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The holiday season is months away, but already publishers have started promoting their big seasonal reads, including two highly anticipated novels: By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham and Inferno (a poets novel) by Eileen Myles. However, with LGBT teen suicide on the national radar once again, the most timely book of the season may be Stuart Biegel’s The Right To Be Out, featured in John Morgan Wilson’s Book Buzz this month.
|1. CITY BOY:
My Life in New York During the 1960’s and 70’s
by Edmund White
Lambda Award Finalist
(Now in Paperback!)
“City Boy fully evokes New York’s gritty beauty. It’s a treasure trove of period detail. But White knows the real city is made up of the people in it, and he seems to have known an astounding number of them, from Billy Dee Williams and Mama Cass to Lillian Hellman and Robert Mapplethorpe.” [Reviewed here]
by Marc Spitz
Crown/Three Rivers Press
(Now In Paperback!)
Journalist Marc Spitz’s expansive biography of one of the twentieth century’s greatest music and cultural icons from his start as David Jones, an R & B—loving kid from Bromley, England, to his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, to his rise to rock ’n’ roll aristocracy as David Bowie.
|4. GRANT WOOD
A Life by
by R. Tripp Evans
“The life of Grant Wood has often been eclipsed by his paintings, leaving him a constant enigma in the history American art. Yet, as R. Tripp Evans shows in Grant Wood: A Life, Wood was a reluctant artist for the values of mid-western heterosexual values.” [Reviewed here]
by Sjeng Scheijen
Oxford University Press
A new biography of Serge Diaghilev, founder and impresario of the Ballets Russes, the person who revolutionized ballet. Based on unprecedented access to Russian archives, Scheijen explores Diaghilev’s open homosexual liaisons, most famously with Nijinsky, and his turbulent friendships with Stravinsky, Coco Chanel, Prokofiev, and Jean Cocteau.
|1. JUMPSTART THE WORLD
by Catherine Ryan Hyde
From the author of Becoming Chloe, Pay It Forward, this is the story of a young high school loner who falls in love with a transman and her tumultuous relationship with her own mother.
|2. A QUESTION OF MANHOOD
by Robin Reardon
In this coming of age story, an unexpected friend teaches sixteen-year-old Paul Landon how to stand up for himself as he learns to cope with the death of his brother—a closeted Vietnam veteran.
|3. WRESTLING WITH DESIRE
by D.H. Starr
On the first day of school Derek and Scott meet and their lives change in an instant.
|1. QUEEN NOTIONS
New Plays and Performances from Ireland
by Fintan Walsh
Cork University Press
An anthology of the most important plays, visual essays, and performances that have shaped contemporary queer theatre and performance practice in Ireland in the years following the decriminalization of homosexuality, from 1993 to the present. The foreword is by award-winning Irish playwright and poet, Frank McGuinness.
|1. BOB THE BOOK
by David Pratt
Chelsea Station Editions
Bob, a gay book for sale in a Greenwich Village bookstore, falls in love with another book, Moishe. But a freak accident separates the young lovers. As Bob wends his way through used book bins, paper bags, knapsacks, and lecture halls, hoping to be reunited with Moishe, he meets a variety of characters, both book and human.
|2. TAKE ME HOME
by Brian Leung
The coal mine culture of Wyoming comes alive in this story of forbidden friendship, set amidst the racial tensions surrounding the Rock Springs Massacre 1885—a riot between miners that resulted in the death of 28 Chinese miners and the destruction of 75 Chinese homes.
(A poet’s novel)
by Eileen Myles
If the glowing reviews from John Waters, Alison Bechdel, and John Ashbery don’t convince you, then perhaps you need to read the first two sentences: “My English professor’s ass was so beautiful. It was perfect and full as she stood at the board writing some important word.”
|4. THE NEXT QUEEN OF HEAVEN
by Gregory Maguire
“A dual coming-of-age story set in 1999 upstate New York, focusing on obnoxious 17-year-old Tabitha Scales, and Jeremy Carr, a musician and director of the local Catholic church choir.” — PW
|5. MISSED HER
by Ivan E. Coyote
Arsenal Pulp Press
The fifth story collection by the author traverses issues of gender and identity with a wistful, perceptive eye.
by Malinda Lo
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Lambda Award Finalist
(Now in Paperback!)
