New in September: Bob Smith, Ari Banias, Tim Lawrence, Michelle Tea, and Emma Donoghue
Author: Edit Team
September 8, 2016
September is here, bringing with it a slew of new books to enjoy.
Comedian and author Bob Smith’s new book Treehab (University of Wisconsin Press) provides a humorous examination of the writer’s own personal relationship with the natural world.
From the publisher:
In this bitingly funny and often surprising memoir, award-winning author and groundbreaking comedian Bob Smith offers a meditation on the vitality of the natural world—and an intimate portrait of his own darkly humorous and profoundly authentic response to a life-changing illness.
In Treehab—named after a retreat cabin in rural Ontario—Smith muses how he has “always sought the path less traveled.” He rebuffs his diagnosis of ALS as only an unflappable stand-up comic could (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease? But I don’t even like baseball!”) and explores his complex, fulfilling experience of fatherhood, both before and after the onset of the disease.
Stories of his writing and performing life—punctuated by hilariously cutting jokes that comedians tell only to each other—are interspersed with tales of Smith’s enduring relationship with nature: boyhood sojourns in the woods of upstate New York and adult explorations of the remote Alaskan wilderness; snakes and turtles, rocks and minerals; open sky and forest canopy; God and friendship—all recurring touchstones that inspire him to fight for his survival and for the future of his two children.
Aiming his potent, unflinching wit at global warming, equal rights, sex, dogs, Thoreau, and more, Smith demonstrates here the inimitable insight that has made him a beloved voice of a generation. He reminds us that life is perplexing, beautiful, strange, and entirely worth celebrating.
This month, disco and discourse converge in Tim Lawrence’s Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983 (Duke University Press). The book astutely maps the vibrant interconnected “post-disco” Manhattan club scene:
As the 1970s gave way to the 80s, New York’s party scene entered a ferociously inventive period characterized by its creativity, intensity, and hybridity. Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor chronicles this tumultuous time, charting the sonic and social eruptions that took place in the city’s subterranean party venues as well as the way they cultivated breakthrough movements in art, performance, video, and film.
Interviewing DJs, party hosts, producers, musicians, artists, and dancers, Tim Lawrence illustrates how the relatively discrete post-disco, post-punk, and hip hop scenes became marked by their level of plurality, interaction, and convergence. He also explains how the shifting urban landscape of New York supported the cultural renaissance before gentrification, Reaganomics, corporate intrusion, and the spread of AIDS brought this gritty and protean time and place in American culture to a troubled denouement.
In Anybody (W. W. Norton & Company), poet Ari Banias lyrically explores themes of gender and physicality:
In Anybody, Ari Banias takes up questions of recognition and belonging: how boundaries are drawn and managed, the ways he and she, us and them, here and elsewhere are kept separate, and at what cost identities and selves are forged. Moving through iconic and imagined landscapes, Anybody confronts the strangeness of being alive and of being a restlessly gendered, queer, emotive body. Wherever the poet turns—the cruising spaces of Fire Island, a city lake, a Greek island, a bodega-turned-coffee-shop—he finds the charge of boundedness and signification, the implications of what it means to be a this instead of at hat. Witty, tender, and original, these poems pierce the constructs that define our lives.
Feminist Press is releasing Black Wave, a new apocalyptic-tinged novel from author Michelle Tea, that provides a decidedly queer take on the end of the world:
It’s 1999—and Michelle’s world is ending.
Desperate to quell her addiction to drugs, disastrous romance, and nineties San Francisco, Michelle heads south for LA. But soon it’s officially announced that the world will end in one year, and life in the sprawling metropolis becomes increasingly weird.
While living in an abandoned bookstore, dating Matt Dillon, and keeping an eye on the encroaching apocalypse, Michelle begins a new novel, a sprawling and meta-textual exploration to complement her promises of maturity and responsibility. But as she tries to make queer love and art without succumbing to self-destructive vice, the boundaries between storytelling and everyday living begin to blur, and Michelle wonders how much she’ll have to compromise her artistic process if she’s going to properly ride out doomsday.
In Emma Donoghue’s latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life
Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.
Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, The Wonder works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.
