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Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls

by Veronica Vera

It is estimated that three to five percent of the adult male population of the United States feels the need, at least occasionally, to dress in women's clothing. Judging from enrollment at her academy, Miss Vera would say that figure is low.Veronica Vera founded Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls in 1992 and started a gender revolution. Working from the pink palace of the Academy's intimate Manhattan campus, she has helped hundreds of students embrace and master Venus Envy through her expert instruction in the arts of dressing up, making up, going out, and acting like a lady. In her new book, she shares her priceless wisdom with the world.With sparkling wit and dazzling insight, Miss V gives us the 411 on body hair, foundation garments, make-up, and dressing, as well as offering invaluable advice on Creating a Herstory (finding the real life story of the femmeself within) speech, manners, walking in high heels, and--that biggest step of all--going out in the real world all dressed up. Amply illustrated and filled with the real stories of students and graduates, Miss Vera's Finishing School also offers a fascinating history of how the Academy came to be, as well as Miss Vera's own incisive gender manifesto."As we step boldly toward the new millennium, many more of us will be doing it in high heels," says Veronica Vera. In Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls, she proves conclusively that, after a long day in wingtips, there's nothing like slipping into a pair of spiked heels.From the Trade Paperback edition.

And She Was

by Jessica Verdi

From rising star Jessica Verdi, an incredibly timely, sensitive, and riveting portrayal of a teen girl's relationship with her transgender mom.Dara's lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she's dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents? Dara confronts her mother, and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under "father"? That's Mellie. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, after Dara's birth mother died. She changed her name, started over. But Dara still has more questions than answers. Reeling, she sets off on an impromptu road trip with her best guy friend, Sam, in tow. She is determined to find the extended family she's never even met. What she does discover -- and what her mother reveals, piece by piece, over emails -- will challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine.This is a gorgeous, timely, and essential novel about the importance of being our true selves. The backmatter includes an author's note and resources for readers.

Follow Your Arrow

by Jessica Verdi

CeCe Ross is kind of a big deal. She and her girlfriend, Silvie, are social media influencers with zillions of fans and followers, known for their cute outfits and being #relationshipgoals.So when Silvie breaks up with her, CeCe is devastated. She's lost her first love, and now she can't help but wonder if she'll lose her followers as well.Things get even messier when CeCe meets Josh, a new boy in town who is very much Not Online. CeCe isn't surprised to be falling for a guy; she's always known she's bi. And Josh is sweet and smart and has excellent taste in donuts... but he has no idea that CeCe is internet-famous. And CeCe sort of wants to keep it that way.But when CeCe's secrets catch up to her, she finds herself in the middle of an online storm, where she'll have to confront the blurriness of public vs. private life, and figure out what it really means to speak her truth.

The Summer I Wasn't Me

by Jessica Verdi

Lexi has a secret. She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she's afraid that what's left of her family is going to fall apart for good. Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her life, and there's nothing she wants more than to start over. But sometimes love has its own path... "A powerful indictment of reparative therapy--a sweet love story--and an unforgettable main character!"--Nancy Garden, author of Annie on My Mind "Unflinching honesty and unfaltering compassion...A gem of a novel."--RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, Top Pick of the Month on My Life After Now

My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and its People in the Age of AIDS

by Abraham Verghese

The memoir and first book from the author of the beloved New York Times bestseller Cutting for Stone.Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City had always seemed exempt from the anxieties of modern American life. But when the local hospital treated its first AIDS patient, a crisis that had once seemed an "urban problem" had arrived in the town to stay. Working in Johnson City was Abraham Verghese, a young Indian doctor specializing in infectious diseases. Dr. Verghese became by necessity the local AIDS expert, soon besieged by a shocking number of male and female patients whose stories came to occupy his mind, and even take over his life. Verghese brought a singular perspective to Johnson City: as a doctor unique in his abilities; as an outsider who could talk to people suspicious of local practitioners; above all, as a writer of grace and compassion who saw that what was happening in this conservative community was both a medical and a spiritual emergency. Out of his experience comes a startling but ultimately uplifting portrait of the American heartland as it confronts--and surmounts--its deepest prejudices and fears.

