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ALA's Over the Rainbow Project recommends 74 LGBT books for adult readers
From a news release
2012-01-24

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The American Library Association's Over the Rainbow Project jury identified 263 titles to be considered for the group's annual list of recommended books. Eligible, books were published between July 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2011. Jurors compiled a list of 140 books with at least one juror nomination. Of those books, 103 were from small, independent publishers, self-published or from University Presses. Seven of the nominated titles were published in Canada, and two were British publications.

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 of 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 will be made to balance this bibliography according to subject, area of interest, age, or genre.

Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim has two titles on the list: Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage, and Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow ( co-written with Owen Keehnen, also from Chicago ) .

Queer ( In ) justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States, by Chicagoan Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie and Kay Whitlock, is also on the list.

See complete list here http://www.glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow/

Art

Katz, Jonathan D. and Ward, David C. Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. Smithsonian Books. 2010 ( Nov ) . 296p. $45.00. ( 978-1588342997 ) . Art.

Pasfield, Scott. Gay in America: Portraits by Scott Pasfield. Welcome Books. 2011. 224p. $45.00. ( 978-1599621043 ) . Art.

Shiner, Eric C., Simone Fukayuki; photo. Tomoaki Hata. The Night Is Still Young. Power House Books. 2010 ( Nov ) 104p. $24.95 ( 978-1576875520 ) . Art.

Swan, Rebecca, ed. and Judith Halberstam, ed. Assume Nothing. Soft Skull Press. 2010 ( Oct ) . 112p. ( 978-1593762872 ) Art.

Gupta, Sunil. Queer Sunil Gupta. Prestel USA. 2011. 140p. $49.95. ( 978-3791350998 ) . Art.

Yeros, Dimitris, Edward Albee, John Wood and David Connolly. Photos and Poetry by C.P. Cavafy. Shades of Love: Photographs Inspired by the Poems of C.P. Cavafy. Insight Editions. 2011. 168p. $75.00 ( 978-1608870134 ) . Poetry/Art

Essays

Coyote, Ivan. Persistence: A Butch/Femme Anthology. Arsenal Pulp Press. 2011. 256p. $19.95. ( 978-1551523972 ) . Essays.

Savage, Dan and Terry Miller. It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. Dutton Adult. 352p. $21.95. ( 978-0525952336 ) . Essays/Memoirs and Biographies.

Thompson, Mark, and Richard Neely. Fire in Moonlight : Stories from the Radical Faeries : 1975-2010. The White Crane Books. 2011. 312p. $25.00 ( 978-1590213384 ) . Essays

Fiction

Cox, Daniel Allen. Krakow Melt. Arsenal Pulp. 2010 ( Aug ) . 176p. $15.95. ( 978-1551523729 ) . Fiction.

Currier, Jameson. The Third Buddha. Chelsea Station. 2011. 288p. $20.00. ( 978-0984470723 ) . Fiction.

Festing, Issy. The Bird Keeper. Book Guild Limited. 2010 ( Sept ) . 264p. ( 978-1846244940 ) . Fiction.

Gallaway, Matthew. The Metropolis Case. Crown. 2010 ( Dec ) . 384p. $25.00. ( 978-0307463425 ) . Fiction.

Hoffman, Wayne. Sweet like Sugar. Kensington. 2011. 352p. $15.00. ( 978-0758265623 ) . Fiction.

Hollinghurst, Alan. The Stranger's Child. Knopf. 2011. 448p. $27.95. ( 978-0307272768 ) . Fiction.

Jansson, Tove. Fair Play ( New York Review Books Classics ) . 2011. 120p. $14.00. ( 978-1590173787 ) . Fiction.

Maupin, Armistead. Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tale of the City Novel. Doubleday Books. 2010 ( Nov ) . 304p. ( 978-0385619318 ) . Fiction.

Mournian, Tomas. hidden. Kensington. 2011. 304p. $15.00. ( 978-0758251312 ) . Fiction.

Newton, Heather. Under the Mercy Trees. Harper. 2011. 352p. $13.99. ( 0062001345 ) . Fiction.

O'Neill, Tony. Sick City. Harper Perennial. 2010 ( July ) . 384p. $13.99. ( 978-0061789748 ) . Fiction.

Packard, Georgeann. Fall Asleep Forgetting. Permanent Press. 2010 ( July ) . 264p. $28.00. ( 978-1579622022 ) . Fiction.

Pitts, J.A. Honeyed Words. Tor Books. 2011. 416p. $14.99. ( 978-0765329073 ) . Speculative Fiction.

Puenzo, Lucia. The Fish Child ( The Americas ) . Texas Tech Press. 2010 ( Oct ) . $26.95. ( 978-0896727144 ) . Fiction.

Sassone, Ralph. The Intimates. Picador. 2012. 256p. $15.00 ( 978-0765324702 ) . Fiction.

