BOOKS 2020

CLEANNES

by Garth Greenwell

Few writers capture the dirt and shine of desire, how love and lust can brutalize and soothe, like Greenwell, the author of 2016’s game-changing What Belongs to You. Here, in this frequently breath taking novel-in-stories, he follows a nameless American narrator walking among the shadows of Bulgaria’s underground gay scene in search of “the key to the latch of the self.”

HOMIE

by Danez Smith

Plangent and playful, Smith’s follow-up to Don’t Call Us Dead, one of the most acclaimed poetry collections of the past five years, forms a mixtape of sorts celebrating Black love (between men, between friends, of the self) and lamenting the harm done to them both from within and without: “i counted the things/used to end a boy but forgot/the boy himself.”

A BEAUTIFUL CRIME

by Christopher Bollen

Fans of Patricia Highsmith’s subtly insidious mysteries will find dark delight in this caper by the talented Mr. Bollen, about a pair of con artists—new lovers—who travel to Venice, Italy in attempt to scam a wealthy man out of enough money for them to live out their lives in luxury.

BECOMING A MAN: THE STORY OF A TRANSITION

by Carl P.

In a scrupulously honest memoir, P. Carl examines how his transition upended both his marriage and his notions of white masculinity. Included within is a compassionate letter he composes to his lesbian-identifying wife: “I wonder as I write this what you miss most.”

GAY LIKE ME: A FATHER WRITES TO HIS SON 

by Richie Jackson

The producer of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song on Broadway and TV shows like Nurse Jackie revisits the events of Stonewall, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the fight for marriage equality to offer his son, who came out as gay at 18, an endearing and practical guide to navigating the beauty and dangers of queer life in Trump’s America.

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