[NFB-LGBT] American Library Association's Over the Rainbow bibliography

Terry A Gorman t.gorman at sbcglobal.net
Sat Apr 29 22:09:40 UTC 2017

Hello listers,
Beginning in 2011 the LGBT Round Table of the American Library Association
met annually to pick recommended books published during the preceeding year.
I have collated all the lists into the ALA Over the Rainbow Bibliography
which is attached.
My work here was to make all the years into one style: the style of
presentation of the first year differed from that of the other years so I
converted everything into a standard style: title, author, publisher, year
of publication and page count.
I also checked each book to see if it was on Bookshare. If it was on
Bookshare when I checked, I placed an asterisk before the title.
Of the more than 400 books in this list, 258 are on Bookshare as of the end
of April, 2017.
This is quite an advertisement for Bookshare as the variety of materials it
has is really very comprehensive. Quite a few of the books included are from
small presses that don't send their books to Bookshare; some are also
graphically oriented and may not adapt easily to an electronic format and
thus are not on Bookshare.
The phrase "over the rainbow" refers to adults. I will next tackle the
similar list titled "Rainbow" which is for younger readers.
I hope this list is useful.
ALA Over the Rainbow Books (2009-2017)
Over the Rainbow Books (books for adults age 18 and older)
A Book List from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the
American Library Association
The committee's mission is to create a bibliography of books that exhibit
commendable literary quality and significant authentic lgbt content and are
recommended for adults over age 18. It is not meant to be all inclusive, but
is intended as an annual core list for readers and librarians searching for
recommendations of a cross-section of the year's titles. Although the
committee attempts to present titles for a variety of reading tastes and
levels, no effort will be made to balance this bibliography according to
subject, area of interest, age, or genre.
Note: Committee members who chose these books changed from year to year.
This list comprises the lists from 2011 through 2016 and some in early 2017.
The 2011 selections looked back into 2009.
There are twelve categories each of which is preceded by two number signs:
art/photography, biography/memoir, drama, essays, fiction, fiction/mystery,
horror, nonfiction, poetry, short stories, speculative fiction, and western.
The list is arranged alphabetically by title within each category. If the
book is available from Bookshare as of April 2017, an asterisk is placed
before the title.
100 Crushes by Elisha Lim. Koyama Press, 2014, 100 pages.
Compilation of the works of queer comics artist Elisha Lim; part memoir and
part biographies of friends.
Art and Queer Culture. Edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer. Phaidon
Press, 2013, 412 pages.
Chronological and comprehensive in scope, the editors document the wide
expanse of queer cultural expressions that oppose normative heterosexuality
from 1885 through the present.
Assume Nothing. Edited by Rebecca Swan and Judith Halberstam. Soft Skull
Press, 2010, 112 pages.
Photographer Rebecca Swan presents intimate portraits of twenty-five
individuals from a variety of cultures who exist outside of traditional
gender identities. This collection features Swan's photographs, as well as
excerpts from personal interviews with her subjects.
* Bordered lives: transgender portraits from Mexico by Kike Arnal. The New
Press, 2014, 183 pages.
"A richly evocative collection of photographs by internationally renowned
photographer Kike Arnal, Bordered Lives seeks to push back against the
transphobic caricatures that have perpetuated discrimination against the
transgender community in Mexico. Despite some important advances in
recognizing and protecting the rights of its transgender community,
including legislation against hate crimes targeting transgender people,
discrimination still persists, and the majority of the often appallingly
violent attacks against the LGBT community are against transgender women. In
the highly personal profiles that make up Bordered Lives, including the
first transgender couple to be married in Mexico and one of the country's
most high-profile transgender entertainers, Arnal looks at seven individuals
in and around Mexico City. He shows them going about their day-to-day lives:
getting ready in the morning, interacting with family and friends, and
devoting their lives to helping others in the transgender community. Moving
in its honesty, Bordered Lives challenges society's preconceived notions of
sexuality, gender, and beauty not only in Mexico but across the
dr.a.g. By Christopher Logan. Bookthefilm, 2014, 180 pages.
A collection of color photographs of drag queens from all over the world.
Gay in America: Portraits by Scott Pasfield. Welcome Books, 2011, 224 pages.
Magnificent images and riveting narratives document the lives of 140 gay men
from diverse environments across the United States in a celebration of
men-loving-men lives.
God Loves Hair: Stories by Vivek Shraya. Illustrated by Juliana Newfeld.
Vivek Shraya (godloveshair.com), 2010.
In these short stories accompanied by poignant, sometimes abstract,
illustrations, a young boy chronicles his confusion about sexuality, gender,
race, religion, and belonging as he struggles with growing up brown, pretty,
and soft.
Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture by Jonathan D. Katz
and David C. Ward. Smithsonian Books, 2010, 296 pages.
This companion volume to an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery,
Smithsonian Institution, follows the impact of gay and lesbian artists on
American art from the late 19th century to the present through more than 140
full-color illustrations, drawings, and portraits.
Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene. Photographs by Gerard H. Gaskin.
Duke University Press, 2013, 120 pages.
Color and black-and-white photographs flaunt gay and transgender men and
women, mostly Latino and black, as they express their electric, effervescent
* Lyudmila and Natasha: Russian lives by Misha Friedman. The New Press,
2015, 141 pages.
A year in photographs depicting the lives of a gay couple living in Saint
Petersburg, Russia.
Manly Affections: The Photographs of Robert Gant, 1885-1915 by Chris
Brickell. Genre Books, 2012, 206 pages.
Brickell combined images of men taken by New Zealand photographer Robert
Gant in nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with biographical
information and historical commentary on intimacy and friendship between men
and same-sex desire in the era.
Monday Hearts for Madalene by Page Hodel. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010, 112
In preparing this collection of 100 photographs, Page Hodel, a San Francisco
DJ used a diversity of objects, organic and otherwise, to create one heart
each week for her partner, Madalene Rodriguez, who died of ovarian cancer
less than a year after they met.
Queer. by Sunil Gupta. Prestel USA, 2011, 140 pages.
This comprehensive book about this important Indian photographer's major
works to date, including contemporary sexuality, gender, and gay life in
India and other locales, documents the experiences of the artist and others
living with HIV and homophobia.
Shades of Love: Photographs Inspired by the Poems of C. P. Cavafy. by
Dimitris Yeros. Poetry by C. P. Cavafy; translated from the Greek by David
Conolly. Insight Editions, 2011, 168 pages.
In 1999, Yeros began a collection of photographs inspired by the works of
Greek poet C.P. Cavafy. This gorgeous coffee table book presents Yeros'
photographs together with the poems that inspired them.
The Air We Breathe: Artists and Poets Reflect on Marriage Equality. Edited
by Apsara DiQuinzio. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2011, 144 pages.
This companion to the exhibition of the same name at the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art brings together work from 27 artists and poets on the
topic of marriage equality for same-sex couples.
The Invisibles: Vintage Portraits of Love and Pride By Sebastien Lifshitz.
Rizzoli, 2014, 144 pages.
This collection of photographs shows an unexpected glimpse of same-sex
couples in the early 20th century.
The Night Is Still Young by Tomoaki Hata. Essays by Eric C. Shiner and
Simone Fukayuki. Power House Books, 2010, 104 pages.
Photographer Tomoaki Hata pulls the drag scene of 1990's Osaka, Japan out of
its secretive underground world for the world to see in all of its campy,
glittered, seedy glory. These color photos feature both the wild nature of
the performances as well as intimate behind-the-scenes moments.
TransCuba By Mariette Pathy Allen. Daylight Books, 2014, 142 pages.
A collection of photographs and conversations with trans women in
contemporary Cuba.
Transfigurations by Jana Marcus. 7 Angels Press, 2011, 129 pages.
Marcus' photographs depict transformations from one sex/gender to another
and the effects of these transitions on the body.
Voguing and the Ballroom Scene of New York 1989-92 by Chantal Regnault. Soul
Jazz Records, 2011, 208 pages.
Following Tim Lawrence's brief introduction to the culture of voguing,
Regnault combines interviews of participants with evocative photos in a
visual history of drag balls and houses.
* A Body, Undone: Living On After Great Pain by Christina Crosby. NYU Press,
One month after her fiftieth birthday, the author becomes a quadriplegic
after breaking her neck in a bicycle accident. In this memoir, she writes
about her changing feelings toward her body, her relationship, and her own
sense of self.
* A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez. Beacon Press,
2014, 200 pages.
The daughter of Cuban and Colombian immigrants, Hernandez recounts growing
up bilingual and bisexual.
A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster by Wendy Moffat.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2010, 404 pages. 
Frustration and secrecy marked the life of famous author E.M. Forster whose
gay sexual orientation was not widely known until the 1970 posthumous
publication of Maurice, a novel about a gay relationship with a happy
* A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli
by Mark Griffin. Da Capo Press, 2010, 346 pages.
Was he gay or not? No one told, not even his four wives, but he wore eye
makeup, had close relationships with other men, and directed many films on
alternative sexualities, including Tea and Sympathy.
* A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins
the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely
Lady She Is Today by Kate Bornstein. Beacon Press, 2012, 258 pages.
In a hilarious, heartbreaking memoir, transgender author Bornstein recounts
growing up Jewish in New Jersey, joining and breaking with the Church of
Scientology as an adult, and her journey to become the artist she is today.
* Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor's Calling to Defy the Church's
Persecution of Lesbians and Gays by Jimmy Creech. Duke University Press,
2011, 376 pages.
A former United Methodist minister and human rights activist, Jimmy Creech's
memoir begins when a longtime and respected parishioner comes out to the
pastor in 1984, and Creech is forced to re-evaluate his belief that
homosexuality is a sin. This life-changing conversation was the catalyst for
Creech's tireless work to end religious bigotry and violence against
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Allen Ginsberg by Steve Finbow. Reaktion Books, 2013, 235 pages.
For over a half century, the author of the epic poem Howl fought conformity
and capitalization in the world through his contacts with hundreds of the
famous and infamous.
* Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro by Sarah Liss. Coach
House Books, 2013, 157 pages.
Various people in Munro's life describe their relationships with the man who
brought together the queer world of Toronto through his career as DJ,
activist, impresario, and artist before he died of brain cancer at the age
of 35.
At Home with Myself: Stories from the Hills of Turkey Hollow by David
Mixner. Magnus Books, 2011, 175 pages.
In this collection of short essays, human rights activist Mixner writes
about his brief retreat from the wider world, living in his country home in
the small upstate New York town of Turkey Hollow.
Becoming a Londoner: A Diary by David Plante. Bloomsbury, 2013, 532 pages.
The author's love affair with his partner Nikos Stangos for over 40 years
provides the foundation of Plante's revelations during the first 20 years as
he relishes the many relationships with members of the artistic world.
* Before the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Revolution by Luisita López
Torregrosa. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012, 228 pages.
A memoir of love, passion, isolation, pain, and longing, largely set in the
atmospheric backdrop of Manila during the People Power Revolution, examines
the crossroads of Torregrosa's relationship with her lesbian partner and the
trials of separation, work, self-fulfillment and career.
* Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgeman. Viking, 2015.
A richly crafted memoir about a gay son and his aging octogenarian mother.
As her health declines, the son returns to the small Missouri town and the
house he grew up in, from New York City, to care for her. Despite the
passage of time and the decline of both Betty's and the town's health, not
much has changed in their relationship.
Big Sex Little Death by Susie Bright. Seal Press, 2011, 328 pages.
Sex-positive educator, activist, and icon Susie Bright takes the reader on a
journey through her childhood, teen years shaped by a difficult early
involvement with the socialist movement, and an adulthood that included the
co-founding of On Our Backs, the first lesbian erotica magazine run by
* Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival by Sean Strub.
Scribner, 2014, 432 pages.
The founder of POZ magazine and AIDS and LGBT activist, the author looks
back on his life and career in the midst of the 1980s AIDS epidemic.
Body Geographic by Barrie Jean Borich. University of Nebraska Press, 2013,
272 pages.
In this creative, non-linear narrative, Borich traces the real, imagined,
future, and past maps of families, cities, and lovers which intersect in
Borich's life.
* Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay by Paul Vitagliano. Quirk
Books, 2012, 128 pages.
Photographs and text offer insight into the gay childhood of individuals
across the globe.
* Bowie on Bowie: interviews and encounters with David Bowie. Edited by Sean
Egan and David Bowie. Chicago Review Press, 2015, 434 pages.
Presents some of the best interviews Bowie has granted in his near
five-decade career. It includes well known news outlets as well as smaller
sources and provides a wealth of material about the entertainer.
* Boy, Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley. Riverhead, 2016.
Conley, a son of a pastor, tells how his struggle with his sexuality brought
him to checking into an ex-gay conversion therapy program during his late
teens in 2004. He gives a stark look into how he survives the abusive
program, struggles with his faith, and comes to terms with his sexuality.
* Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo by Michael Schiavi.
University of Wisconsin, 2011, 320 pages.
This well-researched biography of Vito Russo solidly establishes him as a
pioneering journalist and gay activist during the era of gay activism of the
'60s, '70s and '80s.
City Boy: My Life in New York during the 1960s and '70s by Edmund White.
Bloomsbury, 2009, 296 pages.
The center of queer life over two tumultuous decades, White gossips about
the rich and famous, artists, writers, and poets.
* Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir by Beth Ditto, Michelle Tea. Spiegel & Grau,
2013, 153 pages.
>From rural Arkansas to leader of the band Gossip, this feisty, fat,
sexually-confused lesbian-to-be nerd fights her way through a mental
breakdown with humor and grace.
* Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison
Wearing. Knopf, 2013, 292 pages.
Two perspectives--one from a teenage girl and the other from her coming-out
father--make this a rich view into the lives of gays and their families in
the early 1980s.
Conversations with Dorothy Allison by Dorothy Allison. Edited by Mae M.
Claxton. University Press of Mississippi, 2012, 179 pages.
Conversations with Allison regarding her writings, her process of writing,
her heroes, and her life demonstrate her feminist beliefs and lesbian
* Course correction: a story of rowing and resilience in the wake of Title
IX by Ginny Gilder. Beacon Press, 2015, 252 pages.
Gilder recounts the physical and psychological barriers she overcame as she
transformed into an elite athlete who reached the highest echelon of her
sport. Set against the backdrop of unprecedented cultural change, Gilder's
story personalizes the impact of Title IX, illustrating the life-changing
lessons learned in sports but felt far beyond the athletic arena.
* David Hockney: The Biography, 1937-1975 by Christopher Simon Sykes. Nan A.
Talese/Doubleday, 2012, 363 pages.
In this first volume of his biography subtitled A Rake's Progress, Sykes
covers gay artist Hockney's early life, years in art school, and his work,
relationships, and life in London and California throughout the 1960s and
early 1970s.
* Dirty river: a queer femme of color dreaming her way home by Leah Lakshmi
Piepzna-Samarasinha. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015, 237 pages.
A poet's memoir that reveals how a disabled queer woman of color and abuse
survivor navigates her past and her future.
Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family by Natalie Meissner. Fernwood
Publishing, 2014, 181 pages.
Both Meissner and her wife get pregnant in quick succession in this
beautifully written memoir about starting a family.
* Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns by David
Margolick. Other Press, 2013, 343 pages.
This unflattering portrayal of gay American author John Horne Burns
(1916-1953) from his early prep school experiences through teaching at a
boarding school and military intelligence work in Italy during World War II
reads like a novel about a deeply flawed character.
* Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly J. Cogswell. University
of Minnesota Press, 2014, 256 pages.
This behind-the-scenes look at the Lesbian Avengers, a direct-action group
in New York City, speaks to the activists' efforts in making a difference
and Cogswell's persistent struggle to raise awareness and effect change
outside of this organization.
* Eminent Outlaws: the Gay Writers Who Changed America by Christopher Bram.
Twelve, 2012, 372 pages.
Bram links biographies of prominent gay writers--Gore Vidal, Truman Capote,
James Baldwin, Christopher Isherwood, Tennessee Williams, and Edmund
White--by their relationships, their writing, and their impact on other
authors and each other.
* Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abbott. Norton, 2013, 326
After the death of her free-spirited mother, Alysia is brought up in San
Francisco by her gay father, poet and activist Steven Abbott.
* Falling into Place by Catherine Reid. Beacon Press, 2014, 184 pages.
Essays on nature and place, blended with reflections on relationships and
Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz by Cynthia Carr.
Bloomsbury USA, 2012, 625 pages.
Carr follows the controversial artist's life through the culture wars of the
1980s and early 1990s.
* Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles Blow. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014,
240 pages.
Blow's coming of age memoir is his personal account of family, homophobia,
racism, and poverty growing up in the Deep South.
For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not
Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home. Edited by Keith Boykin.
Magnus Books, 2012, 333 pages.
Stories and poems of coming out, enduring, and overcoming by gay Asian,
Latino and African American men who speak of racism, sexual abuse, religion,
HIV, and homophobia in these communities, which, as one author mentions, do
not, and can not, get better with time.
For Frying Out Loud: Rehoboth Beach Diaries by Fay Jacobs. A and M Books,
2010, 248 pages.
In her third Rehoboth Beach collection, humorist Fay Jacobs joins Twitter,
survives the Snowpocalypse, and sort of witnesses the Obama inauguration,
among other hilarious adventures.
* Gay Berlin: birthplace of a modern identity by Robert Beachy. Knopf, 2014,
305 pages.
An exploration of the lives of "warm brothers" in Berlin. A detailed
historical look at the ways these lives influenced modern understandings of
sexual orientation and gay identity.
* Gay Lives by Robert Aldrich. Thames & Hudson, 2012, 304 pages.
