Holiday Gift Guide 2023: Bookish Bounty

A. Boys! Boys! Boys! Volume 3

This collection, edited by Ghislain Pascal, features photography by over 60 queer artists. It makes a great gift for your artist friends or a coffee table staple. $56, Charis Books and More; 184 S Candler St; charisbooksandmore.com.

B. Boys Come First

In this novel by Aaron Foley, three Black gay millennial friends are navigating the ebbs and flows of life while also trying to escape the dating pool in Detroit. Dom, Troy, and Remy face real-world issues such as layoffs, cheating exes, and family drama. $17.95, Charis Books and More

C. Wrath Goddess Sing

For the fantasy/mythology lovers! This is a new spin on a classic story that you’ve probably at least heard of. It’s the Trojan War… but Achilles is trans. $19.99, Charis Books and More

D. Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much

This comedic collection of essays explores the conundrum of feeling “queer enough” and Jen Winston’s battle to navigate bi stereotypes even when they sometimes ring true. $18.99, Charis Books and More

E. How to They/Them: A Visual Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns and the World of Gender Fluidity

While being educational and informative, this book is also fun and lighthearted. Stuart Getty shares many personal stories of their own journey of discovery in gender nonconformity and answers many questions you may have as an ally, a partner, a friend, or as a non-binary person yourself! $19.95, Barnes and Noble; barnesandnoble.com.  

F. The Risk It Takes to Bloom: On Life and Liberation

In this memoir, Georgia-born Black trans activist Raquel Willis navigates hardship and struggle on her journey to liberation. This is an inspirational story of a rose being able to grow from the cracks in the concrete. $29, Charis Books and More

G. Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones 

The incomparable Dolly Parton explores her life through her iconic sense of style in this brand-new coffee table book, with personal stories and 450 photographs – including exclusive images form her private costume archive. $50, Charis Books and More