The Intimates: East Bay Queer Book Club

The Intimates: The East Bay Queer Book Club
 Books discussed in this group include multiple genres. While it is a queer-targeted book club, we will not be limited to queer-themed material (though such literature will have its place, as few other book clubs will incorporate them into their lists). It is a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to books and genres that you may not otherwise read on your own.
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ISBN: 9781590213339
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Published: Brazenhead - November 30th, 2011

September 2014 Selection: A breakneck tale of kick-ass, wise-ass, sexy-ass
lesbians and zombies, Eat Your Heart Out opens on what promises to be
another tediously annoying day at Ashbee's Furniture Outlet. Then the
strip-mall calm of Nowhere, Ohio, is shattered by the sudden,
simultaneous appearance of Renni Ramirez-hyper-competent star of the
beloved Rising Evil B-movie franchise-and actual zombies, leaving
Ashbee's hapless staff and Renni trapped behind an automatic door they
can't lock. Can failed creative-writing student/apprentice store
manager/eagle-eyed markswoman Devin escape the besieged furniture store
to rescue her girlfriend? Will Renni's experience slaughtering
motion-captured CGI monsters save the day before the army bombs the
town? Once bitten, how many zombies can a person expect to take out
before succumbing to infection? Who is the mysterious Deus Ex Machina,
and what is he doing with that bone saw? All of these questions and more
whisper behind the scream of the single most important thing Devin
needs to know in order to survive: is Renni a top or a bottom?

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Published: Back Bay Books - April 9th, 2006

August 2014 Selection: On a moonlit night on the outskirts of London, Lord
Geoffroy Loveall findsthe answer to his prayers: an abandoned baby,
somehow still alive amid thejunk of a rubbish heap. Rescuing the infant
from certain death, Lord Geoffroy adopts her as his only child,
heir to the fabulous Love Hall fortune. He names her Rose in memory
of his long-dead sister and gives hera childhood of unparalleled gaiety
and unstinting pleasure. But every house has a secret, and
as Rose approaches adolescence, the secret of Love Hall becomes
impossible to hide. As much as Lord Geoffroy wanted a daughter, the
baby he brought home is, in fact, a boy.

ISBN: 9780452297753
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Published: Plume Books - February 27th, 2012

July 2014 Selection: The modern literary classic that has been compared to "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Catcher in the Rye." "As close to flawless as any reader could ask for.""-The New York Times Book Review"
The publication of Dorothy Allison's "Bastard Out of Carolina" was a
landmark event. The novel's profound portrait of family dynamics in the
rural South won the author a National Book Award nomination and launched
her into the literary spotlight. Critics have likened Allison to
William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Harper Lee, naming her the
first writer of her generation to dramatize the lives and language of
poor whites in the South. Since its appearance, the novel has inspired
an award-winning film and has been banned from libraries and classrooms,
championed by fans, and defended by critics. Greenville County,
South Carolina, is a wild, lush place that is home to the Boatwright
family-a tight-knit clan of rough-hewn, hard- drinking men who shoot up
each other's trucks, and indomitable women who get married young and age
too quickly. At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known
simply as Bone, a bastard child who observes the world around her with a
mercilessly keen perspective. When her stepfather Daddy Glen, "cold as
death, mean as a snake," becomes increasingly more vicious toward her,
Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that tests the loyalty of
her mother, Anney-and leads to a final, harrowing encounter from which
there can be no turning back. Now available in a twentieth anniversary keepsake edition with a new afterword by the author.

ISBN: 9780062072238
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2011

June 2014 Selection: The enthralling debut from bestselling
novelistMichael Chabon is a penetrating narrative of complexfriendships,
father-son conflicts, and the awakening of a young man's
sexualidentity. Chabon masterfully renders the funny, tender, and
captivating first-person narrative of Art Bechstein, whose confusion and
heartache echo the tones of literary forebears like The Catcher in the
Rye's HoldenCaulfield and The Great Gatsby's NickCarraway. TheMysteries
of Pittsburgh incontrovertibly established Chabonas a powerful force in
contemporary fiction, even before his PulitzerPrize-winning novel The
AmazingAdventures of Kavalier & Clay set theliterary world spinning.
An unforgettable story of coming of age in America, itis also an
essential milestone in the movement of American fiction, from anovelist
who has become one of the most important and enduring voices of

ISBN: 9780156701600
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 1973

May 2014 Selection: Virginia Woolf described "Orlando" as "an escapade, half-laughing,
half-serious; with great splashes of exaggeration, " but many think
Woolf's escapade is one of the most wickedly imaginative and sharply
observed considerations of androgyny that this century will see. Orlando
is, in fact, a character liberated from the restraints of time and sex.
Born in the Elizabethan Age to wealth and position, he is a young male
aristocrat at the beginning of the story - and a modern woman four
centuries later. The hero-heroine sees monarchs come and go, hobnobs
with great literary figures, and slips in and out of each new fashion.
Woolf presents a brilliant pageant of history, society, and literature
as well as subtle appreciation of the interplay between endings and
beginnings, past and present, male and female.

