”
  6. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
    • “Bellona is a city at the dead center of the United States. Something has happened there…. The population has fled. Madmen and criminals wander the streets. Strange portents appear in the cloud-covered sky. And into this disaster zone comes a young man–poet, lover, and adventurer–known only as the Kid.”
  7. Ezili’s mirrors: Imagining Black queer genders by Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
    • “From the dagger mistress Ezili Je Wouj and the gender-bending mermaid Lasiren to the beautiful femme queen Ezili Freda, the Ezili pantheon of Vodoun spirits represents the divine forces of love, sexuality, prosperity, pleasure, maternity, creativity, and fertility.”
  8. Funk the erotic: Transaesthetics and black sexual cultures by L.H. Stallings
    • “Funk. It is multisensory and multidimensional philosophy used in conjunction with the erotic, eroticism, and black erotica. It is the affect that shapes film, performance, sound, food, technology, drugs, energy, time, and the seeds of revolutionary ideas for black movements.”
  9. Here comes the sun: A novel by Nicole Dennis-Benn
    • “In this radiant, highly anticipated debut, a cast of unforgettable women battle for independence while a maelstrom of change threatens their Jamaican village. Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis- Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas.”
  10. Hunger: A memoir of (my) body by Roxane Gay
    • “Gay has written … about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as ‘wildly undisciplined,’ Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care.” —
  11. I am your sister: Collected and unpublished writings of Audre Lorde [eBook]
    • “Audre Lorde was not only a famous black poet; she was also one of the most important radical black feminists of the past half century. I Am Your Sister collects her non-fiction prose from 1976 to 1990, and it is the first volume to provide a full picture of Lorde’s political work (as opposed to her aesthetic work).”
  12. June Jordan: Her life and letters by Valerie Kinloch
    • “June Jordan was born on July 9, 1936, in Harlem, New York, to Mildred and Granville Jordan, Jamaican natives. During her life, she became one of the most prolific, important, and influential African American writers of her time.”
  13. Live through this: Surviving the intersections of sexuality, God, and race by Clay Cane
    • “This powerful book couldn’t come at a more timely juncture. With our deep misunderstanding of racial identity, the murder of transgender women increasing at an alarming rate and the battle of faith and sexual orientation at churches across the country, we are in a cultural war of ideologies. Overwhelming prejudices have constricted our basic capacity for compassion and understanding. Live Through This is a collection of intimate essays about one man’s journey to self-acceptance when his faith, sexuality, and race battled with societal norms. These insightful writings will plant seeds of consideration and inspire readers to stretch beyond stereotypes. By reading stories about the demographics that live on the fringe of traditions, we gain a deeper awareness of our cultural climate and how we can improve it, starting with ourselves.”–
  14. Lives of great men: Living and loving as an African gay man by Chike Frankie Edozien
    • “From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent, in this memoir Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien offers a highly personal series of contemporary snapshots of same gender loving Africans, unsung Great Men living their lives, triumphing and finding joy in the face of great adversity.”
  15. Nick Cave: Meet me at the center of the Earth by Nick Cave
    • Published in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Mar. 28-July 5, 2009 and the Fowler Museum at UCLA, North Los Angeles, Jan. 10-June 1, 2010.
  16. No tea, no shade: New writings in Black queer studies by E. Patrick Johnson [eBook]
    • “No Tea, No Shade brings together nineteen essays from the next generation of black queer studies scholars, activists, and community leaders who build on the foundational work of black queer studies, pushing the field in new and exciting directions.”
  17. Nova by Samuel R. Delany
    • “Given that the suns of Draco stretch almost sixteen light years from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of transportation is the most important factor of the 32nd century. And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel, Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the core of a recently imploded sun in order to obtain seven tons of it.”
  18. Phallos by Samule R. Delany
    • “Taking the form of a gay pornographic novella, with the explicit sex omitted, Phallos is set during the reign of the second-century Roman emperor Hadrian, and circles around the historical account of the murder of the emperor’s favorite, Antinous.”
  19. Queer and trans artists of color: Stories of some of our lives interviews by Nia King
    • “A collection of sixteen unique and honest conversations you won’t read anywhere else.”
  20. Sister outsider: Essays and speeches by Audre Lorde [eBook]
    • “The fourteen essays and speeches collected in this work, several of them published for the first time, span almost a decade of this Black lesbian feminist’s work. Lorde is unflinching in her observations and is lucid and clarifying in her coverage of a range of essential topics.”
