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Jun 11

So you want to know more about Pride? by Andrea Lorenz

Posted on June 11, 2021 at 2:26 PM by Genesis Gaule

It’s June which means it’s PRIDE MONTH! Pride is when the world’s LGBTQIA communities come together to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, 1969, to honor LGBTQIA activists and organizers, and to draw attention to issues still plaguing members of the community.

Pride really took off as a commemoration of the Stonewall uprising in New York, but even before 1969, members of the LGBTQIA community marched to draw awareness to the discrimination they faced. Starting in 1965, members of gay rights groups called the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis marched past Independence Hall as an “Annual Reminder” march. The Declaration of Independence stated that “all men are created equal” and the Mattachine Society and Daughters of Bilitis wanted to remind everyone of that.

The second police raid in one week of the gay bar the Stonewall Inn on June 28th, 1969, prompted the gay and lesbian residents of Greenwich Village to react. They were angry that the Stonewall, a place that they felt safe, had been raided and destroyed by the police. They reacted violently, throwing anything they could find at the police, resisting arrest, rocking police cars, slashing tires. The riots lasted for three days, but they became the catalyst for an emerging gay rights movement.

Pride has come a long way since 1969, along with LGBTQIA rights. June was officially recognized as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in 1999 by President Bill Clinton and Pride marches and parades take place in many major cities in June.

To learn more about the history of Pride and LGBTQIA rights, check out:

What Was Stonewall?
by Nico Medina
973 MEDINA
Stonewall: Breaking Out
in the Fight for Gay Rights

by Ann Bausum
306.76 BAUSUM
Human Rights in Focus:
The LGBT Community

by Damon Karson
306.76 KARSON


For stories from LGBTQIA people:

How We Fight For Our Lives
by Saeed Jones
811.6 JONES
Who Was Harvey Milk?
by Corinne Grinapol
921 MILK
Officer Clemmons
by Dr. Francois S. Clemmons
791.4502 CLEMMONS
Prairie Silence
by Melanie Hoffert
306.76 HOFFERT


For novels featuring LGBTQIA characters:

Release
by Patrick Ness
Junior NESS
Red, White and Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston
MCQUISTON
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Junior ALBERTALLI
Also in ebook
Memorial
by Bryan Washington
WASHINGTON
The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin
BENJAMIN
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson
Junior NELSON
Jun 07

Book Notes 6/7/2021

Posted on June 7, 2021 at 3:49 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

6/7/2021


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The Believer by Ralph Blumenthal

Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack // Dr. John Mack risked his career to investigate the phenomenon of human encounters with aliens and give credibility to the stories shared by people who were utterly convinced they had happened. Over the course of his career his interest in alien abduction grew from curiosity to wonder, ultimately developing into a limitless, unwavering passion.

616.89 BLUMENTHAL

Finding Rhythm by Ali?nor Salmon

An International Dance Journey // In a world where we are over-connected but increasingly disconnected from one another, dance offers an authentically human experience. In this dance-travelogue, you’ll learn the history and steps of dances like salsa, samba, and tango, and enjoy a resplendent meditation on happiness and wanderlust.

910.1 SALMON

The Officer’s Daughter by Elle Johnson

A Memoir of Family and Forgiveness // Elle’s cousin Karen was killed in a failed robbery. Years later, when one of Karen’s killers was eligible for parole, Elle was tasked with writing a letter arguing against his release. Elle realized that before she could condemn a man she had never met to remain in prison, she had to face her own past. A memoir that explores what parents can and cannot do to protect their children and the overwhelming power of forgiveness, even in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

364.152 JOHNSON

Who Is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson? by James Buckley, Jr.

Who HQ Now // Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is best known as a former professional wrestler that later came to dominate Hollywood with a series of blockbuster movies. Dwayne’s life hasn’t always been a linear track of successes. However, he never gave up and pushed himself to be the best he could in everything he applied himself to.

921 JOHNSON


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Jun 04

6 Regional Reads by Genesis Gaule

Posted on June 4, 2021 at 2:31 PM by Genesis Gaule

Books have the extraordinary ability to take you anywhere you can imagine: across the globe, to strange new worlds, back in time, or flung far into the future. They can even take you back home. There is a unique feeling of “hey I know that place” or “that character reminds me so much of my dad/mom/next door neighbor/etc” that I only get when reading books set in Minnesota and North Dakota written by people who lived here.

So if you are in the mood to journey through our own neck of the woods, here are 6 regional reads to take you there.

Fiction:

A Fireproof Home for the Bride

by Amy Scheibe
Fiction SCHEIBE 

Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the upheaval of the 1960's, 18-year-old Emmaline Nelson doesn’t have any say in her life or where it is headed. All her choices, especially who she will marry, are governed by her strict Lutheran parents. As her world opens up, she realizes that she longs to be something other than a farmer’s wife. But what can she do to escape the cage her parents have built for her? Peppered with charm and lush detail, this coming-of-age story of complicated family relationships, racial tension, and love is sure to transport you back to 1950’s Minnesota.

The Life We Bury

by Allen Eskens
Mystery ESKENS | Also in eBook and eAudiobook

A seemingly simple college assignment turns into deep dive to uncover the truth surrounding a brutal rape and murder. Tasked to interview a stranger and write a brief biography and his deadline looming, University of Minnesota college student Joe Talbert heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Car Iverson--a Vietnam veteran and convicted murderer with only a few months to live--and Joe’s life is turned upside down. Part mystery and part character study, Eskens debut novel crafts believable characters with compelling interpersonal drama.

The Round House

by Louise Erdrich
Fiction ERDRICH

Based on a number of true stories over the past 20 years, The Round House looks deeply into the fallout after a woman living on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota is attacked in 1988. As she descends into solitude and her husband seeks justice, their 13-year-old son is left alone to look for answers and try to save his mother. Born in Little Falls, MN, raised in North Dakota, and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Erdich is one of the most revered novelists of our time and a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life and culture.

Nonfiction:

Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story

by Elisa Korenne
813.6 KORENNE

When singer-songwriter, Elisa Korenne, took a month’s sabbatical from New York to be an artist-in-residence in “middle-of-nowhere” Minnesota, she didn’t intend to stay. And she certainly didn’t intend to fall madly in love with the local outdoorsman/insurance guy. Her story is an honest and heartfelt reflection on the ups and downs of their love story, culture shock, and what it means to live in community.

The Horizontal World : Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere

by Debra Marquart
921 MARQUART

From a very early age, Debra Marquart--the youngest and wildest of five children--knew she wanted out of the confines of her life on the family farm in North Dakota. Yet, returning home after years away for her father’s funeral, Marquart finds herself discovering a newfound respect for her father and her connection to the land she was so desperate to escape. Chronicling her rebellious adolescent life on the farm and subsequent exodus, Marquart’s wry understated memoir will resonate with anyone who has spread their wings but still calls the Midwest “home.”

If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now: Why We Traded the Commuting Life for a Little House on the Prairie

by Christopher Ingraham
070.92 INGARHAM | Also in eAudiobook

If You Lived Here... is a candid story of writer Christopher Ingraham’s decision to uproot his life and move his family to Red Lake Falls, Minnesota—the community he made famous as “the worst place to live in America” in a story he wrote for the Washington Post. As Ingraham and his family acclimate to their new life, all their preconceptions—good and bad—are turned on their heads.