The Winter Quarters (Dreamspun Desires #92)

by Anna Veriani

Snow, steam, and a second chance. Reluctant socialite Kai has thirty-five days before his family starts shooting the next season of their reality TV show, revealing a life he’d rather keep private—and one that feels increasingly scripted. Desperately needing a break, Kai escapes to his childhood best friend Hiro Asada’s inn in rural Japan. He finds peace in the thousand-year-old hot springs, but his yearning for Hiro resurfaces at the worst time: Hiro is about to inherit the inn, and his parents expect him to marry within the year. Hiro’s traditional family loves him for who he is, but they can’t imagine two men running the inn. Meanwhile, Kai has a TV contract his lawyer insists can’t be broken. Hiro and Kai need to think outside the box—and solve their problems before Christmas Day, when Kai’s show shoots its annual holiday special.

Haunted Embraces

by Alexander Verlangen

Isaac is a new recruit at the most prestigious soccer team on the East Coast. He has one goal: to not make a fool of himself. Everything falls apart when he does just that.Jackson, his stunningly attractive Australian rival on the team, is furious at his performance. Cameron, the charming British team captain, is dedicated to settling their feud. Jackson dares Isaac to last one day with them in a haunted mansion.Inside the haunted mansion, things are ghostly. Three poltergeists that look exactly like them are up to something. So are Jackson and Cameron, who are opposites in every way. Cameron is kind and caring. Jackson is passionate and stubborn. Yet Isaac finds himself confused, wanting both of them.Can they manage to explore their electric chemistry and survive?

Rebel Hearts

by Alexander Verlangen

Kennedy is full of secrets. He has superpowers. The superpowered are feared and imprisoned, and Kennedy’s nightmares come to life when his powers are discovered. Sent to an underwater prison run by two tyrants, he is forced to compete to the death against other superheroes in a deadly tournament.It doesn't help that his team leader, Aidy, is enchanting, protective, loyal, and charming. The last thing Kennedy needs is a distraction.No one believes rebellion is possible. No believes living is possible. Can Kennedy find a way to win and keep Aidy, too?

Roses, Romps, and Romance

by Alexander Verlangen

Isaac and Cameron have one goal. They want to give Jackson the perfect Valentine's Day in Paris. They’ve spent Halloween and Christmas together, but Jackson loves Valentine’s Day. His boyfriends will do anything they can to give him the best day possible.Everything is thrown into chaos when a magical locket transports them hundreds of years into the past. They must navigate a Versailles ball, paranoid aristocrats, and lethal spies while trying to save their holiday. Can they survive while giving Jackson the perfect Valentine's Day?

Three Golden Rings

by Alexander Verlangen

Isaac has two boyfriends. One is a charismatic and stunning British man who loves Christmas. The other is an Australian who has never had a good holiday. This holiday, everything is perfect. They’re spending Christmas in the mountains in a snow-covered cottage. Cameron’s parents are coming. They’d enjoy the perfect Christmas.But disaster strikes when Cameron’s parents are stuck in a storm and can’t make it to the cabin. Jackson is anxiety riddled and nervous but refuses to tell anyone why. Isaac must ensure both his boyfriends have the perfect Christmas. Can Isaac give them the dream Christmas without their holiday spiraling into chaos?

