Over the Rainbow Project book list

About the Over the Rainbow Project book list To recognize current quality non-fiction and fiction books that authentically express gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experiences.

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2011 Top Eleven Favorites

2011 Selection(s)

Batwoman: Elegy

By Greg Rucka. Art by J.H. Williams III; color by Dave Stewart; letters by Todd Klein. 2010. 192p. DC Comics.

After the "don't ask don't tell" policy forces Kate Kane out of West Point, she joins Batman and battles a crazed cult called the Religion of Crime led by an Alice-in-Wonderland-like pale porcelain Goth who may be Kate's twin, long thought dead.

By Nightfall: A Novel

By Michael Cunningham. 2010. 238p. FSG,

Peter's "ideal" life with his wife, Rebecca, in Manhattan's SoHo is turned upside down when Rebecca's beautiful 23-year-old brother comes for a visit.

Inseparable: Desire between Women in Literature

By Emma Donoghue. 2010. 271p. Knopf.

Donoghue traces the history of lesbian literary passion from ancient times to the present, discussing "texts in which the attraction between women is undeniably there [and has] consequences for the story.”

Kicked Out

Ed. by Sassafras Lowrey; foreword by Judy Shepard. 2010. 222p. Homofactus Press.

Voices of current homeless LGBTQ youth (currently 40% of the homeless youth in the U.S.) blend with older people who also share their stories of survival and abuse after disclosing their gender identity with parents.

Missed Her: Stories

By Ivan E. Coyote. 2010. 142p. Arsenal Pulp Press.

From a master storyteller and performer come these funny, wistful tales about growing up in the Canadian north as a lesbian butch, examining others, and  confusion in the face of her gender identity. [Essay]

Monday Hearts for Madalene

By Page Hodel. 2010. 112p. Stewart, Tabori & Chang.

In preparing this collection of 100 photographs, Page Hodel, a San Francisco DJ used a diversity of objects, organic and otherwise, to create one heart each week for her partner, Madalene Rodriguez, who died of ovarian cancer less than a year after they met.


By Raymond Luczak. 2010. 62p. Midsummer Night's Press.

A deaf man uses these poems to tell about the frustrations of his silent world when trying to communicate with other men. 

The Pure Lover

By David Plante. 2009. 114p. Beacon Press.

After the death of Nikos Stangos from cancer in 2004, the author, his partner for almost 40 years, created an intimate, insightful memoir of Nikos's life from his childhood in a war-torn Greece to his commitment to Plante in their quiet, cultivated life among the London literarti. Simple, yet passionate, the narrative flows throughout the 68 years of Stangos' life and the closeness of his relationship with Plante.

Silver Kiss: An Urban Wolf Novel

By Naomi Clark. 2010. 218p. Queered Fiction.

Lesbian shapeshifter, Ayla Hammond, returns home to mend fences with her parents and solve a missing persons case while she debates whether she wants to rejoin the werewolf pack.

Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences

By Sarah Schulman. 2009 (Oct.). 171p. New Press.

Instead of a personal problem, "familial homophobia," whether lgtbq people are in a straight or gay family/community, is a cultural crisis; the solution is for everyone to take the responsibility to intervene in this abusive treatment of homosexuals.