“Like That? Read This!” is a feature where I provide librarian-curated book recommendations. I’ll be picking a recent release and sharing a list of similar books to pick up if you liked it! “Like That? Read This!” is also perfect when you’re waiting for a library copy of a hot new release and need something to read in the meantime.
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Author: Malinda Lo
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Release date: January 19, 2021
Synopsis: “Acclaimed author of Ash Malinda Lo returns with her most personal and ambitious novel yet, a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare.
‘That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other.” And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its leaves and demanding to be shown the sun: “Have you ever heard of such a thing?‘
Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.
America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.”
- Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
- In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton
- We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
- One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock
- The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
- Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
- All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
- Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
- Girls Like Us by Randi Pink
- It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura
- Music From Another World by Robin Talley
- Pulp by Robin Talley
Have you read Last Night at the Telegraph Club? What else would you add to this list?