New in August: Sjón, Tim Murphy, Erin Judge, Steven Gaines, and Jacqueline Woodson
Author: Edit Team
August 10, 2016
August is here, bringing with it a slew of new books to enjoy.
Icelandic author Sjón’s new novel Moonstone (FSG) provides a searing snapshot of queer identity during the early 1900s.
From the publisher:
Máni Steinn is queer in a society in which the idea of homosexuality is beyond the furthest extreme. His city, Reykjavik in 1918, is homogeneous and isolated and seems entirely defenseless against the Spanish flu, which has already torn through Europe, Asia, and North America and is now lapping up on Iceland’s shores. And if the flu doesn’t do it, there’s always the threat that war will spread all the way north. And yet the outside world has also brought Icelanders cinema! And there’s nothing like a dark, silent room with a film from Europe flickering on the screen to help you escape from the overwhelming threats–and adventures–of the night, to transport you, to make you feel like everything is going to be all right. For Máni Steinn, the question is whether, at Reykjavik’s darkest hour, he should retreat all the way into this imaginary world, or if he should engage with the society that has so soundly rejected him.
This month, Grove Press is releasing Christodora by Tim Murphy, a novel that charts the lives of an interconnected group of denizens living in Manhattan:
In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared’s lives in ways none of them can anticipate. Meanwhile, Milly and Jared’s adopted son Mateo grows to see the opportunity for both self-realization and oblivion that New York offers. As the junkies and protestors of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they, in turn, to the wealthy residents of the crowded, glass-towered city of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of Milly and Jared and the constellation of people around them. Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and attempts by activists to galvanize a true response to the AIDS epidemic, to the New York City of the future, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.
In Vow of Celibacy (Rare Bird Books), writer Erin Judge spotlights one character’s comedic navigation through the highs and lows of romantic relationships:
Natalie has made a promise: a vow of celibacy, signed and witnessed by her best friend. After a string of sexual conquests, she is determined to figure out why the intense romantic connections she’s spent her life chasing have left her emotionally high and dry. As Natalie sifts through her past and her present, she confronts her complicated feelings about her plus-sized figure, her bisexuality, and her thwarted career in fashion design.
Piecing together toxic relationship patterns from her past, Natalie finds herself strutting down fashion runways and rekindling her passion for clothing design in the present. All the while, her best friend, Anastaze, struggles with her own secret—whether or not to reveal her true identity to the thousands of fans of her popular blog and her potential first sexual partner.
Delphinium Books is releasing One of These Things First, a new memoir from author Steve Gaines, that provides a snapshot of growing up young and troubled in the 1960s:
One of These Things First is a wry and poignant reminiscence of a 15 year old gay Jewish boy in Brooklyn in the early sixties, and his unexpected trajectory from a life behind a rack of dresses in his grandmother’s bra and girdle store, to Manhattan’s fabled Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, a fashionable Charenton for wealthy neurotics and Ivy League alcoholics, whose famous alumni include writers, poets, madmen, Marilyn Monroe, and bestselling author Steven Gaines.
With a gimlet eye and a true gift for storytelling, Gaines captures his childhood shtetl in Brooklyn like an Edward Hopper tableau, with all its dramas and secrets: his philandering grandfather with his fleet of Cadillacs and Corvettes; a trio of harpy saleswomen; a giant, empty movie theater, his portal to the outside world; a shirtless teenage boy pushing a lawnmower in front of a house on Long Island; and a pair of tormenting bullies who own the corner candy store whose taunts drive him to a suicide attempt.
Steven Gaines also takes the reader behind the walls of Payne Whitney, the “Harvard of psychiatric clinics,” as Time magazine called it, populated by a captivating group of neurasthenics who subtly begin to change him in unexpected ways.
This month sees the release of Another Brooklyn (Amistad), author Jacqueline Woodson’s first adult novel in twenty years:
Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.
