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Making Gay History
Eric Marcus
0060933917
June 2002
Paperback
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Booklist
"An ambitious project well realized…smooth-reading text that will surely become a cornerstone of gay American studies."

Publishers Weekly
"[Making History] is a testament to the courage of individuals who have effected a positive change in our society."

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Rent
Jonathan Larson
0688154379
January 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
This is by far the must-get theater book of the year. With dazzling punk graphics that will quickly win book industry awards, the volume contains the entire libretto of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical about love and loyalty among starving AIDS-stricken artists in New York's East Village. But editors Evelyn McDonnell and Katherine Silberger wisely understand that the story of the show's creation is as compelling as the musical itself--so more than half of this volume is devoted to an oral history of the composer/lyricist/librettist Jonathan Larson, who came to New York hoping to revolutionize musical theater--then died of an aortic aneurysm the night of the show's final preview. It's an event book for an event musical.

-- Time
"The most exuberant and original American musical...


Its Not Unusual
Alkarim Jivani
0253211506
Dec 1997
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From Library Journal
London-based journalist Jivani presents an anecdotal history of gay and lesbian life in Great Britain from the end of World War I to the present. Like Between the Acts: Lives of Homosexual Men 1885-1967 (LJ 2/15/91), this history is based on the reminiscences of contributors who were active at various times throughout the century. Unlike that book, Jivani's work includes the stories of lesbians as well as gay men. The author's goal is to present a history of regular people that looks beyond "the works of the great and the good." The result is light and interesting reading, though one must wonder whether the experiences of these 36 people are representative. Apparently, Jivani relied almost solely on the testimonies of his contributors; he provides no citations outside the bibliography. An interesting primary source...


Lord John and the Private Matter
Diana Gabaldon
0385337485
October 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Trouble befalls Lord John Grey (fresh from minor roles in Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander novels) when he accidentally discovers that the Hon. Joseph Trevelyan, his cousin's betrothed, may have what those in 1757 termed "the pox" or "the French disease" syphilis. Before he can figure out an appropriate way to handle this delicate matter, he becomes involved in the investigation of the mysterious and grisly murder of a military colleague suspected of being a spy. Gabaldon (The Fiery Cross; Drums of Autumn; etc.) stitches these two plots together into a compelling narrative that also offers a wealth of juicy details about 18th-century London, especially its homosexual underbelly. Lord John, who reminisces about his dead lover, Hector, and the "lean, hard body" of an old flame, learns that Trevelyan may be...


Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States
Sidney M. Bolkosky
0313306966
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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Review
“[a]n annotated collection of important source material.”–Library Journal

Book Description
The movement for gay and lesbian rights in America is a response to long-held beliefs that have, at times throughout the history of the United States, made homosexuality legally, politically, and socially unacceptable. Personal testimonies, laws, opinion pieces, court cases, and other documents encourage students to challenge their assumptions and strengthen critical thinking skills with regard to these important, volatile issues.

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Persian Boy
Mary Renault
0394751019
February 1988
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Book Description
“It takes skill to depict, as Miss Renault has done, this half-man, half Courtesan who is so deeply in love with the warrior.”–The Atlantic Monthly

The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander’s life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Abducted and gelded as a boy, Bagoas was sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but found freedom with Alexander after the Macedon army conquered his homeland. Their relationship sustains Alexander as he weathers assassination plots, the demands of two foreign wives, a sometimes-mutinous army, and his own ferocious temper. After Alexander’s mysterious death, we are left wondering if this Persian boy understood the great warrior and his ambitions better than anyone.

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Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History
Robert Aldrich
0415159822
Dec 2000
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Aldrich and Wotherspoon (history, Univ. of Sydney) are brave editors, as a "who's who" for gay studies might be seen as concretizing in an area in which the constructionist/essentialist debate is still a minefield. Nevertheless, they provide an articulate rationale for this book in their introduction. In addition to justifying the "who's who" approach in general at a time when social history moves the focus to "unknown" people, they seek to include anyone of significance in the history of sexual minorities without any limits based on what the subjects did in bed. Well over 100 contributors have written the 500 entries, which range from Sappho to Andr? Gide; most entries are accompanied by a bibliography. This is a scholarly alternative to more celebratory or localized works such as Paul Elliott...


Rubicon: A Novel of Ancient Rome
Steven Saylor
0312971184
September 2000
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Steven Saylor's seventh installment in his Roma Sub Rosa series begins with a character saying, "Pompey will be mightily pissed." Scholars might argue that there is no evidence of this particular synonym for anger ever being used in 49 B.C., but the author would no doubt respond that poetic license includes doing whatever it takes to bridge the gap for modern audiences. And indeed, the head of the Roman Senate is mightily pissed. Rome is on the verge of another civil war, and the forces of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony have crossed the Rubicon River and are marching toward the capital. To top it all off, one of Pompey's favorite cousins has been garroted to death.

Before Pompey flees the city, he asks Rome's greatest detective, Gordianus the Finder, to solve the murder. But Pompey has reason to distrust Gordianus, who...



Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History
Robert Aldrich
0415159830
Feb 2003
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Aldrich and Wotherspoon (history, Univ. of Sydney) are brave editors, as a "who's who" for gay studies might be seen as concretizing in an area in which the constructionist/essentialist debate is still a minefield. Nevertheless, they provide an articulate rationale for this book in their introduction. In addition to justifying the "who's who" approach in general at a time when social history moves the focus to "unknown" people, they seek to include anyone of significance in the history of sexual minorities without any limits based on what the subjects did in bed. Well over 100 contributors have written the 500 entries, which range from Sappho to Andr? Gide; most entries are accompanied by a bibliography. This is a scholarly alternative to more celebratory or localized works such as Paul Elliott...


