All branches of the Ocean County Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. All branches will be closed Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.
On Friday, November 24, the Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Lakewood, Manchester, Stafford, and Toms River branches will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All branches will reopen Saturday, November 25.

  • All I love and Know

    By Judith Frank (Fic Fran)

    Told with storytelling power and emotional fidelity, this is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.

     


  • Another Brooklyn: A Novel

    By Jacqueline Woodson (Fic Wood, Q Wood)

    Woodson’s latest novel is an epic poem of 1970’s Brooklyn, where growing up female was not easy. It honors memories of girlhood, fragile community, and fate.

     


  • The Argonauts

    By Maggie Nelson (306.85 Nels)

    A genre-bending memoir and a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language.

     


  • Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls

    By Lindsay King-Miller (306.7663 King)

    A series of essays about lesbian life based on the advice column of the same name.

     


  • Bettyville: A Memoir

    By George Hodgman (B Hodg, QB Hodg, CD B Hodg)

    A richly crafted memoir about a gay son and his aging octogenarian mother. As her health declines, the son returns to the small Missouri town and the house he grew up in, from New York City, to care for her.

     


  • The Cosmopolitans

    By Sarah Schulman (Fic Schu)

    Earl is a closeted, black gay man and Bette is a middle-aged lesbian. They are neighbors in midcentury Greenwich Village. Their thirty-year friendship is the story of chosen families, as well as the history of a city where people arriving from around the United States tried to be themselves.

     


  • The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice

    By Patricia Bell-Scott (973.917092 Bell)

    A chronicle of the friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Pauli Murray: granddaughter of a mixed-race slave, lawyer, civil rights activist, minister, and co-founder of the National Organization of Women.

     


  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    By Alison Bechdel (741.5 Bech)

    A graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family's Victorian home, funeral home director, high-school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.

     


  • The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle

    By Lillian Faderman (306.766 Fade)

    The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights from the 1950s to the present. Based on interviews with members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day.

     


  • Gratitude

    By Oliver Sacks (B Sack)

    In the last days of his life, the renowned physician and professor of neurology reflect on ideas that shaped his outlook and those things that gave him joy in these four essays that describe his life as a gift and do not view his terminal illness as a medical failure.

     


  • The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded

    By Jim Ottaviani (B Turi)

    A graphic novel exploring the life and death of the great mathematician and pioneer of artificial intelligence and computer science, Alan Turing. His incredible feats during and after WWII were overshadowed by prosecution for being homosexual.

     


  • I Hate Everyone, Except You

    By Clinton Kelly (B Kell)

    Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly pens a hilariously candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult.

     


  • In the Darkroom

    By Susan Faludi (B Falu)

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tries to find the truth when her father shocks her with the news of her sex-change surgery. Questions of identity, rage, and history haunt her story.

     


  • Master of Ceremonies

    By Joel Grey (B Grey, QB Grey, CD B Grey)

    The accomplished actor’s memoir expounds upon his wide-ranging career, from small Jewish theaters with his father to Broadway and his Tony-award winning role in Cabaret that later earns him an Academy Award. In an engaging voice, he shares his struggles with his mother, the support from his father and friends, challenges within his marriage, and his open acceptance later in life as a gay man.

     


  • Theft By Finding

    By David Sedaris (818.5403 Seda, Q 818.5403, CD 818.5403)

    For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences. Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world.