Seattle Reads 2013: If you like Gregory Martin's "Stories for Boys"
Annotation:Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir explores her fraught relationship with her perfectionist father who reveals to his daughter that he is gay shortly before he dies, a revelation that coincides with Bechdel’s coming-out as a lesbian.
Annotation:In McCarthy-era Manhattan, Walter Samson, a well-connected publisher married with children, begins a closeted affair with Barry, a man he persuades to work for and live with him and his family.
Annotation:Beye married two women and fathered four children even though he knew he was gay. After he divorced, he unexpectedly met the man of his dreams.
Annotation:Raised by his lesbian mother’s eccentric psychiatrist in a household without boundaries (social, moral or otherwise), Burroughs’ story of survival is surprising, harrowing and, at times, hilarious.
Annotation:Novelist Chabon riffs on the joys and challenges of parenting through essays on all of the complex issues and emotions attendant to fatherhood.
Annotation:This memoir about a dysfunctional father-son relationship centers around the man who sent his gay son a $2 million invoice for raising him and the son who seeks to connect with him, despite it all.
Annotation:Johnson was 10 when he learned his mother was gay; he explores his journey through pain and homophobia towards understanding and acceptance.
Annotation:Divorced, gay father Henry Archer renews his relationships with his ex-wife and his now-grown stepdaughter, Thalia, after a surprise encounter at the hair-salon coat check.
Annotation:Martin’s first memoir captures a dying mining town of 33 residents in Nevada where his family owned a general store. It is an elegiac eulogy of a time and place in the West and a community the modern world forgets
Annotation:Miller penned a now famous article in 1971 entitled “What It Means to Be a Homosexual.” In this autobiographical novel, Joshua Bland chronicles the emptiness in his life despite marriages and success in war and career.
Annotation:In the wake of his brother’s disappearance, Martin Owenby reluctantly leaves New York and his secret lover and returns home to North Carolina in this story of family bonds and secrets.
Annotation:Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Russo recounts his lifelong devotion to his intensely demanding and dependent mother, and examines the role their dying hometown of Gloversville played in shaping their obsessive tendencies.
Annotation:An abused, adopted child, Winterson candidly relates her loveless early days, her coming-of-age, difficulties in love and the search for her birth mother that set her on the path to emotional recovery.