New in June: John Waters, Kim Stolz, Lorrie Sprecher, Ariel Schrag, Michael Carroll, and Felice Picano
Author: Edit Team
June 9, 2014
New month, new books! June is upon us and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.
Who wouldn’t want to take a road trip with the king-of-camp John Waters? This month, readers get to join the writer and director on a hilarious cross-country trip in his new book Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?
Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.
Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry
Is Internet-based connectivity making it harder for us to, well, connect? In the new memoir Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do (Scribner), TV personality Kim Stolz candidly explores the pitfalls of the social networking revolution.
From the publisher:
Social media and technology have fundamentally altered the way we do business, couple and break up, develop friendships, and construct our identities and our notions of aspiration and fame. We make decisions about where we’ll go based on whether it’s Instagrammable. We don’t have friends, we have followers. For an entire generation, an experience not captured on social media might as well not have happened at all.
As someone whose identity has been forged by reality TV (as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model) and social media and mobile technology, Kim Stolz is deeply obsessed with the subject. She has a hard time putting her phone down. And yet she remembers what life was like before technology-induced ADD, before life had become a string of late-night texts, Snapchats, endless selfies, that sinking feeling you get when you realize you’ve hit reply all by mistake. It’s hard to imagine now, but there was once a time before we wasted a full hour emptily clicking through a semi-stranger’s vacation pictures on Facebook, a time before every ex, every meaningless fling was a mere click away.
Unfriending My Ex (And Other Things I’ll Never Do) is the first book to document the hilarity of the social media revolution from the inside; it chronicles a life filtered through our obsessive relationship with technology. The book is as eye-opening as it is entertaining as it proceeds through the various ways in which social media and mobile technology have generated empathy deficits and left us all with the attention spans of fruit flies…and the sad fact that in spite all of this, we find it impossible to switch our devices off.
In Little Reef and Other Stories (University of Wisconsin Press), writer Michael Carroll delves into the lives of contemporary characters who are stuck in a quagmire of ennui.
From the publisher:
From Key West to Maine, Michael Carroll’s debut collection of stories depicts the lives of characters who are no longer provincial but are not yet cosmopolitan. These women and their gay male friends are “B-listers” of a new, ironic, media-soaked culture. They live in a rich but increasingly divided America, a weirdly paradoxical country increasingly accepting of gay marriage but still marked by prejudice, religious strictures, and swaths of poverty and hopelessness
In the novel Pissing in the River (Feminist Press), author Lorrie Sprecher provides a vivid cultural snapshot of the post-punk era–simultaneously exploring both the personal and the political.
From the publisher:
Amanda moves to London with nothing but her guitar and her collection of punk music as the soundtrack to her every step. With the company of a few friendly voices in her head, she looks for—and finds—a best friend and new lover. She forms a band, Lesbian Raincoat, and completely rewrites the story of her life.
In this irreverently funny yet profound novel, Amanda risks deportation, recalls the fervor of AIDS activism in the US, connects to the class struggle of punk, and finds redemption in love. But she also must confront her own mental illness, her lover’s rape, and the violence of post-9/11 politics. Pissing in a River captures the glee and turbulence of surviving the cacophony of modern life.
Sibling Rivalry Press is releasing Prime: Poetry & Conversation, a lively collection of verse and dialogue between poets Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Saeed Jones, Rickey Laurentiis, Phillip B. Williams and L. Lamar Wilson.
About the collection:
Prime: Poetry & Conversation is a first-of-its-kind document of poetry and ongoing conversation in the black, queer literary community. Sparked into existence by a Best American Poetry blog from Jericho Brown in which he singled out some of the most exciting young, black, and gay men writing today, Prime features poems by and dialogue between poets Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Saeed Jones, Rickey Laurentiis, Phillip B. Williams, and L. Lamar Wilson. Jericho Brown provides the introduction for this collection, which is proudly published by Sibling Rivalry Press.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- Adam by Ariel Schrag, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Best Friends Perfect by Liam Livings, Wilde City Press
- Best Gay Short Stories of 2014 edited by Steve Berman, Lethe Press
- Caught in the Crossfire by Juliann Rich, Bold Strokes Books
- Imperfect by Lauren Shiro, Vanilla Heart Publishing
- Last Words from Montmartre by Qiu Miaojin (translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich), New York Review Books Classics
- Let Me See by James Magruder, TriQuarterly Books
- Little Reef and Other Stories by Michael Carroll, University of Wisconsin Press
- The Man Who Was Not by Jane Hoppen, Bold Strokes Books
- My Favorite Uncle by Marshall Thornton, Wilde City Press
- O, Africa!: A Novel by Andrew Lewis Conn, Hogarth
- Playing by the Book by Chris Shirley, Magnus Books
- Pissing in a River by Lorrie Sprecher, Feminist Press
- Repercussions by Jo Brighton, CreateSpace
- The Walk-In Closet by Abdi Nazemian, Curtis Brown Unlimited
- Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters,Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good Business by John Browne, HarperBusiness
