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posted Friday, November 29 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 48
Winter is reading season - An LGBT-focused holiday roundup of recently published books
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Winter is reading season - An LGBT-focused holiday roundup of recently published books

by Jeremy Behrens - SGN Contributing Writer

Along with the holiday season comes a little more time to relax and enjoy a respite from the daily grind. Whether that means celebrating with friends, spending quality time with family, or just indulging yourself, a good book is always a great companion this time of year. LGBTQ writing over the last year has been plentiful with some apparent overall shifts in its style and focus. So if you are looking for something for yourself this season, or perhaps the perfect stocking stuffer for someone on your gift list, here are some of the best reads of 2013.

THE ABSOLUTIST
JOHN BOYNE
(Other Press; 320 pp)

Set during World War II, Boyne's novel following the passion of two soldiers via letters unfolds into a gripping tale of what living as a Gay solider was like during that time. Although fiction, The Absolutist is a riveting look into what drives the relationships we have in spite of the world around us. The narrative starts off a bit slow but soon picks up to flesh out two very unique characters searching for their identities during history's biggest war.

DON'T LET ME GO
J.H. TRUMBLE
(Kensington; 288 pp)

I can't speak highly enough of Trumble's work as a Gay young adult fiction writer. For a genre rife with generalities, stereotypes, and very vanilla storylines, Trumble has truly broken the mold for this genre. In Don't Let Me Go, Trumble dives into long-distance relationships, sexual assault, and the power of a community of support. Her characters come to life on the page and face many of the same problems faced by young LGBTQ community members today. Where once Alex Sanchez seemed to be the spotlight writer for this demographic, I would be happy to see Trumble forge the way for this genre with her layered and thought-provoking texts.

AMERICAN SAVAGE: INSIGHTS, SLIGHTS, AND FIGHTS ON FAITH, SEX,
LOVE, AND POLITICS
DAN SAVAGE
(Dutton; 320 pp)

I would be remiss to not include Savage's latest work in this guide, given that the book is great for everyone on your list. Covering a wide range of topics from Bisexuality to heterosexual coming-out to religion's role in equality, American Savage makes a case for all the topics that come up around the dinner table. Savage has always had a way with words in his essays, drawing on provocative subject matter sure to start a discussion or debate in any household.

THE END OF SAN FRANCISCO
MATTILDA BERNSTEIN SYCAMORE
(City Lights; 192 pp)

Relatively new to Seattle, Sycamore is a rising force to be reckoned with in the Queer literature genre. As the editor of the book of essays entitled Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? (a LAMBDA Literary Award nominee), Sycamore is no stranger to raising the bar for intense, personal exploration of the Queer identity. In The End of San Francisco, Sycamore opens up about her experiences as a young, impressionable Queer woman coming into her own against a backdrop of AIDS, drug overdoses, and sex, dealing with an array of issues universally faced by members of our community. Perhaps one of the most heartfelt and emotionally raw reads of the year, The End of San Francisco is a testament to the power writing has on the human experience.

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