International in scope, these biographies of over 70 gays and lesbians
throughout history from ancient societies to the twenty-first century
portray their lives and the times in which they lived.
* Gender Failure by Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014, 160
A collection of personal essays, song lyrics, and drawings recounting
Coyote's and Spoon's lifelong experiences understanding and challenging
Grant Wood: A Life by R. Tripp Evans, 2010, Knopf, 402 pages.
Known as a plain and simple Regionalist painter, most famously of the
pitchfork-wielding farmer and his dour companion in American Gothic, Grant
Wood is anything but, as shown by the secrets in his personal life,
including the question of whether he was gay.
* Ham: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories by Sam Harris. Gallery Books,
2014, 304 pages.
Harris's essays recount growing up gay in the Bible belt of Oklahoma, his
search for fame on the music and Broadway stage, his battle with alcoholism,
and his finding love and family are both laugh-out-loud hilarious and
poignantly heartfelt.
* Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch. Voice/Hyperion, 2011, 304 pages.
Lynch details her life as a lesbian and her experiences in her education,
theater, and entertainment career.
* Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of
AIDS by Martin Duberman. The New Press, 2014, 356 pages.
Using the lives of Michael Callen, gay activist and singer, and Essex
Hemphill, Black gay activist and poet, Duberman traces the history of the
AIDS crisis illuminating the struggle during this era and the injustices
which occurred.
How to Get a Girl Pregnant by Karleen Pendleton Jiménez. Zurita, 2011, 167
A butch lesbian recounts her trials in her effort to get pregnant.
* How to grow up: a memoir by Michelle Tea. Plume, 2015, 287 pages.
A memoir told in multiple essays that tells the story of a woman awkwardly
coming to grips with being a "grown up."
* If You Knew Then What I Know Now by Ryan Van Meter. Sarabande Books, 2011,
176 pages.
In this bittersweet, often darkly humorous collection of essays, Van Meter
recalls growing up gay in suburban Missouri, the formation and break-up of
his first long-term relationship, and the life of the world's longest-lived
* I'm special: and other lies we tell ourselves by Ryan O'Connell. Simon &
Schuster Paperbacks, 2015, 195 pages.
A funny, yet poignant view of life and accomplishment through the eyes of
the Millennial generation. The author focuses on becoming an adult in the
midst of insecurity and doubt.
In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court by Brittney Griner. It
Books, 2014, 224 pages.
WNBA player recounts a childhood and college basketball career in a
homophobic environment.
* In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and
Company, 2016.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tries to find the truth when her
father shocks her with the news of her sex-change surgery. Questions of
identity, rage, and history haunt her story: Hungarian or American, Magyar
or Jew, victim or victimizer, man or woman? In the end, "in the universe,
there is only one true divide, one real binary: life or death. Everything
else is open to interpretation, acceptance, or denial."
Into the Garden with Charles by Clyde Phillip Wachsberger. Farrar, Straus
and Giroux, 2012, 209 pages.
The author tells in prose and art how his childhood dream of magic in a
storybook garden comes true when he buys a home on Long Island, and, in his
middle age, also finds his soul mate for the last 28 years of his life.
Irrepressible: the Jazz Age life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015, 369 pages.
The biography of a nearly forgotten member of one of Louisville, Kentucky's
most notable families. Deeply researched and beautifully written by her
great niece, the book tells a story that is intriguing and heartbreaking.
* It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth
Living. Edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller. Dutton Adult. 352 pages.
A companion to the popular "It Gets Better" Internet campaign, and featuring
a list of resources for teens and adults, this collection of essays and
testimonials brings hope to LGBTQ youth facing prejudice, bullying, and
other forms of harassment, and serves as a great reminder to all adults of
the role we have to play in creating a world where "It Gets Better" for our
* It's All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of
Wine (A Memoir) by Wade Rouse. Random House, 2011, 304 pages.
Whether it's celebrating Easter with an engineer father with some very
unconventional ideas about hiding eggs, or throwing a birthday party for
Barbie, Rouse's memoir takes us through a calendar year of holiday memories,
both traditional and otherwise, celebrated with a wildly funny collection of
friends and relatives.
* Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow by Tracy Baim and Owen Keehnen.
Prairie Avenue Productions, 2011, 414 pages.
This biography of Chicago bar owner, leatherman, entrepreneur, and gay
rights activist features over 300 full-color photographs and interviews with
family, colleagues, and friends.
Living large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason by Joseph P. Eckhardt.
WoodstockArts, 2015, 200 pages.
The biography of silent film actress and visual artist Wilna Hervey and her
lifelong partner, fellow artist Nan Mason. Includes family photos, stills
from several of Hervey's films and images of the couple's art work.
* Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney by
Marion Meade. Houghton Mifflin, 2010, 392 pages.
The lives of author Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney, best known as the
subject of Ruth McKenney's My Sister Eileen, were short, but separately and
together they moved among the rich and famous until their deaths in a 1940
car crash.
Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York. Edited by Thomas Keith.
Vantage Point, 2012, 406 pages.
Memoirs and personal essays from a culturally and racially diverse group of
LGBT writers document the role New York City has played in their lives--a
true love letter to the city.
Madre and I: A Memoir of Our Immigrant Lives by Guillermo Reyes. University
of Wisconsin Press, 2010, 278 pages.
This award-winning playwright tells the moving and funny story of his life
as the secretly illegitimate son of a Chilean immigrant and his struggles as
a young man with sexual repression, body image, and gay identity.
Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead by Paula Byrne.
Harper, 2010, 368 pages.
Rather than the snobbish misanthrope people believed Waugh to be, Byrne
describes him as loving and complex, a nature that shaped his famous novel
Brideshead Revisited.
* Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness, and Becoming a Man by
Thomas Page McBee. City Lights Publishers, 2014, 172 pages.
In this thoughtful memoir, McBee recounts and confronts both childhood abuse
and a more recent act of violence.
* Mapping the Territory: Selected Nonfiction by Christopher Bram. Alyson,
2009, 258 pages.
The author of nine novels, including Gods and Monsters, has selected 17
essays written over the past 30 years that he says form an accidental
Marie Equi: radical politics and outlaw passions by Michael Helquist. Oregon
State University Press, 2015, 352 pages.
Lesbian Mari Equi's move from New Jersey to Portland, Oregon at the turn of
the 20th century begins her activist life that frequently lands her in a
number of relationships and often in jail.
* Mental: Funny in the Head by Eddie Sarfaty. Kensington Books, 2009, 256
Career lows, an adopted cat from hell, drag queens, a mother with wiseacre
chutzpah, and coming out to Grandma are only a few of the autobiographical
essays from a stand-up performer who weaves the ups and downs of his love
life throughout his comic memoir.
* Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir by Reynolds Price. Scribner, 2012, 107
Often humorous and anecdotal, the memoir, written from Price's diaries,
documents the time from 1961-1965 as the author publishes his first work,
pursues gay affairs, and tries Hollywood screenwriting. Sequel to Ardent
Mommy Man by Jerry Mahoney. Taylor Trade Publishing, 2014, 296 pages.
Mahoney recounts the process of surrogacy and the obstacles facing gay
parents with wit and humor.
Mornings with Mailer: A Recollection of Friendship by Dwayne Raymond. Harper
Perennial, 2010, 342 pages.
For the last four years of Norman Mailer's life in Provincetown, Raymond, a
gay man, was his personal assistant, a job that covered researching,
cooking, organizing papers, and much more.
My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus by Kelly Barth. Artoi Books, 2012,
228 pages.
>From her childhood in a strict Presbyterian home and her crush on another
young girl to her rejection for being a lesbian, Barth searches for
Christianity in this sometimes laugh-out-loud memoir.
My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man's Odyssey by Charles Rowan Beye. Farrar,
Straus, and Giroux, 2012, 256 pages.
Now 80, the author looks back on his life as "the biggest homosexual in
Iowa" when he was sixteen, through two straight marriages, four children,
and an untold number of gay sexual escapades to his gay marriage in 2008.
My Queer War by James Lord. FSG, 2010, 344 pages.
At the age of 20, Lord served in the U.S. Army during World War II,
witnessing combat and atrocities in France and Germany and learning to
accept his gender identity.
My Red Blood: A Memoir of Growing up Communist, Coming onto the Greenwich
Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement by Alix Dobkin.
Alyson, 2009, 300 pages.
Singer-song writer and producer of the groundbreaking 1973 Lavender Jane
Loves Women, Dobkin chronicles her life living as a child and an adult under
FBI surveillance, hobnobbing with the folk music famous in Greenwich
Village, and coming out as a lesbian in the second-wave feminist movement.
* My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family by Zach
Wahls. Gotham Books, 2012, 233 pages.
Wahls' memoir about growing up with his lesbian mothers explains how their
value system helped him to mature into a superb pro-LGBT activist.
* Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help their Teenage Son Come to
Terms with his Sexuality by John Schwartz. Gotham Books, 2012, 286 pages.
This account of supportive parents in coming to terms with their son's
gayness in elementary and middle school and his eventual coming out includes
history of the struggle for gay equality in the United States and sources of
support for children and parents.
On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual by Merle Miller.
Penguin, 2012, 96 pages.
This new edition of the classic work contains Miller's original New York
Times Magazine essay and 1971 afterward, with a new forward, afterward, and
appendices. Bookshare has the original book, not this update.
* One in Every Crowd by Ivan E. Coyote. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012, 238 pages.
Short, honest vignettes describe the author's life growing up in rural
Canada and finding a life in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning with Kid
I Was--and finishing with tales about her gender non-conforming godson.
* Our Time: Breaking the Silence of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' by Josh
Seefried. Penguin, 2011, 195 pages.
Seefried, an Air Force officer and cofounder of OutServe, collects the
diverse personal accounts of LGBT men and women who served in the United
States military in the two decades prior to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't
* Outlaw Marriages: the Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex
Couples by Rodger Streitmatter. Beacon Press, 2012, 212 pages.
Concise and well-documented accounts of the committed unions of same-sex
couples (seven lesbian and eight gay) show the impact that these unions had
on each member's quality of life.
* Pee-Shy by Frank Spinelli. Kensington Books, 2013, 352 pages.
Abused as a child by his Scoutmaster, Frank, now a successful doctor,
partner, and author, is determined to see some resolution to the horrors of
his abuse by confronting his abuser.
* Prairie Silence: A Memoir by Melanie Hoffert. Beacon Press, 2013, 238
Searching for her family roots, the author leaves her city life in
Minneapolis during her thirties to return to the family farm in North Dakota
where she discovers faith and loyalty among the people and to the land that
they serve.
Queer Twin Cities by GLBT Oral History Project. University of Minnesota
Press, 2010, 376 pages.
This comprehensive collection of essays, drawn from oral histories dating
back to the turn of the century, covers a wide variety of aspects of this
large LGBT community.
Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders by Diane Anderson-Minshall and
Jacob Anderson-Minshall. Bold Strokes Books, 2014, 264 pages.
Told in dual narratives, the journey of committed queers Diane and Suzy as
Suzy transitions to Jacob illustrates their difficulties, as well as the
rewards of their loving and supportive relationship.
* Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous Gender Creative Son
by Lori Duron. Broadway/Crown/Random House, 2013, 261 pages.
Blog entries by the author about rearing two sons--the younger gender
nonconforming--and maintaining their self-esteem begins with Duron's
discovery that C.J. wants only girl things before the age of three and
culminates in her confrontation with school officials to stop the other
children bullying the child.
* Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
by Janet Mock. Atria Books, 2014, 288 pages.
Mock's memoir describes her transition as a young, low-income, trans person
of color.
* Riding Fury Home. by Chana Wilson. Seal Press, 2012, 377 pages.
Wilson's memoir explores her complex relationship with her mother, first as
a child growing up in the shadow of a parent's mental illness and later
coming out and finding common ground with her as an adult.
* Sal Mineo: A Biography by Michael Grett Michaud. Crown Archetype, 2010,
432 pages.
Michaud combines extensive research, interviews, and rarely-seen photographs
to provide a detailed account of Mineo's life, from his rise to teen-idol
stardom, through his tumultuous relationship with his family, his coming out
and struggle to maintain his acting career as an adult, and the aftermath of
his untimely death at age 37.
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo
Artist, and Sexual Renegade by Justin Spring. FSG, 2010, 478 pages.
Steward--author of both literature and gay erotic books, confidante of
Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder, gay witness for Alfred Kinsey, shy
sado-masochist and adventurer, tattooist, and much more--kept extensive
diaries and sexual records of his experiences until his death in 1993 at the
age of 84. See the book Philip Sparrow Tells All which is a collection of
thirty of his columns he contributed to the Illinois Dentist.
* She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood by
Amie Klempnauer Miller. Beacon Press, 2010, 236 pages.
This memoir of nontraditional parenting covers a lesbian's journey through
artificial insemination, pregnancy, delivery, and the beginning of a new
family, with all of its ups and downs.
* Snapshots of a Girl by Beldan Sezen. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015, 176 pages.
In this autobiographical graphic novel, Beldan Sezen revisits the various
instances of her coming of age, and her coming out as lesbian, in both
western and Islamic cultures.
Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights
Movement by Stephen Snyder-Hill. Potomac Books Inc, 2014, 192 pages.
Snyder-Hill's conversational account of his days in the army under Don't
Ask, Don't Tell, his continued fight for equality in the armed services, and
the elimination of DOMA brings home the reality of the "closet" in the
* Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels by Justin Vivian Bond.
Feminist Press, 2011, 144 pages.
The celebrated cabaret artist and performer recounts a childhood filled with
blurring gender boundaries, sexual exploration, and the harsh reality of
bullying. Winner of a 2012 Lambda Literary Award.
* Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir by Michelle Theall. Gallery Books, 2014,
288 pages.
Chapters in this memoir alternate between Theall's memories of growing up
queer and Catholic and her decisions about religion as she and her partner
raise an adopted child together.
Tea Leaves by Janet Mason. Bella Books, 2012, 202 pages.
As Mason copes with her mother's dying, she explores her relationship with
her mother, the lives of the females in her family, and the toll her
commitment to her mother's care takes on her lesbian relationship.
* Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr. W. W. Norton
& Company, 2014, 784 pages.
A detailed look at the life, family, work, and loves of renowned playwright
Tennessee Williams.
* The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. Graywolf Press, 2015, 143 pages.
"A genre-bending memoir, a work of 'autotheory' offering fresh, fierce, and
timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and
possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of
the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which
includes the author's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly
gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, is an intimate
portrayal of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making"--Dust
jacket flap.
* The Beauty of Men Never Dies: An Autobiographical Novel by David Leddick.
Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press, 2013, 135 pages.
As a voice from both the past and the present, a man in his 70s shares his
gay experiences and insights.
* The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers by Josh
Kilmer-Purcell. Harper, 2010, 304 pages.
After a stint as a nightclub drag queen, the author, with his successful
advertising career, and his partner Brent Ridge, an ex-medical doctor turned
Martha Stewart media vice-president, fell in love with a 200-year-old
mansion near Sharon Springs, NY.
The Choosing: A Rabbi's Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days by
Andrea Myers. Rutgers University Press, 2011, 208 pages.
Now a lesbian rabbi, Myers, who grew up Lutheran on Long Island with a
Sicilian grandmother, tells about her journey to Judaism and her definition
of home, family, and religion.
* The End of Eve: A Memoir by Ariel Gore. Hawthorne Books, 2014, 237 pages.
Ariel finds it hard to live according to her values as she becomes a
caretaker for a very challenging mother who is dying of cancer, moves to New
Mexico, ends a relationship, and raises her son and daughter.
* The End of San Francisco by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. City Lights
Publishing, 2013, 172 pages.
These memoirs illuminate the generation that came of age in the early '90s,
grew up with AIDS, sought change and created a radical queer community.
* The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray,
Eleanor Roosevelt and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia
Bell-Scott. Knopf, 2016.
A chronicle of the friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and
Pauli Murray: granddaughter of a mixed-race slave, lawyer, civil rights
activist, minister, and co-founder of the National Organization of Women.
The book explores the professional and social cost of Murray's race and
gender, in the context of her correspondence with Roosevelt, mentions issues
of her gender fluidity and same-sex relationships, and Roosevelt's use of
Murray's advocacy for racial equality in her public writings. Longlisted for
the National Book Award.
* The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination by Sarah
Schulman. University of California Press, 2012, 192 pages.
Schulman weaves together the history of the gentrification of New York City
neighborhoods in the years following the AIDS crisis with the current
ongoing gentrification of gay politics, art, and culture.
* The gods of tango by Carolina De Robertis. Knopf, 2015, 367 pages.
A complete and intricate story of how one inhabits otherness in a structured
society. Begins in 1913 after Leta trabels from Italy to Buenos Ares seeking
her husband witth gender identity, migration, and tango.
The Greek House: The Story of a Painter's Love Affair with the Island of
Sifnos by Christian Brechneff with Tim Lovejoy. FSG, 2013, 284 pages.
Starting at the age of 21, the author celebrated three decades of summers on
an isolated Greek island where he bloomed as an artist and discovered
himself as a gay man.
The L Life: Extraordinary Lesbians Making a Difference by Erin McHugh and
Jennifer May. Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, 2011, 160 pages.
This inspiring coffee-table-style collection of photos and essays covers
both beloved lesbian icons and the not-so-famous.
* The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie and a World Transformed
by Judy Shepard with Jon Barrett. Hudson/Penguin, 2009, 273 pages.
The day that Matthew Shepard, a young student at the University of Wyoming,
was violently attacked and left for dead was a turning point for LGBT
rights. Matthew's mother provides a context for her son's life and a
compassionate account of the events surrounding Matthew's murder.
