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Giovanni's Room Giovanni's Room
By Baldwin, James A.
2000-06 - Delta
9780385334587 Check our catalog

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart. …More


Maurice Maurice
By Forster, E. M.
2005-12 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393310320 Check our catalog

Written during 1913 and 1914, Maurice deals with the then unmentionable subject of homosexuality. More unusual, it concerns a relationship that ends happily. …More

The Art of Fielding The Art of Fielding
By Harbach, Chad
2012-05 - Back Bay Books
9780316126670 Check our catalog

An expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others in a baseball story that goes beyond the sport and into hearts and minds. …More

The Stranger's Child The Stranger's Child
By Hollinghurst, Alan
2011-10 - Knopf Publishing Group
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From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of "The Line of Beauty:" a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations. …More

At Swim, Two Boys At Swim, Two Boys
By O'Neill, Jamie
2003-03 - Scribner Book Company
9780743222952 Check our catalog

In the tradition of Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" comes an astonishingly ambitious and resonant novel that transports readers to Dublin in the year preceding the Easter uprising--a pivotal time in Irish history and in the lives of two very young men from different backgrounds. …More

The Magician's Assistant The Magician's Assistant
By Patchett, Ann
1997-10 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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What is to become of a magician's assistant without her magician? This is the question Sabine asks herself after the death of Parsifal, the magician she worked with for more than twenty years and her husband for only a few months. Parsifal loved men, especially Phan, and though Sabine loved Parsifal, she contented herself with his friendship. Now Parsifal and Phan are both gone, and Sabine is left with full responsibility for their possessions and their histories. Always the assistant, her life is still defined by service to Parsifal. But in the world of illusion Sabine has occupied for her entire life, things are rarely what they seem. According to Parsifal, he had no living relatives. …More

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
By Bechdel, Alison
2007-06 - Mariner Books
9780618871711 Check our catalog

Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and funny, readers are drawn into a daughters complex yearning for her father. Apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun home," the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. …More

Rubyfruit Jungle Rubyfruit Jungle
By Brown, Rita Mae
1983-04 - Bantam
9780553278866 Check our catalog

Rubyfruit Jungle is the first milestone novel in the extraordinary career of one of this country's most distinctive writers. Bawdy and moving, the ultimate word-of-mouth bestseller, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America - and living happily ever after.
Born a bastard, Molly Bolt is adopted by a dirt-poor Southern couple who want something better for their daughter. Molly plays doctor with the boys, beats up Leroy the tub and loses her virginity to her girlfriend in sixth grade.
As she grows to realize she's different, Molly decides not to apologize for that. In no time she mesmerizes the head cheerleader of Ft. . …More

Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking
By Sweeney, Aoibheann
2007-08 - Penguin Press
9781594201301 Check our catalog

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An arresting new literary talent addresses the journey of light years--or is it a hop--from an island in Maine to the island of Manhattan. …More

Fingersmith Fingersmith
By Waters, Sarah
2002-10 - Riverhead Books
9781573229722 Check our catalog

Raised by a loving family of thieves, orphan Sue Trinder is sheltered from the worst of the Victorian underworld until it becomes her turn to make the clan's fortune. She must help a professional rogue named Gentleman marry an heiress and then steal the girl's inheritance by declaring her insane. Sue wants to please everyone, but as she's confronted with the seemingly helpless victim, Maud, she begins to have her doubts. …More

Tipping the Velvet Tipping the Velvet
By Waters, Sarah
2000-05 - Riverhead Books
9781573227889 Check our catalog

This stunning and steamy debut chronicles the adventures of Nan King, a small-town girl at the turn of the century whose life takes a wild turn when she follows a local music hall star to London. "Readers of all sexes and orientations should identify with this gutsy hero as she learns who she is and how to love."--"Newsday." …More

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
By Winterson, Jeanette
1997-08 - Grove Press
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Winner of the prestigious Whitbread Prize for best first novel and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best writer under 35, this modern classic has sold 100,000 copies in the United States. The novel chronicles the life of a bright and rebellious orphan who is adopted into an Evangelical household in the dour, industrial Midlands. Her insistence on listening to the truths of her own heart and mind makes for an unforgettable chronicle of an eccentric, moving rite of passage into adulthood. …More

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My Education My Education
By Choi, Susan
2013-07 - Viking Books
9780670024902 Check our catalog

An intimately charged novel of desire and disaster from the author of "American Woman" and "A Person of Interest." …More

I Say a Little Prayer I Say a Little Prayer
By Harris, E. Lynn
2007-08 - Anchor Books
9781400077281 Check our catalog

Bestselling author Harris is back with another winner--a sexy, shocking, and immensely satisfying novel that explores some of today's toughest and most controversial issues. …More

A Love of My Own A Love of My Own
By Harris, E. Lynn
2003-06 - Anchor Books
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After Zola Denise Norwood meets media mogul Davis Vincent McClinton on a New York-bound flight, he makes her a couple of offers before they even land. One is editing his hot new urban style magazine "Bling Bling. The other is more personal. As Zola and Raymond Tyler, Jr," Bling Bling's CEO, pursue their ambitions and search for love, secrets from the past and events out of today's headlines (plus the shenanigans of John Basil Henderson and Yancey B.) keep the action moving. …More

In One Person In One Person
By Irving, John
2013-01 - Simon & Schuster
9781451664133 Check our catalog

A "New York Times"-bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity. Billy, the bisexual narrator, tells the tragicomic story of his life as a "sexual suspectO amid a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. …More

A Map of Home A Map of Home
By Jarrar, Randa
2008-09 - Other Press (NY)
9781590512722 Check our catalog

NIDALI, THE REBELLIOUS DAUGHTER OF AN EGYPTIAN-GREEK mother and a Palestinian father, narrates her story from her childhood in Kuwait, her early teenage years in Egypt (to where she and her family fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), to her family's last flight to Texas. Nidali mixes humor with a loving and vibrant celebration of an eccentric middle-class family in the Arab world, and this perspective keeps her buoyant through the hardships she encounters: the humiliation of going through a checkpoint on a visit to her father's home on the West Bank; the fights with her father, who wants her to become a famous professor and stay away from boys; the end of her childhood as Iraq invades Kuwait on her thirteenth birthday; and the scare she gives her family when she runs away from home. Funny, charming, and heartbreaking," A Map of Home" is the kind of book Tristam Shandy or Huck Finn would have narrated had they been born Egyptian-Palestinian and female in the 1970s. …More

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Middlesex Middlesex
By Eugenides, Jeffrey
2007-06 - Picador USA
9780312427733 Check our catalog

""I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license...records my first name simply as Cal."" . …More

The Lover's Dictionary The Lover's Dictionary
By Levithan, David
2011-01 - Farrar Straus Giroux
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2012 Alex Award Winner

From the co-author of "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" comes a sweet and touching modern love story, told through dictionary entries. …More

Two Boys Kissing Two Boys Kissing
By Levithan, David
2013-08 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780307931900 Check our catalog

A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways. …More

28 Barbary Lane: A 28 Barbary Lane: A "Tales of the City" Omnibus
By Maupin, Armistead
1990-10 - Harper
9780060164669 Check our catalog

The first three pioneering "Tales of the City" novels, available for the first time in one hardcover volume, with a new foreword by the author. …More

Golden Boy Golden Boy
By Tarttelin, Abigail
2013-05 - Atria Books
9781476705804 Check our catalog

The Walker family is good at keeping secrets from the world. They are even better at keeping them from each other. Max Walker is a golden boy, with a secret that the world may not be ready for. Written by 25-year-old rising star Tarttelin, this novel is a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other. …More

Holding Still for as Long as Possible Holding Still for as Long as Possible
By Whittall, Zoe
2010-09 - House of Anansi Press
9780887849640 Check our catalog

In this robust, scruffy, elegantly plotted, and ultimately life-affirming novel, rising star Zoe Whittall presents a dazzling portrait of a generation we've rarely seen in literature -- the 25-year-olds who grew up on anti-anxiety meds, text-messaging each other truncated emotional reactions, unsure of what's public and what's private. With this extraordinary novel -- which offers a thrillingly detailed inside look at the work of paramedics, devastating insight into anxiety disorders, and entertaining celebrity gossip -- Zoe Whittall fulfills the promise of her acclaimed first novel, "Bottle Rocket Hearts, " and proves herself as one of our most talented younger writers. …More