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Par Lynette Dawn Loeppky. 2014
The memoir tells the story of a young woman who has decided to leave an eight-year relationship. As Lyn begins… to plan her exit, her partner Cecile suddenly falls ill. In a tumultuous drop towards a complicated end, the young woman is forced to become sole caregiver to the woman she had been planning to leave. Set against the "family values" of rural Alberta, this is a story about how we love and why we stay, especially in a time of crisis. 2014.
Par Alison Wearing. 2013
Alison Wearing led a carefree childhood until she learned, at the age of 12, that her family was a little… more complex than she had realized. When her father came out of the closet in the 1970s, when homosexuality was still taboo, it was a shock to everyone in the quiet community of Peterborough, Ontario — especially his wife and children. 2013.
Par Eric Marcus, Greg Louganis. 1995
Par Garrard Conley. 2016
A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded… in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds. 2016.
Par Ann Silversides. 2003
Michael Lynch, the central figure of this book, was a long-time gay activist and a dynamic force in organizing an… early response to the AIDS epidemic. Lynch's prescient articles in 'The Body Politic' spoke to the gay communities of Toronto, New York, and San Francisco; his organizing efforts meant change and hope. The author also furnishes a snap-shot history of how the AIDS crisis unfolded and of some of the heroic responses to it, and provides an emphasis on the politics of the gay community's response. Some strong language. 2003.
Par Bertrand Hébert, Pat Patterson. 2016
When Pat Patterson was 17 years old, he was asked to leave his home after telling his parents he was… in love... with a man. Moving from Montreal to the United States in the 1960s, barely knowing a word of English, when homophobia was widespread, Pat lived in the super-macho world of pro wrestling. In this memoir, pioneer and creative savant Patterson recalls the trials and tribulations of climbing to the upper ranks of sports-entertainment - as a performer and, later, as a backstage creative force. 2016.
Par Jasmin Roy. 2010
Tapette! Moumoune! Osti de fif! Pendant cinq année de sa vie, le jeune Jasmin Roy est victime de violence homophobe… à l'école. Ostracisé, humilié, agressé physiquement par la majorité des élèves, il ne vit pas, il survit. À quarante-quatre ans, l'acteur et animateur décrit sans pudeur l'opression qu'il a subie au primaire et au secondaire, ainsi que les répercussions que celle-ci a eues sur sa vie. Pour la première fois, il parle au public des troubles d'anxiété, de la dépression et de la faible estime de lui-même qu'il a dû surmonter à l'âge adulte, à la suite de ces abus. Vingt-sept années se sont écoulées depuis sa sortie du secondaire et, selon lui, le problème persiste. Plusieurs jeunes âgés entre quinze et vingt-cinq ans livrent, dans cet ouvrage, des témoignages troublants qui confirment que malheureusement, l'homophobie est encore bien présente dans nos écoles. -- 4e de couv.
Par Daniel Mendelsohn, Pierre Guglielmina. 2009
Dans Les Disparus, Daniel Mendelsohn partait en quête de l'histoire de sa famille ; avec L'Étreinte fugitive, il s'est livré… à une quête infiniment plus intime. De l'écriture rhapsodique et classique qui est la sienne, il fait revivre son enfance entre sa mère, l'institutrice , la toute-belle, et son père, le mathématicien , celui qui répare, construit et se collette aux choses ; une enfance peuplée d'êtres, frères et soeurs, parents juifs âgés, avec, au centre, son grand-père, ce dandy mystérieux et raconteur d'histoires. C'est pendant ses années d'étudiant dans l'exotique Sud américain que le jeune homme se découvre une passion jumelée pour les langues anciennes et les beaux garçons. Dès lors, la recherche de la grammaire de son identité , de ce que veut dire être un homme, suivra des méandres surprenants, bouleversants. Car, lorsqu'une amie lui propose d'incarner une figure paternelle auprès de l'enfant qu'elle porte, il accepte et se prend à s'attacher si fort à lui qu'il va, petit à petit, partager sa vie entre Chelsea, le quartier où vivent les garçons de New York, et la banlieue où habitent son amie et leur petit garçon. -- 4e de couv. Titre uniforme: The elusive embrace.
Par Kamal Al-Solaylee. 2012
As a gay man living in an intolerant Middle East, Al-Solaylee escaped first to England and eventually to Canada, where… he became a journalist and academic. While he was enjoying the cultural and personal freedoms of life in the West, his once-liberal family slowly fell into the hard-line interpretations of Islam that were sweeping large parts of the Arab-Muslim world in the 1980s and 1990s. The differences between his life and theirs were brought into sharp relief by the 2011 revolution in Egypt and the civil war in Yemen. Bestseller. Canada Reads 2015. 2012.
Par Dale Peck. 2015
Novelist and critic Dale Peck's latest work - part memoir, part extended essay - is a foray into what the… author calls "the second half of the first half AIDS epidemic," i.e., the period between 1987, when the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) was founded, and 1996, when the advent of combination therapy transformed AIDS from a virtual death sentence into a chronic manageable illness. 2015.
Par Ivan E Coyote. 2016
A memoir told in stories, about how Coyote learned to embrace their tomboy past while carving out a space for… those of us who don't fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels. Ivan writes about their years as a young butch, dealing with new infatuations and old baggage, and life as a gender-box-defying adult, in which they offer advice to young people while seeking guidance from others. (And for tomboys in training, there are even directions on building your very own unicorn trap.) Recounts Ivan's past as a diffident yet free-spirited tomboy, and maps their journey through treacherous gender landscapes and a maze of labels that don't quite stick, to a place of self-acceptance and an authentic and personal strength. 2016.
