As we head into this holiday weekend to celebrate our independence, it seems the perfect time to relax and enjoy a good book. There is much talk in the news these days about traditional publishing versus independent and self publishers that I compiled a list of GLBT reading from all of those genres. Most are available in trade paperback or to be downloaded to your favorite digital reading device.
Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs may be an older book published in 2002, but stays at the top of this writer's must-read GLBT books. The memoir of a boy who is sent to live with his mother's psychiatrist and the strange world he must learn to deal with is highly engaging. Staying in the memoir genre is The Tricky Part by Martin Moran about a young teen's relationship with an older camp counselor and how it shaped who he became as a man. Author Stephen McCauley deals with a middle-aged couple's ever-evolving relationship inInsignificant Others: A Novel. A great summer read that is as clever as it is humorous in one man's attempt at finding the perfect man is On Picking Fruit by Arthur Wooten. Another quick vacation book is Relative Strangerby Stewart Lewis. This story shows how the introduction of someone new in our lives can change everything in a split second.
Matt Dean'sThe River in Winter is a heart-breaking look at how a man picks up the pieces as a great affair has ended. A very new book that only recently hit the shelves isBlind: A Memoir by Belo Miguel Cipriani about a man who was beaten and robbed of his sight and his struggle to deal with his new life. Finally, one of my favorite GLBT authors is Michael Thomas Ford and his What We Remember is a great mystery that fluctuates between two time periods as a family attempts to unravel the secrets of the past.
As someone who has talked often about how being gay is only part of who I am, I believe it is important for the GLBT community to read non-gay-themed books. I love to read in all genres just as I enjoy writing in them as well. Some personal favorites of old and new on my list include: Wally Lamb, Tess Harwick, Mike Wells, Greg Isles, Victoria Laurie, Tom Perotta, R.J. Keller, Debra Galant, and Lori Ann Stephens. Reviews of these author's books can be found on goodreads.com.
My personal kindle is full for the coming weekend where I plan to celebrate with reading a few different genres: Messenger by Jeni Stepanek about her amazing son Mattie that many came to know through Oprah before he left the world at too young an age, Dead of Wynter - a new mystery by local Jersey author Spencer Seidel, August Farewell: The Last Sixteen Days of a Thirty-Three-Year Romance by David G. Hallman who lost his husband to cancer, and In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets by Ann Carbine Best who learned her husband of eleven years was seeing men back in the 70s when the country was in a very different time.
Looks like I'll be busy for a while! Happy Independence Day weekend, all!