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Jules Wagner - Bookseller in Saratoga Springs

My name is Jules. I'm a born and raised Saratogian and my family from my mom's side has been in this area for generations. I'm non-binary and asexual, and use they/them/theirs pronouns. I'm constantly reading and researching to stay up to date about the latest in the LGBTQ Community. I'm also a mental health advocate, and an animal lover. I hope to help make a difference for the community through my work with the Bookstore. I look forward to helping in your search for knowledge and new experiences!


“Sometimes life is like this dark tunnel. You can't always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you just keep moving... you will come to a better place.”
― Uncle Iroh, Avatar: The Last Airbender

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781549304002
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Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

This nonfiction graphic novel is an AMAZING story not just telling, but showing the perspective of what it’s like to grow up in the wrong body. This book is not for the easily disturbed, as it shows the horrors that can be gender dysphoria, both internally and externally. Do not let that discourage giving it a try, though. I strongly believe this book should be read by everyone, especially those in the transgender community. I have never related and felt more understood by a book in my life. Educational, emotional, and everything you need to experience to put yourself in the shoes of those who struggle with these situations everyday. Highly recommend. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner

Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman - Book Review

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By Alice Oseman, Alice Oseman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338617436
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Published: Graphix - May 5th, 2020

An adorably gay graphic novel about a nerdy highschool boy and a sweeter-than-cake jock boy in England. I gasped, I screamed, and I had heart-eyes through the entire book. I devoured this book in its entirety in the matter of two hours. I could relate to both Charlie and Nick as their characters' journey’s of discovery came to be shown throughout the story. I look forward to reading the 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th volumes. As well as seeing the highly anticipated musical coming to Netflix. This series will be a classic staple for the LGBTQ+ community. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner

Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780807013793
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Published: Beacon Press - September 15th, 2020

Angela Chen does a wonderful job writing about the ace experience from so many different walks of life. Ace really shows the gray areas of the ace spectrum that even many ace people get confused about through their discovery journeys. This book really made me feel seen and validated as someone who is asexual and does not fit the norms of society. Anyone who is wanting more knowledge on all different parts of the ace spectrum should really pick up this book. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250250469
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Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

I am SCREAMING over how cute this book is! What an unexpectedly intense book this was. It truly twisted my feelings and left me in states of shock and despair, in a good way made me get into all the indescribably negative feels, then EXPLODED back in my face with LGBTQ+ adorableness. That is the only way I can describe this book without going into spoilers. I am absolutely in love with the story, and this book will now forever hold a special place on my shelves. Thank you, Aiden Thomas, for sharing such a beautiful, young, queer, love story with us all. As someone who is transgender them self, this gave me a warm feeling during the chill of Halloween night. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner

Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982154615
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 27th, 2020

What an incredibly powerful, moving read. I could relate to a lot of Christie's words and felt the emotions behind many of the scenes; they kept me wondering what happened next. The journey that Christie went through, the ups and downs, the struggle to get to where she wanted to be. She even mentions how the process of therapy isn’t a linear line of progress and you will hit bottoms you never knew could exist before finally finding your peace. You just have to be stubborn enough to push forward. This book is not for the easily disturbed reader, with mentions of anxiety, depression, suicide, eating disorder(s), sex addiction, and cheating. I both laughed and cried with this book. Group certainly gave me a lot to think about my own life and consider. This will be an impactful book for years to come. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


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