It’s hard to believe it, but fall is almost here. The good news is that autumn is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. Below, we share some of the most anticipated LGBT titles of the season.
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“Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies,” Michael Ausiello
Pop culture fans know Ausiello as a renowned TV columnist but he plugs into his own personal drama in this heartbreaking memoir recounting the illness and death of his husband, Kip. Anyone who’s faced mortality—their own or a loved one’s—will find Spoiler achingly familiar. (September 12, Atria Books)
“Before I Had the Words,” Skylar Kergil
Known as Skylarkeleven to his throngs of fans, this YouTube star has been documenting his transition since age 17. Now he shares the stories that didn’t make it to the screen, as well as what came before the videos. Close friends and family members share revealing interviews, too.
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Kergil’s memoir is a candid look at trans adolescence from someone who’s been through it and those that accompanied him along the way. (September 5, Skyhorse Publishing)
“Logical Family,” Armistead Maupin
Taking its title from a line from Maupin’s Tales of the City, this memoir recounts life in 1970s San Francisco, as well as some hilarious anecdotes from Maupin’s younger days growing up in the South. Even Nixon makes a cameo, proving that no matter how outlandish Tales was, truth really is stranger than fiction. (October 3, Harper)
“Queer British Art: 1867-1967,” Clare Barlow
John Singer Sargent, Ethel Sands, David Hockney, and Francis Bacon are among the artists showcased in this survey of a turbulent era for LGBT artists across the pond. Contextualizing artwork, letters, and personal ephemera are critical write-ups. (October 10, Tate Publishing)
“A Natural,” Ross Raisin
A gay soccer player comes of age in this brilliant novel attracting comparisons to The Art of Fielding and Brokeback Mountain. Raisin explores themes of masculinity, ambition, and the sacrifices we’re willing (or unwilling) to make in the name of each. At heart, it’s the story of how we conform to or defy the expectations placed upon us. (October 17, Random House)
“The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook,” Preeti Mistry
The former Top Chef competitor and her wife have been dishing up bold Indian-American cuisine in Oakland for years. With chapter titles like “Masala Mashups” and “Authentic? Hell Yeah,” this gorgeous collection of inventive recipes is organized by mood rather than course. Perfect for the home cook looking to spice things up in the kitchen. (Oct 13, Running Press)
“Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home,” Lara Lillibridge
Lillibridge spent her childhood more concerned about fitting into her normal suburban world than embracing her same-sex family. In an unapologetic and inventive memoir she shows that queer parents can mess up their kids just as easily as their hetero counterparts, while challenging readers to reconsider their own childhoods and preconceived notions of family. (November 7, Skyhorse Publishing)
“Mean,” Myriam Gurba
Not one to mince words, this Lambda Literary finalist nevertheless aims to entertain as she tackles racism, homophobia, and sexual violence in this amusing genre-defying celebration of strategic offensiveness. Mean has already won over fellow feminist bad-asses Jill Solloway and Michelle Tea. If you aren’t already following Gurba’s career, you should start immediately. (November 14, Coffee House Press)
The Native American speaker of this book-length poem vows to never write a nature poem all the while backing himself into doing just that by talking about grunge music and Hipster culture.
The End of Eddy, Édouard Louis
Boyhood and sexual awaking prove fertile ground for this international hit. Even before this, Louis was already one of the most celebrated French writers of his generation.
Less, Andrew Sean Greer
About to turn 50 and (literally) running away from love, the narrator of Greer’s amusing novel is a charming mess.
Pages For Her, Sylvia Brownrigg
An unexpected invitation pulls Flannery back into a relationship she thought was long over in this absorbing sequel to Brownrigg’s Pages for You. The short chapters are the perfect length to hook you, too.