* The Other Man: 21 Writers Speak Candidly about Sex, Love, Infidelity, and
Moving On. Edited by Paul Alan Fahey. JMS Books, 2013, 230 pages.
Who is the other man? He’s an accident waiting to happen: the skateboarder
round the bend, the smiling barista with the extra hot mocha, the computer
geek eager to retool your mate’s hard drive. He’s a relationship gatecrasher
bound by no rules and with no sense of fair play. Like Caesar, he comes, he
sees, he conquers. On the flip side, you or I can be the other man, charging
in and breaking the bonds of a committed relationship without a thought to
the pain and misery inflicted upon the injured parties. Face it: We’re not
all innocent bystanders in other-man scenarios. The Other Man is an artistic
collaboration by and about gay men and their relationships. If you’ve ever
been the other man, had him invade your life, or are just plain curious
about this beguiling, unpredictable and dangerous creature, then this
anthology of personal essays is for you. Twenty-one of our most acclaimed
authors, many Lambda Award winners and finalists, write candidly about
either being the other man, suffering the other man or having their
relationships tested by infidelity. What they tell us is we must take heart,
it does get better and one day our luck is bound to change. We’ll survive
the bumps and detours in our relationships and weather the storms, or
resolve to move on. Along the way, we’ll hope to meet someone new and
simpatico, maybe even our long-awaited soul mate. Life will be good again.
Or will it? Contributors include: Perry Brass, Austin Bunn, Rob Byrnes, Mark
Canavera, R.W. Clinger, Lewis DeSimone, Paul Alan Fahey, Wes Hartley,
William Henderson, Allen Mack, Jeff Mann, Tom Mendicino, Erik Orrantia,
Felice Picano, David Pratt, Glen Retief, Jeffrey Ricker, Rodney Ross, Jason
Schneiderman, Philip Dean Walker, and Chuck Willman. Edited by: Paul Alan
Fahey. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to
the It Gets Better Project.
The Passionate Engagement by Ken Harvey. Aequitas Books, 2010, 208 pages.
Harvey tells the story of the battle for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts
through the lens of his own relationship, chronicling his transformation
from quiet bystander to proud activist.
* The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood by Richard Blanco. Ecco,
2014, 272 pages.
A vivid recollection of growing up as the child of Cuban immigrants in
mid-century Miami. Richard Blanco was selected by Barack Obama to write and
read a poem at his second inaugural.
* The Pure Lover: A Memoir of Grief by David Plante. Beacon Press, 2009, 114
After the death of Nikos Stangos from cancer in 2004, his partner of almost
40 years wrote this intimate, insightful memoir of Nikos's life from his
childhood in a war-torn Greece to his commitment to Plante and their quiet,
cultivated life among the London literati.
* The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham: A Biography by Selina Hastings.
Random House, 2010, 626 pages.
During Somerset Maugham's life, a blend of public accomplishment and
privately whispered secrets, he produced literary masterpieces and wealth
but ended in tragedy.
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia
Highsmith by Joan Schenkar. St. Martin's Press, 2009, 684 pages.
Best known for her novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
published 32 other books and wrote over 8000 pages of autobiography during
her tormented life shared with a myriad of women lovers, much of it as an
expatriate in Europe.
* Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by
Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children. Edited by Rachel Pepper.
Cleis Press, 2012, 203 pages.
Thirty-two mothers--diverse in age, ethnic background, class, sexual
orientation, and national origin--describe their experiences and feelings
when they discovered that their children, varying in age from six to sixty,
are transgender.
* Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love and Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary.
Edited by Morty Diamond. Manic D Press, 2011.
These essays explore love, sex, and interpersonal relationships from the
perspectives of transgender, genderqueer, and other gender-variant
* Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders by Joy Ladin.
University of Wisconsin Press, 2012, 255 pages.
After fathering three children during her 25-year marriage, the author
transitions and keeps teaching in an Orthodox Jewish school of higher
* Visions and revisions: coming of age in the age of Aids by Dale Peck. Soho
Press, 2015, 212 pages.
Peck tells his story of life during the AIDS epidemic through personal
essays, critical theory, history, erotica and poetry.
When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution by Jeanne Córdova.
Spinsters Ink, 2011, 436 pages.
Through her radical activism in gay rights and women's liberation of the
1970s, Córdova's personal life comes in conflict with her passion for
changing the world through protests, strikes, and her newsmagazine The
Lesbian Tide.
* Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. Grove Press,
2011, 230 pages.
Winterson's painful childhood presided over by her difficult adoptive mother
is followed by her search for and eventual reunion with her birth mother.
* Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast. Edited by Kathie
Bergquist. University of Wisconsin Press, 2012, 246 pages.
A collection of works from thirty-six established and emerging writers in
genres as varied as poetry, memoir, and fiction whose voices speak to the
experience of living within Chicago's varied same-sex, bisexual, and
transgender communities.
* Tom at the Farm by Michel Marc Bouchard. Translated from the French by
Linda Gaboriau. Talonbooks, 2013, 80 pages.
Lust mixes with brutality when urban Tom attends the rural funeral of his
lover and finds himself caught in the dysfunctional lives and expectations
of the lover's mother and brother.
* American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and
Politics by Dan Savage. Dutton Adult, 2013, 320 pages.
Sex columnist Savage addresses a range of issues including same-sex
marriage, monogamy, guns, health care, religion and even death in an often
humorous and personal no-hold-barred style.
* Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh by Thomas Glave. Akashic Books,
2013, 224 pages.
Essays on gay love, sex, suicide, writers and writing, the diaspora of
Caribbean peoples, and the love of Jamaica (with all of its faults) are
pointed and passionate.
* Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life For Girls Who Dig Girls
by Lindsay King-Miller. Plume, 2016.
A series of essays about lesbian life based on the advice column of the same
name. Topics are written to address both queer and straight readers and
include dating, sexual relationships, being out at work, and finding allies.
* Blood, Marriage, Wine and Glitter: Essays by S. Bear Bergman. Arsenal
Pulp, 2013, 232 pages.
A polyamorous transman married to another transman who delivered their love
child writes about the fluidity of gender and relationships.
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. Edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear
Bergman. Seal Press, 2010, 302 pages.
A mélange of essays, commentary, comic art, and conversation reflects the
diverse group of trans-spectrum transpeople, genderqueers, and other
sex/gender radicals who follow barrier-breaking lives.
I will say this exactly one time: essays by D. Gilsen. Sibling Rivalry
Press, 2015, 140 pages.
A set of essays that explores what it means to be a poet and cultural
theorist in the world. These essays are deeply personal and address the
concept of "queer" as an identification.
* It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth
Living. Edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller. Dutton Adult, 2012, 352
A companion to the popular "It Gets Better" Internet campaign, and featuring
a list of resources for teens and adults, this collection of essays and
testimonials brings hope to LGBTQ youth facing prejudice, bullying, and
other forms of harassment, and serves as a great reminder to all adults of
the role we have to play in creating a world where "It Gets Better" for our
* Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show. by Lynnee Breedlove. Manic D, 2009,
Inc. 126 pages.
Gender-bending comedy pieces debate who owns a body--self, family, or
community--and struggle with the age-old issue of gender categorization.
* Mapping the Territory: Selected Nonfiction by Christopher Bram. Alyson,
2009, 258 pages.
The author of nine novels, including Gods and Monsters, has selected 17
essays written over the past 30 years that he says form an accidental
* Missed Her: Stories by Ivan E. Coyote. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010, 142
>From a master storyteller and performer come these funny, wistful tales
about growing up in the Canadian north as a lesbian butch, examining others'
confusion in the face of her gender identity.
Nothing Personal: Chronicles of Chicago's LGBTQ Community 1977-1979 by
Jon-Henri Damski. Firetrap Press, 2009, 476 pages.
The lives of Chicago gays from street kids to the high-powered movers and
shakers form the background to this collection of writings that addresses
the place of Chicago's LGBTQ community in American culture during two
momentous decades in the movement from rejection to partial acceptance.
Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio. Edited by Ed Madden and Candace Hodge.
Hub City Press, 2010, 159 pages.
A radio program that began as a six-week experiment in Columbia, South
Carolina  is now a weekly half hour that has run continuously since October
9, 2005. Organized into three sections--listening, learning, and
resisting--these broadcasts about being gay in the South make the reader
laugh, cry, and want to fight back against the bigotry.
* Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. Edited by Ivan Coyote and Zena
Sharman. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011, 256 pages.
Twenty years after the publication of Joan Nestle's The Persistent Desire: A
Femme-Butch Reader, Coyote and Sharman continue the conversation of lesbian
butches and femmes through fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from their
favorite lesbian/transwomen authors.
Red-Inked Retablos by Rigoberto Gonzalez. University of Arizona Press, 2012.
In the tradition of framing devotional images, these 13 essays honor those
people who influenced the gay author's lifework and give hope to a future
generation of Latino "mariposa" writers.
Role Models by John Waters. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010, 304 pages.
A gay icon best known for his cult films such as Pink Flamingos, Waters
delivers a series of portraits of the people who are role models in his
life, from Johnny Mathis to a lesbian stripper called Lady Zorro.
Something to Declare: Good Lesbian Travel Writing. Edited by Gillian
Kendall. Terrace/University of Wisconsin Press, 2009, 230 pages.
Twenty journeys, both fictional and actual, span the globe of the heart as
often as through geography.
The Fire in Moonlight: Stories from the Radical Faeries 1975-2010. Edited by
Mark Thomson and Richard Neely. The White Crane Books, 2011, 312 pages.
Collecting over fifty first-person accounts, poems, and stories from members
of the Radical Faeries, the spiritual movement founded by gay activist Harry
Hay in the 1970s, this collection offers a unique view of the past
thirty-five years of Faerie history and culture.
The Judy Grahn Reader by Judy Grahn, and Lisa Maria Hogeland. Aunt Lute
Books, 2009, 317 pages.
Complexities of lesbian love, sex, and spirituality are highlighted in
Grahn's fiction, drama, poetry, and nonfiction in this assemblage that spans
the past 45 years.
* The Martin Duberman Reader: The Essential Historical, Biographical, and
Autobiographical Writings by Martin Duberman. New Press, 2013, 374 pages.
A half-century of writings showing the historian's perspectives on the
intersection of gender, sexuality, race, and economics; includes part of his
1993 book, Stonewall.
* The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You: Essays by S. Bear Bergman. Arsenal
Pulp Press, 2009, 205 pages.
Gender identity and Jewish identity intersect in these poignant, humorous
essays reflecting the transmutations of the author from butch and husband of
a woman to a transmasculine person (Bergman's word) and husband of a
* The Professor and Other Writings by Terry Castle. Harper, 2010, 340 pages.
Seven essays written between 2002 and 2009 move from a search for the grave
of Castle's great-uncle, who died in World War I, to a lengthy
autobiographical account of her early female lovers.
What color is your hoodie? by Jarrett Neal. Chelsea Station Editions, 2015,
176 pages.
Essays detailing the status of black gay men in the new millennium,
examining classism among black gay men, racism within the gay community,
representations of the black male body within gay pornography, and
patriarchal threats to the survival of both black men and gay men.
* You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs. St.
Martin's Press, 2009, 206 pages.
>From the author's self-involved childhood ruled by wealthy self-centered
parents through his relationship with an atheist dying of AIDS, Burroughs
uses his wry wit to describe his attempts to make sense of the world around
him, beginning with the relationship of Jesus and Santa Claus.
85A. by Kyle Thomas Smith. Bascom Hill Publishing, 2010, 234 pages.
For Seamus O'Grady, only his friendship with Tressa and his dream of
escaping to London to live like punk-rocker Johnny Rotten, keep his life
from spiraling out of control in the face of his Irish Catholic parents'
abuse, his brother's violence, and the daily bullying at his hated South
Side Chicago Jesuit high school.
* A Field Guide to Deception: A Novel by Jill Malone. Bywater Books, 2009,
266 pages.
After Liv saves Claire's son from drowning, the two women fall in love, but
their relationship turns tumultuous as Claire grieves the death of her aunt
and Liv struggles with commitment.
* A Horse Named Sorrow by Healey Trebor. Terrace Books, 2012, 275 pages.
Seamus transports his lover's ashes across the United States on a road trip
that will lead to many eye-opening encounters and may ultimately cost him
* After the Parade: A Novel by Lori Ostlund. Scribner, 2015, 340 pages.
After leaving his partner in New Mexico to start a new life in San
Francisco, ESL teacher Aaron Englund seeks closure from a rejection-marked
childhood and his own questionable choices by exploring his relationships
with fellow misfits in his youth.
* All I Love and Know by Judith Frank. William Morrow, 2014, 432 pages.
When his identical twin brother and sister-in-law are killed in Israel in a
horrific terrorist attack, Daniel is left to fulfill their wishes and raise
their two children in the States. Besides grief, Daniel and his lover Matt
must handle Israel's legal system, the media, the families, their
relationship, as well as being thrust into the role of parents.
An Arab Melancholia by Abdellah Taïa. Semiotext(e), 2012, 141 pages.
This fictionalized memoir about gay love lost and coming to terms with that
loss within an Arab sensibility moves among settings in Morocco, Paris, and
An Honest Ghost by Rick Whitaker. Jaded Ibis Press, 2013, 210 pages.
In a cut-and-paste novel, the author tells about his life, his boyfriend,
his son, and his son's mother through single sentences taken from over 500
other works.
* Annabel by Kathleen Winter. Grove Press, Black Cat, 2011, 480 pages.
In 1968, when a baby both male and female is born to a rural Canadian
couple, the child's father makes a decision to raise the baby as a boy named
Wayne, and keep the child's dual gender secret. Wayne enters adolescence to
confront an identity known as Annabel, and a difficult decision.
* Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson. HarperCollins, 2016.
For August, friendship was everything. It was the 1970s in Brooklyn. She and
her three best girlfriends lived confident of their talents, dreaming of the
future. But their Brooklyn was a dangerous place, where dreams were
fleeting, and growing up female was not easy. Woodson's latest novel is an
epic poem, honoring memories of girlhood, fragile community, and fate.
* Another Life Altogether: A Novel by Elaine Beale. Spiegal & Grau, 2010,
402 pages.
After her mentally unstable mother attempts suicide, 13-year-old Jesse's
ineffectual father moves the family to a rural village in the North of
England where she hides her love for a friend's older sister.
* Apocalypse baby by Virginie Despentes; translated from the French by Sian
Reynolds. The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2013, 310 pages.
A fast-paced mystery about a missing adolescent girl traveling through Paris
and Barcelona. She is tailed by two mismatched private investigators: the
Hyena, part ruthless interrogator, part oversexed rock star, and Lucie, her
plain and passive--almost to the point of invisible--sidekick. As their
desperate search unfolds, they interrogate a suspicious cast of characters,
and the dark heart of contemporary youth culture is exposed.
* Bay of Foxes: A Novel by Sheila Kohler. Penguin Books, 2012, 209 pages.
When Dawit, a poor but educated, gay, undocumented immigrant from Ethiopia
after the fall of the Emperor, finds himself in Paris and befriended by M, a
famous writer, he quickly becomes her in many ways and masters the art of
Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin. Translated from the Spanish by Kurt
Hollander. City Lights Publisher, 2009, 63 pages.
Shunned by family and friends after succumbing to a mysterious plague, the
afflicted spend their last days in a former beauty salon, tended by an aging
transvestite, where exotic fish die in the aquariums lining the walls,
providing an allegory of the events of the world at large.
* Billie Girl by Vicki Weaver. Leapfrog, 2010, 240 pages.
In this gender-blending Southern-gothic tale, an infant adopted by two
sisters (actually brothers) grows up and leads a fascinating life,
encountering such fascinating people as a lesbian preacher's wife and a
platonic second husband who loved her adoptive father.
* Bitter in the Mouth: A Novel by Monique Truong. Random House, 2010, 282
Linda's life in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and her relationship with
her family and friends is affected by her synesthesia, a condition in which
she experiences words as tastes.
* Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher by Monica Nolan. Kensington Books,
2010, 290 pages.
In this tongue-in-cheek novel of the 1950s, Roberta Blanchard, forced to
leave the glamorous field of professional hockey, finds a job at a private
high school where she struggles with her ignorance about literature and art
and with her sexual desire for many of the women, including one of the
Breathing lessons: a novel by Andy Sinclair. Esplanade Books, 2015, 146
The story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the
limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced.
Bruceville by Robyn Vinten. Tollington Press, 2013, 234 pages.
Three childhood friends reunite in rural New Zealand for a wedding and
revisit haunting memories of growing up, after one of the friends has come
out as trans.
By Nightfall: A Novel by Michael Cunningham. FSG, 2010, 238 pages.
Peter's ideal life with his wife, Rebecca, in Manhattan's SoHo is turned
upside down when Rebecca's beautiful 23-year-old brother comes for a visit.
* Cha-Ching! By Ali Liebegott. City Lights, 2013, 248 pages.
A young woman, Theo, tries to get a new start in New York City where a new
relationship starts her on the right path, but old vices quickly reappear.
Concord, Virginia: A Southern Town in Eleven Stories by Peter Neofotis. St.
Martin's Press, 2009, 178 pages.
The Southern Gothic--and sometimes violent--plots of these gems trace the
people of a fictional Shenandoah Valley town for 30 years beginning in the
mid-twentieth century as they experience love, bigotry, and mental
instability in tales that include Native American folklore, gay history,
Thomas Jefferson, tragedy, and black humor.
* Counterpoint: Dylan's Story by Ruth Sims. Dreamspinner Press, 2010, 314
Dylan Rutledge, 18, believes that he will be the greatest composer in the
rapidly approaching twentieth century, but his "love that dare not speak its
name" for Laurence Northcliff, a young history master, alienates him from
his family as he looks for his future in England and Paris.