“Malinda Lo’s Ash isn’t just a lesbian love story, a faerie tale or even only a retelling of the Cinderella tale; it’s a delicious blend of these genres that combines them in unexpected ways. There is much to praise in the way Lo stitches together these different narrative projects.” [Reviewed here]
|7. BY NIGHTFALL
by Michael Cunningham
Farrar Straus and Giroux
“There’s nothing confusing about Cunningham’s propulsive prose; the references are occasional and inessential, the stylistic borrowings limited to occasional parenthetical asides and discursive interior monologues. Still, Cunningham’s New York is as intensely wrought as Joyce’s Dublin; it is a crowded, haunted city that contains both people who are truly exceptional and people whose job is to enable or to judge who is worthy of that description.” [Reviewed here]
|8. DIARY OF AN INNOCENT
by Tony Duvert
Translated by Bruce Benderson
First time in English
First published in French in 1976, Diary of an Innocent recounts the experiences of a young man in an imaginary setting that suggests North Africa. “Duvert’s Diary presents a cascading series of portraits of the narrator’s adolescent sexual partners and their culture, and ends with a fanciful yet rigorous construction of a reverse world in which marginal sexualities have become the norm.”
|9. SECOND ACTS
by Tim W. Brown
A comic historical novel set in 1830s America. Dan Connor, has followed his wife Rachel and her lover Bruce Bilson, a University of Chicago physics professor and the inventor of time travel, into the past. In his journey he obtains a mystical sidekick, a Potawatomi transvestite named Listening Rabbit (aka Bunny), and he befriends historical figures such as Albert Gallatin and Samuel J. Tilden.
|10. DANCING WITH MR. DARCY
Stories Inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House
Introduction by Sarah Waters
An anthology of the winning entries for the Jane Austen Short Story Award, hand-selected by an elite team of judged led by Lambda Award winning author, Sarah Waters.
Mystery & Thriller
|A DANGEROUS MAN
by Anne Brooke
Part-time prostitute, Michael Jones, falls in love with rich financier and dreams of becoming an artist. Caught between his past and the luxury of upper class London, Jones’ uncompromising pursuit of fame leads to tragedy, entrapping him in a kaleidoscope of sex and crime.
The Blake Danzig Chronicles
by Curtis Christopher Comer
Paranormal investigator Blake Danzig helps his ex-lover and San Francisco Police Detective, Brian Cox, solve cold case murders by contacting the spirits of the victims. But when he gets too close to a psychotic spirit, Blake risks losing not only his boyfriend, Joe, but his very soul.
|PROVE A VILLAIN
by K.C. Warwick
Elizabethan London is the backdrop for this historical murder mystery that weaves together several plots involving Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, an actor named Barnaby Winter, and the young protagonist, Hugh Seaton, a married tailor turned sleuth.
Nonfiction & LGBT Studies
|THE POPE IS NOT GAY!
by Angelo Quattrocchi
translated by Romy Giuliani Clark
Verso / Norton
An irreverent history of homophobic and sexist obscurantism in the Holy Roman Church and an endoscopic examination of its greatest contemporary advocate, Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger.
|THE UN-NATURAL STATE
Arkansas and the Queer South
by Brock Thompson
University of Arkansas Press
A study of gay and lesbian life in Arkansas in the twentieth century, a deft weaving together of Arkansas history, dozens of oral histories, and Brock Thompson’s own story.