  21. Surpassing certainty: What my twenties taught me by Janet Mock
    • “As you witness Janet’s slow-won success and painful failures, Surpassing Certainty will embolden you, shift the way you see others, and affirm your journey in search of self”–Provided by publisher.
  22. Tailor-made by Yolanda Wallace
    • “Before Grace Henderson began working as a tailor in her father’s bespoke suit shop in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn, she established a hard and fast rule about not dating clients. The edict is an easy one for her to follow, considering the overwhelming majority of the shop’s clients are men. But when Dakota Lane contacts her to commission a suit to wear to her sister’s wedding, Grace finds herself tempted to throw all the rules out the window.”
  23. Tales of Nevèrÿon by Samuel R. Delany
    • “In his four-volume series Return to Nevèrÿon, Hugo and Nebula award-winner Samuel R. Delany appropriated the conceits of sword-and-sorcery fantasy to explore his characteristic themes of language, power, gender, and the nature of civilization”
  24. The color purple by Alice Walker
    • “Set in the period between the world wars, this novel tells of two sisters, their trials, and their survival.”
  25.  The journals of Samuel R. Delany. Volume 1, In search of silence : 1957-1969
    • “In Search of Silence presents over a decade’s worth of Delany’s private journals, commencing in 1957 when he was still a student at the Bronx High School of Science, and ending in 1969 when he was living in San Francisco and on the verge of reconceiving the novel that would become Dhalgren.”
  26. The mad man by Samuel R. Delany
    • “A philosophy students becomes interested in a dead philosopher who was a pervert. In time he begins imitating the man and in the process reaches the depths of perversion.”
  27. The queer Caribbean speaks: Interviews with writers, artists, and activists by Kofi Omoniyi Sylvanus Campbell
    • “In most Caribbean countries homosexuality is still illegal, and many outside of the region are unaware of how difficult life can be for gay men and lesbians. This book is born out of the near-silence surrounding the lives of queer Caribbean citizens and collects interviews with writers, artists, and activists to challenge the dominance of Euro-American models in understanding global queerness. These interviews give voices to those who live and work on the front lines of the battle for the recognition of LGBQT rights in the region, with the hope that their voices will bring wider awareness of, and shed light on, the issues faced by LGBQT Caribbean citizens”–Back cover
  28. The wind is spirit: The life, love and legacy of Audre Lorde by Gloria I. Joseph
    • “Across the country and around the world, the bold and powerful Audre Lorde has been a touchstone for generations of writers and activists. And while she has been the subject of many books, there is more of her story to tell. The Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde offers an entirely different and intimate perspective. Written by Dr. Gloria I. Joseph, Audre Lorde’s partner in love and life during her final years, the book invites readers to share her experiences using deeply revealing storytelling and call-and-response narration.”– Provided by publisher.
  29. Voices rising: Celebrating 20 years of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender writing edited by G. Winston James
    • “Voices Rising is a collection of literary works by gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people of African descent.”
  30. Warrior poet: A biography of Audre Lorde by Alexis De Veaux
    • “Alexis De Veaux demystifies Lorde’s iconic status, charting her childhood; her marriage to a white, gay man with whom she had two children; her emergence as an outspoken black feminist lesbian poet; and her canonization as a seminal poet of American literature.”
  31. We are never meeting in real life by Samantha Irby
    • “With heartfelt candor and her usual side-splitting bite, humorist, essayist, and blogger at Samantha Irby captures powerful emotional truths while chronicling the disaster that has been her life. An ill-fated pilgrimage and romantic vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes, awkward sexual encounters, a Bachelorette application gone awry, and more– sometimes you just have to laugh, even when your life is a dumpster fire.”
  32. What color is your hoodie?: Essays on black gay identity by Jarrett Neal
    • “In thirteen candid and provocative essays, author Jarrett Neal reports on the status of black gay men in the new millennium, examining classism among black gay men, racism within the gay community, representations of the black male body within gay pornography, and patriarchal threats to the survival of both black men and gay men. What Color Is Your Hoodie? employs the author’s own quest for visibility–through bodybuilding, creative writing, and teaching, among other pursuits–as the genesis for an insightful and critical dialogue that ultimately symbolizes the entire black gay community’s struggle for recognition and survival”–Back cover.
  33. Workin’ it!: RuPaul’s guide to life, liberty, and the pursuit of style by RuPaul
    • “The popular drag queen and host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” provides provocative tips on fashion, beauty, style and confidence for women and men, gay and straight.”
  34. Zami: A new spelling of my name by Audre Lorde
    • “The poet, Audre Lorde, depicts her life and examines the influence of various women on her development.”


