At Your Dauphin Co. Library

Something old and new

By Yvonne Carmichael


Shake up your reading list with some recent and not-so-recent publications. From poetry to biography, from fiction to non-fiction, these titles are sure to captivate. Remember, the Dauphin County Library System has even more titles that are sure to spark your interest.  Find out more be either visiting us in person or online at

She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters
by Robyn Ryle 

In this unusual, useful resource, sociology professor Ryle (Questioning Gender: A Sociological Exploration) explores the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, culture, and history in the form of a choose-your-own-adventure book. Though the chapters are short, often about a page, together they form an expansive account of gender that reflects exhaustive research. With its unique format and accessible language, the text is perfect for readers of any age who are questioning their genders, generally curious about gender, or interested in better understanding a loved one’s identity. (From Publisher’s Weekly)

The Diamond Setter, by Moshe Sakal; translated from the Hebrew
by Jessica Cohen

The uneventful life of a jeweler from Tel Aviv changes abruptly in 2011 after Fareed, a handsome young man from Damascus, crosses illegally into Israel and makes his way to the ancient port city of Jaffa in search of his roots. In his pocket is a piece of a famous blue diamond known as “Sabakh.” Intending to return the diamond to its rightful owner, Fareed is soon swept up in Tel Aviv’s vibrant gay scene, and a turbulent protest movement. He falls in love with both an Israeli soldier and his boyfriend--the narrator of this book--and reveals the story of his family›s past: a tale of forbidden love beginning in the 1930s that connects Fareed and the jeweler. (From the Publisher)\

A People’s Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers
edited by Victor LaValle and
John Joseph Adams

For many Americans, imagining a bright future has always been an act of resistance. A People’s Future of the United States presents twenty never-before-published stories by a diverse group of writers, featuring voices both new and well-established. These stories imagine their characters fighting everything from government surveillance, to corporate cities, to climate change disasters, to nuclear wars. Edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams, this collection features a glittering landscape of moving, visionary stories written from the perspective of people of color, indigenous writers, women, queer & trans people, Muslims and other people whose lives are often at risk. (From the Publisher)

In Full Velvet: Poems
by Jenny Johnson

Sinuous and sensual, the poems of In Full Velvet interrogate the nuances of desire, love, gender, ecology, LGBTQ lineage and community, and the tension between a body›s material limits and the forms made possible by the imagination. Characterized by formal poise, vulnerability, and compassion, Johnson›s debut collection is one of resounding generosity and grace. (From the Publisher)

by Stephen King

Scott, lonely after a divorce he didn’t want, could stand to lose a little weight, but, even though the scale shows a steady decrease, he looks exactly the same. He confides in the retired Doctor Bob, who is just as mystified, but at least provides good company. Now if only Scott could resolve his troubles with Deirdre and Missy, new neighbors who have opened a Mexican restaurant. He’s puzzled by Deirdre’s hostility until he discovers that the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, have pilloried the women not only because they’re lesbians, as one indoctrinated boy puts it, but because they had the nerve to get married. (From Booklist)

A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout
edited by Marilyn R. Schuster

A Queer Love Story presents the first fifteen years of letters between Jane Rule--novelist and the first widely recognized “public lesbian” in North America--and Rick Bébout, journalist and editor with the Toronto-based Body Politic, an important incubator of LGBT thought and activism. Rule lived in a remote rural community on Galiano Island but wrote a column for the magazine. Bébout resided in and was devoted to Toronto’s gay village. At turns poignant, scintillating, and incisive, their exchanges include ruminations on queer life and the writing life even as they document some of the most pressing LGBT issues of the ‹80s and ‹90s, including HIV/AIDs, censorship, and state policing of desire. (From the Publisher)


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