New in June: Tig Notaro, Liz Swados, Dave Holmes, David Levithan, and Nina LaCour
Author: Edit Team
June 8, 2016
June is here, bringing with it a slew of new books to enjoy.
This month, Ecco is releasing I’m Just A Person by Tig Notaro, a memoir that charts a tumultuous year in the popular comedian’s life
From the publisher:
One of America’s most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.
In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.” The set went viral instantly and was ultimately released as Tig’s sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.
Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year—a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I’m Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman’s journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.
Author Drew Nellins Smith’s new novel Arcade (The Unnamed Press) unabashedly explores troubled histories and unchecked desires:
A new world opens up to Sam when, fresh from a breakup, he discovers a XXX peepshow on the outskirts of town. More than a mere venue for closeted men to meet for anonymous sex, it’s an underground subculture populated by regular players, and marked by innumerable coded rules and customs.
A welcome diversion from his dead-end job and the compulsive cyberstalking of the cop who broke his heart, Sam returns to the arcade again and again. When the bizarre setting triggers reflections on his own history and theories, he contemplates his anxious, religious upbringing in small-town Texas, the frightening overlap between horror movies and his love life, and the false expectations created by multiple childhood viewings of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Then, of course, there is the subject of sex.
As his connection to the place strengthens, and his actions both outside and within the peepshow escalate, Sam wavers between dismissing the arcade as a frivolous pastime and accepting it as the most meaningful place in his life. Arcade is a relentlessly candid and graphic account of one man’s attempt to square immutable desire with a carefully constructed self-image on the brink.
This month, Feminist Press is posthumously releasing beloved writer and playwright Liz Swados‘ novel Walking the Dog. The novel humorously grapples with one character’s attempt to launch a new life after a series of drastic missteps :
Former child prodigy and rich-girl kleptomaniac, Ester—renamed into the gentile Carleen for her own protection—is incarcerated after a botched heist. For two decades, time is the enemy. Her twenties and thirties crawl by in stifling isolation. When finally let loose onto the streets of New York, she finds a job wrestling spoiled canines as a dog walker in Manhattan’s most elite neighborhoods, relating better with their brutish instincts than with their human owners. Determined to also prove herself a real person, Carleen tries to reconnect with her estranged and ferociously Orthodox daughter.
Amid the strained brunch dates, unsent letters, and the continuing trauma of prison, Carleen begins a slow and halting process of self-discovery. Strikingly funny and self aware, this belated coming-of-age novel asks the question: How do you restart after crashing your first chance at life?
Pump up the jam! Writer and television personality David Holmes maps his life through music in the new memoir Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs (Crown Archetype):
A Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy son in the sporty family. At his all-boys high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity—you know, almost.
In Party of One, Holmes tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales—in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, and Paul Feig—of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a music geek who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the last four decades—from Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” and En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” to LCD Soundsystem’s “Losing My Edge” and Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better”—and punctuated with interludes like “So You’ve Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist” and “Notes on (Jesse) Camp,” this book is for anyone who’s ever felt like a square peg, especially those who have found their place in the world around a band, an album, or a song. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny, deeply nostalgic story about never fitting in, never giving up, and letting good music guide the way.
First love is never easy. This month, St. Martin’s Griffin is releasing You Know Me Well, a new young adult novel from authors David Levithan and Nina LaCour, that provides a vivid snapshot of first love and burgeoning young friendships:
Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.
That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other–and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.