ISBN: 9780299235000
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Published: Terrace Books - May 5th, 2010

Author Lucy Jane Bledsoe joins The Intimates for their April meeting! April 2014 Selection:Antarctica is a vortex that draws you back, season after season. The
place is so raw and pure, all seal hide and crystalline iceberg. The
fishbowl communities at McMurdo Station, South Pole Station, and in the
remote field camps intensify relationships, jack all emotion up to a 10.
The trick is to get what you need and then get out fast. At least
that's how thirty-year-old Rosie Moore views it as she flies in for her
third season on the Ice. She plans to avoid all entanglements, romantic
and otherwise, and do her work as a galley cook. But when her flight
crash-lands, so do all her plans. Mikala Wilbo, a brilliant young
composer whose heart--and music--have been frozen since the death of her
partner, is also on that flight. She has come to the Ice as an
artist-in-residence, to write music, but also to secretly check out the
astrophysicist father she has never met. Arriving a few weeks later,
Alice Neilson, a graduate student in geology who thinks in charts and
equations, is thrilled to leave her dependent mother and begin her
career at last. But from the start she is aware that her post-doc
advisor, with whom she will work in Antarctica, expects much more from
their relationship. As the three women become increasingly involved
in each other's lives, they find themselves deeply transformed by their
time on the Ice. Each falls in love. Each faces challenges she never
thought she would meet. And ultimately, each finds redemption in a depth
and quality of friendship that only the harsh beauty of Antarctica can
engender. Finalist, Lambda Literary Awards Finalist, Ferro-Grumley Award
for LGBT Fiction, awarded by the Publishing Triangle Finalist, Northern
California Independent Booksellers Association Honorable Mention,
"Foreword Magazine"'s Gay/Lesbian Fiction Book of the Year Best Books
for General Audiences, selected by the Public Library Association

ISBN: 9781590213902
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Published: Lethe Press - August 31st, 2011

March 2014 Selection: Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a
beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high
school he's developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his
only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is
the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only
one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner, a fellow artist and a
best friend, she's starting to wonder if ash is ever going to see all
of her.... a + e 4EVER is a graphic novel set in that ambiguous
crossroads where love and friendship, boy and girl, straight and gay
meet. It goes where few books have ventured, into genderqueer life,
where affections aren't black and white.

By Joselle Vanderhooft (Editor)
ISBN: 9781590212233
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Published: Lethe Press - June 30th, 2009

February 2014 Selection: Fairy tales have long intrigued readers. They're the first stories we
remember, and they resonate within us as adults. In Sleeping Beauty,
Indeed, editor Joselle Vanderhooft offers us a new take on an ancient
theme: fairy tales told from with a lesbian perspective. From Cinderella
to Sleeping Beauty, from original myths by talented authors to classics
retold with a deft hand, these imaginative tales are by turn erotic and
sensuous, loving and wicked. Take a bite of the magic apple and take
this anthology to bed tonight.

ISBN: 9781933149738
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Published: Manic D Press - April 8th, 2013

January 2014 Selection: This is not a hair book. It's a dark comedy of a spiritual misfit, a
child with a dream born into the wrong town. Religious cults, corporate
cults, insane clients--Francis can't catch a break. Francis has observed
his own inability to fit in since birth, and his decision to be a
professional cosmetologist only exacerbates his innate oddness.Daniel
LeVesque accepted his cosmically assigned career of cosmetologist after
attending the Arthur Angelo School of Cosmetology and Hair Design. His
writing appears in "Punk Globe" and numerous anthologies. He currently
resides in Oakland, California. This is his first book.

