5. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The author was only 23 at the novel’s publication, but it has been considered her finest work. The story follows deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various characters in a Georgia mill during the 1930s.
6. If You Follow Me By Malena Watrous
A woman follows her girlfriend to another country, and has a minor freak out about it in the process.
7. Spoon Fed By Kim Severson
For all the foodies out there, this one was written by the out food critic for The New York Times.
8. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
The author was inspired by a mysterious woman she happened across in a shop. Due to the unconventional characters that defied stereotypes about homosexuality, the book was popular among lesbians in the 1950s and is now considered a classic.
9. So Many Ways To Sleep Badly By Matilda Berstein Sycamore
Sex, drugs, and trying to find hope in San Francisco.
10. Girl In Need Of A Tourniquet By Merri Lisa Johnson
An honest and compelling memoir of how a borderline personality disorder affected the author’s relationships, and caused her to be a “psycho girlfriend.”
15. A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend By Emily Horner
Two awkward teens fall in love while working on a musical together. You know, that old cliche.
16. Eminent Outlaws By Christopher Bram
Nominated for an award for best gay nonfiction, and a completely captivating read.
22. At Swim, Two Boys By Jamie O’Neill
A love story set right before the Easter uprising of 1916 in Ireland.
27. I Am Not Myself These Days By Josh Kilmer-Purcell
A hilarious story of a New Yorker’s dual life as an advertiser by day, drag queen by night. Kilmer-Purcell has been described as a writer who, “straddles the divide between absurdity and normalcy, and stitches them together with surprising humor.”