* Days of Grace by Catherine Hall. Viking, 2010, 294 pages.
At the end of her life, Nora Lynch has decided that she will die alone until
she takes a young woman and her just-born daughter into her home, an act
that causes her to relive her adolescent days as an World War II evacuee
outside London when she suffered from a passion for another girl.
* Fair Play (New York Review Books Classics) by Tove Jansson. Translated
from the Swedish by Thomas Teal. YRB Classics, 2011, 120 pages.
A series of vignettes featuring Mari, a writer, and Jonna, an artist, two
women who live at opposite ends of a big apartment building, likely inspired
by Jansson's real-life relationship with the graphic artist Tuulikki
Fall Asleep Forgetting by Georgeann Packard. Permanent Press, 2010, 264
An amazing myriad of characters trying to help each other are linked through
proximity: restaurant-owner Paul prepares for his suicide because of his
terminal pancreatic cancer; his wife, Sloan, who starts an affair with a
female park ranger; a transgender trailer-park owner, Cherry, whose partner
starts an affair with another woman; and a nine-year-old girl who hates
going to school.
* First Spring Grass Fire by Rae Spoon. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012, 144 pages.
A non-linear narrative of transgendered memories about growing up queer in a
Pentecostal family with a psychologically disturbed father attests to the
strength of surviving a painful childhood.
* For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, 242
Told from the perspective of Peter as he grows from a child into a young
adult identifying as a girl, despite his Chinese immigrant family's
traditional gender expectations.
Foucault, in winter, in the Linnaeus garden: a novel by Michael Joyce.
Starcherone Books, 2015, 185 pages.
A fictional account of Focault's 1956 stay in Sweden told through imagined
letters in multiple languages.
* Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. Little, Brown and Company, 2014, 416 pages.
Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking
heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon,
a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend
Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she
will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't
track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one
of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of
jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny
herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting
dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts. In thrilling,
cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime.
Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale
of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like
no other.
* Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. Atria Books, 2013, 346 pages.
A family's carefully constructed facade intended to protect their intersex
child falls apart when he is the victim of a violent crime.
* hidden by Tomas Mournian. Kensington Books, 2011, 304 pages.
When Ahmed escapes his parents and an abusive anti-gay treatment center for
teens, he finds temporary sanctuary in a so-called safe house in San
Francisco, where, even if he and his new roommates can hide from the bounty
hunters, fanatics, parents, and pimps looking for them, they cannot escape
their pasts and each other.
* Hild: A Novel by Nicola Griffith. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013, 560
A fictional account of the woman who would eventually become St. Hilda of
Whitby; this book is full of descriptions of the daily life of women and the
spectrum of their relationships with one another in 7th-century England.
Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story by Rebecca Coffey. She Writes Press, 2014,
360 pages.
A fictional memoir by the queer, youngest daughter of Sigmund Freud, who
became a renowned psychoanalyst in her own right.
* In One Person by John Irving. Simon & Schuster, 2012, 425 pages.
Bisexual William Dean Abbott narrates the stories of eccentric and lovable
people covering a wide range of sexual identities who live in First Sister,
* Insignificant Others: A Novel by Stephen McCauley. Simon & Schuster, 2010,
243 pages.
Richard Rossi's discovery of a text message revealing his partner Conrad's
affair leads Rossi into a world of confusion and pain despite his own affair
with a closeted bisexual married father.
Jack Holmes and his Friends: A Novel by Edmund White. Bloomsbury, 2012, 392
Jack's love of his straight best friend is never consummated, but the sexual
tension is always on the back burner.
* Jam on the Vine: A Novel by LaShonda Katrice Barnett. Publishers Group
West, 2015, 323 pages.
A historical novel set in the age of Jim Crow and the Great Migration. Ivoe
Williams, the daughter of a Muslim cook and a metalsmith struggles for
equality and triumphs against all odds. Ivoe falls in love with a woman and
they build a life together in Missouri in the wake of social change.
* Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. Riverdale Avenue Books, 2016.
The coming-of-age story of a young woman learning what it is to be who she
is--Lesbian, Puerto Rican, New Yorker--Juliet is running to something that
isn't what she expected and running from problems that follow along with
her. A great story for anyone who has ever felt that love can't replace
understanding, that understanding comes in ways you never expected, and that
heroes are what you make of them.
* Krakow Melt by Daniel Allen Cox. Arsenal Pulp, 2010, 176 pages.
When Radek, a bisexual artist who creates miniature replicas of infamous
urban fires, meets Dorota, a fellow pyromaniac, the two join together to
protest homophobia in 2005 Krakow, Poland, with predictably explosive
* Lost boi by Sassafras Lowrey. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015, 233 pages.
A queer punk reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story, told from the point
of view of Tootles, Pan's best boi.
* Lovers by Daniel Arsand. Translated from the French by Howard Curtis.
Europa Editions, 2012, 129 pages.
After teenage Sebastien Faure goes to live with a French aristocrat, despite
the objections of his lover's mother, things do not go well because of the
negative attitude of King Louis XV toward homosexuality and the mother's
loss of her position in the court.
* Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel by Francine Prose.
Harper, 2014, 448 pages.
Told through a series of letters and novels by her friends, lovers,
biographer, and acquaintances, the life of Lou Villars, athlete,
cross-dressing lesbian, race car driver, spy and more, comes to life against
the backdrop of Paris from 1932 through the end of World Ware II. The
literary construction plays with what is remembered and what is real.
Lum, A Novel by Libby Ware. She Writes Press, 2015, 215 pages.
For intersex Lum, depended on her parasitic family members for three
decades, the development of the Blue Ridge Parkway brings new financial and
social opportunities in 1930's Appalachia.
* Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tale of the City Novel by Armistead Maupin.
Doubleday Books, 2010, 304 pages.
Twenty years after Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San
Francisco to pursue her dream of a television career in New York, she is
forced by a pair of personal calamities to return to the safety of her
oldest friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with
his much-younger husband.
Medici Boy by John L'Heureux. Astor + Blue Editions, LLC, 2014, 346 pages.
Set against the backdrop of Florence in the 15th Century, Luca, writing from
prison, tells the life of his half brother Agnolo, who is Donatello's muse
and lover and model for the famous David sculpture.
* Mislaid by Nell Zink. HarperCollins, 2015, 242 pages.
A winding, intricate tale of a non-traditional family fighting for survival
in the 1960's.
* Moffie by Andre Carl Van der Merwe. Europa Books, 2011, 336 pages.
Growing up within a very conservative Dutch Reform Church family in South
Africa, Nicholas learns to survive in a world where he faces scorn for being
a moffie (sissy in Afrikaans), before he is conscripted into the South
African Defense Force and deals with gay oppression within the force and the
horrors of the South West African Bush War.
Mormon Underwear by Johnny Townsend. BookLocker, 2009, 278 pages.
Thirteen tales of Mormon men struggling with their gay desires range from a
young LDS man stripping to his Mormon underwear in public to a virginal
70-year-old rationalizing giving in to temptation.
* Mr. Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo. Akashic, 2014, 307 pages.
74-year-old Barrington Jedidiah Walker, a member of Britain's Caribbean
community, is still trying to decide how to leave his wife of 50 years and
move in with the man he has loved since childhood.
* Nevada by Imogen Binnie. Topside Press, 2013, 242 pages.
Providing a powerful transgender voice throughout the novel, Maria
Griffiths, a trans woman in New York who finds her life unraveling, steals a
car and seeks escape via a cross-country road trip to Nevada.
Palmerino by Melissa Pritchard. Bellevue Literary Press, 2014, 192 pages.
Writer Sylvia Case returns to Villa il Palmerino after her divorce to write
a biography of Violet Paget, late 19th century writer, only to channel
Violet's spirit in her former home.
Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi. Goose Lane Editions, 2014, 200 pages.
When the death of her brother turns her family upside down, Egg tries to
cope. Being Japanese-Canadian in a rural community, she is isolated,
bullied, and misunderstood, but her older lesbian sister is her strength and
* Probation by Tom Mendicino. Kensington Books, 2010, 340 pages.
Middle-aged Andy Nocera didn't expect to come out as a gay man during an
anonymous tryst at an Interstate rest area, but his arrest led to divorce, a
new job as a traveling salesman, and a home at his mother's house.
Court-ordered therapy with a Jesuit priest lets Andy track his life, both
before his indiscretion and during the process of becoming openly gay and
coping with his mother's dying.
* Remembrance of Things I Forgot: A Novel by Bob Smith. University of
Wisconsin, 2011, 272 pages.
Bob Smith's comic imagination takes on the 1980s, in this clever science
fiction novel that explores what happens when your physicist boyfriend
invents a time machine that could stop Dick Cheney, prevent a suicide and
deal with dysfunctional family issues before they become tragic.
* Second Line: Two Short Novels of Love & Cooking in New Orleans by Poppy Z.
Brite. Small Beer Press, 2009, 259 pages.
In New Orleans, lovers Ricky and G-man overcome their families' attempts to
separate them, learn to cook, and find that the problems of running a
restaurant together threaten to destroy their relationship.
* Sick City by Tony O'Neill. Harper Perennial, 2010, 384 pages.
Jeffrey is an aging rent boy with a serious drug habit; Randal is the
meth-using son of the founder of a major movie studio. When the two meet in
rehab, it starts a wild caper centering on an extremely valuable secret sex
film starring the late actress Sharon Tate.
* Silver Lake by Peter Gadol. Tyrus Books, 2009, 290 pages.
The 20-year relationship between Robbie and Carlo falls apart when a strange
young man mysteriously comes into their lives and then dies.
* South of Broad by Pat Conroy. Nan A. Talese, 2009, 514 pages.
Gossip columnist Leo Bloom, named by his mother after the character in
Ulysses, straddles the divide in his friendships between aristocratic
Charleston and the other side--with its Appalachian orphans and
African-Americans--as he alternates his story between the high school years
of 1969 and the 1989 disasters of AIDS and Hurricane Hugo, when all their
lives disintegrate in personal storms.
Sphinx by Anne F. Garréta. Deep Vellum Pub, 2015, 120 pages.
A romance set in Paris that mixes sexes and blurs genders. This is the first
English translation of Garreta's debut novel.
Spinning Tropics by Aska Mochizuki. Translated from the Japanese by Wayne P.
Lammers. Vintage/Random House, 2009, 231 pages.
In Vietnam, a twenty-something Japanese woman and teacher named Hiro falls
in love with her student, Yun, in their first woman-to-woman love affair,
but Yun becomes jealous when Hiro begins an affair with a Japanese man.
Sugarless by James Magruder. University of Wisconsin Press, 2009, 274 pages.
Shy Rick Lahrem, a high school sophomore just coming out, develops a sexual
relationship with a speech coach from a rival high school, only to have his
secret discovered.
* Sweet like Sugar by Wayne Hoffman. Kensington Books, 2011, 352 pages.
When Benji Steiner, a twenty-seven-year-old Jewish gay man, forms an
unlikely friendship with elderly Orthodox Rabbi Jacob Zuckerman, the
connection results in surprising new revelations and explorations of faith
for both.
* Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Dial Press, 2012, 360
In 1987, June Elbus, 14, overcomes her misery at the loss of her beloved
artist uncle, Finn Weiss, by making friends with the uncle's lover, Toby,
not knowing that her parents hated Toby because they believed he had killed
Finn by giving him AIDS.
* The Absolutist by John Boyne. Other Press, 2011, 309 pages.
After surviving in the trenches of France during World War I, Tristan, under
the premise of returning letters to the sister of his dead friend, embarks
on a journey showing a powerful look at war, commitment, jealousy, gay love,
friendship, and the times.
* The Art of Fielding: A Novel by Chad Harbach. Little, Brown and Co, 2011,
512 pages.
Henry is a very talented college baseball shortstop whose openly gay
roommate and teammate is having a secret affair with the college president.
The Bird Keeper by Issy Festing. Book Guild Limited, 2010, 264 pages.
After Satchin Rai refuses to take over his father's successful tea business
and chooses instead to become an ornithologist at a bird sanctuary in
northwest India, a mysterious British visitor to the sanctuary upsets
Satchin's world by being so free (and western) about his life
responsibilities and sexuality. Satchin struggles to decide whether to meet
his family's expectations or enjoy a guilt-free life doing what he loves.
The Creamsickle by Rhiannon Argo. Spinsters Ink, 2009, 260 pages.
Three skater bois live in The Creamsickle, a notorious run-down Victorian in
the San Francisco's Mission District, hopping from bed to bed in pursuit of
love and thrills, family and identity.
* The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City #9) By Armistead Maupin.
Harper, 2014, 288 pages.
The final work in the Tales of the City series focuses on the life of Anna
Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady, now in her 90s, and brings
back all the beloved characters of the series.
The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa. Translated from the Spanish by
Edith Grossman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012, 358 pages.
Before the Irish nationalist Roger Casement was hanged by the British
government for treason, the gay man had a long history of trying to help the
world's oppressed people, especially in the Belgian Congo and the Amazon
area; this novelization of his life shows both his activism and the attacks
on him during his last days.
The Elijah Tree by Cynthea Masson. Queer Mojo/Rebel Satori, 2009, 203 pages.
The child Elijah brings together his family who have been estranged by a
series of disasters.
* The Empty Family by Colm Toibin. Scribner, 2011, 288 pages.
A woman confesses her darkest secret to novelist Henry James, a gay man
attends to his dying aunt, two Pakistani workers find love and violence in
Barcelona, and more in these stories of love, loss, and family.
* The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys. Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, 2015, 212 pages.
World War II pilot James Hunter is shot down and sent to a German POW camp
on his very first mission. While other prisoners play games and plot escape,
James observes and records the development of a nest of restarts near the
camp. James wife, Rose, finds freedom she never knew before, left behind in
their English cottage. This freedom is threatened when James' sister Enid
comes to stay, having lost both her home and her lover in the Blitz.
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith. Grand Central Publishing, 2014, 368 pages.
When Daniel receives a call from his father telling him his mother had been
committed to a mental hospital, he must come to terms with the hidden lives
of his parents, the toxic effect of familial lies, and his own hidden life
in order to solve the mystery these lies have created.
* The Fish Child (The Americas) by Lucia Puenzo. Translated from the Spanish
by David William Foster. Texas Tech Press, 2010.
Told from the point of view of the family dog, this novella about the
romance between Argentinian Lala and her maid Guayi takes a strange turn
when Guayi disappears without a trace. Lala tries to trace her to her native
Paraguay, where she learns some shocking secrets about Guayi's past and the
legend of the fish child that lives in the lake. Bookshare has this book in
Spanish: El Niño Pez.
* The Great Lover: A Novel by Jill Dawson. Harper Perennial, 2009, 310
Before World War I, poet Rupert Brooke woos a variety of women, including
housemaid Nell Golightly, and loses his virginity to a male friend.
Distressed by his many affairs, reeling from the death of his brother, and
insecure about his poetry, Brooke sets off for Tahiti, where he becomes
increasingly mentally unstable.
* The Green Road: A Novel by Anne Enright. W. W. Norton & Company, 2015, 309
Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. A novel set in a small town on
Ireland's Atlantic coast. A tale of family and fracture, compassion and
selfishness--a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to
fill them. Spanning thirty years, this book tells the story of Rosaleen,
matriarch of the Madigans, a family on the cusp of either coming together or
falling irreparably apart. As they grow up, Rosaleen's four children leave
the west of Ireland for lives they could have never imagined in Dublin, New
York, and Mali, West Africa. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful
mother announces that she's decided to sell the house and divide the
proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the
feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history
bought and sold.
The Hour Between by Sebastian Stuart. Alyson, 2009, 248 pages.
After being expelled from a pretentious prep school, wealthy New York teen
Arthur MacDougal finds himself attending a down-at-heels private school in
the wilds of Connecticut. In his first day, Arthur is informed by quirky
Katrina Felt that he is gay. During the following school year Arthur deals
with the drugs, the war, sexual freedom, and the anti-establishment
rebellion of the late 1960s as well as his attraction to the muscular
townie, Lennie.
The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by
Leland Purvis, Abrams ComicArts, 2016.
A realistic, imaginative, well-drawn graphic novel exploring the life and
death of the great mathematician and pioneer of artificial intelligence and
computer science, Alan Turing. His incredible feats during and after World
War II were overshadowed by prosecution for being homosexual. As Ottaviani
notes, "I wish I lived in a world that benefited from decades more of Alan
Turing alive and well, thinking and discovering." Bookshare does have other
books about Alan Turing.
The Intimates by Ralph Sassone. Picador, 2011, 256 pages.
In this debut novel, Maize and Robbie form a deep and powerful bond in high
school and are inseparable friends as adults. Their complicated relationship
must be examined if either of them are to move past the hurts of the past.
* The Last Nude by Ellis Avery. Riverhead Books, 2012, 309 pages.
In 1927 Paris, a young American woman named Rafaela meets and agrees to pose
nude for artist Tamara de Lempicka; this story of love, desire, and
betrayal, is a novelization based on de Lempicka's actual life and work.
* The Listener: A Novel by Rachel Brasch. Pegasus, 2015, 336 pages.
The story of a student and his professor/psychologist and the way their
lives are intertwined through issues of gender and difference. Explores
issues of self-definition, trans identity, and relationships.
* The Metropolis Case by Matthew Gallaway. Crown, 2010, 384 pages.
Interwoven with the story of Richard Wagner's opera, Tristan and Isolde,
this sweeping novel connects four seemingly unrelated characters over
centuries and continents through a shared desire for human connection in
this magical twist on a tale of love, music, death, drama, destiny, loyalty
and betrayal.
