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outstanding genre fiction. This list is made up
of one title in each of eight different categories:
adrenaline (encompassing thrillers, suspense,
and action/adventure); fantasy; historical fiction;
horror; mystery; romance; science fiction; and
women’s fiction. All titles were published in 2016.
Orphan X. By Gregg Hurwitz. Minotaur, $25.99
Evan Smoak was trained from childhood to be
a lethal, efficient assassin and provided with the
skills and equipment to survive a variety of difficult missions. He was the best at what he did until
he used his skills to escape from the program. Now
someone from his past has tracked him down, and
Evan must figure out who is after him and what
they want before it’s too late.
• Shortlist: Daisy in Chains, by Sharon Bolton
(Minotaur); Livia Lone, by Barry Eisler
(Thomas & Mercer); The One Man, by Andrew Gross (Minotaur); Security, by Gina
Stiletto. By Daniel O’Malley. Little, Brown, $26
Magical agents prop up the English government, while their bioengineered foes prosper in
Europe’s Low Countries. A fragile truce may revert to war unless two unlikely young women can
put aside their initial enmity and find the source
of a series of bizarre attacks. Secret organizations,
messy splatter, and British humor hallmark this
• Shortlist: Borderline, by Mishell Baker (Saga);
Children of Earth and Sky, by Guy Gavriel
Kay (New American Library); Ghost Talkers,
by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor); A Green and
Ancient Light, by Frederic S. Durbin (Saga).
The Last Days of Night. By Graham Moore.
Random, $28 (9780812988901).
In 1888, an inexperienced yet capable lawyer
finds himself defending George Westinghouse in
a patent lawsuit against Thomas Edison. The competitive Westinghouse and arrogant Edison each
fights for control of the generation of electrical
current, and to sway the genius Nikola Tesla to his
side. Rich historical and technical details illuminate this swiftly paced novel.
• Shortlist: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf);
News of the World, by Paulette Jiles (Morrow);
The Risen: A Novel of Spartacus, by David Anthony Durham (Doubleday); To the Bright Edge
of the World, by Eowyn Ivey (Little, Brown).
Hex. By Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Tor, $25.99
Though she can appear during your intimate
moments, her mouth and eyes stitched closed, the
witch has an uneasy alliance with the townsfolk.
But when a group of tech-savvy teenagers grow
tired of being bound to the witch and the town,
they discover that her awful vengeance is limitless
in this epic horror novel that turns the terror dial
to 11 and keeps right on going.
• Shortlist: The Family Plot, by Cherie Priest
(Tor); The Fireman, by Joe Hill (Morrow);
My Best Friend’s Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix
(Quirk); Suicide Motor Club, by Christopher
The 2017 Over the Rainbow Project booklist, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association, includes 46 titles
published between July 1, 2015, and December 31, 2016. 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, 2017
Another Brooklyn. By Jacqueline Woodson.
2016. Harper, $22.99 (9780062359988).
For August, friendship was everything. In the
1970s in Brooklyn, she and her three best girlfriends live confident of their talents, dreaming
of the future. But their Brooklyn was a dangerous place, where dreams were fleeting, and
growing up female was not easy. Woodson’s latest novel is an epic poem, honoring memories
of girlhood, fragile community, and fate.
Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex,
Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls.
By Lindsay King-Miller. 2016. Plume, $16
A series of essays about lesbian life based on
the advice column of the same name. Topics
are written to address both queer and straight
readers and include dating, having sexual relationships, being out at work, and finding allies.
Bettyville. By George Hodgman. 2015.
Viking, $27.95 (9780525427209).
A richly crafted memoir about a gay son and
his aging octogenarian mother. As her health
declines, the son returns from New York City
to the small Missouri town and the house he
grew up in, to care for her. Despite the passage
of time and the decline of both Betty’s and the
town’s health, not much has changed in their
A Body, Undone: Living On after Great Pain.
By Christina Crosby. 2016. NYU, $22.95
One month after her fiftieth birthday, the
author becomes a quadriplegic after breaking
her neck in a bicycle accident. In this memoir,
she writes about her changing feelings toward
her body, her relationships, and her sense of
Boy Erased. By Garrard Conley. 2016.
Riverhead, $27.95 (9781594633010).
Conley, a son of a pastor, tells how his
struggle with his sexuality led him, in 2004,
to checking into an ex-gay conversion-therapy
program during his late teens. He gives a stark
look into how he survived the abusive program, struggled with his faith, and comes to
terms with his sexuality.
The Firebrand and the First Lady: Pauli
Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle
for Social Justice. By Patricia Bell-Scott. 2016.
Knopf, $30 (9780679446521).
A chronicle of the friendship between First
Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray:
granddaughter of a mixed-race slave, lawyer,
civil rights activist, minister, and cofounder of
the National Organization for Women. The
book explores the professional and social cost
of Murray’s race and gender, in the context of
her correspondence with Roosevelt; mentions
issues of her gender fluidity and same-sex re-
lationships; and examines Roosevelt’s use of
Murray’s advocacy for racial equality in her
The Imitation Game: Alan Turing
Decoded. By Jim Ottaviani. Illus. by Leland
Purvis. 2016. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95
A realistic, imaginative, well-drawn graphic
novel exploring the life and death of the great
mathematician and pioneer of artificial intelligence and computer science, Alan Turing. His
incredible feats during and after WWII were
overshadowed by persecution for being homosexual. As Ottaviani notes, “I wish I lived in
a world that benefited from decades more of
Alan Turing alive and well, thinking and discovering.”
In the Dark Room. By Susan Faludi. 2016.
Metropolitan, $32 (9780805089080).
The Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist tries to
find the truth when her father shocks her with
the news of her sex-change surgery. Questions
of identity, rage, and history haunt her story:
Hungarian or American, Magyar or Jew, victim or victimizer, man or woman? In the end,
“In the universe there is only one true divide,
one real binary: life or death.” Everything else
is open to interpretation, acceptance, or denial.
Juliet Takes a Breath. By Gabby
Rivera. 2016. Riverdale Avenue, $16.99
The coming-of-age story of a young woman
learning what it is to be who she is. Lesbian,
Puerto Rican, New Yorker Juliet is running to
something that isn’t what she expected, and
running from problems that follow along with
her. A great story for anyone who has ever felt
that love can’t replace understanding, that understanding comes in ways you never expected,
and that heroes are what you make of them.
Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of
Gay Liberation. By Jim Downs. 2016. Basic,
Downs has written an essential historical text
on gay life during the “forgotten” time between
1969 and the beginnings of the AIDS crisis.
Using documents from large metropolitan
LGBT centers, he explores communities like
the Metropolitan Community Church and
those formed in bookstores, proving that the
1970s were more than pride marches, sex, and