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Re Jane. By Patricia Park. Viking/Pamela
Dorman, $27.95 (9780525427407).
Anxious to escape the strict upbringing of her
uncle’s Flushing grocery, Korean American Jane
accepts an au pair position in the household of
two pretentious Brooklyn academics and their adopted Chinese daughter. Park has created a bright
comic story of falling in love, finding strength,
and living on one’s own terms.
• Shortlist: Days of Awe, by Lauren Fox (Knopf );
The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica
Morgan (Hachette); This Is Your Life, Harriet
Chance!, by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin); A
Touch of Stardust, by Kate Alcott (Doubleday).
resident wizard to take one daughter into servitude
for 10 years. When he chooses klutzy Agnieszka,
she faces an unexpected future and confronts the
dangers of a wider political world and the roots of
• Shortlist: The Aeronaut’s Windlass: The Cinder
Spires, by Jim Butcher (Roc); A Darker Shade
of Magic, by V. E. Schwab (Tor); The Fifth
Season: The Broken Earth, Book One, by N. K.
Jemisin (Orbit); Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen
Crooked Heart. By Lissa Evans. Harper, $24.99
Raised by his eccentric ex-suffragette godmother to be a free-thinker, young Noel is thrown into
chaos when the London Blitz forces him into the
home of a scam artist loyal only to her layabout
son. Thrust together, the two oddballs are forced
to find a way through the wartime landscape.
• Shortlist: Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Stewart
(Houghton); Jam on the Vine, by LaShonda Ka-trice Barnett (Grove); The Nightingale, by Kristin
Hannah (St. Martin’s); Paradise Sky, by Joe R.
Lansdale (Little, Brown/Mulholland); The Truth
According to Us, by Annie Barrows (Dial).
The Fifth House of the Heart. By Ben Tripp.
Gallery, $16 (9781476782638).
Flamboyant antiques-dealer Asmodeus “Sax”
Saxon-Tang made his fortune by accidentally killing a vampire with a horde of treasure. To protect
the only person he loves, his niece, he’s forced
to return to old Europe to assemble an eccentric
team of vampire hunters in this gory, witty caper.
• Shortlist: A Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Trem-blay (Morrow); Little Girls, by Ronald Malfi
(Kensington); The Silence, by Tim Lebbon
(Titan); When We Were Animals, by Joshua
Gaylord (Little, Brown/Mulholland).
The Long and Faraway Gone. By Lou Berney.
Morrow, $14.99 (9780062292438).
Cold cases cast a shadow of grief and guilt on
the lives of two survivors of traumatic teenage
crimes. New leads and new cases bring them back
to Oklahoma City as past and present intersect in
this poignant and compelling story of lives forever
changed by random violence.
• Shortlist: Gun Street Girl, by Adrian McKinty
(Prometheus/Seventh Street); Land of Careful
Shadows, by Suzanne Chazin (Kensington);
Last Ragged Breath, by Julia Keller (Minotaur);
Little Black Lies, by Sharon Bolton (Minotaur).
Taking the Heat. By Victoria Dahl. Harlequin,
Sassy relationship-advice-columnist Veronica
overcomes her commitment anxiety and gains
confidence with the help of mountain-climbing-librarian Gabe. Steamy romance evolves into a
strong relationship as they scale a mountain of
family conflicts and share secrets against a majestic
Jackson Hole backdrop.
• Shortlist: A Desperate Fortune, by Susanna
Kearsley (Sourcebooks); Ever After, by Jude
Deveraux (Ballantine); Rumor Has It, by
Cheris Hodges (Kensington/Dafina); When a
Scot Ties the Knot: Castles Ever After, by Tessa
Golden Son. By Pierce Brown. Del Rey, $25
Insurgent Darrow inveigled his way into high
Gold society in 2014’s Red Rising. In this dramatic, high-octane follow-up, conflicting loyalties and
his own ambitions lure Darrow into an untenable
web of deceptions. Bolstered by new alliances,
Darrow battles to overthrow corrupt lunar leadership and bring freedom to Mars.
• Shortlist: Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits,
by David Wong (St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne);
Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson (Morrow); Slow
Bullets, by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon); The
Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi (Knopf).
The 2016 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association, includes 68 titles
published between July 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015. The top 10 titles from that list appear
below. The committee’s mission is to create a bibliography of books that exhibit commendable
literary quality and significant, authentic LGBT content and are recommended for adults over age
18. It is not meant to be all-inclusive but is intended as an annual core list for readers and librarians searching for recommendations for a cross section of the year’s titles. Although the committee
attempts to present titles for a variety of reading tastes and levels, no effort is made to balance this
bibliography according to subject, area of interest, age, or genre. See the full bibliography and a
list of the committee members at www.glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow.
OVER THE RAINBOW, 2016
The Argonauts. By Maggie Nelson. 2015.
Graywolf, $15 (9781555977078).
From the publisher: “This story, which includes the author’s account of falling in love
with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as
her journey to and through a pregnancy, is an
intimate portrayal of the complexities and joys
of (queer) family-making.”
Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and
Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San
Francisco. By Clare Sears. 2015. Duke, $79.95
An in-depth examination of early cross-dressing laws in San Francisco. Adopted as
part of a broader anti-indecency campaign,
the cross-dressing law became a flexible tool
for policing multiple gender transgressions,
facilitating more than 100 arrests before the
century’s end. Includes archival materials, pictures, and detailed stories.
Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color
Dreaming Her Way Home. By Leah Lakshmi
Piepzna-Samarasinha. 2015. Arsenal Pulp,
A poet’s memoir that reveals how a disabled
queer woman of color and abuse survivor navigates her past and her future.
The Evening Chorus. By Helen Humphreys.
2015. Houghton/Mariner, $14.95
WWII pilot James Hunter is shot down and
sent to a German POW camp on his very first
mission. His wife, Rose, finds freedom she
never knew before, left behind in their English cottage. That freedom is threatened when
James’ sister, Enid, comes to stay.
The Gay Revolution: The Story of the
Struggle. By Lillian Faderman. 2015. Simon &
Schuster, $35 (9781451694116).
The sweeping story of the modern struggle for
gay, lesbian, and trans rights—from the 1950s
to the present—based on amazing interviews
with politicians, military figures, legal activists,
and members of the entire LGBT community,
who face these challenges every day.
Girl Sex 101. By Allison Moon and Katie
Diamond. 2015. Lunaticink, $24.99
This graphic novel, geared toward women, is
a sex-ed manual unlike any other. Full of humor and illustrations.
How to Grow Up. By Michelle Tea. 2015.
Plume, $16 (9780142181195).
This memoir, told in multiple essays, tells the
story of a woman awkwardly coming to grips
with being a “grown-up.”
Mislaid. By Nell Zink. 2015. HarperCollins,
A winding, intricate tale of a nontraditional
family fighting for survival in the 1960s.
No House to Call My Home: Love, Family,
and Other Transgressions. By Ryan Berg.
2015. Nation, $25.99 (9781568585093).
A heart-wrenching account of disowned and
homeless LGBTQ teens and the man who tried
to help them. These stories are complex, sad,
Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the
Age of AIDS. By Dale Peck. 2015. Soho, $25
Peck tells his story of life during the AIDS
epidemic through personal essays, critical theory, history, erotica, and poetry.