Tales from the Bench
by Dermot Meagher
The courtroom drama and disfunction of everyday Americans come to life in these true stories—first published in Boston and DoubleTake magazines—from the first openly gay judge in Massachusetts, Boston Municipal Court Judge, Dermot Meagher.
|FALLING INTO THE LESBI WORLD
Desire and Difference in Indonesia
by Evelyn Blackwood
University of Hawaii Press
Blackwood analyzes the complex and seemingly contradictory practices of tombois and their partners in the city of Padang, West Sumatra—demonstrating how they make sense of Islamic, transnational, and modern state discourses in ways that seem to align with normative gender and sexual categories, while at the same time subverting them.
|THE INTERNATIONAL HOMOSEXUAL CONSPIRACY
by Larry-bob Roberts
Manic D Press
In this series of cultural polemics on an unexpected array of contemporary topics—from mistaken first impressions to sustainable yet unaffordable pants to critiques of bourgeois mindsets—Larry-bob Roberts offers insight into the absurdities of modern life and queer culture.
|BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN?
Why Conservatives Oppose Same-Sex Marriage
by Ludger H. Viefhues-Baily
Columbia University Press
Theology, gender roles, and Focus on the Family crisscross in this probing investigation of conservative Christianity and the movement’s response to same-sex marriage.
My Journey into the Unknown
by Ryan Buell
Ryan Buell, star of the hit A&E series Paranormal State, takes us behind the scenes of his most intense supernatural encounters. Buell takes this opportunity to come out as bisexual saying, “I’ve decided to share my sexuality and struggle over faith in hopes that others will no longer feel as though they are alone or that they can’t be religious.”
The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths
by Simon Goddard
The definitive guide to one of the most beloved cult figures in pop music history.
|THE RIGHT TO BE OUT
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools
Stuart Biegel offers what K–12 schools should do—and in many cases have already done—to implement right-to-be-out policies. He examines recent legal and public policy changes that affect LGBT students and educators in the K–12 public school system.
|STRAIGHT FROM YOUR GAY BEST FRIEND
The Straight-Up Truth About Relationships, Work, and Having a Fabulous Life
by Terrance Dean
|LET’S GET THIS STRAIGHT
The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents
by Tina Fakhrid-Deen
Tools for young people with one or more gay, lesbian, bi, or trans parents to help them combat homophobia, take pride in their alternative family structures, and speak out against injustice. This book profiles forty-five diverse young adults, who voice their opinions and provide advice for other youth living in LGBTQ households.
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
Will Fellows interweaves Branson’s original text with historical perspective provided through his own insightful commentary and excerpts gleaned from letters and essays from period gay publications.
|1. STRIKING SURFACE
by Jason Schneiderman
Ashland Poetry Press
Sonnets, prose poems, and sparse free verse from our fellow LambdaLiterary.org contributor.
Poems and Prose Poems
by Mary Oliver Beacon Books
The 20th collection of poetry from the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize winning poet.
Romance & Erotica
|1. MOTHER LOAD
Book Four of the Shaken Series
by KG MacGregor
Two women discover that real love has no limitations. Anna and Lily Kaklis have decided on a new adventure: adding to their family. Anna knows is she’s no longer afraid of parenting and little Andy, Lily’s nephew, deserves siblings. But when Lily’s pregnancy faces complications, it’s all new territory for all three of them, testing their understanding of love in brand new ways.
by Nell Stark and Trinity Tam
Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland are separated when Alexa is caught in the middle of a Wereshifter civil war halfway around the world. Meanwhile, a mysterious disease begins to ravage the shifter population of New York City. Unable to reach Alexa to warn her, Val must penetrate the darkest secrets of the Consortium in a race against time to save her lover and friends.
|2. Frosting on the Cake 2
by Karin Kallmaker
Dessert inspired short stories from the “Undisputed Mistress of Lesbian Romance.”
||2. WHATEVER GODS MAY BE
by Sophia Kell Hagin
Jamie Gwynmorgan doesn’t believe in prayer. She doesn’t believe in anything much. Except that people can’t be trusted—certainly not anyone she’s ever met.
|3. TO ALL A (VERY SEXY) GOOD NIGHT
by Josh Lanyon, K.A. Mitchell
Two erotic holiday tales from two bestselling romance authors in time for holiday shopping.
|4. MAMMOTH BOOK OF THREESOMES AND MORESOMES
ed. by Linda Alvarez