July 6, 2017 at 10:30 am EST | by Terri Schlichenmeyer
Summer reading list
Summer reading, gay news, Washington Blade

‘Morphosis’ by Salem Beiruti features artwork of beautiful men. It’s one of this summer’s best coffeetable books. (Image courtesy Bruno Gmünder )

One of the nicest things about a staycation is you finally have a chance to read for pleasure. Here are some books slated for summer release.

The novel lover in you should be happy to see a new book by John Boyne. Set in Ireland, “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” (August) is the story of a man who is adopted as a child and spends the rest of his life trying to get to know who he really is. If you’ve ever read Boyne, you know you’re in for a treat; if you’re new to Boyne, get thee to a bookstore now.

In “A House Among the Trees” by Julia Glass (out now), a children’s book author dies and leaves everything to his assistant, who is baffled by what’s in his will. She’d known him most of her life, through his fame, his secrets and eccentricities and his battle with AIDS. But did she really know him? As she unravels what he’s left her, she looks to a future without him.

After a young painter is stricken with artist’s block, she’s invited to work at a mysterious estate, where she must learn to listen to her heart. That’s the basic plot of “The Gallery of Unfinished Girls,” a young adult novel by Lauren Karcz (July). Will the young woman find the courage to tell her best friend she’s in love with her? Or will the estate itself change what she finds within herself?

If your taste in reading runs more into biographies, then look for “Self-Made Woman” by Denise Chanterelle DuBois (August). It’s the story of a little boy growing up in the 1960s, at a time when people didn’t have words for the girl inside the boy. That leads to a lifetime of fighting past the pain with a dangerous mix of outside methods and, for the book, an ultimate triumph. You might also want to look for “Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter” by Heath Fogg Davis (out now), which questions why and where as a society, we need gender categories anyhow.

What was it like to be on the front lines of activism in the first days of the AIDS epidemic? In “The Pox Lover: An Activist’s Decade in New York and Paris” by Anne-christine d’Adesky (out now), you’ll read about the work done on several continents to keep the virus front and center in the minds of those who would have rather forgotten it. But this book isn’t all serious; surprisingly, d’Adesky has some fun with her memoir, and it can’t be missed.

“Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas” by David Collins, forewords by Evan Wolfson and by Julian Castro (August) tells the story of a lawsuit and the men behind it. Phariss and Holmes had been together longer than were most heterosexual couples, but their state forbade marriage. They sued to change that, and this book tells the story.

For something on the lighter side, look for “Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World” by Sarah Prager, illustrated by Zoe More O’Ferrall (out now). It’s a book filled with quick-to-read bios of LGBT game-changers that you may (or may not have) heard of before. It’s a fun read for those times when you need a distraction that you can put down fast.

And finally, if your summer will fail without a book that’s just meant to look at, then you’ll want to find “The Box” by Ron Amato and “Morphosis” by Salem Beiruti (out now). They’re both photography books from the Bruno Gmünder folks, so you know they’re quality.

And so there you are, books to fill your summertime with goodness. Happy reading!

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