Par Peter Gajdics. 2017
Author Peter Gajdics spent six years in a bizarre form of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his… homosexuality. Kept with other patients in a cult-like home in British Columbia, Canada, Gajdics was under the authority of a rogue psychiatrist who controlled his patients, in part, by creating and exploiting a false sense of family. Juxtaposed against his parents’ tormented past--his mother’s incarceration and escape from a communist concentration camp in post-World War II Yugoslavia, and his father’s upbringing as an orphan in war-torn Hungary--Gajdics explores the universal themes of childhood trauma, oppression, and intergenerational pain. 2017.
Par Peter Shinkle. 2018
This Cold War narrative takes listeners from top secret Cabinet Room meetings to exclusive social clubs, and into the pages… of a powerful man's intimate diary to bring new dimension to our understanding of the inner workings of the Eisenhower White House. 2018.
Par Lise Weil. 2018
When Lise Weil came out in 1976, lesbian desire was the pulsing center of an entire way of life, a… culture, a movement. The air throbbed with possibility. But after fifteen years of torrid but ultimately failed relationships, Weil had to admit that desire was also a conduit for childhood wounds--and it tended to trump love, over and over again. When a friend invited her to attend a Zen retreat in the mid-'80s, she was desperate enough to say yes. Her first day of sitting zazen was mostly hell--but, smitten with the (female) roshi, she stuck with it. Ultimately, the dive into Zen practice became a turning point in her quest for love. 2018.
Par James Oseland. 2019
Before James Oseland was a judge on Top Chef Masters, he was a teenage rebel growing up in the California… suburbs. Diving headfirst into the churning mayhem of punk, he renamed himself Jimmy Neurosis and journeyed into a vibrant underground world of visionary musicians and artists. With humor and verve, Oseland brings to life the effervescent cocktail of music, art, drugs, and sexual adventure that characterized the end of the seventies. Through his account of how creativity saved his life, he tells a thrilling and uniquely American coming-of-age story. 2019.
Par Kate Summerscale. 1997
Joe Carstairs was renowned in the 1920s as an 'invert' who smoked cheroots and dressed as a man, as an… heiress to the Standard Oil fortune and as the fastest female speedboat racer in the world. In 1934 she disappeared to create her own kingdom, founding and ruling a colony of 500 black Bahamians.
Par Mason Funk. 2019
THE BOOK OF PRIDE captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through… richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen. These individuals fought battles both personal and political, often without the support of family or friends, frequently under the threat of violence and persecution. By shining a light on these remarkable stories of bravery and determination, THE BOOK OF PRIDE not only honors an important chapter in American history, but also empowers young people today (both LGBTQ and straight) to discover their own courage in order to create positive change. Furthermore, it serves a critically important role in ensuring the history of the LGBTQ movement can never be erased, inspiring us to resist all forms of oppression with ferocity, community, and, most importantly, pride.
Par Sara Quin, Tegan Quin. 2019
This program is read by the authors and features bonus interviews and rough recordings of Tegan and Sara's first songs,… recorded on cassette tapes in the late '90s, and rediscovered 20 years later while writing High School. From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings. High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the '90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents' divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's and Sara's points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, High School captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from each another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.
Par Saeed Jones. 2019
From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads… of sex, race, and power. "People don't just happen," writes Saeed Jones. "We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The 'I' it seems doesn't exist until we are able to say, 'I am no longer yours.' " Haunted and haunting, Jones's memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence-into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another-and to one another-as we fight to become ourselves. Blending poetry and prose, Jones has developed a style that is equal parts sensual, beautiful, and powerful-a voice that's by turns a river, a blues, and a nightscape set ablaze. How We Fight for Our Lives is a one of a kind memoir and a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.
Par Isaac Mizrahi. 2019
"Mizrahi speaks passionately...the warmth in both his voice and writing creates a singularly satisfying listening experience."-AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner… This program is read by Isaac Mizrahi, whose "warm and wry voice provides an extra incentive to check out this version of his story."-LitHub "Isaac Mizrahi is a true Renaissance man. He can do it all! He's managed to live several lives in one lifetime."-RuPaul Isaac Mizrahi is sui generis: designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host, a TV celebrity. Yet ever since he shot to fame in the late 1980s, the private Isaac Mizrahi has remained under wraps. Until now. In I.M., Isaac Mizrahi offers a poignant, candid, and touching look back on his life so far. Growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, Isaac had unique talents that ultimately drew him into fashion and later into celebrity circles that read like a who's who of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Wintour, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey, to name only a few. In his elegant memoir, Isaac delves into his lifelong battles with weight, insomnia, and depression. He tells what it was like to be an out gay man in a homophobic age and to witness the ravaging effects of the AIDS epidemic. Brimming with intimate details and inimitable wit, Isaac's narrative reveals not just the glamour of his years, but the grit beneath the glitz. Rich with memorable stories from in and out of the spotlight, I.M.illuminates deep emotional truths. Praise for I.M.: "I.M. has everything! It's colorful, hysterical, touching, bold, and heartbreaking. It's about coming of age, creativity, being yourself, Jewish mothers, fashion, art, loss, and glamour. I loved it." -Andy Cohen, New York Times bestselling author of Superficial "The key to the warmth and overall success of the memoir is Mizrahi's unapologetic, bare-all approach as he shares the best and worst aspects of his life...? charming and witty memoir."-Kirkus