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Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 07:36PM

21757 Grace wrote: "I'm not sure, it's been so long since I've read it. I know it said they were in love and Idgie was very manly but I don't know if it explicitly said it or not. Another one I came across just now wa..."

Kathleen wrote: "I was thinking of reading Sacred Country for this task. Would that work?"

Yes it works under transgender.
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 07:35PM

21757 Kathleen wrote: "I was thinking of reading Sacred Country for this task. Would that work?"

Yes it works under transgender.
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 07:32PM

21757 Grace wrote: "Would Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe A Novel be one? I was always under the impression that Ruth and Idgie were lovers."

Not explicitly. Wikipedia says no.
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 07:30PM

21757 Ninny was adopted in fried green tomatoes. BTW
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 07:28PM

21757 Katie wrote: "Oh, there you are, Wendy. I posted this in the questions folder, but you probably didn't see it:

Would Mrs. Dalloway work for your task? I've been looking around online and there seems to be some..."

Book must have a positive gay or lesbian character. I listed a couple dozen books. If the author dances around the issue, then no. Must be out and clearly gay.

Aug 19, 2009 04:58PM

21757 Angela wrote: "What does 'coming of age' mean? This may sound like a dumb question, but I really have no idea. Thanks!! "

Usually it's a growing up book like Catcher in the Rye or A Separate Peace or I am Charlotte Simmons or Prep.
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 04:54PM

21757 Candace wrote: "Wendy wrote: "Candace wrote: "Hey Wendy, would Light Before Day by Christopher Rice work? I don't think the main character is gay, but he's a journalist investigating a serial killer that preys on..."

Sedaris' books are always about himself too so they are always gay. LOL.
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 12:07PM

21757 Candace wrote: "Hey Wendy, would Light Before Day by Christopher Rice work? I don't think the main character is gay, but he's a journalist investigating a serial killer that preys on young gay men."

That doesn't seem so positive for the gay guy!!! LOL
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 12:06PM

21757 Krista wrote: "Wendy wrote: "Krista wrote: "Wendy/Cynthia -- I'm not sure if either of you saw my question yesterday in the general "Questions" folder about this task.

Would it be okay to read a book about ..."


Great list. Thanks.
Aug 19, 2009 11:59AM

21757 Sea of Poppies was great.

Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 11:46AM

21757 Sarah wrote: "This is just so hard for me because I hate to say it but I'm not sure how I feel about the whole issue. I mean I think it's wrong for others to discriminate against you. I guess I just don't know h..."

You don't have to be a proponent of an issue to read about it. So try Boy Meets Boy and David Leviathan will make you laugh. It's a fun read and not preachy. The audio is especially fun.
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 11:42AM

21757 Krista wrote: "Wendy/Cynthia -- I'm not sure if either of you saw my question yesterday in the general "Questions" folder about this task.

Would it be okay to read a book about a transgender character as we..."


As long as there is no suicide (not positive), transgender positive characters would be excellent-please recommend the book to me too!
Aug 19, 2009 05:38AM

21757 Cynthia wrote: "Kate wrote: "Would 'weird' work for the Halloween adjective?

For 25.3, would a David Sedaris book work, since he is gay and they are basically stories about his life?

"Weird is fine for Halloween..."


All Sedaris works great and funny too.
Aug 19, 2009 05:34AM

21757 Cynthia wrote: "Here is my ruling on this task...You should use the one that is listed on the challenge BUT you can do it more than once meaning if you close out the website and bring up the page again and go to t..."

