Biography & Autobiography - Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies

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Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Paul Monette

This 'tender and lyrical' memoir (New York Times Book Review) remains one of the most compelling documents of the AIDS era-'searing, shattering, ultimately hope inspiring account of a great love story' (San Francisco Examiner). A Nati...

Published: Jun 1998

How Will I Tell My Mother?

Stephen Arterburn

Jerry Arterburn’s story parallels that of thousands of men who are troubled by homosexual desires, but want to change. Rejected, alienated, and seduced into the world of homosexuality, Jerry suffered the devastating effects of AIDS ...

Published: Dec 2001

The Best Little Boy in the World

John Reid

The classic account of growing up gay in America.'The best little boy in the world never had wet dreams or masturbated; he always topped his class, honored mom and dad, deferred to elders and excelled in sports . . . . The best little...

Published: May 1993

Before Night Falls: A Memoir

Reinaldo Arenas

This shocking personal and political memoir from one of the most visionary writers to emerge from Castro's Cuba recounts Arenas' stunning odyssey--from his poverty-stricken childhood through his suppression as a writer and imprisonmen...

Published: Oct 1994

Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and C...

Mel White

As seen on 60 Minutes. Until Christmas Eve 1991, Mel White was regarded by the leaders of the religious right as one of their most talented and productive supporters. He penned speeches for Ollie North, was a ghostwriter for Jerry F...

Published: Apr 1995

The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfr...

Dan Savage

Dan Savage's nationally syndicated sex advice column, 'Savage Love,' enrages and excites more than four million people each week. In The Kid, Savage tells a no-holds-barred, high-energy story of an ordinary American couple who wants t...

Published: Jun 2000

The Naked Civil Servant

Quentin Crisp

In 1931, gay liberation was not a movement--it was simply unthinkable. But in that year, Quentin Crisp made the courageous decision to 'come out' as a homosexual. This exhibitionist with the henna-dyed hair was harrassed, ridiculed an...

Published: May 1997

My Father and Myself

J. R. Ackerley

When his father died, J. R. Ackerley was shocked to discover that he had led a secret life. And after Ackerley himself died, he left a surprise of his own—this coolly considered, unsparingly honest account of his quest to find out t...

Published: Sep 1999

Firebird: A Memoir

Mark Doty

In Firebird, Mark Doty tells the story of a ten-year-old in a top hat, cane, and red chiffon scarf, interrupted while belting out Judy Garland's 'Get Happy' by his alarmed mother at the bedroom door, exclaiming, 'Son, you're a boy!'Fi...

Published: Oct 2000

Octagon, the Early Years

Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly's memoir, Octagon, The Early Years, is a true account of a young boy's life set in the timeframe of 1943 to 1960. Ryan shares a unique view of a boy dealing with a dysfunctional family and his own sexual identity, in a writ...

Published: Oct 2002

The Confession

James E. McGreevey

In August 2004, Governor James E. McGreevey of New Jersey made history when he stepped before microphones, declared 'My truth is that I am a gay American,' and announced his resignation. The story made international headlines—but w...

Published: Sep 2007

The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the R...

Daniel Mendelsohn

Hailed for its searing emotional insights, and for the astonishing originality with which it weaves together personal history, cultural essay, and readings of classical texts by Sophocles, Ovid, Euripides, and Sappho, The Elusive Embr...

Published: Jun 2000

Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story

Paul Monette

A child of the 1950s from a small New England town, 'perfect Paul' earns straight A's and shines in social and literary pursuits, all the while keeping a secret -- from himself and the rest of the world. Struggling to be, or at least ...

Published: Jun 2004

The Best Little Boy in the World Grow...

Andrew Tobias

John Reid's The Best Little Boy in the World was hailed as a classic memoir of growing up gay in a straight world. But 'John Reid' didn't write it. Years would pass before the writer could reveal his true identity as Andrew Tobias, Am...

Published: Dec 1999
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