New in May: Édouard Louis, Lisa E. Davis, Barbara Browning, and David Sedaris
Author: William Johnson
May 11, 2017
New month, new books!
Bestselling humorist David Sedaris has never been shy about exposing his all-too-human frailties to the world. With Theft by Finding (Hachette), the author continues his tradition of self-excavation with the release of his personal journals.
From the publisher:
For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.
Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.
From the publisher:
“Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again . . . Today I’m really gonna be a tough guy.” Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different―“girlish,” intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men.
Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening. Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Edmund White, Édouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own.
Lambda-Award winning author Barbara Browning’s new novel, The Gift (Emily Books), is a clever exploration of the need for connection in the postmodern age.
From the publisher:
In the midst of Occupy, Barbara Andersen begins spamming people indiscriminately with ukulele covers of sentimental songs. A series of inappropriate intimacies ensues, including an erotically charged correspondence and then collaboration with an extraordinarily gifted and troubled musician living in Germany.
Writer Lisa E. Davis’ new nonfiction book, Undercover Girl: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party (Imagine), is a devastating portrait of political and personal betrayal:
At the height of the Red Scare, Angela Calomiris was a paid FBI informant inside the American Communist Party. As a Greenwich Village photographer, Calomiris spied on the New York Photo League, pioneers in documentary photography. While local Party oﬃcials may have had their suspicions about her sexuality, her apparent dedication to the cause won them over.
When Calomiris testified for the prosecution at the 1949 Smith Act trial of the Party’s National Board, her identity as an informant (but not as a lesbian) was revealed. Her testimony sent eleven party leaders to prison and decimated the ranks of the Communist Party in the US.
Undercover Girl is both a new chapter in Cold War history and an intimate look at the relationship between the FBI and one of its paid informants. Ambitious and sometimes ruthless, Calomiris deﬁed convention in her quest for celebrity.
In her new YA novel, Rough Patch (Arsenal Pulp Press), Nicole Markotić illuminates one girl’s struggles in navigating both love and family life:
In this compelling novel for young adults, Keira is a quirky but shy teen entering her first year of high school; she navigates her growing interest in kissing both girls and boys, while not alienating her BFF, boy-crazy Sita. As the two acclimate to their unfamiliar surroundings, they manage to find new lunchmates and make lists of the cutest boys in school. But Keira is caught “in between”―unable to fully participate in these kind of conversations, yet too scared to come clean. She’s also feeling the pressure of her family’s problems: parents who married too young and now have money issues; an older brother who’s the popular kid at school and takes every opportunity to taunt Keira; and a younger sister who uses a wheelchair and must put up with adults who expect too little or too much from her.
Keira finds solace in training for the regional finals in figure skating, which she loves even though she knows it’s geeky (and very het-girl!). But when she meets a girl named Jayne who seems perfect for her, she isn’t confident she can pull off her charade any longer.
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- Condo Heartbreak Disco by Eric Kostiuk Williams, Koyama Press
- The End of Eddy: A Novel by Édouard Louis, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Everything Is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person by Daniel Zomparelli, Arsenal Pulp Press
- The Gift by Barbara Browning, Emily Books
- Large Animals: Stories by Jess Arndt, Catapult
- Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo, Akashic Books
- No One Can Pronounce My Name: A Novel by Rakesh Satyal, Picador
- Not One Day by Anne Garréta, Deep Vellum Publishing
- Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin, NYRB Classics
- Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez, Arsenal Pulp Press
- Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country by Chavisa Woods, Seven Stories Press
- Love on Trial: Our Supreme Court Fight for the Right to Marry by Kris Perry & Sandy Stier, Roaring Forties Press
- Pride & Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes by Kathleen Archambeau, Mango
- The Secret History: The Londons Gay Men’s Chorus by Robert Offord, Robert Offord
- Seriously…What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew by Ken Schneck, 1984 Publishing
- Sex and Sensibility in the Novels of Alan Hollinghurst by Mark Mathuray, Palgrave Macmillan
- Sex Rules!: Astonishing Sex Roles from Around the World by Janice Z. Brodman, Mango