The Men with Pink Triangle
Heinz Heger
1555830064
October 1994
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Book Review
It has only been since the mid-1970s that any attention has been paid to the persecution and interment of gay men by the Nazis during the Third Reich. Since that time, books such as Richard Plant's The Pink Triangle (and Martin Sherman's play Bent) have illuminated this nearly lost history. Heinz Heger's first-person account, The Men with the Pink Triangle, was one of the first books on the topic and remains one of the most important.

In 1939, Heger, a Viennese university student, was arrested and sentenced to prison for being a "degenerate." Within weeks he was transported to Sachsenhausen, a concentration camp in East Germany, and forced to wear a pink triangle to show that his crime was homosexuality. He remained there, under horrific conditions, until the end of the war in 1945. The power of The Men with the Pink...



Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History
Robert Aldrich
041522974X
Dec 2000
Hardcover
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Review
...[this title contributes] significantly to gay, lesbian, and bisexual studies and offer entries for more people and geographical locations than [similar titles]. Recommended for academic, large public and high school libraries.Choice, November 2001

...a handy and accessibly written encyclopedia of famous lesbians and gay men of the past half-century..–Bi-Weekly, March 2, 2001

Book Description
Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present Dayprovides a comprehensive modern biographical survey of homosexuality in the Western world. Entries cover the less well-known and cult icons; gay and lesbian activists to homophobics; classical composers to rock musicians; novelists and poets to queer theorists and Nobel...



Out in All Directions: The Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America, Vol. 1
Lynn Witt (Editor)
0446518220
August 1995
Hardcover
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Who's Who
Robert Aldrich
0415253705
Dec 2000
Hardcover
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Julian
Gore Vidal
037572706X
August 2003
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Review
“High entertainment.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A subtle, provoking, enthralling book. . . . Vidal’s ability to invoke a world is amazing.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“Simply great. . . . A truly monumental novel.” —Associated Press

“Historical fiction in the true, honorable sense. . . . Full of vivid, richly wrought fictional detail.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Impressive. . . . To the formidable task which Vidal sets himself, he brings an easy and fluent gift for narrative; a theatrical sense of scene and dramatic occasion; and a revealing eye and ear for character delineation–to say nothing of wide reading.” –Newsweek

“A real hero. . . . An...


My American History
Sarah Schulman
0415908531
May 1994
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From Library Journal
Schulman, best known as an award-winning novelist (Empathy, LJ 11/1/92) and journalist for both the gay and mainstream press, has here assembled all the nonfiction articles she wrote over an 11-year period. From AIDS to Thelma and Louise, Schulman takes us on a tour of gay culture over the last decade and brings us into the mind of a young gay Jewish woman living in the United States today. In one previously unpublished essay "I Was a Lesbian Child," Schulman writes about society's hypocrisy in denying gay teachers the opportunity to be role models for their students, both gay and straight, while continuing to endorse the hiring of heterosexual males even though over 90 percent of sexual abuse cases are perpetrated by men against girls. Her views may have a limited audience, but this collection of essays, reviews,...


Ten Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives
Joe Kort
1555837824
July 2003
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Book Description
Openly gay therapist Joe Kort provides 10 powerful and positive steps gay men can take to isolate and overcome self-defeating behavior patterns, and move in healthier and more rewarding directions: Take Charge of Their Own Lives Affirm Themselves by Coming Out Resolve Differences With Parents and Relatives "Graduate" From Delayed Adolescence Avoid-or Overcome-Sexual Addiction -Learn from Successful Mentors Who've Been There, Done That Take Advantage of "Therapy Workouts" Achieve-and Maintain-Rewarding Relationships Understand the Stages of Loves Commit to Their PartnerThese solid and reliable "Top 10" life steps that have been most helpful to Joe Kort's clients in his 16 years of working with hundreds of gay men, are presented in an engaging and easy-to-understand manner and are supplemented by case histories from his...


The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy
Billy J. Harbin
0472098586
May 2005
Hardcover
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Rent: Movie Vocal Selections
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
1423406265
December 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The film Rent, based on the Tony -winning Broadway production, is a modern-day adaptation of the opera La Boheme. Our songbook includes 18 songs: Another Day * I'll Cover You * Rent * Seasons of Love * Take Me or Leave Me * What You Own * Without You * You'll See * Your Eyes * and more. Includes eight pages of color photos.


Tipping the Velvet
Sarah Waters
1573227889
May 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
The heroine of Sarah Waters's audacious first novel knows her destiny, and seems content with it. Her place is in her father's seaside restaurant, shucking shellfish and stirring soup, singing all the while. "Although I didn't long believe the story told to me by Mother--that they had found me as a baby in an oyster-shell, and a greedy customer had almost eaten me for lunch--for eighteen years I never doubted my own oysterish sympathies, never looked far beyond my father's kitchen for occupation, or for love." At night Nancy Astley often ventures to the nearby music hall, not that she has illusions of being more than an audience member. But the moment she spies a new male impersonator--still something of a curiosity in England circa 1888--her years of innocence come to an end and a life of transformations begins.

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Queer Images
Harry M. Benshoff
0742519716
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In their excellent general history of queer sexualities in American film over the past 100 years, co-authors Benshoff and Griffin gracefully realize their goal of creating "a volume that would update and theoretically complicate Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet." In their up-to-date consideration, they contextualize films in relation to cultural, political and social issues surrounding homosexuality and its perception. From the subtle suggestions in silent movies through classic Hollywood pre- and post-Hays Code, experimental and underground film and the New Queer Cinema of the late 1980s to the present, the college professor authors maintain an accessible style and vocabulary even while tackling prickly points and turns of queer theory. Beyond queer films or characters in films, the study also puts forth a...

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