* The More I Owe You by Michael Sledge. Counterpoint, 2010, 328 pages.
In this fictional account, American poet Elizabeth Bishop and her Brazilian
lover, architect Lota de Macedo Soares, lead a tumultuous life against the
uncertain political background of the 1950s and 1960s in Brazil, New York
City, and Seattle.
* The Paying Guests By Sarah Waters. Riverhead Hardcover, 2014, 576 pages.
Waters's characters (where even the house takes on a quality of character)
are vividly portrayed in this novel of post-World War I England. The newly
impoverished Francis Wray and her mother take in boarders whose presence
leads to unforeseen moral dilemmas.
* The Road Home by Michael Thomas Ford. Kensington Books, 2010, 248 pages.
Recuperating at his father's small-town Vermont home after a car accident,
photographer Burke Crenshaw finds himself drawn into a mystery of a Civil
War infantryman and his fiancé as well as his attraction to the 20-year-old
son of his old high school crush.
* The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. HarperCollins, 2012, 378 pages.
This novel of the Trojan War relates the story of Patroclus' love for the
great warrior Achilles.
The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont. St. Martin's Press, 2012, 308 pages.
During the 1987 economic recession, wealthy Jason Prosper changes private
schools following the suicide of his friend and lover, but the new school
brings more disaster as he tries to understand love.
The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey, Linda Carey, Louise Carey, & Nimit
Malavia. Chizine, 2012, 424 pages.
Bessan concubines fight to regain their city and establish a democracy of
women artists and craftswomen.
* The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst. Knopf, 2011, 448 pages.
In 1913, George Sawle brings his schoolmate and secret lover, the poet Cecil
Valence, home to meet his family. The poem Cecil writes in George's sister
Daphne's autograph book as a result of that visit will have an impact on the
family that lasts several generations.
* The Survival Methods and Mating Rituals of Men and Marine Mammals by Chris
Kenry. Kensington Books, 2012, 450 pages.
Broke and newly diagnosed with HIV, children's book author Davis Garner
takes a job as a technical writer on a research mission to Antarctica, where
he accidentally stumbles onto a conspiracy and the possibility of unlikely
The Third Buddha by Jameson Currier. Chelsea Station, 2011, 288 pages.
Lives diverge and intersect as the novel follows young Ted Bridges, a law
school dropout struggling with his sexual identity and sense of self as he
searches for his older brother in the aftermath of 9/11, and journalists Ari
and Jim, discontented lovers traveling in Afghanistan to find the Third
Buddha, who are violently separated when a roadside bomb erases Ari's memory
and Jim's hearing.
The Two Hotel Francforts By David Leavitt. Bloomsbury USA, 2013, 272 pages.
After the fall of Paris to the Nazis, the expatriate couple Julia and Pete
Winters join others in flight to Lisbon to flee Europe. There they meet the
Frelings, writers of mystery novels who are also fleeing Europe for the
States. Amid the chaos of the impeding war, this chance meeting changes
their lives.
The Two Krishnas: a Novel by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla. Magnus Books, 2011.
A wife and mother in contemporary Los Angeles is forced to evaluate her
beliefs when her Hindu husband falls in love with a single Muslim man.
* The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov by Paul Elliott Russell. Cleis Press,
2011, 381 pages.
This fictionalized autobiography of the gay brother of Vladimir Nabokov
spans the early days in pre-revolutionary Russia through the middle of World
War II.
* The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf by Stephanie Barron. Bantam
Books/Random House, 2009, 326 pages.
In England on business, master gardener Jo Bellamy investigates her beloved
grandfather's recent suicide, discovering links to the Bloomsbury group, a
World War II spy ring, and a new perspective on Virginia Woolf's death.
* These Things Happen By Richard Kramer. Unbridled Books, 2012, 272 pages.
After 15-year-old Theo comes out at a school assembly, he asks his straight
friend Wesley who is living with his gay father and lover to help him
understand this "gay thing" during 24 hours of mayhem and soul-searching in
Wesley's extended family.
Toss and Whirl and Pass by Shawn Stewart Ruff. Quote Editions, 2010,
Ivy-educated, HIV-positive African-American poet Yale Battle tells about his
New York life from the innocent '80s through the World Trade Center's
destruction as he is faced with AIDS killing his partner, a famed dancer and
* Trespass: A Novel by Rose Tremain. W. W. Norton & Company, 2010, 253
Two siblings trespass against each other emotionally and physically in a
disagreement over their family's property in the south of France. Anthony
Verey, an unsuspecting London art dealer, is caught in the middle when he
approaches them about buying the Cévennes property to escape his
disappointing life in London and to move closer to his sister Veronica and
her lover Kitty.
* Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton. Harper, 2011, 352 pages.
Leaving an unsuccessful writing career and his friends sickened by AIDS in
New York, middle-aged Martin Owenby returns home to a small town in the
mountains of North Carolina and back into the closet when his brother Leon
mysteriously disappears.
* Under the Udala trees by Chinelo Okparanta. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,
2015, 328 pages.
A young Nigerian girl, displaced during their civil war, begins a powerful
love affair with another refugee girl from a different ethnic community
until the pair are discovered and must learn the cost of living a lie amidst
taboos and prejudices.
* Union Atlantic: A Novel by Adam Haslett. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2010,
304 pages.
Ambitious young banker Doug Fanning fights Charlotte Graves, a retired
history teacher, for the right to build an ostentatious mansion on land that
Graves' grandfather had donated to the town. Nate Fuller, a troubled
high-school senior, is drawn into the legal conflict.
* Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in
a Large City By Choire Sicha. Harper, 2013, 256 pages.
Set in New York during the fallout of the financial crisis, this novel
follows a group of gay men in work and life.
* When everything feels like the movies by Raziel Reid. Arsenal Pulp Press,
2014, 171 pages.
A gay teen who fantasizes about being a movie teen reimagines his world as a
movie set. He tells his own story of the need for acceptance and love.
White, Christian by Christopher Stoddard. Triton Books, 2010, 208 pages.
Twenty-year-old Christian White moves to San Francisco, then New York, where
he indulges in drugs and sex to try to escape a dysfunctional family and
tragic past. But his tragic past finally catches up with him in a stunning
and brutal way.
* Yield: A Novel by Lee Houck. Kensington Books, 2010, 278 pages.
Twenty-something part-time hustler, Simon, tells about his friends in
contemporary Manhattan: boyfriend model Louis who becomes agoraphobic after
a gay bashing, gorgeous Aiden who begins an affair with Simon,
self-mutilating Jaron who finds his cutting becoming more frequent and
severe, and level-headed Farmer who tries to keep the rest of them from
their unhealthy impulses.
Aloha, Candy Hearts: A Russell Quant Mystery by Anthony Bidulka. Insomniac
Press, 2009, 244 pages.
Returning to Saskatoon from a vacation in Hawaii after becoming engaged to
Alex, private investigator Russell Quant finds himself hunted while
investigating a mysterious treasure map and the dark past of a famous
Date with a Sheesha by Anthony Bidulka. Insomniac Press, 2010, 262 pages.
Canadian Private Investigator Russell Quant goes undercover and explores the
Middle East from Dubai glitz to the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia as he tries
to rescue a gay man facing murder.
Dying for a Change by Sean Reynolds. Suspect Thoughts Press, 2009, 256
In the sweltering Chicago summer of 1965, lesbian Chan Parker--tall,
handsome, and Black--decides to leave the mob and go legit as a private
detective. With the help of best friend Henrietta Wild Cherry, Parker
investigates the murder of famous drag queen Miss Dove, but finds that her
former career isn't so easy to shake off.
* Ill Will (Micky Knight #7) by J. M. Redmann. Bold Strokes Books, 2012, 307
In post-Katrina New Orleans, private investigator Micky Knight investigates
a company selling natural remedies to the desperately ill, with potentially
fatal results, while Micky's female partner copes with a devastating illness
of her own.
* Miss Timmins' School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy. Harper, 2011, 496
When twenty-year-old Charulata Apte accepts a teaching position at the
British-run Miss Timmins' School for Girls in Panchgani, she doesn't
anticipate falling in love with fellow teacher Moira Prince. Or that by the
end of the term, she will find herself implicated in murder.
* The Lost Women of Lost Lake (Jane Lawless #19) by Ellen Hart. Minotaur
Books, 2011, 336.
Still undecided about going full-time as a private investigator, Jane
Lawless takes some time off at her family's lakeside lodge where she and her
friend Cordelia get caught up in a mystery that reveals the truth about
Cordelia's activism during the 1960s.
Malabarista (Detective Lane Mysteries) by Garry Ryan. NeWest Press, 2011,
203 pages.
In the fifth installment of this series, Detective Lane returns to solve the
murder of an Eastern European war criminal while also fighting for his
career. Piecing together the case becomes even tougher when he is faced with
a persistent--and accurate--bomber, and is forced to confront his own
personal demons, including the fear of losing his partner.
* Second You Sin (Kevin Connor #2) by Scott Sherman. Kensington Books, 2011,
288 pages.
In this sequel to First You Fall, Kevin Connors turns his sleuthing skills
to a string of murders among his fellow male prostitutes. The secrets
uncovered involve a beloved TV talk show host, an evangelical presidential
candidate, and Kevin's own "semi-boyfriend" Tony. Bookshare has the third
book in this series but not the first book.
Smoked: A Detective Lane Mystery by Garry Ryan. NeWest, 2010, 228 pages.
When Jennifer Towers is found dead in a graffiti-tagged dumpster, Detectives
Lane and Harper must decode the artwork and infiltrate the underground
graffiti culture to solve the case.
* The Cruel Ever After (Jane Lawless #18) by Ellen Hart. Minotaur, 2010, 320
The lives of lesbian restaurateur Jane Lawless and her niece are endangered
by the return of Hart's ex-husband--who turns out not to be an ex--and his
involvement in smuggling ancient Iraqi artifacts.
The Dark Tide: An Adrien English Mystery by Josh Lanyon. MLR, 2010, 294
A few weeks after open-heart surgery, Adrien English, who lives above his
Cloak and Dagger Bookstore, hears someone trying to break into his
apartment. Then, the discovery of a 50-year-old skeleton in the floor of his
renovation and the re-appearance of three ex-lovers leads Adrien to hire one
ex--the handsome ex-cop and ex-straight--Jake Riordan as a private
The German by Lee Thomas. Lethe Press, 2011, 290 pages.
Three people--Sheriff Tom Rabbit, boy Tim Randall, and ex-Nazi Ernst
Lang--tell about the events that took place in Barnard, Texas, during World
War II when snuff boxes containing messages written in German were stuffed
in the mouths of mysteriously murdered boys.
* The Killer Wore Leather: A Mystery by Laura Antoniou. Cleis Press, 2013,
402 pages.
Chaos reigns amidst a myriad of characters as dyke Detective Rebecca
Feldblum, with the help of her straight sidekick, navigates the kinky world
of sex to find the murderer of reigning Mr. Global Leather during the
current contest at a New York hotel.
The Water Rat of Wanchai: An Ava Lee Novel By Ian Hamilton. Picador, 2014,
400 pages.
Lesbian Ava Lee, forensic accountant and martial arts expert, tracks stolen
money through Hong Kong, Bangkok, Guyana, and the British Islands, while
engaging formidable foes.
* Water Mark (Micky Knight Mystery #6) by J. M. Redmann. Bold Strokes Books,
2010, 281 pages.
Following Hurricane Katrina's destruction of her beloved New Orleans,
private investigator Micky Knight tries to put her life back in order, but
at loose ends, with her lover missing and her friends focused on their own
losses, Micky decides to investigate one of the many dead bodies in the
city, a quixotic quest that leads her to a naive Midwestern teenager in
danger of becoming the next unidentified dead body.
* Graphic Narrative (narratives with illustrations)
7 Miles A Second By David Wojnarowicz, Marguerite Van Cook and James
Romberger. Fantagraphics, 2013, 68 pages.
This classic graphic read includes new material and the powerful,
never-before-duplicated, realistic coloring of the artist.
a + e 4ever by Ilike Merey. Lethe Press, 2011, 214 pages.
Asher is the beautifully androgynous new boy in school. Eu is the lonely
dyke girl who befriends, and soon finds herself falling for, Ash, in this
graphic novel that explores the complexities of love, friendship, sex,
gender and sexual identity.
Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond "Gay" and "Straight". Edited by Charles
"Zan" Christensen and Carol Queen. Northwest Press, 2013, 216 pages.
A collection of comics covers the range and nuances of bisexuality,
showcasing the discrimination bisexuals face from both the gay and straight
Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel. Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, 2012, 304 pages.
In this graphic memoir, writer and cartoonist Alison Bechdel recounts her
fraught relationship with her mother, as well as other significant female
relationships, with musings on psychoanalytic theory, Virginia Woolf, and
Donald Winnicott.
Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka. Art by J.H. Williams III; color by Dave
Stewart; letters by Todd Klein. DC Comics, 2010, 192 pages.
After the "don't ask don't tell" policy forces Kate Kane out of West Point,
she joins Batman and battles a crazed cult called the Religion of Crime led
by an Alice-in-Wonderland look-alike porcelain-pale Goth who may be Kate's
twin, long thought dead.
Batwoman: Hydrology by J. H. Williams, & W. Haden Blackman. D.C. Comics,
2012, 160 pages.
Discharged from West Point under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Kate Kane fights
crime in Gotham City as Batwoman, this time dealing with a new relationship,
a new sidekick, and the interests of a shadowy secret agency.
* Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh. Translated from the French by
Ivanka Hahnenberger. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013, 160 pages.
Clementine, a high school junior, finds an expected love for a young woman,
but the relationship is made difficult because of Clem's homophobic family
and new lover's girlfriend. Made into a movie.
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir By Nicole J. Georges. Houghton Mifflin,
2013, 260 pages.
Episodic vignettes describe the author's pain-filled life between the age of
two, when her mother told her that her father was dead, to the pursuit of
truth when a palm reader tells Georges, 23, that the father is actually
alive and Georges' misery in finding acceptance as a lesbian.
Dash #1 An Engaging Blend of Noir and Queer by Dave Ebersole. Northwest
Press, 2015, 24 pages.
Private investigator Dash Malone can't shake the feeling his lover, Johnny,
is hiding something. Strange deaths start occurring throughout the city
while a mysterious woman named Zita Makara begs Dash to take her case. When
a grisly murder connects all three, a terrifying mystery unfolds.
Esperanza: A Love and Rockets Book by Jaime Hernandez. Fantagraphics, 2011,
248 pages.
This volume of the popular Love and Rockets series contains the continuing
adventures of Maggie and Hopey as they revisit the past and explore the
future together.
Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon and Katie Diamond. Lunaticink, 2015, 388 pages.
A sex-ed book told with humor and illustrations geared toward women.
If This Be Sin By Hazel Newlevant. Prism Comics, 2014, 42 pages.
This brief collection of three short comics tells of queer women who express
themselves through their music and dance.
Julio's Day By Gilbert Hernandez. Fantagraphics, 2013, 112 pages.
With minimal text, this graphic novel follows main character Julio from
cradle to grave, illustrating how the gay experience has changed drastically
over 100 years.
Locas II: Maggie, Hopey and Ray (Love and Rocket) by Jaimie Hernandez.
Fantagraphics, 2009, 418 pages.
Divorced Maggie pursues Vivian while both Hopey and Ray pursue Maggie. The
focus of these graphic vignettes is a variety of colorful characters
including Maggie's Latino family and Vivian's thug friends.
No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics. Edited by Justin Hall.
Fantagraphics Books, 2012, 308 pages.
Hall brings together a comprehensive variety of queer-themed comics written
and drawn by Western artists over the past forty years.
On Loving Women By Diane Obomsawin. Drawn and Quarterly, 2014, 88 pages.
Simple comics illustrate the moments when a series of young women realize
that they also love women.
Qu33r. Edited by Rob Kirby. Northwest Press, 2013, 264 pages.
A graphic anthology of 33 different contributors telling stories of first
dates, rejection, dreams, passions and what "queer" means to them.
Spandex: Fast and Hard by Martin Eden. Titan Books, 2012, 96 pages.
In this first volume of their adventures, all-gay superhero team Spandex
faces super villains, pink ninjas, a fifty-foot lesbian, relationship
issues, and secrets that may ultimately tear apart the team.
Spit and Passion by Cristy C. Road. The Feminist Press, 2012, 157 pages.
The Cuban-American, Catholic-reared author reveals the angst of her youth in
her combined text and art memoir that describes failure to fit into her
culture, her search for help in punk rock, and her coming to terms with her
queer identity.
The Complete Wendel by Howard Cruse. Universe Publishing, 2011, 288 pages.
Includes every episode of Cruse's groundbreaking comic strip Wendel, which
ran in the pages of The Advocate during the 1980s, together for the first
time, along with introductions by Cruse and Alison Bechdel and a new "Where
Are They Now?" section.
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story by Vivek J. Tiwary. Illustrated by
Andrew C. Robinson. M Press, 2013, 144 pages.
Graphic telling of Brian Epstein's life reveals his importance as the gay
impresario who managed the Beatles from 1961-1967.
A Book of Tongues: Volume One of the Hexslinger Series by Gemma Files.
Chizine Publications, 2010, 274 pages.
Following the Civil War, Pinkerton detective Ed Murrow infiltrates a
renegade Confederate gang to investigate the hexslinging abilities of Rev.
Asher Rook and his psychopathic lover Chess Pargeter, as the goddess Ixchel
attempts to reinstate the Aztec gods by seducing Rook into a ritual
marriage, forcing his Wild West gang into a journey through Hell.
Day of the Dead by Victoria A. Brownworth. Spinsters Ink, 2009, 170 pages.