Three Jewels

by Alexander Verlangen

Every year each king finds the most beautiful man in his kingdom and crowns him their kingdom’s jewel. Jewels then must live with a rival king as a gift. An orphan sent to the most ruthless king, Keir has no power and little protection. Keir is used to doing what it takes to survive.Cord is not happy to be a jewel but is delighted he met Keir. Cord knows they are destined to be together if they can end the reign of their kings. He has to confront a world he has never been exposed to, one where he has little power and everything is corrupt.Adin is the most prepared for this adventure, or so he thinks. He was born to topple a king, and it’s his dream to do so. He thinks he’s better than everyone. Now he’s confronted by the fact his worldview is wrong. Everything he thought he knew about the other kingdoms is a lie. It isn’t helpful that the king he lives with maddens and delights Adin, as he should be trying to topple him.Can the three jewels change their world and end the tradition that binds them to their kinds while falling in love?

Throne of Shadows

by Alexander Verlangen

Harmony only wanted to survive. When the new gods defeat the Titans, Harmony is forced into a world of the gods. Three ambitious brothers seek to discover the most powerful mortals. The ones they love will join their ranks as immortals. The Academy of the Gods is filled with the wealthy and powerful.An orphan sent as one of the few survivors of his village, Harmony is an immediate outcast. Hated by Zeus and abandoned by most of the other students, Harmony is only protected by Hades. The god of the underworld is a mysterious and reclusive god. Harmony finds himself falling in love with Hades while detested by Zeus. Can Harmony survive the new gods and find love?

Throne of Waves

by Alexander Verlangen

Sequel to Throne of ShadowsBasil seeks vengeance. Zeus has killed and hurt everyone who matters to him. When the gods host an academy to find the next generation of gods, Basil secures an invitation with one goal in mind. Destroy Zeus at any cost.Unfortunately, Poseidon is far too attractive to be ignored. The god of the sea is dedicated to wooing Basil. Basil swears he can keep secrets from the alluring god, destroy Zeus, and find his happily ever after. Can Basil have it all when the gods are both plotting for and against him?

Bath Haus: A Thriller

by P. J. Vernon

Oliver Park, a recovering addict from Indiana, finally has everything he ever wanted: sobriety and a loving, wealthy partner in Nathan, a prominent DC trauma surgeon. Despite their difference in age and disparate backgrounds, they've made a perfect life together. With everything to lose, Oliver shouldn't be visiting Haus, a gay bathhouse. But through the entrance he goes, and it's a line crossed. Inside, he follows a man into a private room, and it's the final line. Whatever happens next, Nathan can never know. But then, everything goes wrong, terribly wrong, and Oliver barely escapes with his life. <p><p> He races home in full-blown terror as the hand-shaped bruise grows dark on his neck. The truth will destroy Nathan and everything they have together, so Oliver does the thing he used to do so well: he lies. What follows is a classic runaway-train narrative, full of the exquisite escalations, edge-of-your-seat thrills, and oh-my-god twists. P. J. Vernon's Bath Haus is a scintillating thriller with an emotional punch, perfect for readers curious for their next must-read novel.

The Coloniality of Humanitarian Intervention (Routledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics)

by Patrick J. Vernon

This book scrutinises the practice of humanitarian intervention to explore the extent to which racism and heteronormativity, rooted in colonial understandings of time and space, are enacted through the UK’s responses, failed responses and non-responses to atrocity crimes. Taking humanitarian intervention as its central focus, the book uses queer international relations scholarship to draw the ongoing coloniality of the Western state into stark relief.In particular, it highlights the ways in which dominant logics in these debates invoke subject-positions of extreme selfhood or otherness. These are identified as ‘The Brutal Dictator’, ‘The ISIL Terrorist’ and ‘The British Self’, framed as existing at various steps on ‘The Universal Path to Democracy’. In studying these extreme cultural figures of selfhood and/or otherness, the book examines the ways in which racism and heteronormativity work together to dehumanise certain populations under coloniality, and the ways in which this can be resisted. By studying the UK’s response to mass atrocities in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Myanmar between 2011 and 2018, it uncovers the extent to which these debates continue to operate through a colonial script. The book notably studies failed interventions (Syria) and non-interventions (Myanmar) as significant objects of study which, alongside the comments of UK legislators opposing the case for violence, help to expose the ongoing impact of colonial identities in the formulation of contemporary foreign policy. As well as looking at the British case, the book reflects upon changing norms of humanitarian intervention from the 1990s to the present day, including what might be understood as the rise and fall of R2P. The book also makes a distinct contribution to queer international relations scholarship, broadening what Vernon calls ‘the homonormative turn’ with a renewed focus on heteronormativity as a racist and globally-dominant episteme.Offering both a theoretically informed analysis of humanitarian intervention and a practical guide for possible strategies to resist future iterations of liberal violence, this book will appeal to scholars, students, policy-makers and NGOs interested in R2P/humanitarian intervention, queer/decolonial/feminist international relations, and British politics.

Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in the Classical Tradition of the West

by Beerte C. Verstraete Vernon L. Provencal

New and surprising insights into homoeroticism of times pastIn ancient times, the Greek god Eros personified both heterosexual and homosexual attractions. Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in Classical Tradition of the West explores the homosexual side of the vanished civilizations of Greece and Rome, and the resulting influence on the Classical tradition of the West. Respected scholars clearly present evidence that shows the extensive nature of homoeroticism and homosexuality in the Classical world. Iconography such as vase decoration and carved gemstones is presented in photographs, and the text includes an examination of a wide selection of literature of the times with an eye to opening new vistas for future study.Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in Classical Tradition of the West lays to rest the myths generally accepted as truth about Greco-Roman views on homosexuality and brings fresh insights to philological and historical scholarship. This book provides nuanced, humanistic discussions on the common phenomena of same-sex desire. Topics include Greek pederasty and its origins, the Greek female homoeroticism of Sappho, homosexuality in Greek and Roman art and literature, and the emergence of the gay liberation movement with the influence of discussions of Greek and Roman homosexuality in the twentieth century. The text is extensively referenced and includes helpful notation.Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in Classical Tradition of the West provides a comprehensive table of abbreviations, subject index, and index of names and terms. It discusses in detail: the integral role athletic nudity played in athlete-trainer pederasty the central role of pederasty in Greek history, politics, art, literature, and learning tracing the history of the Ganymede myth how the athletic culture of Sparta contributed to the spread of pederasty in Greece homosexuality in Boeotia in contrast to the rest of Greece the homoeroticism of Sappho dispelling generally accepted myths prevalent about Roman sexuality Roman visual representations of homosexuality as evidence of prevailing attitudes homoerotic connotations in literature and philosophy of the Italian Renaissance the effect of German classical philology on gay scholarship English Romantic poets and the importance of male love in their lives the Uranians&’ use of allusions and themes from ancient Greece the building of intellectual community through gay print culture-through the use of Greece and Rome as models and moreSame-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in Classical Tradition of the West is essential reading for Classicists, specialists in gender/sexuality studies, humanists interested in the classical tradition in Western culture, psychologists, and other social scientists in human sexuality.

Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views

by Dan O. Via Robert A. J. Gagnon

Few recent issues have sparked such debate in the churches as homosexuality, same-sex unions, and ordination of gays and lesbians. A key point of contention is the meaning and authority of the biblical witness. In this brief book, two New Testament scholars discuss the relevant biblical texts on the subject of homosexual behavior and orientation. Discussing both Old Testament and New Testament texts, each author also raises important interpretive and moral questions and then offers a response to the other's main assertions. Chief questions examined by each include what the Bible has to say about homosexuality and homosexual behavior, the meaning of those texts in their cultural contexts, and the larger hermeneutical dilemma of what kind of authority the Bible's teaching, if recoverable, has for Christians today. A thoughtful and irenic dialogue, this volume can facilitate reflection and discussion among church members on a vital and contentious issue in American church life.

