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GAY HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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A MEMOIR
Written by JULIET JACQUES

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 09/22/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78164-4

Moving memoir and insightful examination of transgender politics

“Six weeks before sex reassignment surgery (SRS), I am obliged to stop taking my hormones. I suddenly feel very differently about my forthcoming operation.”

In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery—a process she chronicled with unflinching honesty in a serialised national newspaper column. Trans tells of her life to the present moment: a story of growing up, of defining yourself, and of the...

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FROM SAME SEX UNIONS TO PRIVATE VOWS AND COMMON LAW, THE SURPRISING DIVERSITY OF A TRADITION
Written by ELIZABETH ABBOTT

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 08/11/2015

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80619-4

What does the "tradition of marriage" really look like? In A History of Marriage, Elizabeth Abbott paints an often surprising picture of this most public, yet most intimate, institution. Ritual of romance, or social obligation? Eternal bliss, or cult of domesticity? Abbott reveals a complex tradition that includes same-sex unions, arranged marriages, dowries, self-marriages, and child brides. Marriage—in all its loving, unloving, decadent, and impoverished manifestations—is revealed here...

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LIFE AND ART
Written by LANGDON HAMMER

Format: Hardcover, 944 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 04/14/2015

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-41333-9

Langdon Hammer has given us the first biography of the poet James Merrill (1926–95), whose life is surely one of the most fascinating in American literature. Merrill was born to high privilege and high expectations as the son of Charles Merrill, the charismatic cofounder of the brokerage firm Merrill Lynch, and Hellen Ingram, a muse, ally, and antagonist throughout her son’s life. Wounded by his parents’ bitter divorce, he was the child of a broken home, looking for repair in poetry and...

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BIRTHPLACE OF A MODERN IDENTITY
Written by ROBERT BEACHY

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/18/2014

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27210-2

An unprecedented examination of the ways in which the uninhibited urban sexuality, sexual experimentation, and medical advances of pre-Weimar Berlin created and molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity.

Known already in the 1850s for the friendly company of its “warm brothers” (German slang for men who love other men), Berlin, before the turn of the twentieth century, became a place where scholars, activists, and medical professionals could explore and begin to...

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THE SHORT LIFE AND GAY TIMES OF JOHN HORNE BURNS
Written by DAVID MARGOLICK

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 11/11/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51713-0

American author John Horne Burns (1916–1953) led a brief and controversial life, and as a writer, transformed many of his darkest experiences into literature. Burns was born in Massachusetts, graduated from Andover and Harvard, and went on to teach English at the Loomis School, a boarding school for boys in Windsor, Connecticut. During World War II, he was stationed in Africa and Italy, and worked mainly in military intelligence. His first novel, The Gallery (1947), based on his wartime...

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HIDDEN TRUTHS ABOUT THE MURDER OF MATTHEW SHEPARD
Written by STEPHEN JIMENEZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Steerforth

On Sale: 09/16/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-586-42226-4

Late on the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a twenty-one-year-old gay college student, left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two alleged “strangers,” Aaron McKin­ney and Russell Henderson. Eighteen hours later, Matthew was found tied to a log fence on the outskirts of town, unconscious and barely alive. He had been pistol-whipped so severely that the mountain biker who discovered his battered frame mistook him for a Halloween scarecrow. Overnight, a politically expedient myth took...

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Written by SONIA SOTOMAYOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80483-9

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she...

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A MEMOIR
Written by MELANIE HOFFERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-04516-9

Melanie Hoffert longs for her North Dakota childhood home, with its grain trucks and empty main streets. A land where she imagines standing at the bottom of the ancient lake that preceded the prairie: crop rows become the patterned sand ripples of the lake floor; trees are the large alien plants reaching for the light; and the sky is the water’s vast surface, reflecting the sun. Like most rural kids, she followed the out-migration pattern to a better life. The prairie is a hard place to...

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AND 20 OTHER MYTHS ABOUT LGBT LIFE AND PEOPLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/01/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-04245-8

In “You Can Tell Just by Looking” three scholars and activists come together to unpack enduring, popular, and deeply held myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, culture, and life in America. Myths, such as “All Religions Condemn Homosexuality” and “Transgender People Are Mentally Ill,” have been used to justify discrimination and oppression of LGBT people. Others, such as “Homosexuals Are Born That Way,” have been embraced by LGBT communities and their allies. In...

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SEX, GENDER, AND THE END OF NORMAL
Written by J. JACK HALBERSTAM

Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/03/2013

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-01097-6

Why are so many women single, so many men resisting marriage, and so many gays and lesbians having babies?

In Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, J. Jack Halberstam answers these questions while attempting to make sense of the tectonic cultural shifts that have transformed gender and sexual politics in the last few decades. This colorful landscape is populated by symbols and phenomena as varied as pregnant men, late-life lesbians, SpongeBob SquarePants, and queer families. So...

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TOTO KOOPMAN - MODEL, MUSE, SPY
Written by JEAN-NOEL LIAUT
Translator DENISE RAAB JACOBS

Format: Hardcover, 244 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris

On Sale: 09/03/2013

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-847-84129-5

A life of glamour and tragedy, set against the watershed cultural and political movements of twentieth-century Europe. “Toto” Koopman (1908—1991) is a new addition to the set of iconoclastic women whose biographies intrigue and inspire modern-day readers. Like her contemporaries Lee Miller or Vita Sackville-West, Toto lived with an independent spirit more typical of the men of her generation, moving in the worlds of fashion, society, art, and politics with an insouciant ease that would stir...

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THE SHORT LIFE AND GAY TIMES OF JOHN HORNE BURNS
Written by DAVID MARGOLICK

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 06/04/2013

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51571-6

American author John Horne Burns (1916—1953) led a brief and controversial life, and as a writer, transformed many of his darkest experiences into literature. Burns was born in Massachusetts, graduated from Andover and Harvard, and went on to teach English at the Loomis School, a boarding school for boys in Windsor, Connecticut. During World War II, he was stationed in Africa and Italy, and worked mainly in military intelligence. His first novel, The Gallery (1947), based on his wartime...

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