Hot, steamy New Orleans nights bring out vampires, succubi, and other
netherworld predators who connect with the--temporarily--living, in stories
of love, death, and the "living dead."
Pumpkin Teeth by Tom Cardamone. Lethe Press, 2009, 184 pages.
In this wicked universe, a boy transforms into lightning and illuminates his
emerging sexuality, a nurse finds herself working in a retirement home for
vampires, a man questions his decision to live life as a manatee, and more.
1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced Heritage. Edited by Drewey Wayne Gunn
and Jaime Harker. University of Massachusetts Press 2013, 344 pages.
These thirteen well-documented essays outline the history of gay pulp
fiction and the role it played in the lives of gay men through the '60's,
providing a look at authors and publishers and analyzing representative pulp
fiction works.
A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World by R. B.
Parkinson. Columbia University Press, 2013, 128 pages.
Objects ranging from Ancient Egyptian papyri and the erotic scenes on the
Roman Warren Cup to images by modern artists provide insight into the range,
diversity and complexity of same-sex experiences.
A Queer History of Fashion. Edited by Valerie Steel. Yale University Press,
2013, 248 pages.
A look at LGB (and some T) history from the perspective of fashion, looking
at how fashion contributes to movements and perceptions of groups of people.
* A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski. Beacon Press,
2011, 312 pages.
To examine history through the lens of those groups whose stories have been
excluded from the canon--this first book in a series uses primary documents,
literature, and culture histories to cover the dynamics of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender history from pre-1492 to the present.
* A view from the bottom: Asian American masculinity and sexual
representation by Tan Hoang Nguyen. Duke University Press, 2014, 287 pages.
An in-depth look at Asian American male sexual representation that uses the
concept of bottomhood rather than masculinity to help portray gay Asian
American men.

* Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis By Alexis Coe. Pulp/Zest Books,
2014, 208 pages.
An engaging account of the shocking 1892 murder of a teenaged girl by her
spurned lover, also a teenaged girl.
American Hunks by David Chapman and Brett Josef Grubisic. Arsenal Pulp
Press, 2009, 352 pages.
Images of the muscular American male shown in popular culture from 1860 to
1970 demonstrate how masculine imagery has been used to sell everything from
military involvement to laundry detergents.
* Arresting dress: cross-dressing, law, and fascination in
nineteenth-century San Francisco by Clare Sears. Duke University Press,
2015, 202 pages.
An in depth examination of cross-dressing laws in San Francisco in the 19th
Century. Adopted as part of a broader anti-indecency campaign, the
cross-dressing law became a flexible tool for policing multiple gender
transgressions, facilitating over one hundred arrests before the century's
end. Includes archival material, pictures, and detailed stories.
Awfully Devoted Women: Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900-65 by Cameron Duder.
University of British Columbia Press, 2010, 313 pages.
Through letters and interviews, the author explores the romantic lives of
Canadian lesbians upper-middle-class professionals from the first half of
the twentieth century and lower-middle class women in the post-World War II
Backdrop: The Politics and Personalities Behind Sexual Orientation Research
by Gayle E. Pitman. Active Voice Press, 2011, 278 pages.
The stories behind sexual research studies relate its problems, politics,
and personalities, the misuse of findings, the assumptions regarding bias of
the researchers, and the questions of objectivity.
* Becoming Nicole: the transformation of an American family by Amy Ellis
Nutt. Random House, 2015, 279 pages.
The Maines family is transformed when they discover that one of their
adopted identical twins is transgender, and they learn to provide heightened
emotional an legal safeguards to fulfill her potential.
* Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner. Seal Press, 2013, 245
This examination of bisexual politics covers issues of biphobia/monosexism,
feminism, and transgenderism including the problems of labeling this sexual
orientation/gender identity.
* Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall by St. Sukie
de la Croix. The University of Wisconsin Press, 2012, 311 pages.
A highly readable and colorfully detailed account of the presence and
visibility of LGBT people in Chicago from before its founding as a trading
post (1837) through the 1960s.
Cold War Femme: Lesbianism, National Identity, and Hollywood Cinema by
Robert J. Corber. Duke University Press, 2011, 240 pages.
During the Cold War, Americans' ideas about lesbianism changed, and rather
than the masculine butch, the "invisible" femme, who could more easily pass
as heterosexual, was seen as a greater threat to the nation and traditional
family. Corber backs up this argument by analyzing images of lesbianism and
butch and femme characters in the Cold War era films of Joan Crawford, Bette
Davis, Doris Day, and others.
* Conditional Spaces: Hong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life by Denise
Tse-Shange Tang. Hong Kong University Press, 2011, 194 pages.
Thirty interviews show how lesbian life is defined by the interrelationship
of urban density, regulatory issues, political and cultural organizations,
social justice issues, and the state's emphasis on capitalism and
Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States By
Robert J. Hume. Oxford University Press, 2013, 217 pages.
Although much attention has been paid to marriage equality in the nation's
higher courts, state courts have been the catalyst that moved same-sex
marriage forward, especially because many decisions went against the
"tyranny of the majority".
Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students by Peter DeWitt. Corwin Press,
2012, 117 pages.
The harassment and discrimination of LGBT students in schools and steps to
implement positive change in the schools' culture toward LGBT students,
including Gay/Straight Alliances, school board policies and codes of
conduct, and bullying policies.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell, V. 1. by Jeff Sheng. Jeff Sheng Studios, 2010.
The misery of enforced closeting of patriotic gays and lesbians by the U.S.
military is powerfully illuminated in these 20 photographic portraits
accompanied by selected anonymous emails courageously describing their
silent war.
"Don't Be So Gay!" Queers, Bullying, and Making School Safe by Donn Short.
UBC Press, 2013, 289 pages.
Conclusions from interviews with queer youth and their allies in the Toronto
area show the faults of the Canadian safe-school legislation and recommend
effective strategies to change the homophobic culture of schools.
* Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia
Serano. Seal Press, 2013, 327 pages.
An in-depth look at problematic elements of feminist and queer movements,
with suggestions on how to address those issues.

* Fat gay men: girth, mirth, and the politics of stigma by Jason Whitesel.
University Press, 2014, 177 pages.
"To be fat in a thin-obsessed gay culture can be difficult. Despite
affectionate in-group monikers for big gay men--chubs, bears, cubs--the
anti-fat stigma that persists in American culture at large still haunts
these individuals who often exist at the margins of gay communities. Jason
Whitesel delves into the world of Girth & Mirth, a nationally known social
club dedicated to big gay men, illuminating the ways in which these men form
identities and community in the face of adversity."--Jacket
* Fighting To Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War to Repeal "Don't Ask,
Don't Tell" by Alexander Nicholson. Chicago Review Press, 2012, 280 pages.
The founder of Servicemember United, the largest organization of gay and
lesbian service members, documents the battle to repeal the "Don't Ask,
Don't Tell' legislation.
* Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas: How a Bedroom Arrest
Decriminalized Gay Americans by Dale Carpenter. W.W. Norton & Company, 2012,
345 pages.
In highly accessible language, the author traces the events leading up to,
throughout, and following the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down
U.S. sodomy laws.
>From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for
Same-Sex Marriage by Michael J. Klarman. Oxford University Press, 2012, 276
Although LGBT rights suffered reversals during the last half of the 20th
century and the first 11 years of this one, the progress has been amazing,
particularly in the area of marriage equality.
* From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits that Have
Changed Our Nation by Carlos A. Ball. Beacon Press, 2010, 286 pages.
Among the many legal battles surrounding LGBT rights, five U.S. cases have
changed history.
* Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture
by Adrienne Shaw. University of Minnesota Press, 2014, 317 pages.
A discussion of gamer culture, specifically sexuality and gender through a
feminist, queer, postcolonial lens.
Gay Bar: The Fabulous, True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the
1950s. by Will Fellows and Helen P. Branson. University of Wisconsin Press,
2010, 166 pages.
At a time when laws barred gays from meeting in bars, a straight woman in
her 60s provided a gay haven in her Los Angeles tavern for nine years and
published a supportive book about her boys in 1957; this book expands the
original publication with a gay historical perspective on the 1950s.
* Gay directors, gay films?: Pedro Almodóvar, Terence Davies, Todd Haynes,
Gus Van Sant, John Waters by Emanuel Levy. Columbia University Press, 2015,
317 pages.
An in depth look at five contemporary gay male film directors that sets up a
framework for what it means to make a gay film or adopt a gay point of view.
Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America by
Tracy Baim. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012, 468 pages.
Comprehensive in scope and content, this history of GLBT print media
incorporates interviews and essays by leaders in the field to trace the
mainstream's handling of gay content, the role of advertising in this media,
and its future.
Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation by
Simon LeVay. Oxford University Press, 2010, 412 pages.
A child grows up gay or straight as the result of interaction among genes,
sex hormones, and the cells of the developing body and brain, according to
the wealth of scientific evidence provided by neuroscientist LeVay.
* Geisha of a different kind: race and sexuality in gaysian America by C.
Winter Han. New York University Press, 2015, 235 pages.
Addresses Asian American gay men in the American gay mainstream. The author
travels from West Coast Asian drag shows to the internationally sought-after
Thai kathoey, or "ladyboy," to construct a theory of queerness that is
inclusive of the race and gender particularities of the gay Asian male
experience in the United States.
Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children by
Diane Ehrensaft. The Experiment, 2011, 304 pages.
A developmental and clinical psychologist draws upon her years of working
with gender-nonconforming children to offer an alternate approach to the
current pathologicalization of gender identity dysphoria in this guide for
parents and others interested in how to nurture and support children who
don't fit into "normal" categories of gender.
Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals by Janet W. Hardy. Beyond Binary
Books, 2012, 175 pages.
A female-bodied person telling of her identification with gay men and
exploring other girlfags in the past addresses the question, "Do you want to
be that person, or do you want to have sex with them?"
* God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage by V. Gene
Robinson. Knopf, 2012, 196 pages.
The first, openly gay Episcopal bishop makes a case for gay marriage as he
addresses the arguments that are usually supplied by anti-gay marriage
advocates and provides persuasive reasons why these arguments are not valid.
Golden Age of Gay Fiction. Edited by Drewey Wayne Gunn. MLR Press, 2009, 262
Nineteen authors introduce the reader to the great explosion of gay writing
between the first Kinsey Report and the first collection of Tales of the
City during the 1950s and into the 1970s.
Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents by Irwin Krieger.
Genderwise Press, 2011, 86 pages.
Written by a clinical social worker, this accessible and compassionate guide
provides concrete and detailed information for parents on how they can
understand and support their gender non-conforming children, paying special
attention to the tensions that often arise between teens and parents.
Includes a glossary of terms and an extensive resource list.
* Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage. Edited by
Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort. Seal Press, 2012, 447 pages.
An honest and moving anthology of lesbian memoirs, essays, drama, and poetry
examines the many political, social, familial, and human aspects of gay
marriage. W. W. Norton
* Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture by Alice Echols. W.
W. Norton & Company, 2010, 338 pages.
More than a representation of a shallow decade, disco helped shape the
culture of blacks, feminists, and gays in a time when they were searching
for safe places.
* Imagining Gay Paradise: Bali, Bangkok and Cyber-Singapore by Gary Atkins.
Hong Kong University Press, 2012, 316 pages.
Biographies of diverse gay men (king, painter, bathhouse owner, and blogger)
against the backdrop of the cultural history of Singapore, Bali and Bangkok
show how the region tries to define itself by the absorption of Western
* Inseparable: Desire between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue. Knopf,
2010, 271 pages.
Donoghue traces the history of lesbian literary passion from ancient times
to the present, discussing texts in which the attraction between women is
undeniably there and has consequences for the story.
* Intersexuality and the Law: Why Sex Matters by Julie A. Greenberg. New
York University Press, 2012, 169 pages.
Issues regarding intersex individuals and transsexuals include medical
treatment protocol for intersex infants, legal action in relationship to
marriage, the ability to change one's sex on birth certificates and other
state or federal documents, segregated housing and bathroom facilities, and
prisoners housing.
* Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of
LGBT Politics by Urvashi Vaid. Magnus Books, 2012, 238 pages.
A collection of the author's speeches addresses a wide spectrum of issues
including racism, women's health, family issues, economic justice, youth,
the prison system, and the peace movement.
Israel/Palestine and the Queer International By Sarah Schulman. Duke
University Press, 2012, 193 pages.
Invited to speak at Tel Aviv University, the activist/novelist discovered
and joined the Palestinian academic and cultural boycott of Israel as she
explored the reasons with queer Palestinians in both the United States and
the West Bank in a perspective of Palestine that has both enraged and
Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women Unorthodox Desires. Edited by
Miryam Kabakov. North Atlantic Books, 2010, 169 pages.
First-person accounts of 14 lesbians living at the intersection of
conflicting sexual and religious identities describe their experiences as
individuals and community members, reconciling their commitment to Orthodox
Judaism and living as out lesbians.
Kicked Out. Edited by Sassafras Lowrey; foreword by Judy Shepard. Homofactus
Press, 2010, 222 pages.
Voices of current homeless lgbtq youth (currently 40% of the homeless youth
in the U.S.) blend with older people who also share their stories of
survival and abuse after disclosing their gender identity with parents.
Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota by Stewart Van Cleve.
University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 323p. (9780816676453).
The rich vignettes about events and people of just one state, "queer" since
the very beginning, tie in people from around the world who visited
Minnesota and represent the struggles of queer folk everywhere.
* Lawfully Wedded Husband: How My Gay Marriage Will Save the American Family
by Joel Derfner. University of Wisconsin, 2013, 235 pages.
With humor and poignant clarity, the author blends the rocky path of
deciding marriage plans with his psychiatrist partner, Mike Combs, in 2010
with a pointed viewpoint on same-sex marriage partially based on the
attitudes of his civil rights activist family.
Law and the Gay Rights Story: The Long Search for Equal Justice in a Divided
Democracy By Walter Frank. Rutgers University Press, 2014, 248 pages.
In a highly readable and personable style, Frank chronicles the legal fights
for gay rights over the last 50 years, highlighting the individuals involved
and the social, cultural, and political issues surrounding them.
* LGBT Youth in America's Schools by Jason Cianciotto and Sean Cahill. The
University of Michigan Press, 2012, 236 pages.
This comprehensive and authoritative look at LGBT youth in our schools
evaluates the research and analyzes laws designed to protect these students.
* Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims By Scott
Siraj al-Haqq Kugle. NYU Press, 2013, 275 pages.
A look at 15 "activist" gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims as they
attempt to find ways to live out Islam with dignity and integrity,
reconciling their sexuality and gender with their faith, and recreating and
reclaiming Islam as their own.
Masked Voices: Gay Men and Lesbians in Cold War America by Craig M. Loftin.
SUNY Press, 2012, 310 pages.
Using letters from ONE magazine, the first openly gay publication in the
United States, Lofton analyzes how gay men and lesbians coped with the
discrimination and intolerance experienced in the United States during the
1950s and early 1960s.
Massive: gay Japanese manga and the men who make it. Edited by Anne Ishii,
Chip Kidd, and Graham Kolbeins. Fantagraphics Books, 2014, 280 pages.
An introduction to comic artists making work for a gay male audience in
Japan. Addresses the hyper-masculine world for Japanese gay manga.
Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky
Mountain Fur Trade By William Benemann. University of Nebraska Press, 2012,
343 pages.
During the 19th century, Scottish nobleman Stewart traveled from Murthly
Castle in Perthshire to a wild life with other hunters and explorers living
in freedom on the edge of American society.
* New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut by B. Ruby Rich. Duke University
Press Books, 2013, 360 pages.
This compilation of intelligent, thought-provoking essays by film essayist
and critic places the new queer cinema movement in its cultural/historical
* No house to call my home: love, family, and other transgressions by Ryan
Berg. Nation Books, 2015, 294 pages.
A heart wrenching account of disowned and homeless LGBTQ teens and the man
who tried to help them. These stories are complex, sad, and moving.
* Not gay: sex between straight white men by Elizabeth Jane Ward. New York
University Press, 2015, 74 pages.
A frank and sometimes difficult discussion of sexual practices of men who
identify as straight but have homosexual encounters. The author argues that
sexuality is complex and fluid and presents a new take on the complexities
of heterosexuality.
Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage by Tracy Baim. CreateSpace, 2010,
576 pages.
Following Barack Obama from his early career as a young Chicago politician
through his first two years as President of the United States, this book
provides a comprehensive look at Obama's policies, opinions, and track
record on issues of importance to the GLBT community.
Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa (Social
Movements, Protests and Contention) by Ashley Currier. The University of
Minnesota Press, 2012, 272 pages.
Four distinct LGBT organizations in Namibia and South Africa develop
strategies of visibility or invisibility on various issues due to differing
support or opposition within the group to the goals of the organization, the
government or leaders hostility to LGBT individuals, and the perception of
LGBT individuals as un-African or neocolonial.
Oye Loca: From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami by Susana Peña.
University of Minnesota Press, 2013, 280 pages.
Peña investigates the changes in the Cuban ethnic and sexual community of
Miami since the arrival of the male homosexual "undesirables" of the 1980
Mariel boatlift.
Paths to Recovery for Gay and Bisexual Drug Addicts: Healing Weary Hearts by
Paul Schulte. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2014, 194 pages.
Provides practical advice on the problems that confront counselors, friends,
and family members in our efforts to help gay or bisexual men with drug and
alcohol addiction.
Queer brown voices: personal narratives of Latina/o LGBT activism. Edited by
Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. University of Texas
Press, 2015, 238 pages.
Personal narratives that share the experiences of lesbians, gay men, and
trans activits from a variety of Latina/o communities.
