Memorial Day Weekend is here, which means summertime has unofficially officially begun. And since summer means lots of extra time laying out at the beach, by the pool, on the balcony, or in a hammock, you’re going to need something to do. Why not read a book?

Check out our eight juicy reading recommendations to help you pass the time this lazy holiday weekend…

Bernadette Peters Hates Me: True Tales From A Delusional Man by Keith A Stewart


Queer Southern humorist Keith Stewart writes about his most clumsy moments in life, including ripping down a gas pump, fighting with a bird trapped inside a grocery store and confronting the one and only Bernadette Peters who, as the book’s title implies, hates him.

Say Uncle by Eric Shaw Quinn


As a busy advertising exec and single gay man, Michael Reily never expected to find himself raising a child. So when he discovers he’s been named guardian of his infant nephew he finds he’s taken on the most challenging and simultaneously hilarious job of his life.

Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley


When Garrard Conley was 19 years old, he was outed to his parents and was forced to make a decision: attend a church-supported conversion therapy program to “cure” him of homosexuality, or risk losing everything. This explosive memoir offers an insider’s peek at conversion therapy, the impact it had on him, and how Conley managed to break free and find true happiness in life.

Out of Orange: A Memoir by Cleary Wolters


The real-life Alex Vause from the critically acclaimed, top-rated Netflix show Orange Is the New Black tells her story in her own words for the first time in a memoir about crime and punishment, friendship and marriage, and a life caught in the ruinous drug trade and beyond.

Some Go Hungry by J. Patrick Redmond


This literary mystery follows Grey Daniels on a return trip to his hometown of Fort Sackville, Indiana where, decades earlier, one of his gay classmates was brutally murdered. While visiting, Grey must confront a painful past riddled in homophobia, secrets, religious hypocrisy and fear.

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman


Michael Schulman’s meticulously researched biography of Meryl Streep, the three-time Academy Award-winning “Iron Lady” of acting, explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent, and how she came to be the greatest actress of her generation.

Fall of Man in Wilmslow by David Lagercrantz


David Lagercrantz’s latest thriller begins with Alan Turing’s suicide in 1953 and quickly plunges into a post-war Britain of immeasurable repression, conformity and fear. As a witch hunt for homosexuals rages across the country, detective Leonard Corell sets out to uncover the truth about the man who cracked the Nazis’ Enigma encryption code.

In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir by Patricia Gucci


Read the never-before-told family drama surrounding the rise and fall of the late Aldo Gucci, the man responsible for making the legendary fashion label the powerhouse it is today, as told by his daughter, Patricia. This is an epic tale of love and loss, treason and loyalty, sweeping across Italy, England and America during the most tumultuous period of Gucci’s sixty years as a family business.

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