Outstanding books to choose

Spring into a good read

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As you wait for the long winter days to turn into spring, consider relaxing with a good book and maybe adding one or more of these biographies to your reading list. The Dauphin County Library System is a great place to start your journey for great reading.

The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood by Richard Blanco “Explores the poet’s coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants in Miami, Florida, describing his attempts to understand his place in America while coping with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.” (From Amazon)

Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, a Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America by Terry Mutchler “Under This Beautiful Dome tells the true story of journalist Terry Mutchler’s secret five-year relationship with Penny Severns, an Illinois State senator who mentored Barack Obama. Forced to engage in an elaborate ruse to keep their relationship a secret, the two women constantly fear discovery in their conservative town. Denied legal access to the altar, they face even greater hardships when Penny is diagnosed with cancer and begins undergoing treatment.” (From the publisher)

Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham “Raised like a princess in one of the most powerful families in the American South, Henrietta was offered the helm of a publishing empire. Instead, she ripped through the Jazz Age like an F. Scott Fitzgerald character: intoxicating and intoxicated, selfish and shameful, seductive and brilliant, and often terribly troubled. In New York, Louisville, and London she drove men and women wild with desire, and her youth blazed with sex. But her lesbian love affairs made her the subject of derision and drove a doctor to try to cure her. After the speed and pleasure of her youth, the toxicity of judgment coupled with her own anxieties led to years of addiction and breakdowns, « (From NoveList)

I Left It on The Mountain by Kevin Sessums “[Journalist and actor Kevin] Sessums chronicles his early days in NY as an actor, his years working for Andy Warhol at Interview and Tina Brown at Vanity Fair, countless nights of anonymous sex, his HIV-positive diagnosis, and his descent into addiction. It’s also the chronicle of one man’s spiritual redemption found while climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostelo, and trudging across the cold, lonely winter beaches of Provincetown.” (From the publisher)

Not So Good a Gay Man by Frank M. Robinson. “Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014) accomplished a great deal in his long life, working in magazine publishing, including a stint for Playboy, and writing science fiction such as The Power, The Dark Beyond the Stars, and thrillers such as The Glass Inferno (filmed as The Towering Inferno). Robinson also passionately engaged in politics, fighting for gay rights, and most famously writing speeches for his good friend Harvey Milk in San Francisco. This deeply personal autobiography, addressed to a friend in the gay community, explains the life of one gay man over eight decades in America. By turns witty, charming, and poignant, this memoir grants insights into Robinson›s work not just as a journalist and writer, but as a gay man navigating the often perilous social landscape of 20th century life in the United States.” (From the publisher)