  1. Gospel: Poems by Samiya Bashir [eBook]
    • “Gospel is an ecumenical resistance song in four parts.”
  2. Jimmy’s blues and other poems by James Baldwin
    • “All of the published poetry of James Baldwin, including six significant poems previously only available in a limited edition.”
    • Online Access [eBook]

Comic Books

  1. Bingo Love by Tee Franklin
    • “When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.”–
  2. Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay
    • The world building of Wakanda continues in a love story where tenderness is matched only by brutality! You know them now as the Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown of Wakanda at all costs.

Youth Collection

  1. Julián is a mermaid by Jessica Love
    • “While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?”
  2. Let’s talk about love by Claire Kann
    • “In this young adult novel, Alice, afraid of explaining her asexuality, has given up on finding love until love finds her.”
  3. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
    • “Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel’s bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons”– Provided by publisher.
  4. Princess Princess ever after by Katie O’Neill
    • “When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress with a dire grudge against Sadie. Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what happily ever after really means and how they can find it with each other”–Back cover.


  1. Major! produced & directed by Annalise Ophelian [Online Access]
    • “MAJOR! is a documentary film exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.” — film website
  2. Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins [Online Access]
    • “A young black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.”
  3. Paris is burning produced and directed by Jennie Livingston
    • The “unblinking behind-the-scenes story of the fashion-obsessed New Yorkers who created ‘voguing’ and drag balls, and turned these raucous celebrations into a powerful expression of fierce personal pride” — Container.
  4. Pay it no mind: Marsha P. Johnson a documentary by Michael Kasino
    • Marsha P. Johnson was a revolutionary trans activist, Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, prostitute, and Saint, as well as a downtown New York City fixture. From the 1960s through her too-soon demise in 1992, Johnson persevered through a life embodied by her middle initial P, which stood for “Pay It No Mind.”

Already read or seen any of the above? Give us your critiques in the comments below!

Inclusive Reading Recommendations — Graphic Literature

by Laura Tadena

This month’s blog post highlights diversity in graphic literature. It was difficult to narrow down this list to just twenty titles because of the growing number of titles that reflect individuals from underrepresented identity groups. Arguably, the publishing world is still not diverse enough and there is a disparity between the authors telling these stories. I for one, am looking forward to seeing more titles published where readers have the opportunity to see themselves in the work.

Here’s is our Graphic Literature inclusive reading recommendations list.  We hope you enjoy!

