2013 Over the Rainbow List: 84 LGBT Books for Adult Readers

2013 Over the Rainbow List: 84 LGBT Books for Adult Readers

those marked with * are reviewed right here on my site

By OTR_Danielle  http://www.glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow/archives/388

The 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), has just been decided at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

This year’s list includes 84 titles published between July 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012.

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.

Our Top Ten Favorites

Avery, Ellis. The Last Nude. Riverhead Books.

*Bechdel, Alison. Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Brunt, Carol Rifka. Tell the Wolves I’m Home. Dial Press.

Cain, Shannon. The Necessity of Certain Behaviors. University of Pittsburgh Press.

Jones, Saeed. When the Only Light Is Fire. Sibling Rivalry Press.

*Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York. Ed. by Thomas Keith. Vantage Point.

Marcus, Jana. Transfigurations.  7 Angels Press.

*No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics.  Ed. by Justin Hall. Fantagraphics Books.

Torregrosa, Luisita Lopez. Before the Rain:  A Memoir of Love and Revolution.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

*Winterson, Jeanette. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?  Grove Press.

 

The 2013 Over the Rainbow Booklist

The Air We Breathe: Artists and Poets Reflect on Marriage Equality. Ed. by Apsara DiQuinzio. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

*Aldrich, Robert. Gay Lives. Thames & Hudson.

Allison, Dorothy. Conversations with Dorothy Allison.  Ed. by Mae M. Clayton. University Press of Mississippi.

*Arsand, Daniel. Lovers. Trans. by Howard Curtis. Europa Editions.

*Atkins, Gary. Imagining Gay Paradise: Bali, Bangkok and Cyber-Singapore. Hong Kong University Press.

Avery, Ellis. The Last Nude. Riverhead Books.

*Ball, Carlos A. The Right to Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood. New York University Press.

*Bechdel, Alison. Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012.

Beemyn, Genny & Rankin, Susan. The Lives of Transgendered People. Columbia University Press.

*Beye, Charles Rowan. My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man’s Odyssey. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Boag, Peter. Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past.  University of California Press.

*Bornstein, Kate. A Queer and Pleasant Danger The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She Is Today.  Beacon Press.

*Boyne, John. The Absolutist. Other Press.

*Bram, Christopher. Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America.  Twelve.

Brickell, Chris. Manly Affections: The Photographs of Robert Gant, 1885-1915. Genre Books.

Brunt, Carol Rifka. Tell the Wolves I’m Home. Dial Press.

Cain, Shannon. The Necessity of Certain Behaviors. University of Pittsburgh Press.

*Carpenter, Dale. Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas: How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans. W.W. Norton.

Carey, Mike, Linda Carey and Louise Carey. The Steel Seraglio. ChiZine Publications.

*Carr, Cynthia. Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz. Bloomsbury.

Cianciotto, Jason. LGBT Youth in America’s Schools. The University of Michigan Press.

The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. Ed. by Tom Léger and Riley Macleod. Topside Press.

Cordova, Jeanne. When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution. Spinsters Ink.

*Coyote, Ivan E. One in Every Crowd. Arsenal Pulp Press.

*Currier, Ashley. Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa (Social Movements, Protests and Contention). University of Minnesota Press.

*de la Croix, St. Sukie. Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall.  University of Wisconsin Press.

Dermont, Amber. The Starboard Sea. St. Martin’s Griffin.

DeWitt, Peter. Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students. Corwin Press.

*Dhalla, Ghalib Shiraz. The Two Krishnas: A Novel. Magnus Books.

*Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses. Ed. by Michael Montlack. Lethe Press.

Dunnion, Kristyn. The Dirt Chronicles. Arsenal Pulp Press.

Eden, Martin. Spandex: Fast and Hard.  Titan Books.

*For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home. Ed. by Keith Boykin. Magnus Books.

*Greenberg, Julie A. Intersexuality and the Law. New York University Press.