Smith, Bob. Remembrance of Things I Forgot: A Novel. University of Wisconsin. 2011. 272p. $26.95 ( 978-0299283407 ) . Fiction.

Stoddard, Christopher. White, Christian Triton Books. 2010 ( Nov ) . 208p. ( 978-0982807415 ) . Fiction.

Toibin, Colm. The Empty Family. Scribner. 2011. 288p. $24.00. ( 143913832X ) . Fiction.

Tremain, Rose. Trespass: A Novel. W. W. Norton & Company. 2010 ( Oct ) . $24.95 ( 978-0393079562 ) . Fiction

Van der Merwe, Andre Carl. Moffie. Europa Books. 2011. 336p. $15.00 ( 978-1609450502 ) . Fiction.

Weaver, Vicki. Billie Girl ( Leap Lit ) . Leapfrog. 2010 ( Aug ) . 240p. $14.95 ( 978-1935248125 ) . Fiction.

Winter, Kathleen. Annabel. Grove Press, Black Cat. 2011. 480p. $14.95 ( 978-0802170828 ) . Fiction.

Graphic Narrative

Cruse, Howard, author/illustrator. Complete Wendel. Universe Publishing. 2011. 288p. ( 978-0789322166 ) . $24.95. Graphic Narrative.

Hernandez, Jaime. Esperanza: A Love and Rockets Book. Fantagraphics. 2011. 248p. $18.99. ( 978-1606994498 ) . Graphic Narrative.

Merey, Ilike. a + e 4ever. Lethe Press. 2011. 214p. $18.00. ( 978-1590213902 ) . Graphic Narrative.

Memoir/Biography

Baim, Tracy and Owen Keehnen. Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow. 2011. 414 p. CreateSpace. $24.95. ( 978-1461096023 ) . Memoir/Biography.

Bond, Justin. Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels. Feminist Press. Memoir/Biography.

Bright, Susie. Big Sex Little Death. Seal Press. 328p. $24.95. ( 1580052649 ) . Essays/Memoir/Biography

Creech, Jimmy. Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor's Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays. Duke University Press. 2011. 376p. $29.95. ( 978-0822348856 ) Memoir/Biography.

GLBT Oral History Project. Queer Twin Cities. University of Minnesota. 2010 ( Sept ) . 376p. $25.00. ( 978-0816653218 ) . Memoir/Biography.

Harvey, Ken. The Passionate Engagement. Aequitas Books. 2010 ( Nov ) . 208p. $18.00. ( 978-1929355686 ) . Memoir/Biography.

Jacobs, Fay. For Frying Out Loud - Rehoboth Beach Diaries. A and M Books. 2010 ( Nov ) . 248p. $17.00. ( 978-0615342917 ) . Memoir/Biography.

McHugh, Erin and Jennifer May. The L Life: Extraordinary Lesbians Making a Difference. Stewart, Tabori, & Chang. 2011. 160p. $32.50. ( 978-1584798330 ) . Memoir/Biography.

Michaud, Michael Grett. Sal Mineo. Crown Archetype. 2010 ( Nov ) . 432p. $25.99. ( 978-0307718686 ) Memoir/Bioraphy.

Myers, Andrea. The Choosing: A Rabbi's Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days. Rutgers University Press. 2011. 208p. $19.95. ( 978-0813549576 ) . Memoir/Biography.

Rouse, Wade . It's All Relative Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine ( A Memoir ) . Random House. 2011. 304p. $23.99 ( 978-0307718716 ) . Memoir/Biography.

Savage, Dan and Terry Miller. It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. Dutton Adult. 352p. $21.95. ( 978-0525952336 ) . Essays/Memoirs and Biographies.

Schiavi,Michael. Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo. University of Wisconsin. 2011. 320p. $29.95 ( 978-0299282301 ) . Memoir/Biography.

Van Meter, Ryan. If You Knew Then What I Know Now. Sarabande Books. 2011. 176p. $15.95 ( 978-1932511949 ) . Memoir/Biography.

Mystery

Currimbhoy, Nayana. Miss Timmins' School for Girls. Harper. 2011. 496p. $20.00. ( 9780061997747 ) . Mystery.

Hart, Ellen. Lost Women of Lost Lake. Minotaur Books. 2011. 336. $25.95. ( 978-0312614775 ) . Mystery.

Ryan, Garry. Malabarista ( Detective Lane Mysteries ) . NeWest Press. 2011. 203p. $18.95. ( 978-1897126899 ) . Mystery.

Sherman, Scott. Second You Sin ( Kevin Connor Mysteries ) . Kensington. 2011. 288p. $15.00 ( 978-0758266514 ) . Mystery.

Thomas, Lee. The German. Lethe Press. 2011. 290p. $18.00 ( 978-1590213094 ) . Mystery.

Nonfiction

Baim, Tracy. Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage. 2010 ( Sept ) . CreateSpace. 576p. $24.99. ( 978-1453801710 ) . Nonfiction.