  1. A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson
    • “Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender-neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender-neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world.”
  2. The Arab of the future: a childhood in the Middle East by Riad Sattouf
    • “In striking, virtuoso graphic style that captures both the immediacy of childhood and the fervor of political idealism, Riad Sattouf recounts his nomadic childhood growing up in rural France, Gaddafi’s Libya, and Assad’s Syria–but always under the roof of his father, a Syrian Pan-Arabist who drags his family along in his pursuit of grandiose dreams for the Arab nation. Riad, delicate and wide-eyed, follows in the trail of his mismatched parents; his mother, a bookish French student, is as modest as his father is flamboyant. Venturing first to the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab State and then joining the family tribe in Homs, Syria, they hold fast to the vision of the paradise that always lies just around the corner.”
  3. Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq
    • “Coming-of-age story about a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the thousands of Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel. In this visually arresting graphic novel, Leila Abdelrazaq explores her father’s childhood in the 1960s and ’70s from a boy’s eye view as he witnesses the world crumbling around him and attempts to carry on, forging his own path in the midst of terrible uncertainty.”
  4. The best we could do: An illustrated memoir by Thi Bui
    • “The Best We Could Do is an intimate look at one family’s journey form their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent–the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.”
  5. Bingo love by Tee Franklin
    • “When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.”
  6. Black Panther: World of Wakanda  by Roxane Gay
    • “You know them now as the Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown of Wakanda at all costs. Their first assignment will be to protect Queen Shuri… but what happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Meanwhile, former king T’Challa lies with bedfellows so dark, disgrace is inevitable. Plus, explore the true origins of the People’s mysterious leader, Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers – but he only knows part of the story!”
  7. Dare to disappoint: Growing up in Turkey  by Özge Samancı
    • “As a child in Izmir, Turkey in the 1980 and 90s, Özge Samanci watched as her country struggled between its traditional religious heritage and the new secular westernized world of brand-name products and television stars. In Özge’s own family, she struggled to figure out the place where she belonged, too. Her older sister was a perfect student, and her dad hoped Özge would study hard, go to good schools, and become an engineer to find stability in their country’s uncertain economic climate. But Özge was a dreamer and wanted adventure. This touching memoir shows how Özge dared to overcome both her family and her country’s expectations to find happiness by being an artist.”
  8. El Deafo by Cece Bell
    • “In this funny, poignant graphic memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful–and very awkward–hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear–sometimes things she shouldn’t–but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.”
  9. La Lucha: The story of Lucha Castro and human rights in Mexico by Jon Sack
    • “The Mexican border state of Chihuahua and its city Juárez have become notorious the world over as hotbeds of violence. Drug cartel battles and official corruption result in more murders annually in Chihuahua than in war-torn Afghanistan. Thanks to a culture of impunity, 97 percent of the killings in Juárez go unsolved. Despite a climate of fear, a small group of human rights activists, exemplified by the Chihuahua lawyer and organizer Lucha Castro, works to identify the killers and their official enablers. This is the story of La Lucha, illustrated in beautiful and chilling comic book art, rendering in rich detail the stories of families ripped apart by disappearances and murders–especially gender-based violence–and the remarkably brave advocacy, protests, and investigations of ordinary citizens who turned their grief into resistance”
  10. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney
    • “Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic but terrified that medications would cause her to lose her creativity and livelihood, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability without losing herself or her passion. Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the “crazy artist,” Ellen found inspiration from the lives and work of other artist and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath.”
  11. March by John Lewis
    • “This graphic novel is a first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.”
  12. Monster: A graphic novel  by Walter Dean Myers
    • “While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.”
  13. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
    • “Nimona, a young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy, and Lord Ballister Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, set out to prove that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his friends are not the heroes everyone thinks they are, but Lord Blackheart soon realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past, and her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.”
  14. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
    • “Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions and the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she finds a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film.”
  15. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood  by Satrapi, Marjane
    • “Persepolis is the story of Marjane Satrapi’s childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland.”
  16. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
    • “Prince Sebastian hides from his parents his secret life of dressing up as the hottest fashion icon in Paris, the fabulous Lady Crystallia, while his friend Frances the dressmaker strives to keep her friend’s secret.”
  17. “Puerto Rico strong: A comics anthology supporting Puerto Rico disaster relief and recovery edited by Marco Lopez, Desiree Rodriguez, Hazel Newlevant, Derek Ruiz, and Neil Schwartz.
    • “Puerto Rico Strong is a comics anthology that explores what it means to be Puerto Rican and the diversity that exists within that concept, from today’s most exciting Puerto Rican comics creators.”
  18. Runaways. 1, Find your way home by Rainbow Rowell
    • “When the Runaways eliminate the Pride from Los Angeles, it leaves a vacuum of power in the city’s underworld, and soon Nico, Karolina, Gert, Chase, and Molly are on the run again to uncover the truth behind their parents’ past before it catches up to them.”
  19. Tales from la Vida: A Latinx comics anthology by Frederick Luis Aldama
    • “Collection of comics created by Latinx artists and writers that comes together to shed light on their various autobiographical experiences as situated within the language, culture, history, and sociopolitics that inform Latinx hemispheric identities and subjectivities.”
  20. Undocumented: A worker’s fight by Duncan Tonatiuh
    • “Juan grew up in Mexico working in the fields to help provide for his family. Struggling for money, Juan crosses over into the United States and becomes an undocumented worker, living in a poor neighborhood, working hard to survive. Though he is able to get a job as a busboy at a restaurant, he is severely undercompensated–he receives less than half of the minimum wage! Risking his boss reporting him to the authorities for not having proper resident papers, Juan risks everything and stands up for himself and the rest of the community.

