You Better Werk: Celebrating Drag

By Kat La Mantia | March 20 2023 | AllPop CultureBlogAdultsChildren'sGeneral

Despite drag bans and anti-drag hysteria dominating the headlines, the queens and kings of drags are here to slay. Drag has existed in one form or another since the beginnings of recorded history, but modern drag artists with colorful wigs, extravagant camp couture, and perfectly on point performances have elevated the artform into a full-blown cultural phenomenon.

Whether you’re a regular at your local drag shows, a Drag Race super fan, or even one of the uninitiated, there’s a book for you on our list to learn about and celebrate the radically fierce world of drag. Read up on drag history with Jake Hall’s The Art of Drag or Tom Fitzgerald’s Legendary Children. Glean some wisdom from drag superstars Trixie and Katya in Working Girls, and admire the intricate art of drag makeup and costumes in Queer Maximalism and Drag.

Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business
Drag celebrates the fabulous current and historical influence of drag, and its talented and inspiring performers.
$35.00 US
Apr 30, 2019
8 x 10
256 Pages

Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle
Machine Dazzle, to my mind, [is] a true theatrical genius who has created some of the most inventive costumes and sets I have ever seen. —Hilton Als, The New Yorker
$50.00 US
Sep 27, 2022
9 x 11
160 Pages
Rizzoli Electa

Legendary Children
The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life
A definitive deep-dive into queer history and culture with hit reality show RuPaul's Drag Race as a touchstone, by the creators of the pop culture blog Tom and LorenzoNPR's Best Books of the Year 2020 pickA New York Times New & Noteworthy bookOne of Logo/NewNowNext's "11 Queer Books We Can't Wait to Read This Spring"
$18.00 US
Mar 03, 2020
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
288 Pages
Penguin Books

Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood
The RuPaul's Drag Race legends and stars of The Trixie & Katya Show and UNHhhh share the secrets of their feminine mystique in this satirical guide to beauty and homemaking.
$26.00 US
Jul 14, 2020
7 x 9
208 Pages

Working Girls
Trixie and Katya's Guide to Professional Womanhood
From the immensely popular drag queens and New York Times bestselling authors of Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood, a full-color designed, satirical guide to professional womanhood.
$28.00 US
Oct 25, 2022
7 x 9
224 Pages

The Official Trixie and Katya Coloring Book
A new coloring book from the immensely popular drag queens and New York Times bestselling authors of Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood and Working Girls.
$18.00 US
Aug 22, 2023
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
96 Pages

Who Is RuPaul?
Learn how this Emmy-winning host, producer, and television personality became the world's most famous drag queen.
$6.99 US
May 11, 2021
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
112 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years

RuPaul's Drag Race Mad Libs
World's Greatest Word Game
A new Adult Mad Libs based on the hit reality competition RuPaul's Drag Race! Run (in heels, if you can!) to pick up your copy for only $4.99.
$5.99 US
Jan 05, 2016
5-1/4 x 8-3/8
48 Pages
Mad Libs

Fiercely You
Be Fabulous and Confident by Thinking Like a Drag Queen
Work through your fears by getting fierce! Fiercely You is a creative, playful approach to the serious problems that women face regarding confidence and risk taking. At a particularly low point in her life, bestselling author Jackie Huba serendipitously stumbled upon the wonderful world of drag queens and was inspired. They were supremely self-assured, utterly fearless, strong, powerful, and unabashedly and completely themselves. Jackie even became a drag queen herself: Lady Trinity. Drawing on her own experiences and interviews with the world’s top drag queens, Huba and coauthor Shelly Kronbergs offers five Keys to Fierce that will help readers find the courage to ignore criticism and live the life they truly want to live every day—no wigs or stilettos required.
$18.95 US
Aug 15, 2016
5-1/2 x 8-1/2
224 Pages
Berrett-Koehler Publishers

And the Category Is.
Inside New York's Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community
A 2023 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in NonfictionAn Electric Literature “Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book of 2022” SelectionA love letter to the legendary Black and Latinx LGBTQ underground subculture, uncovering its abundant legacy and influence in popular culture.
$16.95 US
Sep 13, 2022
6 x 9
248 Pages
Beacon Press