Breaststrokes

by Margaux Vialleron

A novel on consent told in five acts over the course of one weekend. Cloe and Gertrude and the Jenkins-Bell sisters, Mathilde and Sarah, have never met. They are strangers who share a city. It is Sunday morning. Cloe has woken-up in someone else&’s home; Gertrude starts her shift in the pub kitchen, while Mathilde and Sarah are on their way to lunch. Soon, these four women&’s lives will overlap. Saturday felt like a normal day, but on Sunday the past will catch-up with them as they realise that there never is only one side to a story.Sharply observed and painfully relatable, Breaststrokes is a novel that seems to emerge from the haze of our current time. This story of unexpected encounters and intimacies is perfect for fans of Cleopatra and Frankenstein and Beautiful World, Where Are You.

The Yellow Kitchen

by Margaux Vialleron

Expectation meets Julie and Julia, The Yellow Kitchen is a brilliant exploration of food, belonging and friendship. London E17, 2019. A yellow kitchen stands as a metaphor for the lifelong friendship between three women: Claude, the baker, goal-orientated Sophie and political Giulia. They have the best kind of friendship, chasing life and careers; dating, dreaming and consuming but always returning to be reunited in the yellow kitchen. That is, until a trip to Lisbon unravels unexplored desires between Claude and Sophie. Having sex is one thing, waking up the day after is the beginning of something new. Exploring the complexities of female friendship, The Yellow Kitchen is a hymn to the last year of London as we knew it and a celebration of the culture, the food and the rhythms we live by.Praise for The Yellow Kitchen: &‘Rich and thoroughly intoxicating, The Yellow Kitchen is a sensual journey into friendship, food and female sexuality, full of complex, fascinating characters and bold ideas. I loved it&’ Rosie Walsh &‘A heady mix of politics, friendship, sex and food, poignant, provocative and utterly distinctive&’ Paula Hawkins &‘An exquisite novel — beautifully rendered, powerfully told, and so deeply felt. I urge you to read this novel — you will never forget it&’ Lucia Osborne-Crowley 'Mixing female friendship, romance, loss, redemption, and memorable meals, The Yellow Kitchen is the perfect recipe for a flavorful literary feast. With subtle dashes of wit and generous sprinklings of honesty, Margaux Vialleron has crafted a brave and tender tale' Kim Fay, author of Love & Saffron​ &‘The Yellow Kitchen is so warm and convivial in atmosphere, and its discussion of the politics of the UK and their impact very poignant. It portrayed beautifully the sense of adventure of being a certain age, with its rush and richness and emotional confusion, and I found it such a satisfying read&’ Emily Itami, author of Fault Lines

The Carousel

by Eva Vicci

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Moore works as a garden hand on a lord's estate in Victorian England. On a festive servants' day off, he visits the Christmas fair, hoping to fulfill his childhood dream of riding the carousel. The trip turns out unexpectedly when he catches the eye of impudent footman Francis Johnson. Despite Jonathan's reservations, the flirtatious Francis doesn't give up, and after some hesitation, they share a ride on the glittering carousel. Before they say good-bye, Francis asks to meet again, and with a quickening heartbeat, Jonathan agrees. Rarely having a day off from their duties, their yearning for one another cannot be quenched, while Jonathan's fear of heartbreak makes him uncertain whether Francis is the right man for him. Meanwhile, Francis does everything in his power to make a next date happen. Will Jonathan's naïve heart give in to the temptation of the seductive footman?