Have favorites that aren’t in this list? Share them with us in the comments.

Women’s History Month: Reclaiming Herstory Across Disciplines

March is Women’s History Month. Throughout March we are highlighting the lives, work, thought, and legacy of femme-identified folks throughout history and across disciplines.

Women’s History Month is an annual, nation-wide recognition of the contributions of women dating back to 1987, and Public Law 100-9 passed by Congress. Since 1988, each president has subsequently passed an annual Presidential Proclamation designating March as Women’s History Month. You can read this year’s proclamation here.

Visit the book display on the 3rd floor of PCL to check out any of the available print books from the collection below.

Books on Display

Women’s History and Feminist Thought



Fine Arts

Latina Studies

Asian Studies

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Social Work

Psychology & Sociology

Kinesiology & Health Education


Children’s Books


Architecture and Engineering



Have other recommendations? Share in the comments!

Trans Lives & Public Policy

On Tuesday, January 22, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration’s ban on trans individuals serving in the military. To put these current events in context, we are highlighting materials from library collections about trans experiences, especially those of trans military service members, and legal and public policy.

Visit our display on the 3rd floor of PCL to check out print books from our collection related to this topic.

Below is a list of items on that display as well as a few additional e-resources and books that can be found at Tarlton Law Library.


Statements from Professional Organizations

Resources for Trans Individuals

Background Information

Books on Display

Young Adult Books

Children’s Books




Books at Tarlton Law Library

Inclusive Reading Recommendations — Literary Fiction

For this post, we’re focusing on inclusive reading recommendations in literary fiction. Granted, what constitutes literary fiction is up for some debate, so it can sort of end up being a catch-all term. For this post, I’m defining literary fiction as fictional stories that center the character journey rather than centering plot or genre tropes.

  1. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
    • “”An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty Two brown girls dream of being dancers–but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free.”
  2. Islay by Douglas Bullard
    • “Islay is the name of an imaginary island state coveted by Lyson Sulla, a Deaf man who is tired of feeling that ‘hearing think deaf means dumb, pat head.’ Sulla signs this to his wife Mary in explanation of his desire to tum Islay into a state solely for Deaf people, with himself as governor. From there, his peripatetic quest begins.”
  3. Sing, unburied, sing by Jesmyn Ward
    • “Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise. Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family.”
  4. Nevada by Imogen Binnie
    • “Nevada is the darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she’d carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey that will most certainly change her forever.”
  5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    • “When his ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?”
  6. The leavers by Lisa Ko
    • “One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Set in New York and China, the Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.”
  7. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
    • “Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith’s own life, The Price of Salt tells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany–the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese’s job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, ensnared by society’s confines and the imminent disapproval of others, yet propelled by their infatuation.”
  8. Exit west by Mohsin Hamid
    • “In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet–sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors–doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.”
  9. The mothers by Brit Bennett
    • “It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken beauty. Mourning her mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. It’s not serious– until the pregnancy. As years move by, Nadia, Luke, and her friend Aubrey are living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently?”
  10. The World Unseen by Shamim Sarif
    • “Miriam is the traditional young Indian mother, hardworking and self-effacing. But then she meets the rebellious Amina who confounds the Indian community by driving a taxi and setting up a cafe with a black man, and her world is turned upside down.”
  11. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    • “The lives of two sisters–Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a southern woman married to a man she hates–are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.”
  12. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
    • “A classic novel, in which the man who calls himself the ‘bomb of Bombay’ chronicles the story of a child and a nation that both came into existence in 1947–and examines a whole people’s capacity for carrying inherited myths and inventing new ones.”
  13. Fierce femmes and notorious liars : a dangerous trans girl’s confabulous memoir by Kai Cheng Thom
    • “Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir is a coming-of-age story about a young Asian trans girl, pathological liar, and kung-fu expert who runs away from her parents’ abusive home in a rainy city called Gloom. Striking off on her own, she finds her true family in a group of larger-than-life trans femmes who make their home in a mysterious pleasure district known only as the Street of Miracles.”
  14. The book of unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
    • “Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter’s difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.”
  15. Good kings bad kings by Susan Nussbaum.
    • “The residents at a facility for disabled young people in Chicago build trust and make friends in an effort to fight against their living conditions and mistreatment.”
  16. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    • “Things Fall Apart tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a ‘strong man’ of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries.”
  17. Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng
    • “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue-in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.”
  18. And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini
    • “Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything; there is an unparalleled bond between these two motherless siblings. What happens to them, and the large and small manners in which it echos through the lives of so many other people is example of the moral complexity of life. In this multigenerational novel revolving around parents and children, brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, the author explores the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another.”
  19. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
    • “The tale of two women: the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, back in the thirties. Their southern-style cafe offered good barbecue, good coffee, and all kinds of love and laughter–not to mention an occasional murder.”
  20. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
    • “Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history.”

