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Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility by Mary L. Gray

Instead of long-suffering iconoclasts who want to leave the family farm, Gray introduces teenagers that are keenly aware of their environs and the means at hand to navigate a life that is both queer and rural.

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So Long as Men Can Breathe by Clinton Heylin

It’s entirely refreshing to read about Shakespeare without the hushed tone of literary sanctity, while preserving the rigors of good research.

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A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White

The narrator's voice -- by turns lyrical and brutal, expansive and introspective -- is White's greatest triumph, elevating what could have been a cliché into a fascinating study of sexual reckoning.

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Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon

These essays serve as a sort of B-side to Chabon's fiction as we are given access to his personal iconography and influences.

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Planet Google by Randall Stross

While I am happily learning each new product to emerge from the Googleplex, how much is Google learning about me?

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The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro

The stories of our day we tell around the kitchen table, the amplified legends of previous generations, and the darker chapters we edit are all equally true.

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The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill

There is no dead wood in Hill's plot -- it has the economy of a campfire story without sacrificing the heightened language of Hill's Victorian predecessors.

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