March 18, 2010 | by Joey DiGuglielmo
LGBT books galore slated for spring release

Dozens and dozens of LGBT books — oceans more than any individual could possibly get to — are slated for spring. A few are available now. Among the highlights:

• “Lesbian Love” (Amazon Digital), an anthology of lesbian erotica by authors Elizabeth Coldwell, Beverly Langland, Sommer Marsden and others. Edited by Miranda Forbes. March 5.

• “Microagressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation” (Wiley) by Derald Wing Sue is an exploration of subtle, often unintentional biases in everyday life and the impact they have on members of traditionally disadvantaged groups. March 8.

• “Sinning in the Rain” (Melrose Books) by Nick Heddle is a novel set in the late ’20s about a young gay gopher at a major Hollywood movie studio who develops a new technique to ease the transition to talkies but has Nazis and a sinister gossip columnist on his heels. Gene and his handsome boyfriend Jamie battle opposition from many directions. March 8.

• “Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality” (Columbia University Press) by Gayle Salamon explores issues of transgender embodiment through phenomenology, psychoanalysis and queer theory. March 15.

• “The Meaning of Gay: Interaction, Publicity and Community Among Homosexual Men in 1960s San Francisco” (Lexington Books) by J. Todd Ormsbee traces the conflicts among San Francisco’s gay men with the dominant society describing the broad range of meanings they came to ascribe to gays between 1962 and 1972. March 16.

• Look for local gay author Garrett Peck May 15 at the Gaithersburg Book Festival where he’ll speak about his book “The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet” (www.prohibitionhangover.com), released last year.

• “The A to Z of Lesbian Literature” (Scarecrow Press) by Meredith Miller traces the history of lesbian lit through hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important writers such as Sappho, Colette, Mary Wollstonecraft and others who are less known. March 16.

• “Letting Go” (Bella Books) by Ann O’Leary is a novel about Laura, a 39-year-old uber-successful lesbian with her own advertising agency who is targeted by Kelly, a barhopping charmer used to getting what she wants and Kate, a commercial artist who has brains and talent and a secret crush on Laura. March 15.

• “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teen Literature: a Guide to Reading Interests” (Libraries Unlimited) by Carlisle Webber is, as the title suggests, a guide to outstanding books for LGBT teens that includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels and more. March 30.

• “Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture” (W.W. Norton & Co.) by Alice Echols explores how disco played a major role in broadening the social realms for blacks, feminists and gays and gave new spaces for gay men to mix in large crowds. March 29.

• “How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood” (Mariner Books), gay author William Mann’s bio of La Liz, comes out in paperback April 1.

• “Watch Us!” (Bruno Gmunder) by Jacob Mott is a gay erotica cartoon book featuring a mix of American bubblegum and Japanese Manga styles. April.

• “Female Force: Ellen DeGeneres” (Bluewater Productions) by Sandra Ruckdeschel is a quickie bio (just 32 pages) on America’s most famous lesbian superstar. March 31.

• “Are We Thinking Straight?: the Politics of Straightness in a Lesbian and Gay Social Movement Organization” (Routledge) by Daniel Cortese explores how the Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) strategically used a straight identity as a social movement tool. April 3.

• “Holy Terror: Lies the Christian Right Tells Us to Deny Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Equality” (Alyson Books) by Mel White is the paperback debut of White’s seminal book in which the gay author documents the 30-year war fundamentalist Christians have waged against gays. April 1.

• “The Songs of Hollywood” (Oxford University Press) by Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson is a photo-packed exploration of the use of song in film both in musicals and dramas. April 7.

• “Left in His Closet” (Tate Publishing) by Mary Krome explores the lives of straight women whose husbands left them for other men. April 13.

• “The Essential Gay Mystics” (Harper San Francisco), an anthology compiled by Andrew Harvey, features selections from 60 gay and lesbian writers who explore his theory that notions of sin and sex don’t have to be reconciled for gays and that gay sex is innately spiritual. April 30.

• “Ex-Gay No Way: Survival and Recovery from Religious Abuse” (Findhorn Press) by Jallen Rix, is a first-hand account of the author’s experience attending a Southern Baptist “ex-gay” ministry camp in his youth and how it confused him and ravaged his self-esteem. May 1.

• “The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words” (Vince Emery Productions) by Harvey Milk contains the texts of nearly 40 interviews the late gay iconoclast did for newspapers, radio and television in which he describes his life, struggles, strategies and dreams. Included are transcripts of three famous political debates Milk conducted with John Briggs and a DVD of a feature-length documentary showing previously unseen TV interviews. May 1.

• “Palm Tress on the Hudson: a True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland & Interior Decorating” (Square One Publishers) by Elliot Tiber is the prequel to his 2007 memoir “Taking Woodstock,” which was adapted for the screen by Ang Lee. June 15. Also look for Susie Boyt’s “My Judy Garland Life: a Memoir,” (Bloomsbury USA) in which the author tells of her Garland obsession and how it led her to meet Mickey Rooney and Liza Minnelli, on April 27.

• “She Looks Just Like You: a Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood” (Beacon Press) by Amie Klembnauer Miller is the author’s first-hand account of how she came to terms with the issues of confusion and mixed emotions when her lesbian partner conceived. May 1.

• “Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child” (Columbia University Press) by Michael LaSala presents the results of his research of 65 gay and lesbian children and their parents when they came out and offers advice for how other families in the same situation can better navigate feelings of depression, anxiety and grief. June 1.

• “Leave the Light On” (Central Recovery Press) by Jennifer Storm is a memoir in which the author shares her tale of alcohol and drugs, her recovery and how it intersected with childhood sexual abuse and her lesbianism. April.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

1 Comment
  • It seems there is no interest in books on our community/movement,such as last year’s book on the histoyr of the early organizatiolns, Pre-Gay L. A., and I see only entertainmnent books-does this reflect our wishes or what the publishers think we are interested in?

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