As always, feel free to include your own recommendations in the comments below!

Inclusive Reading Recommendations — Mystery

Happy New Year everyone! Was reading more inclusively on anyone else’s list of resolutions? Here’s another inclusive reading recommendations list to help you out. This one is focused on mysteries, detective stories, crime novels and the like.

  1. Devil in a blue dress by Walter Mosley
    • “Devil in a Blue Dress honors the tradition of the classic American detective novel by bestowing on it a vivid social canvas and the freshest new voice in crime writing in years, mixing the hard-boiled poetry of Raymond Chandler with the racial realism of Richard Wright to explosive effect.”
  2. Death of a red heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
    • “Inspector Chen Cao, head of the Shanghai Police Bureau’s Special Case Squad, investigates the murder of a National Model Worker whose private life may have led to her death.”
  3. Four hands by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
    • “Greg Simon and Julio Fernandez are investigative jounalists who are chasing down an elaborate conspiracy plot. The story they discover and type out together weaves truth with lies, wild humor with tragedy, and reality with fantasy–a stranger-than-fiction tale of imperial excess where delusion makes perfect sense.”
  4. The paying guests by Sarah Waters
    • “It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa – a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants – life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.”
  5. Bluebird, bluebird by Attica Locke
    • “When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules–a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes–and save himself in the process–before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt.”
  6. Trail of lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
    • “While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine. Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology. As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.”
  7. The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco
    • “It is 1887, and Alma Rosales is on the hunt for stolen opium. Trained in espionage by the Pinkerton Detective Agency–but dismissed for bad behavior and a penchant for going undercover as a man–Alma now works for Delphine Beaumond, the seductive mastermind of a West Coast smuggling ring. When product goes missing at their Washington Territory outpost, Alma is tasked with tracking the thief and recovering the drugs. In disguise as the scrappy dockworker Jack Camp, this should be easy–once she muscles her way into the local organization, wins the trust of the magnetic local boss and his boys, discovers the turncoat, and keeps them all from uncovering her secrets. All this, while sending coded dispatches to the circling Pinkerton agents to keep them from closing in.”
  8. The death of friends by Michael Nava
    • “When Supreme Court judge Chris Chandler is found dead in his chambers, his old friend, Henry Rios, a gay Mexican American criminal defense lawyer, investigates and finds that the man had a secret life.”
  9. Real world by Natsuo Kirino
    • “In a crowded residential suburb on the outskirts of Tokyo, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer and endless cram school sessions meant to ensure entry into good colleges…. When Toshi’s next-door neighbor is found brutally murdered, the girls suspect the killer is the neighbor’s son, a high school boy they nickname Worm. But when he flees, taking Toshi’s bike and cell phone with him, the four girls get caught up in a tempest of dangers–dangers they never could have even imagined–that rises from within them as well as from the world around them.”
  10. Wife of the gods by Kwei Quartey
    • “An original debut novel set in Ghana, is the story of Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, who is sent from the big city to the village of Ketanu to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker. Darko’s own mother disappeared from this same village many years ago, and as the mystery unfolds, the reader meets a rich cast of characters, and learns about Trokosi, a system where young teenage girls are sent to live with fetish priests to bring good fortune to their families. Darko explores the motivations and secrets of the residents of Ketanu, and in addition to solving a recent murder, discovers the shocking truth about his own mother’s disappearance.”
  11. A crack in the wall by Claudia Piñeiro
    • “Pablo Simó’s life is a mess. His career as an architect is at a dead-end; he is reduced to designing soulless office buildings desecrating the heart of Buenos Aires. His marriage seems to be one endless argument with his wife over the theatrics of their rebellious teenage daughter. To complicate matters, Pablo has long been attracted to sexy office secretary Marta Horvat, who is probably having an affair with his boss. Everything changes with the unexpected appearance of Leonor, a beautiful young woman who brings to light a crime that happened years before, a crime that everyone in the office wants forgotten, at all costs.”