*Harbach, Chad. The Art of Fielding: A Novel.  Little, Brown and Company.

Healey, Trebor. A Horse Named Sorrow. Terrace Books.

*Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. Ed. by JoSelle Vanderhooft and Steve Berman. Lethe Press.

Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage. Ed. by Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort. Seal Press.

*Irving, John. In One Person. Simon & Schuster.

*Jeffers, Alex. You Will Meet a Stranger Far from Home: Wonder Stories. Lethe Press.

Jiménez, Karleen P. How to Get a Girl Pregnant. Zurita.

Jones, Saeed. When the Only Light Is Fire. Sibling Rivalry Press.

*Kenry, Chris. The Survival Methods and Mating Rituals of Men and Marine Mammals. Kensington.

Kohler, Sheila. Bay of Foxes. Penguin.

*Ladin, Joy. Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders. University of Wisconsin Press.

Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry. Ed. by Bryan Borland. Sibling Rivalry Press.

Llosa, Mario Vargas. The Dream of the Celt. Trans. by Edith Grossman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Loftin, Craig M. Masked Voices: Gay Men and Lesbians in Cold War America. State University of New York Press.

*Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York. Ed. by Thomas Keith. Vantage Point.

*Lynch, Jane. Happy Accidents. Voice/Hyperion.

Marcus,  Jana. Transfigurations.  7 Angels Press.

*Mason, Janet. Tea Leaves. Bella Books.

*Miller, Madeline. The Song of Achilles. HarperCollins.

*Miller, Merle. On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual.  Penguin.

Mixner, David. At Home with Myself: Stories from the Hills of Turkey Hollow. Magnus Books.

Monahan, Annemarie. Three.  Flashpoint Press.

Nicholson, Alexander. Fighting To Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Chicago Review Press.

*No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics.  Ed. by Justin Hall. Fantagraphics Books.

Pitman, Gayle E. Backdrop: The Politics and Personalities Behind Sexual Orientation Research. Active Voice Press.

*Price, Reynolds. Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir. Scribner.

Redmann, J.M. Ill Will.  Bold Strokes Books.

*Regnault, Chantal. Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92.  Soul Jazz Records.

*Robinson, V. Gene. God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage. Knopf.

*Russell, Paul Elliott. The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov. Cleis Press.

*Schulman, Sarah. The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination. University of California Press.

*Schwartz, John. Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help their Teenage Son Come to Terms with his Sexuality. Gotham Books.

*Seefried, Josh. Our Time: Breaking the Silence of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Penguin.

*Spoon, Rae. First Spring Grass Fire. Arsenal Pulp Press.

*Streitmatter, Rodger. Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples. Beacon Press.

*Sykes, Christopher Simon. David Hockney: The Biography, 1937-1975, A Rake’s Progress.  Doubleday.

*Taia, Abdellah. An Arab Melancholia.  Semiotext(e).

Tang, Denise Tse-Shange. Conditional Spaces: Hong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life. Hong Kong University Press.

Torregrosa, Luisita Lopez. Before the Rain:  A Memoir of Love and Revolution.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children. Ed. by Rachel Pepper. Cleis Press.

Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love and Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary. Ed. by Morty Diamond. Manic D Press.

*Vaid, Urvashi. Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics. Magnus Books.

Wachsberger, Clyde Phillip. Into the Garden with Charles: A Memoir. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

*Wahls, Zach. My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family. Gotham Books.

*White, Edmund. Jack Holmes and his Friends: A Novel. Bloomsbury. 2012.

*Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform.  Ed. by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. AK Press.

Williams III, J.H., W. Hayden Blackman, and Amy Reeder. Batwoman: Hydrology. D.C. Comics.

Wilson, Chana. Riding Fury Home. Seal Press.

*Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast. Ed. by Kathie Bergquist. University of Wisconsin Press.

*Winterson, Jeanette. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?  Grove Press.

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