Supposedly no one in South Florida reads, however, almost everyone loves a book with beautifully executed pictures and photos. So, I complied a list from books that I have recently reviewed. It might be a little early to launch a gift guide, but getting them this far in advance allows you to read them first – surely Amy Sedaris would approve!

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, by David Sedaris. This time Sedaris decided to surprise his audience – and left his largely personal narrative format behind. This collection of fables with animal character exposes the prejudice and insecurities of humans. The book is universal and certainly even appropriate for an intelligent high-school-aged reader in your life, hungering for adult fiction. On the Daily Show, when asked why Sedaris turned to fables, he said using an animal allows you to skip a lot of the background needed when developing a character – we know the characteristics of a squirrel, we do not need to know if they had a good relationship with their mother. It also has rich drawings by Ian Falconer. Each story is a quick, pre-bedtime read.

For more information, please visit, HachetteBookGroup.com

Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, by Amy Sedaris. David’s sister Amy recently followed up her successful 2006 home-entertaining book. “It’s often been said that ugly people craft and attractive people have sex. This book is not going to dispel that ridiculous fact,” says Sedaris. Simple Times boasts brilliant, coffee-table book quality photos. Chapters like The Joy of Poverty, Teenagers Have a Lot of Pain, and Crafting for Jesus will delight your favorite crafter. Making Love offers suggestions on grooming the “love patch,” featuring her and co-author Paul Dinello in matching bathrobes demonstrating the sex act.

For more information, please visit, HachetteBookGroup.com

The Artist Himself: Rand Holmes, a Retrospective by Patrick Rosenkranz. If you have any graphic novel lovers on your list consider this! Holmes post-Woodstock characters smoke, smuggle, and cry out for the legalization of marijuana. Many subjects are queer. “Gay Comix” shows a man wearing an actual closet, eyes peeping through holes, lusting after a shirtless. The bisexual Harold Hedd, in bed with his male lover, reads a book condemning homosexuality. Text in the lower right corner reads, “…why not try getting good an [sic] goddamned angry at a gov’t & society which has the unmitigated gall to dictate who and how you shall love.”

For more information, please visit, Fantagraphics.com

Stuff That makes A Gay Heart Weep, by Freeman Hall – a gay response to Stuff White People Like! Hall complied over 150 things we hate. Gay no-no’s include, Facebook Gifts, Scary Sex Toys, Tap Water, Couples Who Dress Alike, Expensive Drinks – yet we hate cheap liquor, Having to get Up Before Nine A.M. in the Morning, Not Wearing a Halloween Costume, Closeted Cartoon Characters, Guidos & Guidettes, Being Poor, Losing Designer Sunglasses, Angelina Joile is Not Gay, and Cheap Cruises. This could be a litmus test for sexually ambiguous friends as it includes a quiz!

For more information, please visit, GayHeartsWeep.com

 


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