Reading Group: Books Discussed Since 1997

BookThe next four LGBT Reading Group selecions are listed on the LGBT Literature Homepage. Below are all of the books discussed by the Reading Group since 1997, alternating each month between female and male authors, and encompassing classic and contemporary works of fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry.

Below, each title between 1999 and 2008 links to online resources for the author, that I selected after visiting all related sites. For books read between 1999 and 2004, there is also a summary of our discussion. Beginning in 2009, books are listed only by title and by author, although you can click on links to other works by those authors to find online resources. You can find general background information on authors at wikipedia, and specific GLBT connections to their lives and works at the glbtq encyclopedia.

Leave your own critique of these books, or any other items, at (no purchase necessary), where you will also find reviews, readers' comments, and sometimes excerpts.

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Mrs Dalloway 1998

December Palimpsest – Gore Vidal's 1995 memoir
November The Passion – Jeanette Winterson's 1987 novel
October Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin's 1953 novel
September Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar's 1951 novel
August The Dreyfus Affair – Peter Lefcourt's 1992 novel
July The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein's 1933 novel
June Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges's 1964 collection of stories and essays
May Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel
April The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel
March The Price of Salt – Patricia Highsmith's ("Claire Morgan") 1952 novel
February Invisible Life – E. Lynn Harris's 1991 novel
January Nightwood – Djuna Barnes's 1936 novel


Angels in America 1997

December Kiss of the Spider Woman – Manuel Puig's 1976 novel
November Another Mother Tongue – Judy Grahn's 1984 memoir
October The Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt's 1986 novel
September Virtual Equality – Urvashi Vaid's 1995 political study
August Angels in America (Part I: Millennium Approaches & Part II: Perestroika) – Tony Kushner's 1992 play
July Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson's 1989 novel
June Gay New York: 1890-1940 – George Chauncey's 1994 history

Thanks to Howard L for the following five titles read earlier in 1997, before I joined the group:

May Bastard Out of Carolina – Dorothy Allison's 1992 novel
April Father of Frankenstein – Christopher Bram's 1995 novel. (SPECIAL: Mr. Bram appeared for questions & answers)
March The Leather Boys – Gillian Freeman's 1966 novel
February Let the Dead Bury Their Dead – Randall Kenan's 1992 short story collection
January The Front Runner – Patricia Nell Warren's 1974 novel

Although this page includes all books discussed since 1997 by the G&L Reading Group, it was originally founded circa 1982 — making it one of the longest continuously-meeting LGBT organizations in New York.


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