- The Voice Book for Trans and Non-Binary People: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Authentic Voice and Communication by Matthew Mills & Gillie Stoneham, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- “You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!”: And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People by Laura Erickson-Schroth & Laura A. Jacobs, Beacon Press
- Charles Henri Ford: Between Modernism and Postmodernism by Alexander Howard, Bloomsbury Academic
- The Hirschfeld Archives: Violence, Death, and Modern Queer Culture by Heike Bauer, Temple University Press
- Homosexuality in Italian Literature, Society, and Culture, 1789-1919 by Lorenzo Benadusi & Paolo L. Bernardini, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
- Integrating the US Military: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation since World War II by Douglas W. Bristol Jr. & Heather Marie Stur, Johns Hopkins University Press
- Marriage, Gender and Islam in Indonesia: Women Negotiating Informal Marriage, Divorce and Desire by Maria Platt, Routledge
- Members of His Body: Shakespeare, Paul, and a Theology of Nonmonogamy by Will Stockton, Fordham University Press
- New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times by Oishik Sircar & Dipika Jain, Zubaan Books
- Queer Rebellion in the Novels of Michelle Cliff: Intersectionality and Sexual Modernity by Kaisa Ilmonen, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
- Queering Sexualities in Turkey: Gay Men, Male Prostitutes and the City by Cenk Özbay, I.B.Tauris
- Towards a Gay Communism: Elements of a Homosexual Critique by Mario Mieli, Pluto Press
- Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition by Elijah C. Nealy, W. W. Norton & Company
- Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe, Oneworld Publications
- Elpida by C. Kennedy, Harmony Ink Press
- Nico & Tucker by Rachel Gold, Bella Books
- Rough Patch by Nicole Markotic, Arsenal Pulp Press
- Salvation’s Song by Pearl Love, Harmony Ink Press
- The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, Duet
- And It Came to Pass by Laura Stone, Interlude Press
- Bend by Nancy J Hedin, Anglerfish Press
- Blue by B.G. Thomas, Dreamspinner Press
- Choosing Love by MB Panichi, Bella Books
- The Details in the Design by Shannon M Harris, Sapphire Books Publishing
- Farlough by Xavier Mayne, Dreamspinner Press
- Happily Ever After Isn’t Easy by Jake C. Wallace, Dreamspinner Press
- Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer, Riptide Publishing
- Her Best Friend’s Sister by Meghan O’Brien, Bold Strokes Books
- Irresistible by Sandy Lowe, Bold Strokes Impressions
- Letter of the Law by Carsen Taite, Bold Strokes Books
- Liar, Liar by TA Moore, Dreamspinner Press
- New Life by Jan Gayle, Bold Strokes Books
- Past the Breakers by Lucie Archer, Dreamspinner Press
- The Perils of Intimacy by Rick R. Reed, Dreamspinner Press
- Risk Factor by Karis Walsh, Bold Strokes Books
- Royal Rebel by Jenny Frame, Bold Strokes Books
- Setting the Hook by Andrew Grey, Dreamspinner Press
- Summer Stock by Vanessa North, Riptide Publishing
- Unbroken by Donna K. Ford, Bold Strokes Books
- Where the Light Glows by Dena Blake, Bold Strokes Books
- The Winder Path by Lyn Dowland, Bella Books
- Gatecrasher by Stephen Graham King, Bold Strokes Books
- So You Want to Be a Robot and Other Stories by
- The Angel of Polk Street by Celeste Newbrough, Onecraft Publishing House
- Forsaken Trust by Meredith Doench, Bold Strokes Books
- Sawmill Springs by Gerri Hill, Bella Books
- A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout by Marilyn R. Schuster, UBC Press
- Biography of Julie van Bartmann by Djuna Barnes, Green Integer
- The Diary of Menorah Horwitz by Menorah Horwitz, Floating World Comics
- Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays by Fenton Johnson, Sarabande Books
- The Fact of the Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Flatiron Books
- The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir by Peter Gajdics, Brown Paper Press
- Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray by Rosalind Rosenberg, Oxford University Press
- The PrEP Diaries by Evan J. Peterson, Lethe Press
- Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star by Rich Merritt, Citadel
- So Famous and So Gay: The Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein by Jeff Solomon, Univ Of Minnesota Press
- Straight Expectations: The Story of a Family in Transition by Peggy Cryden, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris, Little, Brown and Company
- Undercover Girl: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party by Lisa E. Davis, Imagine
- What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging by Monica Meneghetti, Dagger Editions
- Cowboy Up edited by Shane Allison & Brent Archer, Cleis Press
- His Seed: An Arboretum of Erotica by Steve Berman, Unzipped Books
- Volley Balls and Fire Balls by Tara Lain, Dreamspinner Press
- Wicked Frat Boy Ways by Todd Gregory, Bold Strokes Books
- Witches, Princesses, and Women at Arms: Erotic Lesbian Fairy Tales by Sacchi Green, Cleis Press
- A Place Called No Homeland by Kai Cheng Thom, Arsenal Pulp Press
- Common Place by Sarah Pinder, Coach House Books
- The Cowherd’s Son: Poems by Rajiv Mohabir, Tupelo Press
- how to get over by t’ai freedom ford, Red Hen Press
- Nature Poem by Tommy Pico, Tin House Books
- Shut Up Slow Down Let Go Breathe by Marcus McCann, Invisible Publishing
- Whatever, Iceberg by Tara-michelle Ziniuk, Mansfield Pr