10 Great LGBT Summer Reads
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
May 26 2014 4:09 AM ET
Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag by A.K. Summers (Soft Skull Press): Can suspenders be considered legitimate maternity wear? That’s just one of the questions answered (or at least asked) in this funny graphic novel in which the pregnant butch lesbian author grapples with everything from the uber-feminine cult of pregnancy to the intersection of birth and gender. Summers offers a hilarious and rare look at queer pregnancy and, alongside it, a culturally astute questioning of our beliefs around gender and pregnancy. More information here.
Call Me Burroughs: A Life by Barry Miles (Twelve Books & Hachette Audio): This is a whopping 700-plus page, in-depth chronicle of the last decade of bisexual Beat legend William Burroughs’s life. It includes new interviews with other Beats like Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and the titular man himself. It's also packed with so much profound information about the scandal-ridden subversive that it’s like sifting through microfiche in an archive of one man’s mind. Among the most captivating parts is Miles's exploration of what Burroughs called his “Ugly Spiirt,” the evil force that he’s unable to control or overcome for most of his life. More information here.
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith (Hachette Books): The author is no stranger to captivating stories — his Child 44 series is currently being turned into a film starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace — and the pressure is on to deliver a book as worthy. Thankfully The Farm grabs you from that first page when Daniel, a closeted young gay man with a partner his parents have never met, gets a call from his father saying his mother isn’t well, that she’s imagining terrible things, and has been sent to a mental institute. That’s curious enough but when Mom calls saying his father is full of lies and she needs the police, Daniel must unravel the secrets in his family — his and his parents — to understand what’s really happening and who is to blame. More information here.