New in November: Bernardine Evaristo, Carmen Maria Machado, and Robyn Crawford
Author: Lilia Shrayfer
November 6, 2019
November is here, and we’re back with more LGBTQ releases for your reading list!
Esteemed author Bernardine Evaristo has just recently taken home the 2019 Booker Prize, the highest honor of English Literature. In fact, her must-read winning novel, Girl, Woman, Other has been called “a richly textured social novel that shows a side of Britain we rarely see” (Booker Prize Judges). While the decision on the part of the judges to split the prize in half between Ms. Evaristo and Ms. Margret Atwood has stirred significant controversy and critical discussions of the roles of race and representation in literary criticism and awards, Ron Charles of The Washington Post argues that the story has, at the very least, “given an astonishingly creative, insightful and humane writer the worldwide attention she has long deserved.”
From the publisher:
The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her Black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London’s funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley’s former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole’s mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter’s lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.
Carmen Maria Machado’s newly released In The Dream House is not your typical memoir about a horrifying toxic relationship. It contains a dedication, several epigraphs, meditations on queer theory, an overture, multiple vignettes from her childhood, and a history of lesbian domestic abuse in the pop canon. The book is equally about the subject material as it is building the language to talk about it, and Machado does that building with both daring and grace.
From the publisher:
In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.
Few writers can surprise and enlighten with equal audacity in both their fiction and nonfiction works, unless of course you are Daryl Pinckney, a recipient of both the Guggenheim Fellowship and Whiting Award in his lifetime. His latest collection of essays, Busted in New York, traces the lineage of black intellectual history, thought, literature, art, and protest to examine how we’ve arrived at our given moment, from Booker T Washington to Kara Walker to President Obama. Zadie Smith, the author of the introduction, has said it best, to the surprise of no one. So let’s just leave it with her:
How lucky we are to have Darryl Pinckney who, without rancor, without insult, has, all these years, been taking down our various songs, examining them with love and care, and bringing them back from the past, like a Sankofa bird, for our present examination. These days Sankofas like Darryl are rare. Treasure him!
In the genre of memoir, we are also looking forward to Abby Stein’s Becoming Eve, an autobiographical coming of age account of an Orthodox Jewish child who was brought into the world to become a rabbinic leader, and instead left the Orthodox community and her assigned male gender to become the woman she is today. For an inside look into “the why” behind the memoir, check out an excerpt from the introduction on the publisher’s page below:
My story includes two interwoven transitions: coming out of Ultra-Orthodoxy, and coming out as a trans woman. The stories we read of both experiences tend to suffer from problems in the public sphere, problems that are marked by overt polarization, lack of nuance, and the romanticizing of a mysterious religious sect. Several books have been written about the Hasidic community, both by people who have lived it and left and by outsiders looking in, and most either glorify the lifestyle or demonize it. Trans representation tends to follow a similar path: there is overt sexualization and the casting of transness as mental illness, or idealized representations that focus on victimhood—though, thankfully, that’s starting to change.
My story is my own, but it is also something greater. It is a story about arranged marriages in New York City, about a family of thirteen siblings and more than thirty aunts and uncles, of a family tree with branches as twisted as medieval European royalty. It is a portrait of life in a gender-segregated society nestled within one of the world’s most progressive metropolises.
Whitney Houston fans will definitely want to check out A Song for You, a book by longtime Houston confidante Robyn Crawford. After years of rumors and hearsay about the nature of their relationship, Crawford finally opens up about her time with the beloved singer.
Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was there by her side through it all—her best friend, Robyn Crawford.
Since Whitney’s death in 2012, Robyn has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. Now, for the first time ever, Crawford opens up in her new memoir, A Song for You.
With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn describes the two meeting as teenagers in the 1980s, and how their lives and friendship evolved as Whitney recorded her first album and Robyn pursued her promising Division I basketball career. Together during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes as hit after hit was recorded, through Whitney’s marriage and the birth of her daughter, the two navigated often challenging families, great loves, and painful losses, always supporting each other with laughter and friendship.
Finally, if you’re a millennial, or otherwise need more material that seeks to understand this interesting species of human known as millennial, check out a new LGBTQ Studies release entitled I Confess! Constructing the Sexual Self in the Internet Age.
In I Confess!, a collection of thirty original essays, leading international scholars such as Ken Plummer, Susanna Paasonen, Tom Roach, and Shohini Ghosh explore the ideas of confession and sexuality in moving image arts and media, mostly in the Global North, over the last quarter century. Through self-referencing or autobiographical stories, testimonies, and performances, and through rigorously scrutinized case studies of “gay for pay,” gaming, camming, YouTube uploads, and the films Tarnation and Nymph()maniac, the contributors describe a spectrum of identities, desires, and related representational practices. Together these desires and practices shape how we see, construct, and live our identities within this third sexual revolution, embodying both its ominous implications of surveillance and control and its utopian glimmers of community and liberation.
