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Running With George cover image Selection for May 2014

Running with George
by
Charles Lunsford

A week after Chester ( known as Chick) turns forty-nine he views his reflection in the mirror in his dining room and vows to get his "sorry ass in shape." One day as he is bending over to tie his running shoes, he hears someone coming up behind him and looks up to see the finest ass and legs in a pair of black spandex shorts he has ever seen. What starts out as a possible love interest becomes more than a friendship that helps Chick rejoin the human race. Running with George proves that anything is possible through love, dedication, and a good hard sweat.
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Selection for June 2014

The Gay Metropolis
by
Charles Kaiser

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and winner of a Lambda Literary Award, The Gay Metropolis is a landmark saga of struggle and triumph that was instantly recognized as the most authoritative and substantial work of its kind. Filled with astounding anecdotes and searing tales of heartbreak and transformation, it provides a decade-by-decade account of the rise and acceptance of gay life and identity since the 1940s. From the making of West Side Story, the modern Romeo and Juliet tale written and staged by four gay men, to the catastrophic era of AIDS, Charles Kaiser recounts the true history of the gay movement with many never-before-told stories. Filled with dazzling characters — including Leonard Bernstein, Montgomery Clift, Alfred Hitchcock, and John F. Kennedy, among many others — this is a vital telling of American history, exciting and uplifting.
   
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Selection for July 2014

Becoming a Londoner
:
A Diary

by
David Plante

“Nikos and I live together as lovers, as everyone knows, and we seem to be accepted because it’s known that we are lovers. In fact, we are, according to the law, criminals in our making love with each other, but it is as if the laws don’t apply. It is as if all the conventions of sex and clothes and art and music and drink and drugs don’t apply here in London . . .”

In the 1960s, strangers to their new city and from the different worlds of New York and Athens, David and Nikos embarked on a life together, a partnership that would endure for forty years. At a moment of “absolute respect for differences,” London offered a freedom in love unattainable in their previous homes. Friendships with Stephen and Natasha Spender, Francis Bacon, Sonia Orwell, W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and David Hockney, and meetings with such Bloomsbury luminaries as E. M. Forster and Duncan Grant, and a developing friendship with Philip Roth living in London with Claire Bloom, opened up worlds within worlds; connections appeared to crisscross, invisibly, through the air, interconnecting everyone. 

David Plante has kept a diary of his life for more than half a century. Both a deeply personal memoir and a fascinating and significant work of cultural history, this first volume spans his first twenty years in London, beginning in the mid-sixties, and pieces together fragments of diaries, notes, sketches, and drawings to reveal a beautiful, intimate portrait of a relationship and a luminous evocation of a world of writers, poets, artists, and thinkers.

PLEASE NOTE:  THERE ARE A FEW COPIES OF THIS BOOK AVAILABLE FOR BOOK GROUP MEMBERS TO PURCHASE AT A VERY LOW PRICE.  PLEASE ASK AT THE NEXT BOOK DISCUSSION.
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In One Person cover image
Selection for August 2014

In One Person
by
John Irving

"His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade" (Vanity Fair).

Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary Award

A New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a "sexual suspect," a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of "terminal cases," The World According to Garp.

In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile."


PLEASE NOTE:  THERE ARE A FEW COPIES OF THIS BOOK AVAILABLE FOR BOOK GROUP MEMBERS TO PURCHASE AT A VERY LOW PRICE.  PLEASE ASK AT THE NEXT BOOK DISCUSSION.

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Selection for September 2014

The Art of Fielding
by
Chad Harbaugh


At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course.  In the aftermath of this error, the fates of five people are upended.  Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future.  College president Guert Affenlight has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love.  Owen Dunne becomes caught up in a dangerous affair.  Mike Schwartz realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own.  And Pella Affenight returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.

As the season counts down to its climatic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets.  Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, "The Art of Fielding is mere baseball fiction the way Moby Dick is just a fish story" (Nicholas Dawidoff).  It is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.

PLEASE NOTE:  THERE ARE A FEW COPIES OF THIS BOOK AVAILABLE FOR BOOK GROUP MEMBERS TO PURCHASE AT A VERY LOW PRICE.  PLEASE ASK AT THE NEXT BOOK DISCUSSION.
 
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