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: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: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: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.