Seattle Reads 2013: If you like Gregory Martin's "Stories for Boys"

Fun Home
Fun Home A Family Tragicomic By Bechdel, Alison Book - 2006 741.5973 B3872F 2006 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 6 on 14 copies

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.

The Man on the Third Floor
The Man on the Third Floor By Bernays, Anne Book - 2012 FIC BERNAYS 2012 Available in some locations

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.

My Husband and My Wives
My Husband and My Wives A Gay Man's Odyssey By Beye, Charles Rowan Book - 2012 306.7662 B4683B 2012 Available in some locations

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.

Running With Scissors
Running With Scissors A Memoir By Burroughs, Augusten Book - 2002 B B945B 2002 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

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.

Manhood for Amateurs
Manhood for Amateurs The Pleasures and Regrets of A Husband, Father, and Son By Chabon, Michael Book - 2009 813.54 C342C 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Novelist Chabon riffs on the joys and challenges of parenting through essays on all of the complex issues and emotions attendant to fatherhood.

The Bill From My Father
The Bill From My Father A Memoir By Cooper, Bernard Book - 2006 B C7843B 2006 Available in some locations

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.

Dream Boy
Dream Boy By Grimsley, Jim Book - 1997 FIC GRIMSLE Available in some locations

Annotation:Nathan, a high school sophomore, fantasizes about the boy next door as he endures his father’s abuse and his religious mother’s passive detachment.

Family Outing
Family Outing What Happened When I Found Out My Mother Was Gay, A Memoir By Johnson, Troy Book - 2008 306.87409 J6379F 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Johnson was 10 when he learned his mother was gay; he explores his journey through pain and homophobia towards understanding and acceptance.

The Family Man
The Family Man By Lipman, Elinor Book - 2009 FIC LIPMAN 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 20 copies

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.

Mountain City
Mountain City By Martin, Gregory Book - 2000 979.316 M3639M 2000 Available in some locations

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

A Gay and Melancholy Sound
A Gay and Melancholy Sound By Miller, Merle Book - 2012 FIC MILLER 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

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.

Under the Mercy Trees
Under the Mercy Trees A Novel By Newton, Heather Book - 2011 FIC NEWTON 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Elsewhere By Russo, Richard Book - 2012 B R9218R 2012 Available in some locations

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.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? By Winterson, Jeanette Book - 2012 B W736W 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 25 copies

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.

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"Stories for Boys" is the Seattle Reads 2013 selection.