  12. Wish you were here by Rita Mae Brown
    • “Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town-until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet’s thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her. When Crozet’s citizens start turning up murdered, Harry remembers that each received a card with a tombstone on the front and the message “Wish you were here” on the back. Intent on protecting their human friend, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker begin to scent out clues. Meanwhile, Harry is conducting her own investigation, unaware her pets are one step ahead of her. If only Mrs. Murphy could alert her somehow, Harry could uncover the culprit before the murder occurs–and before Harry finds herself on the killer’s mailing list. “
  13. A rising man by Abir Mukherjee
    • “Calcutta, 1919. Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. The body of a senior official has been found in a filthy sewer, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India, or else. Wyndham is teamed with arrogant Inspector Digby and Sergeant Banerjee, one of the few Indians to be recruited into the new CID. The case takes them from the opulent mansions of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city– and puts them under pressure to solve the case before it erupts into increased violence on the streets.”
  14. IQ by Joe Ide
    • “The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch. They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay. This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.”
  15. A carrion death by Michael Stanley
    • “In the aftermath of the murder of an anonymous victim, assistant superintendent David Bengu begins his career on Botswana, where his convivial passions and determined methods earn him a local nickname that likens him to a hippopotamus.”
  16. There, there by Tommy Orange
    • “Twelve Native Americans came to the Big Oakland Powwow for different reasons. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and has come to work the powwow and to honor his uncle’s memory. Edwin Frank has come to find his true father. Bobby Big Medicine has come to drum the Grand Entry. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather. Orvil has taught himself Indian dance through YouTube videos, and he has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. Tony Loneman is a young Native American boy whose future seems destined to be as bleak as his past, and he has come to the Powwow with darker intentions — intentions that will destroy the lives of everyone in his path.”
  17. Blanche on the lam by Barbara Neely
    • “In the first of the Blanche White mystery series, the witty and determined Blanche finds herself unexpectedly embroiled in a case of hidden family secrets, untold riches and suspicious deaths.”
  18. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
    • “In a chilling literary hall of mirrors, Patricia Highsmith introduces Tom Ripley. Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, Ripley is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him, exactly like him. Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothingcertainly not only one murderto accomplish his goal. Turning the mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil.”
  19. The cosmic clues by Manjiri Prabhu
    • “When a cat leads Sonia to her very first investigation, she quickly unmasks a killer, using astrology as her guide. Suddenly clients begin streaming in: a persistent, handsome TV personality; a terrified bride-to-be; a missing husband with suicidal tendencies…all challenge Sonia’s astrological abilities to prevent a crime. All apparently isolated experiences, but bound by an invisible thread. And while Sonia has stellar success in unraveling the truth, very soon she’ll have to look closely at her own stars. Because the most notorious international criminal has just crossed Sonia’s path–and he has his own plans for her future!”
  20. In the miso soup by Ryu Murakami
    • “It is just before New Year’s. Frank, an overweight American tourist, has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo’s sleazy nightlife on three successive evenings. But Frank’s behavior is so strange that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion: that his new client is in fact the serial killer currently terrorizing the city. It isn’t until the second night, however, in a scene that will shock you and make you laugh and make you hate yourself for laughing, that Kenji learns exactly how much he has to fear and how irrevocably his encounter with this great white whale of an American will change his life.”

As always, feel free to include your own recommendations in the comments below!