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QSaltLake’s 2020 Holiday Book Gift Ideas – LGBTQ

For the person who craves a thriller, These Violent Delights, by Micah Nemerever, is the gift to give. It’s a novel of two young men who meet at college and soon become obsessed with one another in different ways. But one is cruel, the other fearful, and you know that ain’t good.

The person on your gift list who loves drag will enjoy The Cockettes: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy from the archives of Fayette Hauser. It’s a lavishly-illustrated 50-year anniversary look at drag and the counterculture, and it’s absolutely for grown-ups.

If your giftee is a die-hard, conference-attending, never-miss-an-appearance fan, then slip Conventionally Yours, by Annabeth Albert under the tree. It’s the story of a road trip, two fierce hate-fests, one romance, and two fanboys, but who’s the biggest? Pair it with Date Me, Bryson Keller, by Kevin van Whye for double the love.

Here’s something unique: They Say Sarah, by Pauline Delabroy-Allard is a best-seller in France and a skinny book that your giftee won’t be able to stop reading. It’s the story of a single mother who’s living in Paris with her child. The woman has a boyfriend but one New Years’ Eve, she meets a woman who changes everything. Pair it with something nonfiction, like I’ve Been Wrong Before, by Evan James, a book of essays on life, coming out, relationships, and more.

Fans of biographies will want to unwrap Mama’s Boy, by Dustin Lance Black.  Black, a screenwriter, and activist tells the story of his childhood, having been raised by a single mother who suffered a lifetime of almost-insurmountable issues, and how they came to terms with everything they’d endured together. Pair it with Daddy, by Michael Montlack, a book of essays on this and that and the other.

Another great memoir, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, by Paul Lisicky, is the story of finding a place to settle down, and watching an epidemic as it changes that newly-beloved place.

The star watcher on your list will love Inside the Hollywood Closet: A Book of Quotes, by Boze Hadleigh. It’s a who’s-who and a what-was-what that looks back at who said what about life as a gay star, and it’s fun!

The reader who wants something unique will enjoy The Last Alias: True Stories and a Tale That Might Be, by Ste7en Foster (and no, that’s not a typo). As humans, we are many different things. This book will make you think: who are YOU?

Terri Schlichenmeyer

Terri Schlichenmeyer, Book Review Columnist, has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She has worked with more than 200 newspapers and nearly 50 magazines scattered in 46 states, the Virgin Islands and six provinces of Canada. Terri lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 12,000 books.

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