20 Must-Read Books We Missed Last Year

So many books, so little time. But these little LGBT-penned miracles — which run the gamut from crime and mystery to coming out, religion, politics, sex, the Mafia, and identity — belong on summer reading lists.




Crossing the Bridge: From Mennonite Boy to Gay Man by James L. Helmuth (iUniverse, $13.95)

It's a classic coming-out tale, except James Helmuth was married to a woman for 22 years, had two kids, and grew up in the Mennonite religion. Still, many will see themselves in the author's short unflinching narrative.

Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank (Beacon Press, $27.95)

Blank is brilliant as always in this must-read history of heterosexuality from its "origins" in the 19th century to the present.

Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled by Michael Cobb (NYU Press, $21)

Using high and pop culture references from Virginia Woolf to Morrissey to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," the author offers a smart and stunning look at the  "moribund desperation" of coupledom.


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