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Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father
Alysia Abbott

BIOGRAPHY ABBOTT

After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom are raising a child. This is an unforgettable portrait of a tumultuous, historic time in San Francisco, as well as an exquisitely moving account of a father’s legacy and a daughter’s love.


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Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
Alison Bechdel

BIOGRAPHY GRAPHIC BECHDEL

An interweaving of memoir and psychoanalysis, which explores the author’s distant and complex relationship with her mother.


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

BIOGRAPHY 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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Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad
Dan Bucatinsky

BIOGRAPHY BUCATINSKY

Bucatinsky’s soul-baring and honest stories tap into that all-encompassing, and very human, hunger to be a parent and the life-changing and often ridiculous road to getting there.


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All We Know: Three Lives
Lisa Cohen

BIOGRAPHY COH

Chronicles the lives of New York intellectual Esther Murphy, celebrity ephemera collector Mercedes de Acosta, and British Vogue editor Madge Garland and their lifestyles, influence on fashion, and celebrity friendships.


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Prairie Silence: A Memoir
Melanie Hoffert

BIOGRAPHY HOFFERT

A story of rural North Dakota, its culture, and life on the prairie, and the author’s struggle to come out in small town America.


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

BIOGRAPHY 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

BIOGRAPHY 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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American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
Dan Savage

BIOGRAPHY SAVAGE

The sex-advice columnist for “Savage Love” draws on his experience with the It Gets Better campaign to share pithy insights into a range of topics including health care, gun control, and marriage equality.


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Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality
John Schwartz

BIOGRAPHY SCHWARTZ

Sharing his family’s own struggles within a culture that is quickly changing, a national correspondent for “The New York Times” and father of a gay teen offers crucial lessons about helping gay kids and how to cope in a potentially hostile world.


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Before the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Revolution
Luisita Lopez Torregrosa

BIOGRAPHY TORREGROSA

Recounts the true story of a newspaper editor who began a love affair with a married reporter, the couple’s idyllic life together in the Philippines during the fall of Ferdinand Marcos, and their subsequent breakup upon returning to the mainland.


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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Jeanette Winterson

BIOGRAPHY WINTERSON

Traces the author’s lifelong search for happiness as the adopted daughter of Pentecostal parents who raised her through practices of fierce control and paranoia, an experience that prompted her to search for her biological mother.


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Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz
Cynthia Carr

BIOGRAPHY WOJNAROWICZ

A full-length account of the life and career of the artist and gay activist centers on the infamous 2010 censoring of “A Fire in My Belly,” exploring Wojnarowicz’s brutal childhood, relationship with his contemporaries, and early death from AIDS in 1992.


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Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris

HUMOR SED

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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Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America
Christopher Bram

SOCSCI LGBTQ BRA

A spirited analysis of how many prominent gay novelists, playwrights, and poets led the way for a social change that swept the country, by which gay life in general gained in increasing acceptance.


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Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas
Dale Carpenter

SOCSCI LGBTQ CAR

Provides a detailed legal history and examines the motives of all players involved with the landmark Supreme Court gay rights case that protected consenting adults’ rights, regardless of sexual preference, in the bedroom.


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Family Pride: What LGBT Families Should Know about Navigating Home, School, and Safety in Their Neighborhoods (Queer Action/Queer Ideas)
Michael Shelton

SOCSCI LGBTQ SHE

Family Pride is the first book for queer parents, families, and allies that emphasizes community safety. Drawing on his years as a dedicated community activist and on the experiences of LGBT parents, Michael Shelton offers concrete strategies that LGBT families can use to intervene in and resolve difficult community issues, teach their children resiliency skills, and find safe and respectful programs for their children.


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