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New Month! New books! March is here and with it an array of exciting new LGBT titles—ranging from academic studies to poetry.
The satirical and humane walk hand and hand in Mundo Cruel (Seven Stories Press), the debut short story collection from Luis Negrón. Translated from Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine, this beautifully subversive collection offers a series of “short stories [that] open a door into working class Santurce, Puerto Rico.”
From the publisher:
Luis Negrón’s debut collection reveals the intimate world of a small community in Puerto Rico joined together by its transgressive sexuality. The writing straddles the shifting line between pure, unadorned storytelling and satire, exploring the sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking nature of survival in a decidedly cruel world.
Acclaimed author Barrie Jean Borich’s new genre-bending memoir, Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press), lyrically maps the intersecting points of the personal, geographical, and historical.
A memoir from the award-winning author of My Lesbian Husband, Barrie Jean Borich’s Body Geographic turns personal history into an inspired reflection on the points where place and person intersect, where running away meets running toward, and where dislocation means finding oneself.
One coordinate of Borich’s story is Chicago, the prototypical Great Lakes port city built by immigrants like her great-grandfather Big Petar, and the other is her own port of immigration, Minneapolis, the combined skylines of these two cities tattooed on Borich’s own back. Between Chicago and Minneapolis Borich maps her own Midwest, a true heartland in which she measures the distance between the dreams and realities of her own life, her family’s, and her fellow travelers’ in the endless American migration. Covering rough terrain—from the hardships of her immigrant ancestors to the travails of her often-drunk young self, longing to be madly awake in the world, from the changing demographics of midwestern cities to the personal transformations of coming out and living as a lesbian—Body Geographic is cartography of high literary order, plotting routes, real and imagined, and putting an alternate landscape on the map.
This month also sees the release of The Albino Album: A Novel by Chavisa Woods.
From Seven Stories Press:
Emerging author Chavisa Woods, noted for capturing a “strange, troubling vision of domestic life in the rural U.S.” (Go Magazine), here presents a technicolored vision of rural adolescence. The Albino Album breaks into a whirlwind tour of the underbelly of America spanning countryside to cityscape, from the cornfields of Louisiana, to the big brass sound of Mardi Gras, and the heights of the Empire State Building. In the tradition of the southern gothic novel, Woods presents a new land of contemporary misfits including fire dancers, pseudo-Nazis who breed albino animals, circus performers, catholic workers, horse thieves, and the archangel Gabrielle.
A bold exploration of the intersections of race, class, and sexuality, The Albino Album contemplates the relationships between political action, art and romance, as our heroine tries on a series of bewitchingly fantastical families looking for the place to call home.
Royalty need love too. This month, Bold Strokes Books is releasing the monarchy-minded romance novel The Princess Affair by Nell Stark:
Rhodes Scholar Kerry Donovan has never had anything handed to her on a silver platter. As she arrives at Oxford to begin her course of study, she is determined to make the most out of this latest opportunity. But when she meets Her Royal Highness Princess Sasha, second in line to the British throne, Kerry’s priorities are eclipsed by an attraction neither of them can ignore. “Sassy Sasha” is a tabloid favorite who appears to delight in scandalizing her people, but beneath her vexed public image, Sasha longs to be truly seen.
Will the tenuous connection she forms with Kerry be broken by the weight of the crown? Or will they find true love despite the forces endeavoring to keep them apart?
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.