ISBN: 9781573443302
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Published: Cleis Press - September 30th, 2008

November 2013 Selection: What is the correct etiquette for visiting a brothel?
How should one react when a transsexual wants to show off her latest
surgery? Is it appropriate to speak to television personalities when
they're buying underwear? These are the questions that matter in
London's Soho neighborhood, where Clayton Littlewood runs the cult
clothing store Dirty White Boy. From his window on one of the busiest
street corners in the world, Littlewood watches the daily parade of
fashion queens, prostitutes, gangsters, and celebrities that make up the
population of this strangest of villages. "Dirty White Boy" is a vivid
mosaic of modern London, caught between the ghosts of the past and the
uncertainties of the future. With an unforgettable cast of characters
ranging from Chico the camp queen to Pam the Fag Lady (with guest spots
by stars like Kathy Griffin and Graham Norton), these compulsively
readable true tales offer a wry panorama of Soho's rich and often
raucous subcultures.

ISBN: 9780385334587
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Published: Delta - June 12th, 2000

August 2013 Selection: Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a
young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional
morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic
narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving,
highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the
unspoken complexities of the human heart.

ISBN: 9781423101963
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Published: Hyperion Books - April 30th, 2009

April 2013 Selection: The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father's
pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that
he's been asked to join the League the very organization of superheroes
that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can
barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League
opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of
aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her
anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth,
a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have
things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when
they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League. To survive,
Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he'll
have to come to terms with his father's past and discover the kind of
hero he really wants to be.

ISBN: 9781573228732
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 7th, 2002

February 2013 Selection: An upper-class woman recovering from a suicide attempt, Margaret
Prior has begun visiting the women's ward of Millbank prison, Victorian
London's grimmest jail, as part of her rehabilitative charity work.
Amongst Millbank's murderers and common thieves, Margaret finds herself
increasingly fascinated by on apparently innocent inmate, the enigmatic
spiritualist Selina Dawes. Selina was imprisoned after a seance she was
conducting went horribly awry, leaving an elderly matron dead and a
young woman deeply disturbed. Although initially skeptical of Selina's
gifts, Margaret is soon drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and
shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last
driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina's freedom, and her
own.As in her noteworthy deput, Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters
brilliantly evokes the sights and smells of a moody and beguiling
nineteenth-century London, and proves herself yet again a storyteller,
in the words of the "New York Times Book Review," of "startling power." A
tale that will leave readers "transfixed with horror and excitement"
("Daily Mail," London) Affinity, in its accomplishment and
sophistication, leaves no doubt as to this writer's considerable gifts.

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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 6th, 2011

January 2013 Selection:Richard Rossi works in HR at a Boston-based software company and prides
himself on his understanding of the foibles and fictions we all use to
get through the day. Too bad he's not as good at spotting such behavior
in himself. What else could explain his passionate affair with Benjamin,
a very unavailable married man? Richard is also not entirely available
himself--there's Conrad, his adorable if maddening partner to contend
with. But when Conrad starts spending a suspicious amount of time in
Ohio, and economic uncertainty challenges Richard's chances for
promotion, he realizes his priorities might be a little skewed.

ISBN: 9780802136633
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Published: Grove Press - January 5th, 2000

October 2012 Selection: Set against the harsh reality of an unforgiving
landscape and culture, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon provides a
vision of the Old West unlike anything seen before. The narrator, Shed,
is one of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction: a
half-Indian bisexual boy who lives and works at the Indian Head Hotel in
the tiny town of Excellent, Idaho. It's the turn of the century, and
the hotel carries on a prosperous business as the town's brothel. The
eccentric characters working in the hotel provide Shed with a surrogate
family, yet he finds in himself a growing need to learn the meaning of
his Indian name, Duivichi-un-Dua, given to him by his mother, who was
murdered when he was twelve. Setting off alone across the haunting
plains, Shed goes in search of an identity among his true people,
encountering a rich pageant of extraordinary characters along the way.
Although he learns a great deal about the mysteries and traditions of
his Indian heritage, it is not until Shed returns to Excellent and
witnesses a series of brutal tragedies that he attains the wisdom that
infuses this exceptional and captivating book.

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Published: Beacon Press - May 31st, 2009

September 2012 Selection: In 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone
she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental
antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous
system, eventually causing her to go deaf. As a self-proclaimed "child
freak," she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and
Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled
children. Ever since that first real-life performance, Galloway has used
theater, whether onstage or off, to defy and transcend her reality.
With disarming candor, she writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer
identity, and living in a silent, quirky world populated by
unforgettable characters. What could have been a bitter litany of
complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on
life. "From the Trade Paperback edition."