* Queer (In)justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock. Beacon Press, 2011,
216 pages.
This historical overview makes the case that, despite some legal gains in
recent years, LGBTQ people continue to face alarming discrimination and
violence when interacting with the criminal justice system.
Queer Questions, Clear Answers: The Contemporary Debates on Sexual
Orientation by Thomas S. Serwatka. Praeger, 2010, 265 pages.
In a conversational question and answer format, Serwatka explores issues of
religion, history, reparative therapy, stereotypes, civil rights, and
schooling in the ongoing cultural and political debates about lesbians,
gays, and bisexuals.
Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories by Andrew
Ramer, Jay Michaelson, Rabbi Camille Shira Angel, and Rabbi Dev Noily White.
Crane Books/Lethe Press, 2010, 278 pages.
Narratives inspired by the midrashim, homoerotic love poems, and present-day
stories bring gay and lesbian narratives back into the 3000-year history of
the Jewish people.
Queers in American Popular Culture [3 volumes] (Praeger Perspectives).
Edited by Jim Elledge. Praeger, 2010, 945 pages.
This three-volume collection of essays analyzes the unique impact that LGBT
people have had on popular culture, dating from 1800s up to the present day.
Volumes include Film and TV; Literature, Pop Art and Performance; and
Sports, Leisure and Lifestyle.
* Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the
United States since World War II by Daniel Winunwe Rivers. University of
North Carolina Press, 2013, 312 pages.
Based on extensive archival research and 130 interviews conducted
nationwide, this book documents the stories of lesbian mothers and gay
fathers from the 1950s to the 1990s.
* Real Man Adventures by T Cooper. McSweeney's, 2012, 272 pages.
A transsexual man uses a variety of forms--letters, stories, interviews--to
address different facets of his life.
* Re-Dressing America's Frontier Past by Peter G. Boag. University of
California Press, 2011, 257 pages.
In this look at male-to-female and female-to-male cross-dressing and
cross-dressers in the American frontier at the turn of the 20th century,
Boag challenges the myths of the Old West and a heteronormative past.
* Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker. City Lights Books,
2013, 143 pages.
Highly closeted during his friendship with the openly out gay poet, Rumaker
reflects on the North Beach literary culture after the publication of Howl
but before the more liberating post-Stonewall times.
Same-Sex Marriage in the United States: The Road to the Supreme Court by
Jason Pierceson. Rowman and Littlefield, 2013, 253 pages.
The path of the legalization of federal marriage equality has been filled
with political, legal, and culture issues.
* Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies by Carrie Stone and John G. Culhane. Wiley,
2013, 364 pages.
This highly accessible book with accompanying CD covers just about every
legal facet for LGBT people "valuable for everyone in the community."
Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America: Promise and Resistance. Edited by Jason
Pierceson, Adriana Piatti-Crocker, and Shawn Schulenberg. Lexington
Books/Rowman & Littlefield 2013, 176 pages.
Nine authors explore the evolving supportive same-sex policies in Latin
America through case studies set in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay,
and Central America.
* Seeing sodomy in the Middle Ages by Robert Mills. The University of
Chicago Press, 2015, 398 pages.
Explores the relationship between sodomy and motifs of vision and visibility
in medieval culture, on the one hand, and those categories we today call
gender and sexuality, on the other.
* Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing by
Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. University Of Chicago Press, 2014, 224 pages.
Academic yet accessible, McCune takes to task the media's contemporary
discourse on the "down low" by examining the issue through interviews and
surveys of 60 DL men, the media's fascination and handling of the subject,
and a look at the subject in the context of the "passing" literature.
* Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory, and Citizenship by S. N.
Nyeck and Marc Epprecht. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013, 312 pages.
Well-documented and scholarly, these eleven essays shed light on the complex
nature of sexuality, sexual practices and gender performance in Africa and
dispute oversimplified tropes including homosexuality versus
heterosexuality, modern versus traditional, and Africa versus the West.
* Shanghai Lalas: Female Tongzhi Communities and Politics in Urban China by
Lucetta Yip Lo Kam. Hong Kong University Press, 2013, 213 pages.
Volume 1 of the Queer Asia series. Lesbians in China struggle between their
same-sex desire and the need to conform to traditional family life in a
country that restricts women's rights.
* Speak now: marriage equality on trial: the story of Hollingsworth v. Perry
by Kenji Yoshino. Crown Publishers, 2015, 373 pages.
Tells the story of a watershed trial that unfolded over twelve tense days in
California in 2010. A trial that legalized same-sex marriage in our most
populous state. A trial that interrogated the nature of marriage, the
political status of gays and lesbians, the ideal circumstances for raising
children, and the ability of direct democracy to protect fundamental rights.
A trial that stands as the most potent argument for marriage equality this
nation has ever seen. In telling the story of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the
groundbreaking federal lawsuit against Proposition 8, Kenji Yoshino has also
written a paean to the vanishing civil trial--an oasis of rationality in
what is often a decidedly uncivil debate. Above all, this book is a work of
deep humanity, in which Yoshino brings abstract legal arguments to life by
sharing his own story of finding love, marrying, and having children as a
gay man.
* Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation by Jim Downs. Basic
Books, 2016.
Downs has written an essential historical text on gay life during the
"forgotten" time between 1969 and the beginnings of the AIDS crisis. Using
documents from large metropolitan LGBT centers, he explores communities like
the Metropolitan Community Church and those formed in book stores, proving
the '70s were more than pride marches, sex, and discos.
Story/Time: the life of an idea by Bill T. Jones. Princeton University
Press, 2014, 107 pages.
Acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones
reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a
recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist
composer and performer John Cage.
* The Bible's yes to same-sex marriage: an evangelical's change of heart by
Mark Achtemeier. Westminster John Knox Press, 2014, 137 pages.
In the early 2000's, Mark Achtemeier embarked on a personal journey with the
Bible that led him from being a conservative, evangelical opponent of gay
rights to an outspoken activist for gay marriage and a fully inclusive
church. In this book Achtemeier shares what led to his change of heart.
The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation by Gary
Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile. University of British Columbia Press, 2010,
554 pages.
Drawing on official security documents and interviews with the investigators
and investigated, this book chronicles the campaigns of fear and lies that
shattered the lives of gay and lesbian Canadians in the name of national
security during the second half of the twentieth century.
* The gay revolution: the story of the struggle by Lillian Faderman. Simon &
Schuster, 2015, 794 pages.
The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans
rights--from the 1950s to the present--based on amazing interviews with
politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the entire
LGBT community who face these challenges every day.
* The Homoerotics of Orientalism by Joseph Allen Boone. Columbia University
Press, 2014, 520 pages.
The place of the Middle East in European heterosexual fantasy is well
documented in the works of Edward Said and others, yet few have considered
the male Anglo-European (and, later, American) writers, artists, travelers,
and thinkers compelled to represent what, to their eyes, seemed to be an
abundance of erotic relations between men in the Islamicate world. Whether
feared or desired, the mere possibility of sexual contact with or between
men in the Middle East has covertly underwritten much of the appeal and
practice of the enterprise of Orientalism, frequently repeating yet just as
often upending its assumed meanings. Traces of this undertow abound in
European and Middle Eastern fiction, diaries, travel literature, erotica,
ethnography, painting, photography, film, and digital media. Joseph Allen
Boone explores these vast representations, linking European art to Middle
Eastern sources largely unfamiliar to Western audiences and, in some cases,
reproduced in this volume for the first time.
* The invisible orientation: an introduction to asexuality by Julie Sondra
Decker. Carrel Books, an imprint of Skyhorse Pub, 2014, 216 pages.
The author outlines what asexuality is, counters misconceptions, provides
resources, and puts asexual people's experiences in context as they move
through a very sexualized world. It includes information for asexual people
to help understand their orientation and what it means for their
relationships, as well as tips and facts for those who want to understand
their asexual friends and loved ones.
* The Lives of Transgender People by Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin. Columbia
University Press, 2011, 230 pages.
One of the largest surveys in the U.S. on gender development and identity
among transexuals, crossdressers, and genderqueer individuals demonstrates a
movement to a more fluid gender identification through the last half
* The queerness of Native American literature by Lisa Tatonetti. University
of Minnesota Press, 2014, 278 pages.
Tatonetti carefully describes the ties between queerness and Native American
literature while showing how they critique understandings of indigeneity and
The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America's
Public Schools by Stuart Biegel. University of Minnesota Press, 2010, 300
A safe and supportive educational environment for all students is possible
when people recognize the First Amendment right to express an identity and
the Fourteenth Amendment right to be treated equally.
* The Right to Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of
Parenthood by Carlos A. Ball. New York University Press, 2012, 239 pages.
During the past four decades, court cases surrounding the attempts of LGBT
parents in the United States to legally keep their children have shifted the
country's regulation of parenthood to a more tolerant level.
The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay
Equality by Suzanna Danuta Walters. NYU Press, 2014, 343 pages.
By examining the marriage equality successes, religious approaches to
changes in gay acceptance, scientific research of homosexuality, and other
areas of social change, Walters argues for equality, deep integration and
civil inclusion rather than just acceptance and tolerance that is contingent
upon the heterosexual majority deeming it so.
* There Goes the Gayborhood? by Amin Ghaziani. Princeton University Press,
2014, 360 pages.
Focusing on Chicago's gayborhoods of Andersonville and Boystown, Ghaziani
looks at the origins of these enclaves and the impact on the future
prospects, character, and composition of these neighborhoods in this "post
gay" era due to changes in political and societal acceptance of GLBT
* This book is gay by James Dawson and Spike Gerrell. Sourebooks Fire, 2015,
264 pages.
"Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for
everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone
who's ever dared to wonder."--Jacket
* Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences by Sarah
Schulman. New Press, 2009, 171 pages.
Although acceptance of difference is on the rise in America, it’s the rare
gay or lesbian person who has not been demeaned because of his or her sexual
orientation, and this experience usually starts at home, among family
members. Whether they are excluded from family love and approval, expected
to accept second-class status for life, ignored by mainstream arts and
entertainment, or abandoned when intervention would make all the difference,
gay people are routinely subjected to forms of psychological and physical
abuse unknown to many straight Americans. “Familial homophobia,” as
prizewinning writer and professor Sarah Schulman calls it, is a phenomenon
that until now has not had a name but that is very much a part of life for
the LGBT community. In the same way that Susan Brownmiller’s Against Our
Will transformed our understanding of rape by moving the stigma from the
victim to the perpetrator, Schulman’s book calls on us to recognize familial
homophobia. She invites us to understand it not as a personal problem but a
widespread cultural crisis. She challenges us to take up our
responsibilities to intervene without violating families, community, and the
state. With devastating examples, Schulman clarifies how abusive treatment
of homosexuals at home enables abusive treatment of homosexuals in other
relationships as well as in society at large.
Transgender Explained: For Those Who Are Not by Joanne Herman. AuthorHouse,
2009, 148 pages.
The complex world of transgender is explored through the personal
reflections of the author as she describes issues of employment, marriage,
insurance, childhood, medical procedures, and more.
Transgender persons and the law 2nd Edition by Ally Windsor Howell. American
Bar Association, Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, 2015,
343 pages.
An updated version that takes into account recent changes in the law.
Intended to educate and inform practitioners on the various laws and
landmark court cases involving transgendered individuals in a number of
legal situations, including housing, veterans benefits, family law, health
care, employment, criminal justice, and more.
Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans by Philip Gambone.
University of Wisconsin Press, 2010, 294 pages.
>From a gay teenager born with AIDS to an 85-year-old writer, the LGBTQ
people in these 40 interviews come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and
careers in the arts, entertainment, religion, politics, activism, etc. to
provide a portrait of queer humanity.
Untangling the knot: queer voices on marriage, relationships & identity.
Edited by Carter Sickels. Ooligan Press, 2015, 227 pages.
Anthology of essays and nonfiction discussing marriage equality and LGBTQ
* Violence against queer people: race, class, gender, and the persistence of
anti-LGBT discrimination by Doug Meyer. Rutgers University Press, 2016, 194
This scholarly work shows that atributing homophobia to certain groups
(religious, social-economic status, Black and/or Latino communities) further
marginalizes GLBTQ members of this group.
We Do! American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality. Edited by Jennifer
Baumgardner & Madeleine M. Kunin. Akashic, 2013, 204 pages.
A historical look at the growth of marriage equality acceptance through key
speeches from Harvey Milk in 1977 to Bill Clinton's March 2013 speech;
includes brief bios of the politicians.
* When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex
Marriage by M. V. Lee Badgett. NYU Press, 2009, 285 pages.
Explores the issues surrounding gender-neutral marriage, backed by analysis
of data from several countries and the personal stories of couples from the
* Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity,
Objectification, and the Desire to Conform. Edited by Mattilda Bernstein
Sycamore. AK Press, 2012, 212 pages.
These essays challenge gay mainstream culture, traditional masculine ideals,
classism, racism, consumerism, and the desire for assimilation.
A History of the Unmarrid. Edited by Stephen S. Mills. Sibling rivalry
Press, 2014, 86 pages.
Refreshing, brutally real poetry that is honest in its depiction of
contemporary relationships and love.
After This We Go Dark by Theresa Davis. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013, 112
Narrative and observational poems use a strong lesbian/feminist voice to
dissect love and loss, relationships, race, religion, motherhood, gender,
history, and everyday occurrences.
All the Heat We Could Carry by Charlie Bondhus. Main Street Rag, 2013, 72
Written from the point of view of gay soldiers and their partners, these
poems reveal the horror of the recent wars and the lasting effects on the
men who participate in combat.
Amorcito Maricón by Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano. Kórima Press, 2014, 104 pages.
With subject matter that is brimming with desire, love, romance unfulfilled,
sex and pleasure, these poems are not romantic or sentimental. Herrera y
Lozano's poems speak of brown-on-brown joto love in a unique queer Xicano
Appetite by Aaron Smith. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, 72 pages.
Angry, witty, humorous poems use a gay voice to speak of everyday actions.
* Artificial Cherry by Billeh Nickerson. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014, 96 pages.
One of Canada's showiest poets; his work is colorful, witty, and wise, with
undertones of sexy. Alternating between outlandish and poignant, this
collection heralds the return of Billeh's cheeky/sweet sensibilities. From
Elvis Presley and glass eyes to phantom lovers and hockey haiku, you're
never quite sure where Billeh will take you, but the outcomes are always
worth the ride. He teaches creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic
Autogeography: Poems by Reginald Harris. Northwestern University Press,
2013, 84 pages.
Poetry highlights personal and revealing experiences of a gay man of color.
Begging for It by Alex Dimitrov. Four Way, 2013, 96 pages.
Sensual without being erotic, these works are youthful, fresh, and filled
with a sense of place.
Burnings by Ocean Vuong. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010, 42 pages.
In this slim but powerful volume of poetry, Ocean Vuong lays bare the wounds
of the refugee experience and its effect on today's generation alongside the
modern experience of a gay man living and loving in a world which is not
always accepting. Never shying away from the grim realities of both of these
identities, Vuong extracts beauty and light from the most painful of
City of starlings by Daniel Nathan Terry. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015, 86
Poetry that delves into the author's loss and life and challenges readers to
find beauty in the ordinary.
Coconut Milk by Dan Taulapapa McMullin. University of Arizona Press, 2013,
80 pages.
The culturally-rich poems from a queer, Samoan American bring the Samoan
culture to life and point out the dichotomy of Fa'a Fafine, third-gendered
life in two cultures.
Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion and Spirituality.
Edited by Kevin Simmonds. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011, 250 pages.
A broad range of voices, experiences and spiritual paths and traditions are
represented in this collection of poems from both established and new poets.
Deleted Names by Lawrence Schimel. A Midsummer Night's Press, 2013, 40
Young, smart poetry that begs to be spoken rather than read, shines a
spotlight on everyday gay insecurities, desires, situations, pets, and
Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses. Edited by Michael Montlack.
Lethe Press, 2012, 200 pages.
One hundred gay poets pay homage to the women that they admire.
Erebus by Jane Summer. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015, 185 pages.
A poetic exposé of a plane crash that took the life of the author's friend.
Erotic Postulate by Matthew Hittinger. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014, 120
Poetry that explores historical and mathematical themes within a gay
* Fanny says: poems. by Nickole Brown. BOA Editions, 2015, 148 pages.
A biography of a feisty, bawdy, grandmother told through the poetry of her
granddaughter. Funny, powerful, and steeped in truth and love.
For your own good by Luke Horlick. Caitlin Press, 2015, 95 pages.
A hauntingly powerful collection of poems takes the reader through the
excruciating twists and turns of being a queer, sexual assault survivor.
Fortunate Light by David Bergman. A Midsummer Night's Press, 2013, 40 pages.
A mature voice speaks to memory of the past loves, present feelings, and
hopeful desires.
Girlie Calendar (The Lillian Trilogy) by Mary Meriam. Headmistress Press,
2014, 108 pages.
A book of poetry in the Lillian Trilogy.
God of Longing by Brent Calderwood. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014, 82 pages.
Calderwood's poems speak to the longing for the love of one's life only to
discover that it is a minefield filled with faults and fractures.
Handmade Love by Julie R. Enszer. Midsummer Night's Press, 2010, 62 pages.
Smart, sexy poems tell LGBT stories about the political and the sensuous
from street demonstrations to bedroom romps.
Hook. by Peter Laberge. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015, 36 pages.
A book of poetry seeking beauty in nature and in our bodies, despite the
threat of violence. Powerful and beautiful.
* How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir By Amber Dawn. Arsenal Pulp,
2013, 156 pages.
