Queer Library: New Additions


Queer Library is a new feature on Bonjour, Cass! On Fridays I’ll write about a queer book on my shelves, an upcoming book I’m looking forward to reading, a review, or anything else related to LGBTQ books.

I don’t buy a lot of books anymore; partly because, as you may understand, I have quite the reading habit and buying all the books I want to read would be devastating to my bank account; but mostly because I decided, after moving for the third time in as many years, that maybe now was the time for my personal library to be a bit more selective. The only books I really buy these days (that don’t exclusively come from used bookstores or thrift stores) are LGBTQ books, fiction and non-, because, well, I just can’t help myself. Here are three books I’ve recently added to my library: two new releases and one soon-to-be-rereleased novel.


The End of San Francisco by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Blurb from Amazon:

The End of San Francisco breaks apart the conventions of memoir to reveal the passions and perils of a life that refuses to conform to the rules of straight or gay normalcy. A budding queer activist escapes to San Francisco, in search of a world more politically charged, sexually saturated, and ethically consistent—this is the person who evolves into Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, infamous radical queer troublemaker, organizer and agitator, community builder, and anti-assimilationist commentator. Here is the tender, provocative, and exuberant story of the formation of one of the contemporary queer movement’s most savvy and outrageous writers and spokespersons.

Using an unrestrained associative style to move kaleidoscopically between past, present, and future, Sycamore conjures the untidy push and pull of memory, exposing the tensions between idealism and critical engagement, trauma and self-actualization, inspiration and loss. Part memoir, part social history, and part elegy, The End of San Francisco explores and explodes the dream of a radical queer community and the mythical city that was supposed to nurture it.

Why I Bought It: How could I resist? I own (and have read almost) all of the anthologies Sycamore edited, so how could I resist this memoir?

thebeautifullyworthless The Beautifully Worthless by Ali Liebegott

Blurb from Amazon:

A runaway waitress leaves her lover, grabs her dog, and hits the highway. Ali Liebegott maps her travels in a series of hilarious and heartbreaking letters to the girl she left behind, and some of the most exquisite poetry written about love, heartache, and madness.

Why I Bought It: Liebegott’s previous novel The IHOP Papers still has a special place in my heart because a) I remember where I bought it and where I read it and how it felt and b) I really love the cover.

afterdelores After Delores by Sarah Schulman

Blurb from Amazon:

[…] A noirish tale about a no-nonsense coffee-shop waitress in New York who is nursing a broken heart after her girlfriend Dolores leaves her; her attempts to find love again are funny, sexy, and ultimately even violent. After Delores is a fast-paced, electrifying chronicle of the Lower East Side’s lesbian subculture in the 1980s.

Why I Bought It: This book is being re-released by Arsenal Pulp Press in September and I didn’t even know it until I started writing this blog post! I bought the 1989 version, used, from the LGBT specialty bookstore Calamus Bookstore here in Boston, a few weeks ago. After I read Schulman’s memoir The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, I’ve been busily hunting down her previous work. 



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4 responses to “Queer Library: New Additions

  1. The Beautifully Worthless and After Delores are both wonderful, so you have good reading in your near future. I wasn’t crazy about The World We Found, but I hope you like it better than I did. (I reviewed it here: http://lindypratch.blogspot.ca/2013/03/the-world-we-found-by-thrity-umrigar.html )

  2. “The Beautifully Worthless” is an awesome title.

  3. I love After Dolores It’s probably the most straightforwardly enjoyable of Schulman’s novels.

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