The Miami Book Fair International runs from November 15 thru the 22nd.

Even though nowadays most people don’t, or can’t read, but everybody blogs, I compiled a list of 10 seminal LGBT books everybody should read.

In no particular order here are my Desert Island Books:

  1. Giovanni’s Room – 1956 by James Baldwin. This book was one of the first to really show the complicated ways in which gay men had to manage their identity, self and place in a world that didn’t want them do exist.
  2. 2. A Single Man – 1964 by Christopher Isherwood. The book is a day in the life of George Falconer who is going through what some may deem an “existential” crisis after suddenly losing his partner in a tragic accident. The book is about staying alive when the thing you love most is gone.
  3. The Picture Of Dorian Gray – 1890 by Oscar Wilde. Vanity and beauty are two things that many gay men struggle with their entire lives due to living in a gay culture in which how good one looks supersedes most other aspects in regards to social capital and success. This book attracts gay readers all over the world because Dorian, who is not gay, is dealing with an issue that eclipses many gay lives.
  4. Tales Of The City -1978 Armistead Maupin, said "My message back then was a simple one: that, gay or straight, the human heart is pretty much the same organ in everybody. You’d think that once-radical concept would be old news by now, but clearly there’s still work to be done.
  5. The Front Runner - by Patricia Nell Warren. In 1974, the idea of an openly gay Olympic athlete was virtually unthinkable. But this novel about an athlete’s love affair with his male coach went on to become a surprise bestseller, eventually moving more than ten million copies.
  6. Dancer From The Dance. This 1978 novel documents a time of wanton sexual exploration and rampant drug use on Fire Island and beyond, all described in Andrew Holleran’s trademark dream-like style. The book was enormously influential: a gay “literary” novel that met with widespread critical and popular success.
  7. Me Talk Pretty One Day – 2000 – What do you do if you’re a child and have difficulty saying the letter “s”? If you’re humorist David Sedaris, you simply plan to live your entire life without ever saying any word with an “s” in it!
  8. The Lost Language Of Cranes - 1986 – bY David Levitt. It tells the story of 25-year-old Philip Benjamin, who realizes he must come out to his parents after falling in love for the first time with a man. Philip's parents are facing their own problems: pressure from developers and the loss of their longtime home. But the real threat to the family is Philip's father's own struggle with his suppressed homosexuality
  9. Stranger At The Gate – 1991 – In this moving, best-selling autobiography, Mel White comes out of the closet to give hope to other gay and lesbian Christians, to confront the misleading anti-gay rhetoric of the radical right, and to launch his own fight for justice and understanding for God’s gay and lesbian children.
  10. City Of Night – 1963 – John Rechy is unflinching in his portrayal of one hustling young man and his search for self-knowledge within the neon-lit world of hustlers, drag queens, and the denizens of their world, as he moves from El Paso to Times Square and beyond.

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