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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association are pleased to offer the 2011 Rainbow Project bibliography of recommended titles for adults that contain significant and authentic gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, or questioning (GLBTQ) content. Titles published in late 2009 are noted; all others were published in 2010. Below are 11 exceptional choices from the list. For the complete list, visit the Over the Rainbow Book List website.
Batwoman: Elegy. By Greg Rucka. Illus. by J. H. Williams. DC Comics, $24.99 (9781401226923).
After the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy forces Kate Kane out of West Point, she joins Batman and battles a crazed cult called the Religion of Crime led by an Alice in Wonderland–like porcelain goth who may be Kate’s twin, long thought dead (graphic novel).
By Nightfall. By Michael Cunningham. Farrar, $25 (9780374299088).
Peter’s “ideal” life with his wife, Rebecca, in Manhattan’s SoHo is turned upside down when Rebecca’s beautiful 23-year-old brother comes for a visit (fiction).
Inseparable: Desire between Women in Literature. By Emma Donoghue. Knopf, $27.95 (9780307270948).
Donoghue traces the history of lesbian literary passion from ancient times to the present, discussing “texts in which the attraction between women is undeniably there [and has] consequences for the story” (nonfiction).
Kicked Out. Ed. by Sassafras Lowrey. Homofactus, paper, $19.95 (9780978597368).
Voices of current homeless GLBTQ youth (currently 40 percent of the homeless youth in the U.S.) blend with older people who also share their stories of survival and abuse after disclosing their gender identity with parents (nonfiction).
Missed Her. By Ivan E. Coyote. Arsenal Pulp, paper, $16.95 (9781551523712).
From a master storyteller and performer come these funny, wistful tales about growing up in the Canadian north as a lesbian butch, examining others’ confusion in the face of her gender identity (nonfiction).
Missouri. By Christine Wunnicke. Tr. by David Miller. Arsenal Pulp, paper, $12.95 (9781551523446).
By turns comic and tragic, this gay love story set in the nineteenth-century Midwest follows two men, one a successful English poet fleeing a scandal and the other a feral outlaw who kidnapped the poet, as the poet’s brother tries to rescue a man who doesn’t want to be rescued (western).
Monday Hearts for Madalene. By Page Hodel. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $16.95 (9781584797784).
In preparing this collection of 100 photographs, Hodel, a San Francisco DJ, used a diversity of objects, organic and otherwise, to create one heart each week for her partner, Madalene Rodriguez, who died of ovarian cancer less than a year after they met (art).
Mute. By Raymond Luczak. Midsummer Night’s Press, paper, $11.95 (9780979420863).
A deaf man uses poetry to tell about the frustrations of his silent world when trying to communicate with other men (poetry).
The Pure Lover: A Memoir of Grief. By David Plante. 2009. Beacon, $23 (9780807072981).
After the death of his partner of 40 years from cancer in 2004, Plante created this intimate, insightful memoir of Nikos Stangos’ life, from childhood in war-torn Greece to his commitment to Plante and their quiet, cultivated life among the London literati. A simple yet passionate narrative (memoir/biography).
Silver Kiss: An Urban Wolf Novel. By Naomi Clark. Queered Fiction, paper, $14.99 (9781920441128).
Lesbian shape-shifter Ayla Hammond returns home to mend fences with her parents and solve a missing-persons case while she debates whether she wants to rejoin the werewolf pack (speculative fiction).
Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. By Sarah Schulman. 2009. New Press, $23.95 (9781595584809).
Schulman makes clear that “familial homophobia,” instead of being a personal problem, is a cultural crisis. The solution is for everyone to take the responsibility to intervene in abusive treatment of homosexuals (nonfiction).
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