The Good Men Project has asked LGBT authors for their five choices of the best gay books of all time. Not surprisingly, they are varied lists, with so many great novels, memoirs and pieces of prose from and about queer lives. Among the authors polled, a handful of lesbian writers gave some suggestions that you might want to check out.
From what I can tell, Giovanni’s Room is just as popular with women as it is with men. (As it should be — the book is a great piece of gay-themed literature.) Also it appears a lot of the women agree on the relevancy (though not necessarily the same titles) of Virginia Woolf and Audre Lorde.
Here are the contributions from out female writers at The Good Men Project::
The Hotel Wentley Poems by John Wieners
My required reading by this author: Cool For You; Inferno.
Patricia Nell Warren
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph: The Complete 1922 Text by T.E. Lawrence
My required reading by this author: The Front Runner.
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
My required reading by this author: “The End of Sexual Identity“
Koolaids: The Art of War by Rabih Alameddine
My required reading by this author: Girls, Visions and Everything; Ties That Bind.
My required reading by this author: The Big Bang Symphony.
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
My required reading by this author: The IHOP Papers.
Love and Rockets by Los Bros Hernandez
My required reading by this author: Small Favors.
I think it’s an interesting mix of contemporary memoirs and grahpic novels or comic books with some of the first texts we had on lesbian life and relationships. I also like the inclusion of books by and about gay people of color, despite all of the authors polled being very, very white. There are a few I still haven’t read, and are hoping to find in a used bookstore or on my Kindle.