And as always, if our list of LGBTQ releases missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- Big Familia by Tomas Moniz, Acre Books
- Butterflies, Zebras, Moonbeams by Ceilidh Michelle, Palimpsest Press
- The Death of Baseball by Orlando Ortega-Medina, Cloud Lodge Books
- Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel by Bernardine Evaristo, Grove Press, Black Cat
- How to be Perfect: The Much-Anticipated Follow-Up Novel to the Laugh-Out-Loud the Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright, Legend Press
- The Mixed Martial Artist by Lanta Brown, Amazon Digital Services
- On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl, Riverhead Books
- An Orphan World by Giuseppe Caputo, translated by Sophie Hughes & Juana Adcock, Charco Press
- Pain by Zeruya Shalev, Other Press
- The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs by Mary Lou Sanelli, Chatwin Press
- What Burns by Dale Peck, Soho Press
- Busted in New York & Other Essays by Darryl Pinckney; Foreword by Zadie Smith, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Hatred of Translation by Nathaniel, Nightboat Books
- Identities and Place: Changing Labels and Intersectional Communities of LGBTQ and Two-Spirit People in the United States edited by Katherine Crawford-Lackey & Megan E. Springate, Berghahn Books
- The Life and Times of Butch Dykes: Portraits of Artists, Leaders and Dreamers Who Changed the World by Eloisa Aquino, Microcosm Publishing
- Queer Cinema in America: An Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Films, Characters, and Stories by Aubrey Malone, Greenwood
- Queering Representation: LGBTQ People and Electoral Politics in Canada by Manon Tremblay, UBC Press
- Argentine Intimacies: Queer Kinship in an Age of Splendor, 1890-1910 by Joseph M. Pierce, SUNY Press
- Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire Within Marriage by Lauren Jae Gutterman , University of Pennsylvania Press
- Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women by E. Patrick Johnson, Duke University Press
- I Confess! Constructing the Sexual Self in the Internet Age Edited by Thomas Waugh & Brandon Arroyo, McGill-Queen’s University Press
- Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual by Jonathan Katz et al., Damiani
- The Queer Aesthetics of Childhood: Asymmetries of Innocence and the Cultural Politics of Child Development by Hannah Dyer, Rutgers University Press
- Queer Men’s Narratives Edited by Jude Dibia & Olumide F. Makanjuola, Cassava Republic Press
- The Queering of Corporate America: How Big Business Went from LGBTQ Adversary to Ally by Carlos A. Ball, Beacon Press
- RAW: PrEP, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Barebacking Edited by Ricky Varghese and afterword by Tim Dean, Zed Books
- Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State by Mia Fischer, University of Nebraska Press
- Theory and Praxis: Women’s and Gender Studies at Community Colleges by Genevieve Carminati & Heather Rellihan, Gival Press
Young Adult and Children’s Literature
- Dear Twin by Addie Tsai, Metonymy Press
- Fugly by Claire Waller, Lerner Publishing Group, Carolrhoda Lab
- I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown with Jason “Rachel” Brown, Henry Holt and Co.
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzie Lee, Katherine Tegen Books
- Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan, Jimmy Patterson
- Aspen in Moonlight by Kelly Wacker, Bold Strokes Books
- Back to September by Melissa Brayden, Bold Strokes Books
- Changing Course by Brey Willows, Bold Strokes Books
- Fare Game by Cade Haddock Strong, Bella Books
- Fearless by Tina Michelle, Bold Strokes Books
- First Impressions by Jay Hogan, Dreamspinner Press
- If the Shoe Fits by E. J. Noyes , Bella Books
- A Moment in Time by Lisa Moreau, Bold Strokes Books
- Not Since You by Fiona Riley, Bold Strokes Books
- Stand-in by Linda Hill, Bella Books
Graphic Novels/Illustrated Books
- The Complete Curvy by Sylvan Migdal, Iron Circus Comics
- The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino, illustrated by Michelle Wong & Vivian Ng, Dark Horse Books
- Melting Lover by Bukuro Yamada, Denpa Books-KUMA
- The Midwinter Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag, Graphix
- Our Wonderful Days by Kei Hamuro, Seven Seas
- A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow by Makoto Hagino, VIZ Media LLC
- Floodtide by Heather Rose Jones, Bella Books
- Not Your Average Love Spell by Barbara Ann Wright, Bold Strokes Books
- Walking the Ghosts: A Voices Through Time Novella by Kari Kilgore, Spiral Publishing
- The Art of Possession by Cari Z, Dreamspinner Press
- Cost of Honor Book 11 by Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books
- Dilly and Boz by John Inman, Dreamspinner Press
- Hard Luck: An Elizabeth Taylor Bundy Thriller by Pascal Scott, Sapphire Books Publishing
- Galileo by Ann McMan, Bywater Books
- Not Dead Enough: A Mickey Night Mystery by J.M. Redmann, Bold Strokes Books
- The Rainbow Conspiracy by Stuart Hopps, Muswell Press
- Becoming Eve by Abby Stein, Seal Press
- Black Enough Man Enough by Gee Smalls, Juan and Gee Enterprises
- Borderlands Boy: Love, War and Peace in the Atomic Age by Ken Carpenter, Sunstone Press
- In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press
- In the Shadow of the Bridge by Joseph Caldwell, Delphinium Books
- The Life & Times of Butch Dykes: Portraits of Artists, Leaders, and Dreamers Who Changed The World by Eloisa Aquino, Microcosm Publishing
- Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop by Thomas Travisano, Viking
- My Dad’s a Muslim, My Mom’s a Lesbian, and I’m a Latter-day Saint by Ramsey Mike, Cedar Fort Inc
- My Life…So Far! by Brandon Bourne, Amazon Digital Services LLC
- The Rib Joint by Julia Koets, Red Hen Press
- A Song for You: My Life With Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford, Dutton
- Ted Shawn: His Life, Writings and Dances by Paul A. Scolieri, Oxford University Press
- Unapologetically Favored: A Woman. A Leader. A Testimony by Courtney Kittrell, Gatekeeper Press
- What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation by Mimi Lemay, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Alisoun Sings by Caroline Bergvall, Nightboat Books
- Anatomy of Want by Daniel W.K. Lee, Rebel Satori Press
- Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader Edited by Jamie Townsend, Nightboat Books
- Feed by Tommy Pico, Tin House Books
- Latter Days of Eve by Beverly Burch , BkMk Press, Univ of Missouri-Kansas City
- Mud Blooms by Ruth Dickey, Harbor Mountain Press
- The Sacking of the Muses by Susan Hawthorne, Spinifex Press