But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, Amistad
- Christodora by Tim Murphy, Grove Press
- Burning Tracks by
- Diary of Fire by Elías Miguel Muñoz, Tincture
- Moonstone by Christopher Kelly, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Tales from the Levee by Martha Miller, Bold Strokes Liberty Editions
- Vow of Celibacy by Erin Judge, Rare Bird Books
- Best Laid Plans: Cultural Entropy and the Unraveling of AIDS Media Campaigns by Terence E. McDonnell, University of Chicago Press
- Beyond Monogamy: Polyamory and the Future of Polyqueer Sexualities by Mimi Schippers, NYU Press
- Hidden Hitchcock by D.A. Miller, University of Chicago Press
- Killing the Rainbow: Violence Against LGBT by RJ Parker, RJ Parker Publishing
- LGBT Milwaukee by Michail Takach, Arcadia Publishing
- Pink Ink by Bill Calder, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
- The Bigger Bang: Everything You Need to Know About Anal Sex by Axel Neustaedter, Bruno Gmuender
- Affirmative Counseling and Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients edited by Anneliese A. Singh and lore m. dickey, American Phycological Association
- Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personel to Serve Openly by Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Radha Iyengar, Srikanth Kadiyala, Jennifer Kavanagh, Charles C. Engel, Kayla M. Williams, and Amii M. Kress, RAND Corporation
- Intersectionality and LGBT Activist Politics: Multiple Others in Croatia and Serbia edited by Bojan Bilić and Sanja Kajinić, Palgrave Macmillan
- Intersex Narratives: Shifts in the Representation of Intersex Lives in North American Literature and Popular Culture by Viola Amato, Transcript-Verlag
- Living Proud! Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Robert Rodi, Mason Crest
- Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology by Jesus Rameriez-Valles, Oxford University Press
- Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students by Michael Sadowski, Harvard Education Press
- The Courts, the Ballot Box, and Gay Rights: How Our Governing Institutions Shape the Same Sex Marriage Debate by Joseph Mello, University Press of Kansas
- A Fine Bromance by Christopher Hawthorne Moss, Harmony Ink Press
- Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall, Swoon Reads
- Emily by Novala Takemoto, Shueisha/Shueisha English Editions
- Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown, HarperTeen
- Just Kill Me by Adam Seltzer, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Miss U.S. of Heya by Menorah Horwitz, Floating World Comics
- Sideshow by
- Superior by Jessica Lack, Book Smugglers Publishing
- Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger, Simon Pulse
- Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@cked by S. J. Goslee, Roaring Brook Press
- Alaskan Bride by D Jordan Redhawk, Bella Books
- Bold Strokes books
- A Class Act by T.L. Hayes, Bold Strokes Books
- Actual Stop by Kara McLeod, Bold Strokes Books
- Capturing Forever by Erin Dutton, Bold Strokes Books
- Deception by VK Powell, Bold Strokes Books
- Don’t Let Go by Sheryl Wright, Bella Books
- Just Say Yes: The Proposal by Kris Bryant, Bold Strokes Impressions
- First Position by Melissa Brayden, Bold Strokes Books
- Piece of Cake: The Wedding by Gun Brooke, Bold Strokes Boooks
- The Man on Top of the World by Vanessa Clark, Bold Strokes Books
- Run to You by by , Brisk Books
- Southern Girl by Renée J. Lukas, Bella Books
- Too Much Heart to Run by SL Harris, Bella Books
- Dyre: A Knight of Spirit and Shadows by Rachel Elaine Bailey, Bold Strokes Books
- The Orchard of Flesh by Christian Baines, Bold Strokes Liberty Edition
- Adieu Warm Sunshine by C. E. Case, Supposed Crimes
- It’s a Sin by , NineStar Press
- Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE by Pat Patterson, ECW Press
- Letters to My Fanny by Cherry Healey, Penguin UK
- Numb: Diary of a War Correspondent by Kate Carbery, Liberties Press
- One of These Things First by Steven Gaines, Delphinium
- Underdog: Confessions of a Right-Wing Gay Jewish Muckraker by Sue-Ann Levy, Signal