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Five Summer Must-Reads

Magazine article Out

Five Summer Must-Reads

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My Diva

edited by Michael Monttack

(Terrace Books, $24.95) The assignment was simple: Write about the female icon who has most influenced your life as a gay man. Instead of the cascade of Judys one might expect, Montlack assembles a remarkable range of favorite divas (Sappho, Mary J. Blige, Princess Leia) from a remarkable range of writers (Mark Doty, Wayne Koestenbaum) in this tribute to the formidable women who inspire gay men.

Mean Little Deaf Queer

Terry Galloway

(Beacon Press, $23.95) When Galloway was 10, she proclaimed herself a "child freak," and by the standards of the world around her she wasn't wrong. Deaf with bad eyes and queer with a hard sense of humor, Galloway's account of her survival induces the most uncomfortable laughter of the season.

The Mariposa Club

Rigoberto González

(Alyson Books, $14.95) Four high school students reclaim mariposa- the Spanish word for "butterfly" and slang for "faggot"as the name for their first campus LGBT group in this novel from poet and Out 100 alum Gonzalez. …

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