OH wow thanks....
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 05:33AM

21757 SuzieR wrote: "I see a lot of people are reading Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist for this one. I've added it in tentatively, as I've wanted to read it for ages, but I'm not sure who the gay/lesbian..."
It appears there are several of them!!!! Nick and Nora are the not gays, the rest of the band is gay. Leviathan is a great writer. Here is one review
Cohn and Levithan contribute alternating chapters in this high-energy romance that follows two high-school seniors through a single, music-fueled night in Manhattan. Nick, the "nonqueer bassist in a queercore band," is playing with The Fuck Offs, when he spots his ex-girlfriend, Tris. Once offstage, he propositions a girl he has never met, hoping to make Tris jealous: "Would you mind being my girlfriend for five minutes?" Norah, also heartbroken (and hoping Nick will drive her home), agrees. What begins as a spontaneous ploy turns into something surprising and real in the course of one night as Nick and Norah roam Manhattan, listen to bands, confront past hurts, and hurtle toward romance. The real-time pacing may slow some readers, and a few Manhattan in-jokes ("Hunter from Hunter") may exclude teens in the wider world. Still, many readers will respond to the tough, clever, amped-up narratives, which include mosh-pit coarse language (Nick sound-checks the microphones with the words "Fuck. Shit. Cock," for example) and the characters' wild yearning for love, and music, which feels powerful and true. Gillian Engberg

Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 05:27AM

21757 Shannon wrote: "My first thought was Brokeback Mountain?"

I just posted a list with some great other choices too.
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 05:26AM

21757 Sarah wrote: "Can someone help me find a positive gay or lesbian character. Thanks!"

I just posted a list of books for you. Lots of great choices on it.
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 05:25AM

21757 One of my favorite audiobooks is Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. It is funny and a quick read.
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 05:23AM

21757 Best books with gay/lesbian characters
A Listmania! list by "lodibear"


1. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
The list author says:
"A great feelgood book about friendship and relationships in general"

2. The Berlin Novels by Christopher Isherwood
The list author says:
"Captures the feel of another time and place. Basis for the film Cabaret"

3. A Boy's Own Story (Picador Books) by Edmund White
The list author says:
"An early classic. One of the first books I read with a gay theme."

4. Memoirs of Hadrian: And Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian (Penguin Modern Classics) by Marguerite Yourcenar
The list author says:
"Historic, without being boring. I cannot figure it out."


5. Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder (Essential Penguin) by Evelyn Waugh
The list author says:
"a masterpiece"


6. Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing by May Sarton
The list author says:
"a quiet novel about a woman reflecting upon her past"


7. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Penguin Modern Classics) by Carson McCullers
The list author says:
"Member of the Wedding ain't too shabby either"

8. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
The list author says:
"Yes, Myra Breckenridge is funnier"

9. Was by Geoff Ryman
The list author says:
"Tracks down the real Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz"

10. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The list author says:
"I don't know how many people have said, I don't understand this! Three women in alternating chapters. Duh!"

11. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
The list author says:
"Everything he writes is excellent"

12. Father Of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram
The list author says:
"Basis for the film Gods and Monsters"

13. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
The list author says:
"Soon to be a major motion picture."

14. The Well of Loneliness (Virago modern classics) by Radclyffe Hall
The list author says:
"Don't be lesbian without it!"

15. Giovanni's Room (Penguin Modern Classics) by James Baldwin
The list author says:
"Another must read."

16. Maurice (Penguin Modern Classics) by E.M. Forster
The list author says:
"A must read"

17. An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis
The list author says:
"Love in the time of Achilles"

18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The list author says:
"Read it, if you haven't read it already"

19. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
The list author says:
"It's not like The Waltons"

20. The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren
The list author says:
"There has not been another novel like it. Ground-breaking, considering when it was written."

21. Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
The list author says:
"Coming of age in Sri Lanka"

22. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
The list author says:
"Written before she became Catwoman"

23. Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran
The list author says:
"Read it a long, long time ago. Don't remember it, but it belongs to the ABCs of gay lit"

24. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
The list author says:
"Young lesbian girl gets beaten up by Christian parents"

25 Prep by Sittenfeld
The gay character has a rocky start in high school at (Groton) but ends up okay in life.
Wendy's Task (149 new)
Aug 19, 2009 05:16AM

21757 I'm reading A Case of Exploding Mangoes
by Mohammed Hanif


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