September 10, 2015 at 2:21 pm EDT | by Terri Schlichenmeyer
FALL ARTS 2015: books
books, gay news, Washington Blade

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For the historian, “The Gay Revolution” by Lillian Faderman (Simon & Schuster, out Sept. 8) is a big brick of a book that chronicles the struggle, starting in the 1950s and moving forward to practically yesterday. Faderman doesn’t skip a thing, pulling in history for every spectrum on the LGBT rainbow. This is one of those last-you-a-long-time books that may also teach you a thing or two.

For the reader who craves a little of this and a little of that, look for “QDA: A Queer Disability,” edited by Raymond Luczak. There’s poetry in this book, plus fiction and non-fiction, articles of different lengths and interests, all on being gay and disabled. Look for this book in November. Blade contributor Kathi Wolfe’s poetry is included.

Mystery lovers will drool over the latest installment of the Jane Lawless whodunit series. “The Grave Soul” by Ellen Hart (Minotaur, Oct. 6) begins with someone seeking out Private Eye Lawless because his girlfriend is having strange dreams of murder. That makes no sense to anyone involved, but is it really just a dream? Or is there something else, something more malevolent afoot? Jane will know. Leave it to Lawless to learn.

The LGBT teen will love reading “What We Left Behind” by Robin Talley (October, Harlequin Teen), a romance about two girls, high-school sweethearts, who decide to try a long-distance relationship when they head off to different colleges. Of course, things get complicated in this book about growing, learning who you really are, loving and trying to fit the three together.

For the romantic who wants more than fluff, look for “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA” by Robbie Kaplan (W.W. Norton, Oct. 5). It’s the story of Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer, two women who’d been together for decades and were married in 2007 in Canada. Two years later, when one of them fell ill, the U.S. government refused to recognize that union. Kaplan is the lawyer who fought for their rights and she includes some of her own personal life inside this historic account.

What if the country was in danger from a machine that’s terrorizing every citizen here — including your crush? In “Willful Machines” by Tim Floreen (Oct. 20, Simon Pulse), that’s what happens to the teenage son of the president, who’s gay but closeted. He may be able to save himself and the boy he likes (a lot!) but it’s not going to be easy. This science-fiction-y book is meant for teens, but how can any adult resist?

For your niece, your nephew, the kid next door, or for your own children, “Gay and Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights” by Jerome Pohlen (October, Chicago Review Press) could be just the right book at the right time. Meant for young readers ages 7 or 8 and up, this book includes 21 hands-on activities to help children understand more about lesbian and gay history, activism and equality. It’s also a sensitive, kid-friendly way to teach and to spark conversations.

And finally, what’s fall without a Bruno Gmünder book, eh? You can’t go any further in life until you’ve paged through “Lap of Luxury,” a book of photos from Mark Henderson (October). Here you get 160 pages of photos and not a lot of words but then, you don’t want words in a book this gorgeous, do you? Really?

Other releases of note:

• “Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family” is the true story of a trans girl, her identical twin brother and a family’s journey to understand her plight. It’s by Amy Ellis Nutt, the Pulitzer-winning Washington Post science reporter. (Oct. 20)

• In “A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire,” Hiram Perez explores the role of race in the modern gay subject through three archetypes: the sailor, the soldier and the cowboy. He explores how each has been desired for their “heroic masculinity” while also being used to expand U.S. borders and ideals. (Oct. 30)

• In “Out of the Firing Line Into the Foyer: My Remarkable Life Story,” war hero Bruce Copp remembers his life as a young gay soldier and how male relationships persisted despite the homophobic climate. (Nov. 1)

• A revised edition of “The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage” is slated for a fall release with 400 articles from 175 literary scholars. (Nov. 3)

• Gay rugby player Garreth Thomas shares his story in “Proud: My Autobiography.” (Dec. 1)

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