A book told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour, the award-winning author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments, and David Levithan, the best-selling author of Every Day and co-author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- Arcade by Drew Nellins Smith, The Unnamed Press
- Best Gay Stories 2016 edited by Steve Berman, Lethe Press
- Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K. E. Belledonne, Interlude Press
- Homo Superiors by L.A. Fields, Lethe Press
- Jane’s World by Paige Braddock, Bold Strokes Victory Edition
- Jazz Moon by by Kensington
- The Pink Bus by Christopher Kelly, Lethe Press
- Sensing Light by Mark Jacobson, Ulysses Press
- Walking the Dog by Liz Swados, Feminist Press
- The Whale: A Love Story by Mark Beaurgard, Viking
- Blacktino Queer Performance edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon H. Rivera-Servera, Duke University Press
- Communal Nude by Robert Gluck, MIT Press
- Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America edited by Kevin Cathcart and Leslie Gabel-Brett, The New Press
- Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell, William Marrow
- Sex Science Self: A Social History of Estrogen, Testosterone, and Identity by Bob Ostertag, University of Massachusetts Press
- She-Devil in the City of Angels: Gender, Violence, and the Hattie Woolsteen Murder Case in Victorian Los Angeles by Cara Anzilotti, Praeger
- When Your Child is Gay: What You Need to Know by Wesley C. Davis, Sterling
- After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights by Carlos A Ball, NYU Press
- Closet Queens: Some 20th Century British Politicians by Michael Bloch, Little, Brown and Company
- Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports by Cyd Zeigler, Edge of Sports
- Foucault and the Kamasutra: The Courtesan, The Dandy, and the Birth of Ars Erotica as Theatre in India by Sanjay K. Gautam, University of Chicago Press
- Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddism in Contemporary Thai Cinema by Arnika Fuhrmann, Duke University Press
- Japanese Feminist Debates: A Century of Contention on Sex, Love, and Labor by Ayako Kano, University of Hawaii Press
- Lesbian and Gay Memphis: Building Communities Beyond the Magnolia Curtain by Daneel Buring, Routledge
- Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Angel Kyodo Williams, North Atlantic Books
- The Lesbian Lyre: Reclaiming Sappho for the 21st Century by Jeffrey M. Duban, Clairview Books
- The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality by Suzanna Dunuta Walters, NYU Press
- Transversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities by Lee Harrington, Mystic Production Press
- American Girls by Alison Umminger, Flatiron Books
- Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings, Crown Books for Young Readers
- Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler, Candlewick
- Set Me Free by Kitty Stephens, Duet
- True Letters From a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan, HarperTeen
- Tumbling by Caela Carter, Viking Books for Young Readers
- You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour, St. Martin’s Griffin
- A Reluctant Enterprise by Gun Brooke, Bold Strokes Books
- After Sasha by Shadoe Publishing
- Above the Law by Carsen Taite, Bold Strokes Books
- Actual Stop by Kara McLeod, Bold Strokes Books
- Captain of Industry by Karin Kallmaker, Bella Books
- Dancing With the Daffodils by Tarion Keelan, Lethe Press
- Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig, Bold Strokes Books
- God in Flight by Laura Argiri, Lethe Press
- Just Say Yes: The Proposal by Kris Bryant, Bold Strokes Impressions
- Love’s Redemption by Donna K. Ford, Bold Strokes Books
- Matters of the Heart by Catherine Maiorisi, Bella Books
- The Long Season by Michael Gurley, Bold Strokes Liberty Edition
- The Road to You: A Lesbian Romance by Harper Bliss, Ladylit Publishing
- The Second Half by Lethe Press
- The Sisterhood by Penelope Friday, Bella Books
- Crimson Souls by William Holden, Bold Strokes Liberty Edition
- Dark Blood by Caleb James, DSP Publications
- In Shining Armor by E. L. Phillips, Bold Strokes Liberty Edition
- Spartak: Rising Son by
- The Shewstone by Jane Fletcher, Bold Strokes Books
- Blood Money Murder by Jessie Chandler, Bella Books
- Billy Blood by Christopher Church, Dagmar Miura
- Death Comes Darkly by David S. Pederson, Bold Strokes Books
- The Sun Goes Down by James Lear, Cleis Press
- The Paper Mirror by
- Blue Apple Switchback: A Memoir by Carrie Highley, She Writes Press
- Blue Days, Black Nights: A Memoir of Desire by Ron Nyswaner, Lethe Press
- I’m Just A Person by Tig Notaro, Ecco
- In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi, Metropolitan Books
- No Poster Boy: Trans Fag Essays by Elliott DeLine, Amazon Digital Services
- Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs by Dave Holmes, Crown Archetype
- Photographs of My Father by Paul Spike, Cinco Puntos Press
- Terrance McNally and Fifty Years of American Gay Drama by John M Clum, Cambria Press
- Me and My Boi: Queer Erotica edited by Sacchi Green, Cleis Press