Feminist, survivor, queer identity, sex-worker--these are the pieces of
Dawn's life that guide her experiences on the streets of Vancouver and
provide a lifeline that she describes through autobiographical poetry and
If Jesus Were Gay & Other Poems by Emanuel Xavier. Queer Mojo/Rebel Satori,
2010, 135 pages.
Love, lust, religion, race, sadness, and memory are the focus of these
sometimes raw but always honest poems, both personal and universal, that
make the ordinary extraordinary.
In Praise of Falling by Cheryl Dumesnil. University of Pittsburgh Press,
2009, 78 pages.
The introductory Zen proverb, Fall down seven times, get up eight, reflects
the spirit of Dumesnil's passionate poems that celebrate life, past and
present, in simple eloquence and celebration of the details that give us
Joy Exhaustible. Assaracus Presents the Publishers. Edited by Bryan Borland
and Seth Pennington. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014, 196 pages.
Eighteen gay small press publishers and editors show how talented they are
in these memoirs, poetry and fiction.
Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry. Edited by Bryan Borland.
Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012.
This collection features twelve poets who detail diverse aspects of lesbian
Las Hociconas: Three Locas with Big Mouths and Even Bigger Brains by Adelina
Anthony. Kórima Press, 2013, 140 pages.
With great strength of the written and dramatic words, these three
theatrical comedies of Xicana artist Adelina Anthony's live work are
outrageous and irreverent, honest and fearless portraits.
* Like a Beggar by Ellen Bass. Copper Canyon Press, 2014, 70 pages.
Bass makes the ordinary extraordinary with images of love and nature which
illuminate what one sees differently.
Mute by Raymond Luczak. Midsummer Night's Press, 2010, 62 pages.
A deaf man uses these poems to tell about the frustrations of his silent
world when trying to communicate with other men.
My Life as Adam by Bryan Borland. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010, 121 pages.
Seventy poems touching on religion, sexuality, Southern life, and
self-acceptance reveal the poet's growing up, coming out, and becoming an
adult in all its joys and sorrows.
Nefarious by Emanuel Xavier. QueerMojo 2013, 84 pages.
Using his life as the subject, Xavier reflects on his past as well as his
present state, looking at love, sex, family, writing, and life.
Obscenely Yours by Angelo Nikolopoulos. Alice James Books, 2013, 75 pages.
Poems celebrate the heart of gay sex in all its forms.
Pelvis with distance by Jessica Jacobs. White Pine Press, 2015, 135 pages.
A biography of Georgia O'Keefe written in poetry that reads like a
beautiful, subtle novel.
* Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones. Coffee House Press, 2014, 124 pages.
These poems of Boy, growing up gay and African American in the South, are
complicated, horrific, and metaphoric.
Prime: Poetry & Conversation by L. Lamar Wilson, et al. Sibling Rivalry
Press, 2014, 104 pages.
Poems and conversations among gay, African-American poets reveal much about
their work, mentoring, and their theories of poetry. Prime features poems by
and dialogue between poets Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Saeed Jones, Rickey
Laurentiis, Phillip B. Williams, and L. Lamar Wilson.
Render by Collin Kelley. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013, 78 pages.
This collection of poems takes the reader through the author's experience as
a gay child, adolescent, and adult in the southern United States.
Running for Trap Doors by Joanna Hoffman. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013, 80
Youth, angst, lesbian bars, emoticons, and lost girlfriends--these are a few
of the issues that the poet navigates in this slim volume.
Shades of Love: Photographs Inspired by the Poems of C.P. Cavafy. by
Dimitris Yeros. Poetry by C.P. Cavafy; translated by David Conolly. Insight
Editions, 2011, 168 pages.
In 1999, Yeros began a collection of photographs inspired by the works of
Greek poet C.P. Cavafy. This gorgeous coffee table book presents Yeros'
photographs together with the poems that inspired them.
Songs of António Botto by António Botto. Edited by Josiah Blackmore;
translated by Fernando Pessoa. University of Minnesota Press, 2010, 168
The Portuguese poet António Botto, one of that country's first openly gay
writers, first published his collection Canções in 1920. This edition
features Botto's poems as they appeared in the 1948 English edition, along
with a never-before-published introduction by translator Fernando Pessoa,
and new introductory material.
Straight Razor: Poems by Randall Mann. Persea, 2013, 80 pages.
Often using a formalized structure, Mann's poetry delivers creative images
of growing up gay in Florida, the San Francisco gay scene, sex, and longing.
Teaching a man to unstick his tail by Ralph Hamilton. Sibling Rivalry Press,
2015, 114 pages.
A collection of poetry about relationships, emotions and love lost and
The cafe of our departure by Priscilla Atkins. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015,
77 pages.
This collection of lyric poems is a fugue of friendship: a straight girl and
a gay boy coming of age in early 1970s America. Interwoven with a lifetime
of intimacies shared, the narrative tracks a second life of grief, when a
soul-mate dies.
The Devastation by Melissa Buzzeo. Nightboat, 2015, 88 pages.
A book length poem that imagines two lovers surviving a shipwreck and lying
together at the bottom of the ocean. A complex exploration of language and
the power of the sea.
* The new testament by Jericho Brown. Copper Canyon Press, 2014, 73 pages.
A deep and provocative story told through poetry revealing memories and
trauma that continue through generations. Deeply haunting and beautifully
The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South. Edited by Douglas Ray.
Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014, 304 pages.
A poetry anthology exploring lesbian and gay experiences in the American
This Assignment is so Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching. Edited by
Megan Volpert. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013, 226 pages.
An anthology of poems on the struggles and connections made in the classroom
comes from the intersection of personal identity, teaching, and learning.
This Life Now By Michael Broder. A Midsummer Night's Press, 2014, 53 pages.
Poetry on the relationships between men focus on loss, love, and lust. The
author draws the reader in with pop culture references and the demonstration
of the universal desire for companionship in this gritty collection.
This Way to the Sugar by Hieu Minh Nguyen. Write Bloody Publishing, 2014,
100 pages.
Nguyen's poems illuminate growing up gay and Vietnamese in Minnesota,
touching on family, sexual abuse, abandonment and death.
Viral by Suzanne Parker. Alice James Books, 2013, 80 pages.
Inspired by and dedicated to Tyler Clementi, this poetry tells of LGBT
bullying and suicide.
When I Was Straight by Julie Marie Wade. A Midsummer Night's Press, 2014, 42
Hilarious and heart-breaking, the author shares her story of her life before
she came out and the reactions of those around her on learning she is a
When the Only Light Is Fire by Saeed Jones. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011, 40
Powerful, lyric poetry paints wonderfully brutal, sexual (LGBT), racial, and
steamy pictures, mostly set in rural areas and the South.
##Short Stories
* A useless man: selected stories by Faik Sait, Maureen Freely, and
Alexander Dawe. Archipelago Books, 2014, 240 pages.
Sait Faik Abasiyanik was born in Adapazari in 1906 and died of cirrhosis in
Istanbul in 1954. He wrote twelve books of short stories, two novels, and a
book of poetry. His stories celebrate the natural world and trace the plight
of iconic characters in society: ancient coffeehouse proprietors and
priests, dream-addled fishermen and poets of the Princes' Isles, lovers and
wandering minstrels of another time.
* Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing. Edited by Lazaro Lima and Felice
Picano. University of Wisconsin Press, 2011, 220 pages.
Highlights both established and emerging Latino authors of short fiction
with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters from all parts of the
United States.
* Canary: Stories. By Nancy Jo Cullen. Biblioasis, 2013, 189 pages.
This often comic collection of short stories focuses on working class
Canadian characters whose sexually is often fluid.
Diana Comet: And Other Improbable Stories by Sandra McDonald. Lethe Press,
2010, 282 pages.
Fifteen linked short stories set in an alternate Earth meld magic and the
mundane through the exploits of heroic and complex characters, including the
intrepid cross-dressing spy, Diana Comet.
Disturbed by Her Song by Tanith Lee. Lethe Press, 2010, 204 pages.
Writing with and as Esther Garber, a fictional French Jewish writer, and her
brother Judas Garbah, a French-Egyptian writer, both siblings gay and born
in the early 20th century, Lee creates a collection of short stories
focusing on youth and age, mystery and obsession.
Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club By Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Cinco
Puentos, 2012, 222 pages.
Seven short stories set in the famous watering hole just south of El Paso on
Avenida Juarez reflect the connecting place for Saenz's characters from
different sides of physical and emotional borders.
Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman. Angelica Entertainment Ltd.,
2013, 174 pages.
Short stories about immigrant queer Somalis written in a lively style.
Hellebore & Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic. Edited by JoSelle
Vanderhooft and Catherine Lundoff. Lethe Press, 2011, 238 pages.
Meet a greenmage reuniting with her former partner for one last mission, a
school nurse with a dark secret heritage, a witch with an unconventional
familiar, and other intriguing women in this collection of fantasy short
Ivan and Misha: Stories by Michael Alenyikow. Triquarterly, 2010, 212 pages.
With each story told from a different character's point of view, in this
collection revolving around two brothers and their Russian father living in
New York City, Alenyikow poignantly explores the brothers' attitudes toward
their father, each other, and being gay in America.
* More of This World or Maybe Another by Barb Johnson. Harper Perennial,
2009, 185 pages.
Characters in these jewel-like short stories set in an impoverished section
of New Orleans come together over a 20-year period as a teenager gives up
her fiance after falling in love with a woman, a misguided young man's
actions to keep his wife turn into disaster, and a lesbian couple fighting
to maintain their relationship provide the center of their community.
* Mundo Cruel: Stories by Luis Negron. Translated from the Spanish by
Suzanne Jill Levine. Seven Stories Press, 2013, 96 pages.
Luis Negron transcribes Telemundo into print through witty, humorous,
satirical stories that capture the Puerto Rican's view of the world.
* Paradise Tales by Geoff Ryman. Small Beer Press, 2011, 320 pages.
A gay man in the near future has a series of life-changing birthdays, a cell
phone salesman meets Pol Pot's daughter, a film writer discovers that the
works of Edgar Rice Burroughs may not be entirely fiction, and more, in
these sixteen stories that explore and blur the boundaries of sexuality and
speculative fiction.
* Quarantine: Stories by Rahul Mehta. Harper Perennial, 2011, 224 pages.
Nine stories told from the perspective of second- and third-generation South
Asian-American gay men at odds with their families' culture and
expectations, describing their lives filled with humor, disappointment and
Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories. Edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft.
Torquere Press, 2011, 378 pages.
Fifteen Victorian retro-science fiction stories featuring lesbian heroines
as scientists, thieves, privateer airship captains, and more.
The Abode of Bliss: Ten Stories for Adam by Alex Jeffers. Lethe Press, 2011,
282 pages.
In these ten stories, Ziya, a Turkish gay man, explains his life history,
including a childhood growing up in Istanbul and college years in America,
to Adam, the man he now loves.
* The Bigness of the World: Stories by Lori Ostlund. University of Georgia
Press, 2009, 214 pages.
The author weaves her experiences of teaching English and living overseas
into these eleven short stories, which subtly explore the complexity of
romantic and familial relationships.
The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. Edited by Tom
Léger and Riley Macleod. Topside Press, 2012, 333 pages.
Twenty-eight original stories provide differing transgender perspectives by
U.S. and Canadian authors.
* The Dirt Chronicles by Kristyn Dunnion. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011, 246
Interrelated short stories told in first person by different narrators
create a loose plot and feature a number of LGBT characters.
The Necessity of Certain Behaviors by Shannon Cain. University of Pittsburgh
Press, 2011, 160 pages.
Discontent is the theme that ties together these nine short
stories--sometimes funny and other times poignant--in which the protagonists
explore the issues of sexuality, rituals, and fulfillment.
You Will Meet a Stranger Far from Home: Wonder Stories by Alex Jeffers.
Lethe Press, 2012, 179 pages.
This collection of ten short stories explores coming of age, sexuality, and
encounters with the fantastic, in our world and time and others.
##Speculative Fiction
* Black Blade Blues (Sarah Beauhall, Book 1) by J. A. Pitts. Tor, 2010, 398
Norse mythology meets the Pacific Northwest in this tale of dragons posing
as investment bankers, as lesbian blacksmith Sarah Beauhall battles demons
both without and within herself.
Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. Edited
by JoSelle Vanderhooft and Steve Berman. Lethe Press, 2011, 273 pages.
Meet the trapped spirit of a sorceress who loved a queen, an editor who
discovers her former lover is now the guardian of an ancient Egyptian relic,
a hotel maid who encounters a mysterious female spirit, and many other
Honeyed Words (Sarah Beauhall, Book 2) by J. A. Pitts. Tor Books, 2011, 416
In this sequel to contemporary fantasy novel Black Blade Blues, Sarah
Beauxhall, blacksmith, wielder of the reforged magical sword Gram, and
dragon-slayer returns with her girlfriend to discover fairies, demons, and
other supernatural beings--some of whom mean them deadly harm.
Indigo Springs by A. M. Dellamonica. Tor, 2009, 317 pages.
As society teeters on the brink of magical ruin and revolution, government
hostage negotiator Will Forest interrogates Astrid Lethewood, whose ability
to enchant ordinary objects holds the keys to set the world right.
* Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey. Grand Central Publishing, 2010, 576
Bisexual Moirin, devoted servant of the goddess of desire, crosses Tatar
territory to find Bao, who holds the missing half of her diadh-anam, the
divine soul-spark of her mother's people. Sequel to Naamah's Kiss.
* Paradise Tales by Geoff Ryman. Small Beer Press, 2011, 320 pages.
A gay man in the near future has a series of life-changing birthdays, a cell
phone salesman meets Pol Pot's daughter, a film writer discovers that the
works of Edgar Rice Burroughs may not be entirely fiction, and more, in
these sixteen stories that explore and blur the boundaries of sexuality and
speculative fiction.
Silver Kiss: An Urban Wolf Novel by Naomi Clark. Queered Fiction, 2010, 218
Lesbian shapeshifter, Ayla Hammond, returns home to mend fences with her
parents and solve a missing persons case while she debates whether she wants
to rejoin the werewolf pack.
Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories. Edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft.
Torquere Press, 2011, 378 pages.
Fifteen Victorian retro-science fiction featuring lesbian heroines as
scientists, thieves, privateer airship captains, and more.
Strange Fortune by Josh Lanyon. Blind Eye Books, 2009, 311 pages.
In an alternate universe reminiscent of India during its final days as a
British colony, bisexual adventurer Valentine Strange and witch Aleister
Grimshaw develop a mutual attraction and face traitors, wild animals,
political monks, and a renegade spiritual force when they set out on a quest
to a remote mountain monastery searching for a goddess's lost diadem.
* The Mere Future by Sarah Schulman. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009, 183 pages.
In a near-future New York the charismatic mayor decrees that there will be
no public advertising, no chain stores, and no homelessness. Citizens begin
to wonder who is paying for the changes.
The Tempering of Men by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear. Tor Books, 2011,
304 pages.
This high fantasy novel, sequel to Companion of Wolves, further explores an
iron-age world in which northern warriors link minds with their companion
wolves to battle trolls. In this follow-up, the northerners must forge
alliances with neighbors who distrust their love of their wolves and one
another, in order to fend off invaders from the south.
Three by Annemarie Monahan. Flashpoint Press, 2012, 300 pages.
At seventeen, a girl's answer to a single question--"Do I dare to eat a
peach?"--sends her life down three very different paths as Kitty Trevelyan,
Dr. Katherine North, and Antonia of Atlantis.
Triptych by J. M. Frey. Dragon Moon Press, 2011, 286 pages.
In the near future, when the last of a dying alien race seeks refuge on
Earth, Specialists Gwen Pierson and Basil Grey make Kalp, their alien
partner, a member of their household. But in Kalp's culture, romantic
relationships take place in threes. What happens next is a story of love,
culture shock, betrayal, loss, and time travel.
Wilde Stories 2011: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Edited by Steve
Berman. Lethe Press, 2011, 300 pages.
In this collection, Berman highlights the very best of the year in science
fiction, fantasy, and horror stories focusing on gay men.
Wolfsbane Winter by Jane Fletcher. Bold Strokes Books, 2010, 164 pages.
In a post-apocalyptic world ruled by demon magic, Deryn, a member of the
Iron Wolf mercenary group, and Alana, a healer and empath forced into exile
by the power of her gift, fall in love following their unlikely meeting in a
small, rural town. But soon, powerful ancient magic from the Time of Chaos
threatens not only their growing relationship, but everyone's survival.
A Book of Tongues: Volume One of the Hexslinger Series by Gemma Files.
Chizine Publications, 2010, 274 pages.
Following the Civil War, Pinkerton detective Ed Murrow infiltrates a
renegade Confederate gang to investigate the hexslinging abilities of Rev.
Asher Rook and his psychopathic lover Chess Pargeter, as the goddess Ixchel
attempts to reinstate the Aztec gods by seducing Rook into a ritual
marriage, forcing his Wild West gang into a journey through Hell.
* Forgetting the Alamo, or Blood Memory by Emma Pérez. University of Texas,
2009, 206 pages.
The vows of Micaela Campos, a Chicana lesbian cowgirl, to avenge the murder
of her father and her younger siblings in the aftermath of the Alamo lead
her into a violent collision of culture and politics involving Mexicans,
African-Americans, Anglos, and indigenous peoples.
Missouri by Christine Wunnicke. Translated from the German by David Miller.
Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010, 134 pages.
By turns comic and tragic, this gay love story follows two men, one a
successful English poet fleeing a scandal and the other a feral outlaw who
kidnapped the poet, in the nineteenth century Midwest as the poet's brother
tries to rescue a man who doesn't want to be rescued.
Terry Gorman
Tandem bicyclist & Bookshare volunteer

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