07/13/2013 09:43 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

20 LGBT Memoirs And Biographies For A Summer Read


If you're headed to the beach anytime soon for a bit of a break from your everyday life, then why not also escape into someone else's life by grabbing a splashy read to devour under the summer sun?

Below we've compiled a list of some of our favorite queer memoirs and biographies. Some stories just aren't appropriate for the lite, relaxing beach air, so most of these featured in the slideshow below won't sadden or stress you out too much (though, of course, we can't guarantee there aren't at least a few harrowing tales ahead), but regardless, you'll get the chance to walk in someone else's (queer) shoes -- if only for a few sandy hours.

Click through the slideshow below to find your next beach read because, sadly, summer won't be sticking around forever!