Celebrate Pride with Audiobooks!

June is National Audiobook Month! Here at La Playa Books, we are proud to partner with Libro, the audiobook platform for independent bookstores.

Libro.fm is an audiobook platform that directly supports independent bookstores by partnering with them and sharing the proceeds from audiobook sales.

Just like Audible, you can sign up for a subscription to a library of over 125,000 audiobooks while also supporting your local bookstore!

In celebration of both National Audiobook Month and Pride Month, we’ve put together a list of some great LGBTQ+ audiobooks to add to your library.

The Paying Guests

Set in the south of London in 1922, The Paying Guests follows the story of impoverished widow Mrs. Fray and her spinster daughter Frances.

To try and make ends meet, Frances and Mrs. Fray take in lodgers, their “paying guests,” a young married couple called the Barbers.

Frances and Mrs. Barber form a connection that sends them on a path they never could have expected in a book that is equal parts love story and crime thriller.

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Author Jeanette Winterson is known for her works of literature that focus on queer protagonists, their lives, and their romances. She is particularly known for Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, her very first novel and an international bestseller.

In this memoir, Winterson relays her beginnings as the adopted child of strict Pentecostal parents. Falling in love with another woman at 16 meant having to move out on her own and make a way for herself in the world.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir that chronicles a lifelong quest for happiness, identity, family, and home.

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Boy Erased

Another moving memoir about faith, identity and family, Boy Erased tells the powerful story of Garrard Conley, the son of a Baptist preacher in small town Arkansas.

When Conley was outed to his parents at the age of 19, he had to choose between undergoing conversion therapy in hopes of being “cured” of his homosexuality, or lose the family, faith, and God that make up his entire life.

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Gentleman Jack

The incredible diaries of Anne Lister chronicle the life Anne lived as a landowner in the 1800s in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Charismatic, energetic, and considered quite eccentric in her time, Anne journaled about her life at Shibden Hall, her financial and business matters, and her love affairs with women.

The diaries were found and transcribed after Anne’s death, but were kept quiet for many years because of the homosexual relationships she described.

Now an HBO series starring Suranne Jones as Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack is the official book companion to the show and a wonderful introduction to the world of Anne Lister.

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Nightwood

This layered and sinuous novel by Djuna Barnes explores the boundaries between class, religion, and sexuality in the shadows of Europe’s finest cities between the two world wars.

Hailed as a masterpiece of feminist and lesbian literature, Nightwood crackles with electricity and brings to life some of the most unforgettable characters in literature.

Get it on Libro!