Pride Reads for Children and Teens

Picture Books & Storytime Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall The Boy & The Bindi  by Vivek Shraya   Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman   My Footprints by Bao Phi   Pride Colors  by Robin Stevenson     Stella Brings The Family Miriam B. Schiffer   This Day In June by Gayle E. Pitman Juvenile Fiction The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy   Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker   George by Alex Gino   Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender   Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby   Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake   The Moon Within by Aida Salazar   Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker   Juvenile Nonfiction Gay & Lesbian History For Kids  by Jerome Pohlen   I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings   It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn   Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders   Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders    What Was Stonewall? by Nico Medina   Who Are You?: The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee   Who Was Andy Warhol? by Kirsten Anderson   Who Is Elton John? by Kirsten Anderson   Who Was Harvey Milk? by Corinne A. Grinapol   Who Was Sally Ride? by Megan Stine     YA Fiction Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher   Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz   Ashes to Asheville  by Sarah Dooley   The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta   The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee   Girl Mans Up  by M-E Girard   Highly Illogical Behavior  by John Corey Whaley   It’s Not Like It’s a Secret  by Misa Sugiura   Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera   Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker   Pet by Akwaeke Emezi   Picture Us In the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert   Saving Montgomery Sole  by Mariko Tamaki   This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story  by Kacen Callender   Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak   YA Nonfiction   Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin   A Queer History of the United States for Young People: ReVisioning History for Young People by Michael Bronski & Richie Chevat    Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens  by Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke   Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum   This Book Is Gay  by Juno Dawson & David Levithan  

“Succession” Readalikes

Are you a fan of HBO’s Succession, a critically acclaimed and popular series, which was nominated for five 2019 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series? Set in New York, Succession explores themes of power, politics, money, and family. Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the tough, powerful, aging patriarch, is head of Waystar Royco, a family-controlled international media conglomerate. He is married to his third wife, Marcia (Hiam Abbass), a loving, formidable partner. At the center of the Roy family are three of Logan’s children: troubled former heir-apparent Kendall (Jeremy Strong), his outspoken, fun-loving brother Roman (Kieran Culkin), and his savvy but conflicted sister, Shiv (Sarah Snook). The series follows their joust for power as they each struggle to retain control of their father’s empire in their own way. While the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that threatens to ultimately destroy them. Can’t get enough of the Roy family’s scheming and squabbling? Need more of an inside peek into the lives of the rich and powerful? Here is a list of books that pick up on elements from the show and can help you get your fix for dysfunctional families, surreal wealth, and crumbling media empires. All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg Now that her father is on his deathbed, Alex—a strong-headed lawyer, devoted mother, and loving sister—feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who Victor is and what he did over the course of his life and career. (A power-hungry real estate developer, he is, by all accounts, a bad man.) She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra. As each family member grapples with Victor’s history, they must figure out a way to move forward—with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children. This is a timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to—maybe, hopefully—break free. And Sons by David Gilbert This is the panoramic, deeply affecting story of an iconic novelist, two interconnected families, and the heartbreaking truths that fiction can hide. As author Andrew Newbold Dyer delivers the eulogy for his oldest friend, he suffers a breakdown over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt and the novel that will forever endure as his legacy. He must gather his three sons for the first time in many years—before it’s too late.Only when the real purpose of this reunion comes to light do these sons realize just how much is at stake, not only for their father but for themselves and three generations of their family. The Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Box Setby Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians; China Rich Girlfriend; Rich People Problems This bestselling series reveals the outrageous world of high net worth society with humor and heart. New Yorker Rachel Chu does not know that her loving boyfriend, Nicholas Young, also happens to be Singapore’s most eligible bachelor and likely heir to a massive fortune. So when she agrees to spend the summer in Nick’s home, her life unexpectedly becomes an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers. And that’s all before she discovers the true identity of her long-lost father . . . Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford At 26, Evelyn is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto New York’s glamorous Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she’s forced to embrace them. Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family’s downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way. The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson Annie and Buster Fang have spent most of their adult lives trying to distance themselves from their famous artist parents, Caleb and Camille. But when a bad economy and a few bad personal decisions converge, the two siblings have nowhere to turn but their family home. Reunited under one roof for the first time in more than a decade and surrounded by the souvenirs of their unusual upbringing, Buster and Annie are forced to confront not only their creatively ambitious parents, but the chaos and confusion of their childhood. This is a comedy, a tragedy, and a tour-de-force examination of what it means to make art and survive your family. Family Trust by Kathy Wang Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For years, Stanley has claimed that he’s worth a small fortune. But the time is now coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and Stanley’s family is nervous. As Stanley’s death approaches, the Huangs are faced with unexpected challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they value most. A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best, this novel skewers the ambition and desires that drive Silicon Valley and draws a sharply loving portrait of modern American family life. The House of Mondavi:The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty by Julia Flynn Siler; read by Alan Sklar- Audiobook Set in California’s lush Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family,

Take a Trip With Me to the Carolinas

The warms summer air on the Carolina coast, watching for sea turtle nests, and spending long lazy days soaking up the sun’s rays.  Let’s take a trip down to the Carolina’s!  The best part?  With these reads available through the Livingston Public Virtual Library, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home. The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe This is one of my favorite summer reads.  In this novel, Caretta Rutledge left the Lowcountry a long time ago, starting a successful life for herself in New York.  But then, coupled with a request from her mother and the fact that things in New York aren’t as well as they once were, she decides to make the trip down south to her family beach house.  This is more than a story about family and love, as it also teaches the reader facts about sea turtles making it a piece of environmental fiction as well.  (It’s also part of a series!) The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank Author Dorothea Benton Frank writes about the South Carolina Lowcountry, but for a really long time she actually lived in Montclair, NJ, and sometimes references to northern New Jersey can be found within her work.  Unfortunately, Frank passed away in September of 2019. In this novel, Frank takes us to the lowcountry and introduces us to three generations of women who all have secrets- secrets that linger not only in the past, but also in the present. The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews Some people come to North Carolina and stay for the entire summer, while others come and go and are thus dubbed “the weekenders.”  One day, Riley Griggs is looking forward to a relaxing vacation spent on the Carolina shore, and then the next minute she’s being served papers and her husband is nowhere to be found.  She turns to her friends, but they also are hiding secrets, so Riley is left with her only choice- to investigate the secrets of not only her husband, but also of the island. -Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian