Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re sharing ten books we “wouldn’t mind” getting for Christmas.
- How to Be Gay by David M. Halperin: I need this book on my shelf so I can a) reference it at any time b) try to push it on friends and c) use it for writing inspiration. The library could never lend it to me for a long enough period of time.
- Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation by Scott Farris: I am just a nerd.
- All We Know: Three Lives by Lisa Cohen: Biographies of three “forgotten” but culturally important lesbians? A Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Best Books of 2012?
- Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight against AIDS by Deborah B. Gould: I am so fascinated and inspired by the amazing activism and work ACT UP! has done, and I’m hoping this book provides a good history of the organization.
- Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America by Christopher Bram: Hopefully Grand Central’s Twelve imprint will also publish a similar book about gay women writers? Perhaps?
- Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo by Michael R. Schiav: My love for Vito Russo’s classic The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies (Triangle Classics) knows no bounds; now I’d just like to know more about the man who wrote it.
- Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City by Elizabeth L. Wollman: I missed this title when it was up on Netgalley and, yeah, it needs to be on my bookshelf.
- Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms (Fairy-Tale Studies) by Kay Turner: I am really into ABC’s Once Upon a Time, but it is severely lacking in non-sub-textual gay characters (not to mention non-villainous characters of color, but that’s another story). Queer retellings of fairy tales from a University press? Much needed.
- Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus by Rick Perlstein: I keep talking about my love for Perlstein’s NIXONLAND but I’ve yet to read his other book about Barry Goldwater. My library doesn’t even have it.
- Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz by Cynthia Carr: I guess Christmas to me=long biographies of queer luminaries?
You might notice that this list is, um, all non-fiction. I am weird with the books I keep on my bookshelves: favorite novels, non-fiction about politics or biographies, and LGBT/queer books of any kind. When it comes to gifts, though, I’m open to most things, particularly books other people enjoyed that I might not have picked up on my own.
While writing this post, I purchased The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw, a book that was originally included in this list, from Audible. I couldn’t resist.