's Bookshelf

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com September 06 2011 4:00 AM ET

I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This
Relationship
 

Man’s best friend is known for providing
companionship, unconditional love, and ... humor? In I’m Not the Biggest Bitch
in This Relationship
(New American
Library, $14), critically acclaimed memoirist Wade Rouse gathers heartwarming
tales of dog love from well-known gay humorists like Rita Mae Brown, Alec Mapa,
and Bob Smith, and features a foreword by Chunk Handler (beloved pet of
Chelsea).

 

 — Winston Gieseke 

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 Andy Warhol’s New York
City: Four Walks Uptown to Downtown
 

Have you ever wondered where
Andy Warhol ate, played, slept, worked, and got shot? Nearly 25 years after his
death, the presence of the 20th century’s most influential pop
artist still lingers throughout every corner of Manhattan. Andy Warhol’s New
York City: Four Walks Uptown to Downtown
(The Little Bookroom, $15), by Thomas Kiedrowski, is a unique guidebook that will direct you to every location even vaguely associated with the artist and offers detailed stories in which even his most devoted aficionados will revel.

— Jeremy Kinser 

BOOK ANDY WARHOL (COURTESY) ADVOCATE.COMChanged for Good: A
Feminist History of the Broadway Musical

There's something about being
a woman and seeing a powerful, well-rounded female character emote, sing, and
dance in front of you on the stage. Watching the musical Wicked was an incredibly powerful experience for me, and I
only imagine it was the same for other women sitting in the audiences and
experiencing the complex Sally Bowles in Cabaret or the saucy Anita in West Side Story for the first time. Stacy Wolf’s Changed for Good:
A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical
(Oxford, $25) intellectually encapsulates so much of what is amazing
about seeing these captivating characters play out.

 — Michelle Garcia 

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Theodora

Stella Duffy’s Theodora
(Penguin, $10) is an amorous and coercive novel that educates all who read it.
Duffy, a well-known lesbian author of critically acclaimed literary and crime
novels, covers all aspects of the life of Theodora, infamous Byzantine empress
and wife of the sixth-century ruler Justinian. The book’s well-researched pages
are filled with the facts of Theodora’s life, and the plot twists come directly
from the real-life scandals throughout her life as an empress, actress, and
whore. Duffy’s passion for her enchanting Theodora shows through in every chapter.
 

— Andi Alexander 

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 Unwelcome 

The second novel in Michael
Griffo’s Archangel Academy series, Unwelcome (Kensington,
$10) takes off where Twilight should
have gone: with young, hot, gay vampires. The book follows Michael, a new
Academy recruit who is just learning how to control his vampire powers, why
life at the Academy beats Nebraska any day, and the truth of his mother’s
death.

— Diane Anderson-Minshall