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Sink Into the Sand with These 6 LGBT-Themed Vacation Reads

Throw down a towel and dig into these new print works, all of which are available now

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August 24, 2016 :: 9:00 AM

The Pink Marine by Greg Cope White
White, a gay Mormon, hilariously recounts the summer he haphazardly enlisted in the pre-”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Marine Corps at 18 and spent a summer in boot camp, an experience that gave the author a sense of belonging and self-worth in the last place he ever expected it. (267 pp., $20, AboutFace Books)

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Heralded as one of the best books of the summer by The New York Times, this debut novel sees Margot—taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival—commit to ensuring her sister doesn’t suffer the same fate. When a new hotel threatens their village, Margot must fight for financial independence and her love for another woman. (352 pp., $21, Liveright)

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
As the LGBT community continues to struggle with religious acceptance in a post-Orlando world, Conley’s memoir about being outed and forced to make a life-changing decision—agree to conversion therapy or be disowned—is poignant and important. (352 pp., $27, Riverhead Books)

Jury of One by Charlie Cochrane
A nearby murder thrusts inspector Robin Bright into an intricate web of crimes, but there’s something more curious about this case: An old crush of Robin’s lover Adam pops up in the investigation, ultimately jeopardizing the happy couple’s relationship in this homo whodunit. (292 pp., $18, Riptide Publishing)

The Scheme of Things by Tim Parks
Henry Dodge does his best to hide what makes him different from the other boys—like his burgeoning lust for his brother’s best friend Danny—by escaping into TV, movies and music of the ‘80s. His affinity for soap operas leads him to follow Danny to Los Angeles, uncharted territory for the teen that has secrets of its own. (442 pp., $36, Page Publishing)

Hiatus by L.A. Witt
Three boyfriends try to make a ménage à trois work over the long term. Just when it seems like it couldn’t be more idyllic, a roadblock on the path to triangular happiness—the original couple starts to question their love for one another while still holding a torch for the third. (272 pp., $17, Samhain Publishing)

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