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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Over the Rainbow
The 2016 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association, includes 68 titles published between July 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015. The top 10 titles from that list appear below. The committee’s mission is to create a bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant, authentic LGBT content and are recommended for adults over age 18. It is not meant to be all-inclusive but is intended as an annual core list for readers and librarians searching for recommendations for a cross section of the year’s titles. Although the committee attempts to present titles for a variety of reading tastes and levels, no effort is made to balance this bibliography according to subject, area of interest, age, or genre. See the full bibliography and a list of the committee members at www.glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow.
The Argonauts. By Maggie Nelson. 2015. Graywolf, $15 (9781555977078).
From the publisher: “This story, which includes the author’s account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, is an intimate portrayal of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.”
Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco. By Clare Sears. 2015. Duke, $79.95 (9780822357544).
An in-depth examination of early cross-dressing laws in San Francisco. Adopted as part of a broader anti-indecency campaign, the cross-dressing law became a flexible tool for policing multiple gender transgressions, facilitating more than 100 arrests before the century’s end. Includes archival materials, pictures, and detailed stories.
Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home. By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. 2015. Arsenal Pulp, $18.95 (9781551526003).
A poet’s memoir that reveals how a disabled queer woman of color and abuse survivor navigates her past and her future.
The Evening Chorus. By Helen Humphreys. 2015. Houghton/Mariner, $14.95 (9780544348691).
WWII pilot James Hunter is shot down and sent to a German POW camp on his very first mission. His wife, Rose, finds freedom she never knew before, left behind in their English cottage. That freedom is threatened when James’ sister, Enid, comes to stay.
The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle. By Lillian Faderman. 2015. Simon & Schuster, $35 (9781451694116).
The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights—from the 1950s to the present—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the entire LGBT community, who face these challenges every day.
Girl Sex 101. By Allison Moon and Katie Diamond. 2015. Lunaticink, $24.99 (970983830955).
This graphic novel, geared toward women, is a sex-ed manual unlike any other. Full of humor and illustrations.
How to Grow Up. By Michelle Tea. 2015. Plume, $16 (978014218119-5).
This memoir, told in multiple essays, tells the story of a woman awkwardly coming to grips with being a “grown-up.”
By Nell Zink. 2015. HarperCollins, $19 (978006236477).
A winding, intricate tale of a nontraditional family fighting for survival in the 1960s.
No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions. By Ryan Berg. 2015. Nation, $25.99 (9781568585093).
A heart-wrenching account of disowned and homeless LGBTQ teens and the man who tried to help them. These stories are complex, sad, and moving.
Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS. By Dale Peck. 2015. Soho, $25 (9781616954413).
Peck tells his story of life during the AIDS epidemic through personal essays, critical theory, history, erotica, and poetry.
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