New in August: James Sie, David Levithan, Casey McKittrick, and Kim van Alkemade
Author: Edit Team
August 6, 2015
New month, new books! A new month is upon us, and so are a slew of new and noteworthy LGBT books.
This month, St. Martin’s Press is releasing The Still Life Las Vegas, a lyrical bildungsroman set in contemporary Las Vegas.
From the publisher:
When Walter Stahl was five-years-old, his mother drove away in the family’s blue Volvo and never came back. Now seventeen, living in the dregs of Las Vegas, taking care of his ailing father and marking time in a dead-end job along the Strip, Walter’s life so far has been defined by her absence. He doesn’t remember what she looks like; he’s never so much as seen a photograph but, still, he looks for her among the groups of tourists he runs into every day, allowing himself the dim hope that she might still be out there, somewhere.
But when Walter meets Chrysto and Acacia, a brother and sister working as living statues at the Venetian Hotel, his world cracks wide open. With them he discovers a Las Vegas he never knew existed and, as feelings for Chrysto develop, a side of himself he never knew he had. At the same time, clues behind his mother’s disappearance finally start to reveal themselves, and Walter is confronted with not only the truth about himself, but also that of his family history.
Threading through this coming-of-age story are beautiful, heart-wrenching graphic illustration, which reveal the journey of Walter’s mother Emily: how she left everything to chase a vision of Liberace across the country; and how Walter’s father Owen went searching for her amongst the gondolas of the Venetian Hotel.
In James Sie’s debut novel, Still Life Las Vegas, the magical collides with the mundane; memory, sexual awakening and familial ties all lead to a place where everything is illuminated, and nothing is real.
Orphan #8 (William Morrow) is a harrowing journey into the troubled life of an early twentieth century lesbian:novel
n 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City’s Lower Eastside. When tragedy strikes, Rachel is separated from her brother Sam and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research. Subjected to X-ray treatments that leave her disfigured, Rachel suffers years of cruel harassment from the other orphans. But when she turns fifteen, she runs away to Colorado hoping to find the brother she lost and discovers a family she never knew she had.
Though Rachel believes she’s shut out her painful childhood memories, years later she is confronted with her dark past when she becomes a nurse at Manhattan’s Old Hebrews Home and her patient is none other than the elderly, cancer-stricken Dr. Solomon. Rachel becomes obsessed with making Dr. Solomon acknowledge, and pay for, her wrongdoing. But each passing hour Rachel spends with the old doctor reveal to Rachel the complexities of her own nature. She realizes that a person’s fate—to be one who inflicts harm or one who heals—is not always set in stone.
In Murder on Faux Pas Island (A Pancetta Bruleé Mystery) (Lethe Press), author Casey McKittrick weaves a comedic mystery romp set in the haute bourgeoisie world of 1930s New Orleans:
The year is 1935 but this is an America where cross-dressing goes almost unremarked, often unnoticed, and gay relationships are mundane; gay marriage, a quotidian fact of life. Famed chef and female impersonator Pancetta Brulee of New Orleans has been hired to cater a gay engagement party for two prominent grooms at the infamous Faux Pas Island and the Robicheaux estate. Both family and island have a terrible past, and most Cajuns and Creoles avoid the place like the plague. Pancetta attends the weekend engagement party, only to be faced with the gory murder. The family enlists her and her gorgeous yet restless ex, who happens to be on the island as a groundskeeper. The two embark on a strenuous search for the truth of a tragic Saturday night. Among the suspects are a disillusioned fiancé, a Hollywood starlet sister-in-law, an old family friend and admirer of the deceased, a godmother and Countess of Romania, a disapproving mother and father, and a spurned lover of the dead man who has long been a rival for his father’s affections. Murder on Faux Pas Island unfolds as a yarn with campy humor and a hint of romance.
This month, Knopf is releasing Another Day, a new novel from bestselling author David Levithan:
In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan mystery mystery mystery (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.
Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.
Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.
This month also sees the release of new nonfiction titles from Ryan Berg, Emanuel Levy, and Kevin Jennings.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- Another Day by David Levithan, Knopf Books for Young Reader
- Beyond Clueless by Linas Alsenas, Amulet Books
- A Father for Lilja by , Lethe Press
- George by Alex Gino, Scholastic
- Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade, William Morrow
- The Still Life Las Vegas by James Sie and illustrated by Sungyoon Choi, St. Martin’s Press
- Gay Directors, Gay Films?: Pedro Almodóvar, Terence Davies, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, John Waters by Emanuel Levy, Columbia University Press
- One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What’s Gotten Better…and What Hasn’t by Kevin Jennings, Beacon Press
- No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg, Nation Books
- Constance Maynard’s Passions: Religion, Sexuality, and an English Educational Pioneer, 1849-1935 (Studies in Gender and History) by Pauline A. Phillips, University of Toronto Press
- Masculinities in the Making: From the Local to the Global by James W. Messerschmidt, Rowman & Littlefield
- Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law by Dean Spade, Duke University Press
- Oklahomo: Lessons in Unqueering America (SUNY Series in Queer Politics and Cultures) by Carol Mason, State University of New York Press
- Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War (Genders and Sexualities in History) by Yorick Smaal, Palgrave Macmillan
- Socrates and Diotima: Sexuality, Religion, and the Nature of Divinity (Breaking Feminist Waves) by Andrea Nye, Palgrave Macmillan
- Stormtrooper Families: Homosexuality and Community in the Early Nazi Movement by Andrew Wackerfuss, Harrington Park Press
- Wallace Stevens Among Others: Diva-Dames, Deleuze, and American Culture by David R. Jarraway, McGill-Queen’s University Press
- Youth and Sexuality in the Twentieth-Century United States by John C. Spurlock, Routledge
- Autumn Spring by Shelley Thrasher, Bold Strokes Books
- The Chameleon’s Tale by Andrea Bramhal, Bold Strokes Books
- Don’t Kiss the Vicar by Charlie Cochrane, Bold Strokes Books Impressions
- I Will Meet You There by S.M. Harding, Bella Books
- In Every Cloud by Tina Michele, Bold Strokes Books
- A Little Spice by by , Brisk Books
- Bold Strokes Books
- Mounting Evidence by Karis Walsh, Bold Strokes Books
- Rise of the Gorgon by Tanai Walker, Bold Strokes Books
- Sculpting Anna by Venus Reising, Bella Books
- Side Effects by VK Powell, Bold Strokes Books
- Sweet by Nene Adams, Bella Books
- There Will Be No Goodbyes by Laura DeHart Young, Bella Books
- Warm November by Kathleen Knowles, Bold Strokes Books
The Reunion: Book Five of The Marketplace Series by Laura Antoniou, Circlet Press
Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists by Megan Arkenberg and Tracy Canfield, Lethe Press
- Crossed by Meredith Doench, Bold Strokes Books
- The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks, Sourcebooks
- Lethal Elements by Joel Gomez-Dossi, Bold Strokes Liberty Editions
- Murder on Faux Pas Island (A Pancetta Bruleé Mystery) by Casey McKittrick, Lethe Press
- Being Conchita by Conchita Wurst, John Blake Books
- Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare, Duke University Press
- Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home by Leah Lax, She Writes Press
- behind the black veil–i exhale by , CreateSpace
- Caprice: Collected, Uncollected, and New Collaborations by Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, Sibling Rivalry Press