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June is here! Pride month is always a great time for great new LGBTQ books, and this year is no exception.
Edmund White, 2018 Lambda Literary Visionary Award honoree, has a new memoir out. The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading (Bloomsbury) looks back at his life through the lens of his reading.
For White, each momentous occasion came with a book to match: Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality while he was at boarding school in Michigan; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White’s novels. But it wasn’t until heart surgery in 2014, when he temporarily lost his desire to read, that White realized the key role that reading played in his life: forming his tastes, shaping his memories, and amusing him through the best and worst life had to offer.
From Yrsa Daley-Ward, “the celebrated poet behind bone,” comes The Terrible (Penguin), “a lyrical memoir—part prose, part verse—about coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family.”
Don’t miss current Lammy finalist Édouard Louis’s latest, History of Violence (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), “a short nonfiction novel in the tradition of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, but with the victim as its subject.” Already a bestseller in France, the English translation arrives in the US this month.
Jordy Rosenberg’s “genre-busting” debut novel, Confessions of the Fox (One World) tells the story of Jack Sheppard and Edgeworth Bess, “the most notorious thieves, jailbreakers, and lovers of eighteenth-century London.”
In nonfiction, Robert W. Fieseler’s Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation (Norton), “mesmerizingly reconstructs the 1973 fire that devastated New Orleans’ subterranean gay community.”
Silas House’s new novel, Southernmost (Algonquin), also focuses on the south:
In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew—and risks losing everything: his wife, locked into her religious prejudices; his congregation, which shuns Asher after he delivers a passionate sermon in defense of tolerance; and his young son, Justin, caught in the middle of what turns into a bitter custody battle.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
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