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Queer Memoirs

Queer Memoirs

Need a reminder that you are not alone? These queer memoirs can help you feel less alone, no matter your queer identity or background.

Playlist Tags: Under the Umbrella genre: Biography & Memoir queer memoir queer topic: lgbtqia topic: queer topic: lgbtq memoirs

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Dear Senthuran

A Black Spirit Memoir

By Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Akwaeke Emezi
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes

FEATURED ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS A 2021 NEXT GENERATION LEADER

A once-in-a-generation voice.” – Vulture


“One of our greatest living writers.” – Shondaland

A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times bestselling author, a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self”...
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Fairest

A Memoir

By Meredith Talusan
Narrated by: Meredith Talusan
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes

Finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction
 
"Talusan sails past the conventions of trans and immigrant memoirs." --The New York Times Book Review

"A ball of light hurled into the dark undertow of migration and survival." --Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

A singular, beautifully written...
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We Have Always Been Here

A Queer Muslim Memoir

By Samra Habib
Narrated by: Parmida Vand
Length: 5 hours 14 minutes

CANADA READS 2020 WINNER
NATIONAL BESTSELLER
2020 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNER

How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don't exist?

Samra Habib has spent most of their life searching for the safety to be themself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, they faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small,... Read more »

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All Boys Aren't Blue

A Memoir-Manifesto

By George M. Johnson
Narrated by: George M. Johnson
Length: 5 hours 11 minutes

This program is read by the author.

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first...

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Redefining Realness

My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

By Janet Mock
Narrated by: Janet Mock
Length: 8 hours 14 minutes

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s... Read more »

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How We Fight For Our Lives

By Saeed Jones
Narrated by: Saeed Jones
Length: 5 hours 34 minutes

From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives—winner of the Kirkus Prize and the Stonewall Book Award—is a “moving, bracingly honest memoir” (The New York Times Book Review) written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.

One of the best books of the year as selected by The New York Times; The Washington Post; NPR; Time; The... Read more »

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Native Country of the Heart

A Memoir

By Cherrie Moraga
Narrated by: Cherríe Moraga
Length: 7 hours 18 minutes

Native Country of the Heart is the writer and activist Cherríe Moraga's love letter to her "unlettered" mother. It begins with her mother, Elvira Isabel Moraga, who as a child, along with her siblings, was hired out by her own father to pick cotton in California's Imperial Valley. The lives of Cherríe and her mother, and of their people, are... Read more »

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Boy Erased

A Memoir

By Garrard Conley
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

The New York Times bestselling memoir about identity, love and understanding. Now a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton. "Every sentence of the story will stir your soul" (O Magazine).
 
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a... Read more »

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Hola Papi

How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons

By John Paul Brammer
Narrated by: John Paul Brammer
Length: 4 hours 55 minutes

Hola Papi

“Gay and Chicano advice columnist J.P. Brammer offers lessons for LGBTQIA+ people (and really anyone) based off his youth, past dating experiences, and coming into his identities. Brammer approaches his reflections with a mixture of sass and sensitivity, thus making for a highly enjoyable read.”

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In the Dream House

A Memoir

By Carmen Maria Machado
Narrated by: Carmen Maria Machado
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

In the Dream House

“Brilliant and brave, Carmen Maria Machado's memoir does not shy away from pain, but examines it with a scientist's precision and a poet's imagination. Machado examines how relationships can become toxic from personal understanding. This book reads like a collection of cohesive essays where each chapter is a new lens. This book will change your understanding of memoir. Read by the author, which is especially special and important for this book.”

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Sissy

A Coming-of-Gender Story

By Jacob Tobia
Narrated by: Jacob Tobia
Length: 11 hours 20 minutes

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"Transformative ... If Tobia aspires to the ranks of comic memoirists like David Sedaris and Mindy Kaling, Sissy succeeds." --The New York Times Book Review

A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it's like to grow up not sure if you're (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d)...
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A Queer and Pleasant Danger

The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today

By Kate Bornstein
Narrated by: Kate Bornstein
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

The inspiring true story of a nice Jewish boy who left the Church of Scientology to become the lovely lady she is today.
 
In the early 1970s, a boy from a Conservative Jewish family joined the Church of Scientology. In 1981, that boy officially left the movement and ultimately transitioned into a woman. A few years later, she stopped calling... Read more »

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The Argonauts

By Maggie Nelson
Narrated by: Maggie Nelson
Length: 4 hours 48 minutes

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family

Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of “autotheory” offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the...

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High School

By Sara Quin & Tegan Quin
Narrated by: Sara Quin & Tegan Quin
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes

"Tegan and Sara Quin’s joint memoir is perfect in audiobook form....Knowing and loving Tegan and Sara the musicians will obviously make this listen extra special, but it’s by no means a prerequisite to entry. High School, very literally, is for everyone." -- Paste, best audiobooks of 2019

This program is read by the authors and features bonus...

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A Year Without a Name

A Memoir

By Cyrus Dunham
Narrated by: Cyrus Dunham
Length: 4 hours 38 minutes

A Lambda Literary Award Finalist: from "an extraordinary new voice," a "passionate and clear-eyed and unputdownable" meditation on queerness, family, and desire (Mary Karr).

For as long as they can remember, Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body. Their life was a series of imitations—lovable little girl, daughter, sister, young... Read more »

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Sweet Tooth

A Memoir

By Tim Anderson
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

International Book Awards Winner in Non-Fiction: Gay & Lesbian

“A gifted writer, Anderson is...delightful in his irreverence, and astutely aware of himself and his particular perspective. His observations are often laugh-out-loud funny and will leave readers with the desire to...keep turning the pages...” —Publishers Weekly review for...

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Fire Shut Up In My Bones

A Memoir

By Charles M. Blow
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up—a place where slavery's legacy was felt astonishingly close,...

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Over the Top

By Jonathan Van Ness
Narrated by: Jonathan Van Ness
Length: 5 hours 50 minutes

Over The Top [is] a lightning bolt – devastating and stirring … generous and frank.’ The Guardian

Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey.

The truth is, it hasn’t always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy.

Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix’s... Read more »

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Karamo

My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

By Karamo Brown
Narrated by: Karamo Brown
Length: 6 hours 38 minutes

An insightful, inspiring, “candid and warm” (Booklist) memoir from Karamo Brown—beloved culture expert from Netflix’s Queer Eye—as he shares his story for the first time, exploring how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in need.

When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of... Read more »

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Naturally Tan

A Memoir

By Tan France
Narrated by: Tan France
Length: 7 hours 3 minutes

Naturally Tan

“Maybe the most fun audiobook ever. Plus I know now how to find the perfect pair of jeans.”

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