Bronski, Michael. A Queer History of the United States. Beacon. 2011. 312p. $27.95. ( 978-0807044391 ) . Nonfiction.

Corber, Robert J. Cold War Femme: Lesbianism, National Identity, and Hollywood Cinema. Duke University Press. 2011. 240p. $23.95. ( 978-0822349471 ) . Nonfiction.

Ehrensaft, Diane. Phd. Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children. The Experiment. 2011. 304p. $16.95. 978-1615190607. Nonfiction.

Elledge, Jim, ed. Queers in American Popular Culture [ 3 volumes ] ( Praeger Perspectives ) . Praeger. 2010 ( Oct ) . 945p. $184.95. ( 978-0313354571 ) . Nonfiction.

Krieger, Irwin. Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents. Genderwise Press. 2011. 86p. $12.95. ( 978-0692012291 ) . Nonfiction.

Mogul, Joey L. and Andrea J. Ritchie, Kay Whitlock. Queer ( In ) justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States. Beacon Press. 2011. 216p. $27.95. ( 978-0807051160 ) . Nonfiction.

Poetry

Botto, Antonio, Josiah Blackmore, Fernando Pessoa. Songs of Antonio Botto. University of Minnesota. Poetry.

Simmonds, Kevin, ed. Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion and Spirituality. Sibling Rivalry Press. 2011. 250p. $24.95 ( 978-0983293194 ) . Poetry.

Vuong, Ocean. Burnings. Sibling Rivalry Press. 2010 ( Nov ) . 42p. $12.00. ( 978-0578070599 ) . Poetry.

Yeros, Dimitris, Edward Albee, John Wood and David Connolly. Photos and Poetry by C.P. Cavafy. Shades of Love: Photographs Inspired by the Poems of C.P. Cavafy. Insight Editions. 2011. 168p. $75.00 ( 978-1608870134 ) . Poetry/Art.

Short Stories

Alenyikow, Michael. Ivan and Misha: Stories. 2010 ( Oct ) . 212p. Triquarterly. $18.96. ( 978-0810127180 ) . Short Stories.

Berman, Steve, ed. Wilde Stories 2011 - The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. 2011. Lethe Press. 300p. $18.00. ( 978-1590213032 ) . Short Stories/Speculative Fiction.

Jeffers, Alex. The Abode of Bliss: Ten Stories for Adam. Lethe Press. 2011. 282p. $18.00. ( 978-1590212462 ) . Short Stories.

Lima, Lázaro, ed., and Felice Picano, ed. Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing. University of Wisconsin. 2011. 220p. $22.95. ( 978-0299282240 ) . Short Stories.

Mehta, Rahul. Quarantine: Stories. Harper Perennial. 2011. 224p. $14.99. ( 978-0062020451 ) . Short Stories.

Ryman, Geoff. Paradise Tales. Small Beer Press. 2011. 320p. $16.00. ( 978-1931520645 ) . Speculative Fiction/Short Stories.

Vanderhooft, JoSelle, ed. Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories. Torquere Press. 2011. 378p. $13.95. ( 978-1610401500 ) . Short Stories/Speculative Fiction.

Vanderhooft, JoSelle, ed., Catherine Lundoff, ed. Hellebore & Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic. Lethe Press. 2011. 238p. $15.00 ( 978-1590213773 ) . Short Stories/Speculative Fiction.

Speculative Fiction

Berman, Steve, ed. Wilde Stories 2011 - The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. 2011. Lethe Press. 300p. $18.00. ( 978-1590213032 ) . Short Stories/Speculative Fiction.

Fletcher, Jane. Wolfsbane Winter. Bold Strokes Books. 2010 ( July ) . 164p. $16.95. ( 978-1602821583 ) . Fiction. Speculative Fiction.

Frey, J.M. Triptych. Dragon Moon Press. 2011. 286p. $19.95. ( 978-1897492130 ) . Speculative Fiction.

Lee, Tanith. Disturbed by Her Song. Lethe Press. 2010 ( Aug ) . 204p. $18.00. ( 978-1590213117 ) . Speculative Fiction.

Monette, Sarah and Elizabeth Bear. The Tempering of Men. Tor Books. 2011. 304p. $25.99. ( 978-0765324702 ) . Speculative Fiction.

Ryman, Geoff. Paradise Tales. Small Beer Press. 2011. 320p. $16.00. ( 978-1931520645 ) . Speculative Fiction/Short Stories.

Vanderhooft, JoSelle, ed. Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories. Torquere Press. 2011. 378p. $13.95. ( 978-1610401500 ) . Short Stories/Speculative Fiction.

Vanderhooft, JoSelle, ed., Catherine Lundoff, ed. Hellebore & Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic. Lethe Press. 2011. 238p. $15.00 ( 978-1590213773 ) . Short Stories/Speculative Fiction.


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