Moonlight (2016) (Mild Spoilers)

cyy-htkvqaadir8Written by: Barry Jenkins, based on “In Midnight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

At around age nine, growing up in Miami in the 1980s, Chiron (pronounced Shy-rone, not like the mythological centaur) has already learned to take care of himself. His mother (Naomie Harris) is sinking into the quagmire of addiction, and he is relentlessly tormented by bullies, who have already labeled him a “faggot.” He’s too quiet, too sensitive, too gentle — and he’s on the fringes of exploring the fact that he’s gay. In his struggle for self-preservation, Chiron camouflages himself in silence.

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I Killed My Mother (2009)

Written & Directed by: Xavier Dolanma mere

Setting: Québéc

Recommended by: Drew at A Fistful of Films

Seventeen-year-old Hubert (Xavier Dolan) is the only child of Chantal (Anne Dorval), an overwhelmed and somewhat emotionally immature single mother. Having survived her childhood with a severely mentally ill mom and struggled to singlehandedly support her son, she can’t understand why Hubert isn’t more grateful. Meanwhile, trapped inside his tumultuous feelings toward his mother, Hubert videotapes himself delivering monologues about his burgeoning dislike for her.

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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

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Hardcover, 511 pages

Published: February 4, 2002 by Riverhead Books

Setting: London

Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee for Shortlist (2002), Stonewall Book Award Nominee for Literature (2003), Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2002), Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Historical Award (2002), Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction (2003), Kono Mystery ga Sugoi for Best Translated Mystery Novel of the Year in Japan (2005)

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What I Was by Meg Rosoff

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Paperback, 224 pages

Published: December 30, 2008 by Plume (1st published August 30, 2007)

Setting: England

Literary Awards: Goldener Lufti (2010), Carnegie Medal in Literature Shortlist (2008)

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As a very old man, Hilary finds that his mind drifts freely throughout his life, without an anchor. He he reflects on the year he was sixteen, when he first experienced love.

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The Birthday of the World and Other Stories by Ursula Le Guin

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Kindle Edition, 382 pages

Published: October 13, 2009 by Harper Collins (1st Published March 5, 2002)

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Seven short stories and a novella comprise The Birthday of the World and Other Stories, a luminous showcase for one of the things LeGuin is best known for: using worlds she’s created — with different beings and customs that, at first glance, seem utterly foreign — to explore human relationships, society, injustice, sexuality, and gender. In this review, I will discuss seven of the eight stories in this book.

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