We Recommend

LGBT Recommended Reading 2011

New and notable fiction and non-fiction.

Bledsoe, Lucy Jane.
Set in a desolate outpost in the beautiful but bleak Antarctic, Bledsoe's novel is a rich character study of three strong women: a composer, a cook, and a geologist, and their explosive interactions in this claustrophobic world.
Bono, Chaz.
The only child of famed couple Sonny & Cher, Bono recounts his life story as a cherubic little girl first introduced to the world on her parents' variety show, through a painful coming out process, the death of a beloved father, years of drug addiction, and finally realizing his true self through gender reassignment surgery.
Clegg, Bill.
A harrowing, unflinching look into the mindset of addict. Clegg, a promising literary agent with William Morris Endeavor, details his two-month crack-fuelled binge with a brutal and bracing honesty.
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Cox, Daniel Allen.
This "incendiary" second novel by Canadian author Cox is set in repressive, homophobic post-Communist Poland and tells the story of an unlikely relationship between Radek, a rebellious gay male artist and Dorota, a female art professor.
Coyote, Ivan, 1969-
Yukon writer and Lambda Award-nominated Coyote's fifth short story collection is another masterful display of warm and engaging storytelling filtered though the unique voice of a butch lesbian living in Canada's Far North.
Cunningham, Michael, 1952-
With echoes of Henry James and especially Thomas Mann, Cunningham's latest urbane masterpiece is a haunting meditation on art, desire, sex and marriage. Peter Harris, a married forty-something Soho gallery owner risks exploding his staid, comfortable life by falling helplessly for his wife's irresistible younger brother, Mizzy.
Donoghue, Emma, 1969-
Acclaimed novelist (Room) and literary historian, Donoghue's comprehensive and scholarly but always entertaining, survey of same-sex desire between women covering over one thousand years of Western literature, from the story of Ruth in the Bible to the present day.
Haslett, Adam.
Pulitzer-finalist Haslett's sprawling and very topical debut novel pits historical preservation versus modern decadence in the characters of Charlotte Graves, proud upholder of liberal values, and her new neighbour Doug Fanning, ruthless Wall Street banker - with grieving high school senior, Nate Fuller, caught between them in a vicious legal and cultural battle.
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Horner, Emily.
A charming young adult novel "starring" Cass Meyer, an awkward sixteen year old determined to carry out the wishes of her best friend and secret crush Julia, killed in a car accident: the staging of her original musical called "Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad". Set in that special Hell that is high school with all its petty jealousies, cruel hierarchies and ruthless bullying.
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Green, John, 1977-
This delightful collaboration between two masterful YA storytellers features two very different teenage boys sharing the same name, whose lives intersect through the machinations of the completely irresistible, lovestruck sixteen-year old Tiny Cooper, described on the first page as the "world's largest person who is really, really gay."
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Lord, James.
Covering the three years of his life as an American soldier in WWII, memoirist and noted art critic, James Lord's account corrects the historical record of the Greatest Generation by re-inserting the queer experience. Featuring cameos by Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein, "My queer war" is the story of one gay man's effort to liberate Europe - and himself.
Schaefer, Max, 1974-
The paradox of the "gay skinhead" is examined in Schaefer's compelling and eye-opening debut novel, weaving the stories of two gay young men's coming-of-age in the British neo-Nazi subculture in two very different eras.
An uproariously funny time-travelling tale with a decidedly queer twist: in 2006, comic book dealer John Sherkston takes his physicist, ex-boyfriend's time machine back to 1986 where he encounters his younger, dumber self.
Smith, Patti, author.
Revered poet and songwriter Patti Smith's moving eulogy to her friend and lover, the late great and very gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, chronicling their gritty yet glamorous bohemian lives in late 60s and 70s New York City.
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Soehnlein, K. M. (Karl M.)
Soehnlein's sequel to his 2001 award-winning novel, "The world of normal boys", picks up the story of Robin Mackenzie, now 20 years old and newly single, in search of his runaway rebellious younger sister, Ruby, on the Jersey Shore accompanied by his best friend, George. An honest and lyrical portrait of 1980s America.
Spring, Justin, 1962-
A fascinating portrait of the pre-Stonewall icon, the very colourful English professor/porn novelist/gay liberation hero, Samuel Steward, detailing his unabashed sexual exploits and literary musings culled from his recently discovered diaries.