Summer reading

Next weekend – Memorial Day Weekend – is the official opening of prominent New England summer destinations like Provincetown, Ogunquit, Newport and the islands.  Traditionally, I share a few gay-themed book options for those looking to add to their summer reading.

Gay romance stories, CLEiS Press, Neil PlakcyMy first suggestion is Take This Man: Gay Romance Stories.  This 232 page paperback published by CLEiS Press is available starting on June 26th and can be pre-ordered at your local LGBT bookstore (here in Boston contact Calamus Bookstore in the Leather District).

This book is a compilation of sixteen romantic / erotic short stories.  The book opens with the 10-page short story, A Good Heart Is This Day Found, a very seductive and endearing story about two men who have just married by Rhidian Brenig Jones. The short stories make for easy summer reading and I enjoyed the naughty narratives, despite rarely reading this genre.

Michelangelo SignorileFor those who prefer non-fiction, I would strongly recommend Michelangelo Signorile’s latest book, It’s Not Overwhich is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is currently on sale everywhere.

Signorile’s  259 page book is a wake up call of sorts. He warns the LGBT community not to take for granted the amazing progress we’ve made by assuming equality is inevitable. He makes a persuasive argument pointing to how the conservative movement is reorganizing and how groups the LGBT community often view as allies are sometimes without even realizing it becoming complacent and as he puts it “become a roadblock to progress.” Definitely worth the read if social justice and politics are your thing.

Joseph Olshan, gay fictionMy third and final suggestion is actually an older book that was first published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2008 called The Conversion and is written by Joseph Olshan (author of the popular gay novel Nightswimmer).

The 278 page novel captured my imagination as it centers on Russell Todaro, a young American translator who wakes up one morning in Paris to find his lover dead. The story quickly relocates to Tuscany where you learn more about this conflicted man against the backdrop of one of my favorite places in the world, Italy.

As I mentioned previously, while all these books are available via sites like Amazon.com, I’d ask that you consider ordering / purchasing one or more of these books from your local LGBT bookstore.  If you don’t have a local LGBT bookstore, consider calling Boston’s last remaining store, Calamus Bookstore and having them ship you the book(s).

Happy Reading

3 responses to “Summer reading

  1. Great advice — purchase one or more of these books from your local LGBT bookstore.

    Here is a site that has both owned and operated as well as friendly to us Friends of Dorothy.

    http://www.lambdaliterary.org/resources/bookstores/

    Some will be a short drive – others a day trip – others a multi-day getaway.

    But by all means – shop our own!

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  2. Great advice — purchase one or more of these books from your local LGBT bookstore.

    Here is a site that has both owned and operated as well as friendly to us Friends of Dorothy.

    Some will be a short drive – others a day trip – others a multi-day getaway.

    But by all means – shop our own!

    Like

  3. BosGuy, first, thank you for the book recommendations. They all sound fantastic. I must admit, I especially enjoy hearing about “The Conversion,” by Joseph Olshan. I have become a fan of murder mysteries these last few years.

    However, I AM especially happy to hear about Calamus Books. Frankly, I thought the last remaining LGBT Bookstore in the United States was Giovanni’s Room (which, a year ago, this month, closed, but a year ago, next month, was reborn as Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room).

    Now I have a very good reason to return to Boston, ASAP.

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