80th out of 146 books — 8 voters
Men Like That: A Southern Queer History
by John Howard
We don't usually associate thriving queer culture with rural America, but John Howard's unparalleled history of queer life in the South persuasively debunks the myth that same-sex desires can't find expression outside the big city. In fact, this book shows that the nominally conservative institutions of small-town life—home, church, school, and workplace—were the very site...more
Paperback, 395 pages
Published October 10th 2001 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published November 1999)
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3.5 stars. A very interesting perspective of mid-20th century homosexuality in Mississippi that mixes academic history with oral history/interviews. Sometimes on the subjective side and focuses almost solely on homosexual males (or at least males who engage in "homosex" but do not identify as homosexual). Well-arranged (if you read the intro, he explains how the book is laid out), mostly easy to read, but can be repetitive.