Marler, Regina, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Stephen Beachy, Some Phantom/No Time Flat (Suspect Thoughts Press). Bay Area novelist Stephen Beachy is best known for his New York magazine story last October that exposed the true identity of the young HIV-positive gay hustler and cult hero "JT LeRoy" as a 40-year-old woman named Laura Albert. Beachy's two novellas are understated and creepy and amply demonstrate how he could see through the smoke and mirrors of a great literary hoax.
Sulayman X, Adventures of a Bird-Shit Foreigner (Alyson). A young Thai-American man negotiates his passage to gay adulthood on the unforgiving Thai streets. The author (whose first novel was Bilal's Bread, also from Alyson) has lived in Bangkok for 10 years.
Joan Didion, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live (Everyman's Library). Before The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion made her mark as the preeminent chronicler of Los Angeles at its dirtiest and dreamiest. Relive the Manson years with this collection of Didion's nonfiction.
Kim Powers, The History of Swimming (Carroll & Graf). A poignant, suspenseful memoir about the author's search for his suicidal twin brother, who in his late 20s mysteriously disappeared from Manhattan.
Lucy Jane Bledsoe, The Ice Cave (University of Wisconsin Press). After a harrowing solo journey to the High Sierras, Bledsoe reconnects with nature on a series of incredible true adventures from the Mojave Desert to Antarctica.
Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation (Knopf). The author of the best seller The End of Faith provides the perfect hostess gift for families who don't invite your partner over for Thanksgiving. …