This article was published on November 2nd, 2017
Seasons may change, and with the weather cooling off, it’s time to figure out new ways to stay warm and enjoy the autumn weather. Light a fire, grab a good throw, pour yourself a glass of wine, and cuddle up with these five great books. You’ll stay on top of your intellectual conversation game and will be warmed by the wit and prowess of these 5 books worth reading:
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The creative mind behind classics Death on the Nile and And Then There Were None, the longest running play in history, The Mousetrap and visionary characters Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie is one of the most prolific authors in history, having sold billions of copies of her more than 70 books. Christie was writing in gay characters in the 1950s, and one of her crowning achievements is and was the book Murder on the Orient Express, which has now been, yet again, made into a new feature-length film starring Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, and Willem Dafoe. Read the book before you see the movie. The book is always better and Agatha Christie NEVER disappoints. You’ll be shocked at the end.
- Dry by Augusten Burroughs. From the deranged and amazingly fascinating mind that brought you Running with Scissors, Possible Side Effects, and Magical Thinking,Dry is a memoir by Burroughs chronicling his journey of being addicted to alcohol and drugs and subsequent journey through rehabilitation. Dry is a hilariously real and often poignantly sad look into the life of an addict told as sardonically as only the openly gay Augusten Burroughs can.
- Theft by Finding by David Sedaris. Speaking of the world’s greatest essayist, openly gay author/legend David Sedaris has a new book featuring his personal diary entries from 1977-2002 called Theft by Finding. Many of the journal entries served as source materials for his other works, including New York Times best sellers Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, to name a few. Don’t let the idea that these are journal entries, versus Sedaris’ trademark essays, fool you: you’ll still be crying laughing throughout the entire collection.
- Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin. Very few out and proud LGBT authors even exist, let alone ones that have been as prolific of a writer and cultural commentator as Armistead Maupin. The man who brought Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann Singleton, and 1970’s/early 80’s San Francisco into everyone’s living rooms, Armistead Maupin has been one of the best loved American authors for four decades. Tales of the City showcased the normal lives of LGBT characters during a time long before Will and Grace or lgbt-themed Moonlight won the best picture Oscar with Armistead Maupin the genius with the pen of this book, Babycakes, and many more. Logical Family: A Memoir is Maupin’s autobiography featuring his experiences throughout his life, from his time served in the navy during the Korean war to being a gay man in San Francisco’s heyday, to his life now as the leading gay author of the United States. Before Tales of the City gets its remake next year, take a read through the works and life of Armistead Maupin in Logical Family: A Memoir.
- I was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley. With her new book in stores now called, Look Alive Out There, the author of How Did You Get This Number? has been writing side-splitting autobiographical essays since 2010. Her first book, I was Told There’d Be Cake, is 15 essays covering everything from moving in NYC, wielding an over-sized knife at the office, or lost Ursula cookies. Crosley is the golden girl of this must-read list, and one can start with her freshman work. Be prepared to laugh uncontrollably as you discover the love child of David Sedaris.