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That list I was promising to post... [Jul. 13th, 2006|07:28 pm]
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Hay all y'all, here's the list of "New G&L Books" put out by the Toronto Public Library (TPL). Some of them are repeats from my previous comment regarding recommended reading but they're a start nonetheless... I've separated them as they are separated in the brochure, mainly because it makes the lists unwieldy if they're all together.
 Gay Fiction
Besame Mucho: New Gay Latino Fiction
Breakfast with Scot by Michael Downing
Light at Dusk by Peter Gadol
Comfort and Joy by Jim Grimsley
Abide with Me by E. Lynn Harris
In September, the Light Changes by Andrew Holleran
Capital Queers by Fred Hunter
Burning Girl by Ben Neihart
Ladies' Man by John Ramster
The Death of a Constant Lover by Lev Raphael
Blind Items: A Love Story by Matthew Rettenmund
The Coming Storm by Paul Elliott Russell
Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai
Allan Stein: A Novel by Matthew Stadler
The Waters of Babylon: A Novel of Lawrence After Arabia by David Stevens
The Blue Lawn by Williams Taylor
Need by Robert Thomson
The Married Man: A Love Story by Edmund White
One Dead Drag Queen by Mark Richard Zubro

Lesbian Fiction
Hers 3: Brilliant New Fiction by Lesbian Writers
The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Short Stories
The Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction
The Dawning by Laura Adams
Shattered Illusions by Kaye Davis
Tea by Stacey D'Erasmo
Sleeping Bones by Katherine V. Forrest
To Have and To Hold by Peggy Herring
Afterimage by Helen Humphreys
Strangers in the Night by Barbara Johnson
Ordinary Justice by Trudy Labovitz
Deceptions by Lauren Maddison
Every Time We Say Goodbye by Jaye Maiman
Conferences Are Murder by Val McDermid
Murder Undercover by Claire McNab
Stalking the Goddess Ship by Marsha Mildon
The Annunciate by Severna Park
Double Take Out by Tracey Richardson
The Struggle for Happiness by Ruthann Robson
Snake Eyes by Pat Welch
Intimate Strangers by Laura DeHart Young

Gay & Lesbian Non-Fiction
Alternate Channels: Gay & Lesbian Images on Radio & Television by Steven Capsuto
Apples & Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity by Jan Clausen
Bending the Landscape: Original Gay & Lesbian Writing
Brave Journeys: Profiles in Gay & Lesbian Courage
The Columbia Reader on Lesbian and Gay Men in Media, Society and Politics
The Complete Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist by Diane DiMassa
A Couple of Friends: the Remarkable Friendship Between Straight Women & Gay Men by Robert H. Hopcke
The End of Gay: and the Death of Heterosexuality by Bert Archer
Gay Men's Friendships: Invincible Communities by Peter M. Nardi
Gore Vidal, Sexually Speaking by Gore Vidal
Janet, My Mother and Me: A Memoir of Growing Up with Janey Flanner and Natalia Danesi Murray by William Murray
The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant: An Adoption Story by Dan Savage
Left Out: The Politics of Exclusion: Essays, 1964-1999 by Martin B. Duberman
Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Parents
Queer 13
Restricted Access: Lesbians on Disability
Strange Sisters: The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction, 1949-1969 by Jaye Zimet
To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America - A History by Lillian Faderman
The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics and the Ethics of Queer Life by Michael Warner
Way to Go, Smith! by Bob Smith

If anyone has any comments on any of the materials, as in they'd like to read them, that would be great--or if you've heard something is a disaster and should be left on the shelves, let us know and I will revise the list. 

Looking forward to your suggestions...

[User Picture]From: vorpal
2006-07-17 04:07 am (UTC)
Paul Russell is one of my favourite authors. I can't say enough good stuff about him, although "Coming Storm" might be a little lengthy and intense to read in a short amount of time. "The Salt Point" is a little better and would probably spark more discussion, IMO. Jim Grimsley's other books that I've read have all been lovely. As for Ben Neihart, his first book, "Hey, Joe" was decent, but "Burning Girl" received (to my knowledge) devastatingly bad reviews, I'd tell you about the time I tried to read it, but it was too painful to relive. Matthew Rettenmund has always been touch and go for me.
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[User Picture]From: sravenk
2007-10-21 12:23 am (UTC)
I just finished reading Tea by Stacey D'Erasmo and thought it was pretty good. Literary but not inaccessible. I think I wanted it to be a bit longer and a little more fleshed out, but it was good.

I'm not sure I would consider The Complete Hothead Paisan nonfiction, being that it is a comic/graphic novel type book. And it is *excellent*, I might add. But not nonfiction.
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