5 books to read on drag

Drag has attracted a cult following and even created its own language due to shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race. If the art of drag has led you wanting more, here are five amazing books that you should check out (all about drag).

DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN BY CRYSTAL RASMUSSEN

Rasmussen seamlessly interweaves their own life story with that of Crystal, their drag queen alter ego. Tom is a broke, working-class, gender nonconforming person from Lancaster. Crystal is a wealthy and gorgeous Russian heiress with a taste for the finer things in life. Together, they are able to find self-acceptance showing a heartbreaking queer memoir with inducingly funny moments.

Find it here.

THE DRAG KING BOOK BY DEL LAGRACE VOLCANO

One of the most rare and wonderful photo essays to ever grace the earth in this book. In this book, the artist captured incredible portraits of drag kings, women and genderqueer people dragging up as men and/or performing masculinity. As the synopsis promises, the book asks a vital question: “Why have drag kings not been as numerous or as popular as their drag queen counterparts in popular culture?”

Find it here.

DRAG TEEN BY JEFFREY SELF

A teen book about a young student who decides to become the next Miss Drag Teen in New York City to achieve scholarship for College. A funny and heart-warming story about someone wanting to express themselves freely and achieve their dreams.

Find it here.

DRAG QUEEN BY ROBERT RODI

A satire on gender identity and family dynamics, the book follows a buttoned-down gay attorney who discovers he has a long-lost twin. He discovers his brother is a drag queen and he’s plunged into a chaotic world where he’s forced to confront his own masculinity. It’s a daring and truly entertaining book that’ll leave you in stitches.

Find it here.

BLAME IT ON BIANCA DEL RIO BY BIANCA DEL RIO

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio shares her opinions loudly and proudly offering hilarious commentary on everyday annoyances. Bringing advice and vibrant photos from Del Rio’s life, this book will satisfy all your drag needs like no other.

Find it here.


Words by Charlie Vogelsang

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