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Call Me by Your Name: A Novel
André Aciman

Elio—17, extremely well-read, sensitive and the son of a prominent expatriate professor—finds himself troublingly attracted to a visiting American resident scholar, Oliver. Both of the men flirt (and more) with women among their circle of friends, but Elio yearns for Oliver.


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Giovanni's Room (Modern Library)
James Baldwin

Sexual identity is central to this 1956 novel about an American’s struggle to accept his desire for an Italian bartender in Paris.


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Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
Jeffrey Eugenides

To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.


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Maurice: A Novel
E. M. Forster

In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way, “stepping into the niche that England had prepared for him”: except that he is homosexual.


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Three Junes
Julia Glass

A luminous first novel, set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, that traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises.


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Basketball Jones
E. Lynn Harris

AJ Richardson is living the good life with his longtime lover, NBA star Dray Jones. Built on a deep and abiding love, their hidden relationship sustains them both. But when Dray’s teammates begin to ask insinuating questions, Dray puts their doubts to rest by marrying Judi, a beautiful and ambitious woman. Judi knows nothing about Dray’s “other life.” Or does she?


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The Line of Beauty
Alan Hollinghurst

In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens. His two vividly contrasting love affairs, one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire, dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty.


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A Single Man
Christopher Isherwood

When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, determined to persist in the routines of his daily life.


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Avoidance: A Novel
Michael Lowenthal

Camp Ironwood, set in the Vermont woods, is more than a summer distraction for restless adolescent boys—it is a place to belong. At camp, Jeremy is blindsided by the seductive charm of Max, a fourteen-year-old boy from Manhattan. Jeremy must confront his desires, and worse yet, uncover the dark secrets of his beloved Camp Ironwood.


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The Year of Ice: A Novel
Brian Malloy

It is 1978 in the Twin Cities, and Kevin Doyle, a high school senior, is a marginal student in love with keggers, rock and roll, and-unbeknownst to anyone else—a boy in his class with thick eyelashes and a bad attitude.


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Alternatives to Sex: A Novel
Stephen McCauley

Real estate agent William swears off sex in an attempt to change his life and further complicates his relationship with his best friend Edward.


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Insignificant Others: A Novel
Stephen McCauley

Richard Rossi is caught in a passionate affair with Benjamin, a very unavailable married man. Richard is also not entirely available himself…


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At Swim, Two Boys
Jamie O'Neill

Out at the Forty Foot, that great jut of rock where gentlemen bathe in the nude, two boys make a pact: Doyler will teach Jim to swim, and in a year, they will swim to the distant beacon of Muglins Rock and claim that island for themselves.


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Sing You Home: A Novel
Jodi Picoult

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen.


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Remembrance of Things I Forgot: A Novel
Bob Smith

In 2006 comic book dealer John has decided to break up with his boyfriend, Taylor, on the very day Taylor announces he’s finally perfected a time machine for the U.S government. John travels back to 1986, where he encounters “Junior,” his younger, more innocent self. He and Taylor plan to fix their future relationship troubles, and stop George W. Bush from becoming president.


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Now Is the Hour
Tom Spanbauer

The year is 1967 and Rigby John Klusener, seventeen years old and finally leaving his home and family in Pocatello, Idaho, headed for San Francisco. The story traces his gradual emancipation from his strictly religious farming family and from the small-minded, bigoted community in which he has grown up in a time of explosive cultural change.


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The Night Watch
Sarah Waters

Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, The Night Watch tells the story of four Londoners-three women and a young man with a past-whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in tragedy, stunning surprise and exquisite turns, only to change irreversibly in the shadow of a grand historical event.


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Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
Scotty Bowers

Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town’s stars and starlets.


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I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir (P.S.)
Josh Kilmer-Purcell

By day, Josh drudges off to a Soho-based advertising firm. At night, he dons live goldfish to complete the look of Aqua, a 7-foot-tall award-winning drag queen who trolls gay clubs in search of her next drink/one night stand. In between, he spends his time trying to build a stable, loving relationship with his distracted partner.


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America's Boy: A Memoir
Wade Rouse

Taunted by his classmates, Wade finds comfort in his offbeat but lovable family. But when a tragic motorcycle accident ends his brother’s life, Wade buries his sexuality along with his brother, vowing to be the son he believes his family wants.


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Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris

A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of “Naked”, presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French.


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