- Mausoleum of Lovers: Journals 1976–1991 by Hervé Guibert and translated by Nathanaël, Nightboat Books
- Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves edited by Zander Keig and Mitch Kellaway, Transgress Press
- State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee’s Assault on Civil Liberties by Judith G. Poucher, University Press of Florida
- Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality by David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, Viking Adult
- Straight Expectations by Julie Bindel, Guardian Books
- Trans Bodies, Trans Selves edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, Oxford University Press
- Walking the Bridgeless Canyon by Kathy Baldock, Canyonwalker Press
- Bachelors of a Different Sort: Queer Aesthetics, Material Culture and the Modern Interior in Britain by John Potvin, Manchester University Press
- The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture (Sexual Cultures) by Vincent Woodard and edited by Justin A. Joyce and Dwight McBride, NYU Press
- From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes by B C Edwards, Black Lawrence Press
- Grassroots Literacies: Lesbian and Gay Activism and the Internet in Turkey by Serkan Görkemli, State University of New York Press
- Homosexuality and the Crisis of Anglicanism by William L. Sachs, Cambridge University Press
- Interconnections: Gender and Race in American History by Carol Faulkner and Alison M. Parker, University of Rochester Press
- Lesbianism in Swedish Literature: An Ambiguous Affair by Jenny Björklund, Palgrave Macmillan
- The Poetics of Waste: Queer Excess in Stein, Ashbery, Schuyler, and Goldsmith by Christopher Schmidt, Palgrave Macmillan
- Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America by Miriam Frank, Temple University Press
- Queer Inclusion in Teacher Education: Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice by Olivia J. Murray, Routledge
- Roll Over, Tchaikovsky!: Russian Popular Music and Post-Soviet Homosexuality by Stephen Amico, University of Illinois Press
- Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance by Mark Rifkin, University Of Minnesota Press
- All In by Nell Stark, Bold Strokes Books
- Anyone But You by K. G. MacGregor, Bella Books
- Backstrokes by Dylan Madrid, Bold Strokes Books
- Better Together by Pat Cronin, Bella Books
- Burning Desire by Dick Parker, 4Fun Publishing
- Conservative Affairs by Riley Scott, Bella Books
- Bloomington Boys: Nathan & Devon by Mark A. Roeder, CreateSpace
- Inside Out by Susan X Meagher, Brisk Press
- Light Reading: A collection of Novellas by Sydney Canyon, Triplicity Publishing
- Olive Oil and White Bread by Georgia Beers, Bywater Books
- The Man Who Was Not by Jane Hoppen, Bold Strokes Books
- Reflections of Man: An Anthology of Romantic Stories by Mr Jack Silince and Miss Eden Elsworth, CreateSpace
- Running Wild by SE Jakes, Riptide Press
- Sole Support by Kaje Harper, Samhain Publishing
- Surviving Reagan by Isabella, Sapphire Books Publishing
- Sacred Fire by Tanai Walker, Bold Strokes Books
- Visions by Larkin Rose, Bold Strokes Books
- Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance by Neil Plakcy, Cleis Press
- The Full Ride by Gavin Atlas, Lethe Press
- Going Down by Ken Smith, Lethe Press
- Love Between Men: Seductive Stories of Afternoon Pleasure by Shane Allison, Cleis Press
- Only: The Collection by Harper Bliss, Ladylit
- Until the Sun Rises: Gay Vampire Erotica by Winston Gieseke, Bruno Gmunder
- Well-Endowed: The Making of a Gay Porn Star by Donald Webb, Bold Stroke Books
- Ashes of the Day by P. G. Forte, Samhain Publishing
- Beyond Always by Carrie Carr, Bella Books
- Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox, Samhain Publishing
- Demon Familiar (Supernatural Bonds) (Volume 7) by Jory Strong, Ellora’s Cave Publishing
- Desire by Dawn by Fiona Zedde, Bold Strokes Books
- Destination Alara by S.Y. Thompson, Bella Books
- Freya’s Tears by D Jordan Redhawk, Bella Books
- The Flesh Cartel, #17: Boxed In by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau, Riptide Press
- Hard Lessons by J.M. Carr, Bella Books
- A Kingdom Lost by Barbara Ann Wright, Bold Strokes Books
- Ladysmith by Rhavensfyre, Sapphire Books Publishing
- The Raptures of Time by David Holly, Bold Strokes Books
- Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall, Riptide Publishing
- Vermilion Justice by Sheri Lewis Wohl, Bold Strokes Books
- Zodiac Lovers Book 2: Taurus, Gemini, Cancer by Lance Taubold, 13thirty Books
- Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux, Riptide Publishing
- Date with a Sheesha by Anthony Bidulka, Insomniac Press
- The Death of Lucy Kyte: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey (Josephine Tey Mysteries) by Nicola Upson, Bourbon Street Books
- Dust Jacket by Alp Mortal and Chambers Mars, CreateSpace
- Hell’s End by Ally Blue, Samhain Publishing
- Mad World by Andy Rausch, Burning Bulb Publishing
- Paint, Guns, Money, and Love by Mell Eight, Less Than Three Press
- And God Save Judy Garland: A Gay Christian’s Journey by Randy Eddy-McCain, Neal TV
- The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy by Todd Glass and Jonathan Grotenstein, Simon and Schuster
- Out In The Army My Life As A Gay Soldier by James Wharton, Biteback Publishing
- The Thousand-Petaled Lotus Growing Up Gay in the Southern Baptist Church by Michael Fields, Langdon Street Press
- True Stories Too by Felice Picano, Chelsea Station Editions
- Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do by Kim Stolz, Scribner
- Arrival and Departure by James Schwartz, Createspace
For the Woman Alone by Ashley Inguanta, Ampersand Book
- Prime: Poetry & Conversation by L. Lamar Wilson, Ricky Laurentiis, Darrel Alejandro Holnes and Saeed Jones, Sibling Rivalry Press
- Fast Friends by Dale Lazarov, DaleLazarov.com
- Fearful Hunter by Jon Macy, Northwest Press
- Members Only by Giovanni, Bruno Gmunder
- Snapshots of Seduction: Cody by Gavin Atlas with photographs by Garrett Matthew, Lethe Press