(Image by Matthew Rettenmund)
Three books with which I've recently shared a bed:
Seriously... What Am I Doing Here?: The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew by Ken Schneck (1984Publishing.com, $21.95)
This non-fiction book is like the written version of attempting a geographic cure, filled with Schneck's oddball journeys into hitherto unimaginable territories for him (most shockingly, Uganda). Written with a warm humor, the book goes down a lot easier than that crazy 400-plus-mile bike ride he takes.
The '49 Indian by Craig Moody (VividImageryPublishing.com, $12.99/$2.99 Kindle)
A great debut novel that begins with a painfully detailed description of an assault in a bathhouse, The '49 Indian establishes a unique bond between a 20-year-old gay kid and his opaque next-door neighbor, a dude obsessed with restoring a 1949 motorcycle. The bike will eventually take them far from their homes, and other circumstances will also take them from their humdrum lives. Set in 1983, this coming-of-age story will stick with you for the long run.
Alan Sues: A Funny Man by Michael Gregg Michaud (BearManorMedia.com, $24.95)
Michaud wrote Sal Mineo: A Biography (Crown, 2010), one of the best movie-star bios I've ever read. In Alan Sues, he adds to his painstaking researching skills a genuine friendship with Sues, a glass-closeted gay pioneer who was a regular on Laugh-In in the '60s. The bio is not only the definitive record of one man's life, it also documents the ins and outs of not being out in the entertainment business in the '60s, '70s and '80s. Fantastic!