La rosa del acantilado

by Helena Vicente Vicent L. Ochoa

El amor verdadero es tan raro de encontrar como una rosa en la niebla... pero está por encima de cualquier circunstancia. Desde hace siglos una temible maldición asola a la aldea pesquera de Carraig. Durante siglos han sufrido la plaga del mar y durante siglos han aplacado a la maldición sacrificando a una de sus jóvenes doncellas a la Bestia para vivir un año más sin miedo. Ese año es la puerta de Erin la que aparece pintada. Ella es la elegida y nada ni nadie puede salvarla. Pero Erwin, su hermano mellizo, tan parecido a ella que todavía los confunden, no puede soportar verla desaparecer para siempre. Desesperado; vestido de doncella, haciéndose pasar por su hermana y con el corazón encogido por el miedo, se embarcará hacia el siniestro risco donde le espera su final. Sin embargo, en lugar del monstruo, Erwin encuentra a Aillen, un joven príncipe atormentado por una maldición muy diferente a la que le contaron en la aldea y que no sospecha que Erwin no es la doncella prometida... Pero la maldición es real. Una muy difícil de romper. Porque solo alguien que se enamore de Aillen puede romper el hechizo y... ¿quién podría amar a una Bestia? *** Un emocionante retelling de La Bella y la Bestia con protagonistas LGTB.

Miel y limón

by Elbeth Vicious

«Y ahí, entre toda esa locura a medio camino entre lo salvaje y lo amable, me encuentro los ojos más bonitos del mundo.» Carla está harta. Harta de su trabajo, de su bloqueo creativo y de esa rutina que amenaza con asfixiarla a cada día que pasa. Harta de todo y de todos, excepto de ese delicioso pastel de limón que, cada martes y jueves, encarga a su restaurante favorito. Por eso, cuando introduce la mano en la bolsa de papel marrón y se encuentra con un estúpido e insulso pastel de miel, pierde la cabeza. Dispuesta a descargar toda su frustración con quien haya cometido ese terrible error, pone rumbo al restaurante. Sin embargo, al abrir la puerta, frente a una clase llena de mujeres (y un hombre) preparadas para aprender repostería, se topa con lo último que necesitaba en su vida: una fuerza de la naturaleza encerrada entre rizos y curvas llamada Ángela. Arrastrada por su energía, no tarda en convertirse en una alumna más. Y, por mucho que intente negarlo, el rencor comienza a transformarse en algo que Carla no sabe o no quiere identificar. Porque lo que Ángela y Carla sienten está muy claro para todos... excepto para ellas. Pero el amor no entiende de dudas ni miedos y parece decidido a cruzar sus caminos una y otra vez hasta que acepten que su destino está en brazos de la otra.

Silver in the Mist

by Emily Victoria

Eight years ago, everything changed for Devlin: Her country was attacked. Her father was killed. And her mother became the Whisperer of Aris, the head of the spies, retreating into her position away from everyone… even her daughter. Joining the spy ranks herself, Dev sees her mother only when receiving assignments. She wants more, but she understands the peril their country, Aris, is in. The malevolent magic force of The Mists is swallowing Aris&’s edges, their country is vulnerable to another attack from their wealthier neighbor, and the magic casters who protect them from both are burning out.Dev has known strength and survival her whole life, but with a dangerous new assignment of infiltrating the royal court of their neighbor country Cerena to steal the magic they need, she learns that not all that glitters is weak. And not all stories are true.

This Golden Flame

by Emily Victoria

Change your fate. Pay the price.An Ember in the Ashes meets Mask of Shadows in this epic adventure full of magic, rebellion, and finding where you truly belong.Orphaned and forced to serve her country's ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don't matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible: she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father - their nation's greatest traitor - once tried to destroy the automatons.Suddenly, the Scriptorium isn't just trying to control Karis; it's hunting her. Together with Alix, Karis must find her brother . . . and the secret that's held her country in its power for centuries.

This Golden Flame

by Emily Victoria

An Ember in the Ashes meets Mask of Shadows in Emily Victoria's #ownvoices debut YA fantasy, an epic adventure full of magic, rebellion, and finding where you truly belong.Orphaned and forced to serve her country's ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don't matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible: she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father - their nation's greatest traitor - once tried to destroy the automatons.Suddenly, the Scriptorium isn't just trying to control Karis; it's hunting her. Together with Alix, Karis must find her brother . . . and the secret that's held her country in its power for centuries.(P)2021 Tantor Media Inc

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