- After Disasters by Viet Dinh, Little A
- All That Sang by , Véhicule Press
- Black Wave by Michelle Tea, Feminist Press
- Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction edited by Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, University of Chicago Press
- Country by Jeffery Mann, Lethe Press
- Burning Tracks by
- Inside Dumont by Michael Craft, Questover Press
- A Perfect Life by Elaine Burnes, Bedazzled Ink
- The Troubleseeker by Alan Lessik, Chelsea Station Editions
- Two Natures by Saddle Road Press
- The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, Little, Brown and Company
- Appealing for Justice: One Lawyer, Four Decades and the Landmark Gay Rights Case: Romer V. Evans by Susan Berry Casey, Gilpin Park Press
- Becoming Who I Am: Young Men on Being Gay by Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Harvard University Press
- Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britian by Kate Harrad, Thorntree Press
- Catching Rainbows: An Account of the Lives of Ordinary Gay Men by Michael DeQueen, Amazon Singles
- The Essential RuPaul by John Davis, Smith Street Books
- Love Notes to Men Who Don’t Read by North Moragn, Limehouse Books
- She and Her: Lesbian Sex Positions from Intimate and Sensual to Wild and Naughty by Shanna Katz, Amorata Press
- Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: Perspectives on Marital Possibilities edited by Ronald C. Den Otter, Lexington Books
- Exploring LGBT Spaces and Communities by Eleanor Formby, Routledge
- Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity edited by Anne Hellum, Routledge
- Life and Death of the Dance Floor, 1980-1983 by Tim Lawrence, Duke University Press
- New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times by Oishik Sircar and Dipika Jain, Zubaan Books
- New Maricón Cinema: Outing Latin American Film by Vinodh Venkatesh, University of Texas Press
- Queerly Remembered: Rhetorics for Representing the LGBTQ Past by Thomas R. Dunn, University of South Carolina Press
- The Gift of Anger: Use Passion to Build Not Destroy by Joe Solmonese, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
- The Politics of Gay Marriage in Latin America: Argentina, Chile, and Mexico by Jordi Diaz, Cambridge University Press
- Trans: Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities by Rogers Brubaker, Princeton University Press
- Venice: Serenissima Homosexual Pleasure by Michael Hone, Createspace
- Violent Sensations: Sex, Crime, and Utopia in Vienna and Berlin, 1960-1914 by Scott Spector, University of Chicago Press
- As I Descended by Robin Talley, HarperTeen
- Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard, HarperTeen
- It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt, Candlewick
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, Sourcebooks Fire
- Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee, Duet
- The Other Boy by M.G Hennessey, HarperCollins
- Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill, Oni Press
- Radical by E. M. Kokie, Candlewick
- The Graces by Laure Eve, Amulet Books
- Alaskan Bride by D Jordan Redhawk, Bella Books
- Bold Strokes Books
- Before by KE Payne, Bold Strokes Soliloquy
- Believing in Blue by Maggie Morton, Bold Strokes Books
- Coils by Barbara Ann Wright, Bold Strokes Books
- Courting the Countess by Jenny Frame, Bold Strokes Books
- Delayed Gratification: The Honeymoon by Meghan O’Brien, Bold Strokes Impressions
- Don’t Let Go by Sheryl Wright, Bella Books
- Hooked by Jaime Maddox, Bold Strokes Books
- For Money or Love by Heather Blackmore, Bold Strokes Books
- Piece of Cake: The Wedding by Gun Brooke, Bold Strokes Books
- Lands End by Jackie D, Bold Strokes Liberty Editions
- Lysistrata Cove by Dena Hankins, Bold Strokes Liberty Editions
- Return to Paradise by Laina Villeneuve, Bella Books
- The Secret Unknown by Dillon Watson, Bella Books
- Sing Me Home by Shannon O’Brien, Bella Books
- Too Much Heart to Run by SL Harris, Bella Books
- The City of Seven Gods by Andrew J. Peters, Bold Strokes Liberty Editions
- Trafalgar and Boone in the Drowned Necropolis by Geonn Cannon, Supposed Crimes
- Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction edited by K.M. Szpara, Lethe Press
- Assassasins: Discord by Erica Cameron, Riptide Press
- Garden District Gothic by Greg Herren, Bold Strokes Liberty Editions
- A Life in Trans Activism by A. Revathi and Nandini Murali, Zubaan Books
- Ad Majorem: A Gay Man’s Spiritual Testemant by Tom Beattie, Amazon Singles
- Before Pictures by Douglas Crimp, University of Chicago Press
- Darling Days: A Memoir by iO Tillett Wright, Ecco Books
- Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn, Penguin Press
- Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach, Dey Street Books
- My Son Wears Heels: One Mom’s Journey from Clueless to Kickass by Julie Tarney, University of Wisconson Press
- Tough Girl: An Olympian’s Journey by Carolyn Wood, White Pine Press
- Treehaub: Tales from my Natural, Wild Life by Bob Smith, University of Wisconsin Press
- Treyf by Elissa Altman, Penguin Random House
- Anybody by Ari Banias, W. W. Norton & Company
- Dig by Bryan Borland, Stillhouse
- even this page is white by Vivek Shraya, Arsenal Pulp Press
- George Washington: Poems by Adam Fitzgerald, Liveright
- Reacquainted with Life by Kokumo, Topside Press
- Six by Julie Marie Wade, Red Hen Press
- Wedding Pulls by J. K. Daniels, Hub City Press