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“Are You My Mother?” By Ali­son Bechdel (Harcourt, 2012)

Les­bian car­toon­ist Ali­son Bechdel ex­plores her com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship with her mother in this in­tel­lec­tual, in­tro­spec­tive graphic novel. “The Art of Fer­men­ta­tion” By Sandor El­lix Katz (Chelsea Green, 2012)

All you ever wanted to know about fer­men­ta­tion with writ­ing ba­sic enough for read­ers to make ev­ery­thing from their own yo­gurt to meads, wines and ciders. “Born This Way” By Paul Vitagliano (Quirk Books, 2012)

“Pro­mo­sex­ual” Paul Vitagliano takes his pop­u­lar blog of the same name and trans­fers it into book form that in­cludes 100 mem­o­ries of grow­ing up LGBTQ. “The Chicken Chron­i­cles” By Alice Walker (New Press, re­print 2012)

This mem­oir from the ac­claimed au­thor of “The Color Pur­ple” is based on Walker’s ex­pe­ri­ence rais­ing chick­ens, but is really about much more. “Alexan­der McQueen: The Life and Legacy” Ju­dith Watt (Harper De­sign, 2012)

An in­cred­i­ble telling of vi­sion­ary de­signer Alexan­der McQueen’s per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life, from his mod­est child­hood to top run­way shows. “For Col­ored Boys Who Have Con­sid­ered Sui­cide When the Rain­bow is Still Not Enough” Edited by Keith Boykin (Mag­nus, 2012)

“Coming out, coming of age and coming home” are the themes of this an­thol­ogy that in­cludes pieces by G. Win­ston James, Tim’m T. West, James Earl Hardy and oth­ers. “Need” By Todd Gre­gory (Kens­ing­ton, 2012)

Cord Lo­gan is a vam­pire stalk­ing the French Quar­ter who suc­cumbs to his car­nal de­sires as he longs to break a curse that could end all of civ­i­liza­tion. “I Hate Ev­ery­one … Start­ing with Me” By Joan Rivers (Berkley Hard­cover, 2012)

Joan Rivers pulls no punches in this book packed with punch lines and celebrity gossip — and not for the eas­ily of­fended. “Later Po­ems, Se­lected and New: 1971-2012” By Adri­enne Rich

This fi­nal vol­ume by cel­e­brated les­bian poet Adri­enne Rich, who died in March 2012, in­cludes 10 pow­er­ful new po­ems as well as pre­vi­ously pub­lished pieces. “No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics” Edited by Justin Hall (Fan­ta­graph­ics, 2010)

Ex­plore 40 years of queer car­toons that cover com­plex is­sues with hu­mor, in­sight and style, from fa­mous artists to those whose work de­serves broader at­ten­tion. By David James (Kens­ing­ton, 2012)

Amanda Thorne is a Real­tor who can also solve mur­ders and is asked by a client to ap­pear on a re­al­ity TV show to help him find his soul mate. Sec­ond in a se­ries.

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