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Growing Up and Coming Out

From heartfelt to hilarious, a list of GLBT essays and memoirs.

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Book Cover Aptheker, Bettina
Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became a Feminist Rebel
HV6570.7.A67 2006
Daughter of a Communist Party leader, Aptheker grew up in one of the most prominent Communist families in the United States. Aptheker narrates her memory of childhood abuse, violence, and activism and her ability to surmount her past.
Book Cover Cooper, Bernard
The Bill from My Father
PS3553.O5798 Z4625 2006
Bernard receives from his father an itemized list of expenses accrued during his upbringing, totaling over $2 million. A coming of age story by a middle aged writer reveals the mysterious and strange relationship between parents and their children.

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men
HQ76.G55 2007
This collection of original essays ranges from hilarious to heartfelt, and celebrates the unique relationship between straight women and their gay best friends.
Book Cover Leleux, Robert
The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy
PS3612.E44 Z46 2008
Robert Leleux was raised by a single mother obsessed with shopping, plastic surgery and desperate to find a wealthy husband. A humorous spin on a dysfunctional upbringing and a must read for fans of David Sedaris.
Book Cover Link, Aaron Raz
What Becomes You
HQ77.8.L58 A3 2007
Written from the perspective of both mother and child, Link recounts his gender transition and memories of childhood emotions while growing up female. Link's mother reflects on Aaron's transformation and her acceptance of the person her son is today.
Book Cover Powers, Kim
History of Swimming
PS3616.O8835 Z46 2006x
After receiving a call about his brother's disappearance, Kim Powers searches for his gay twin. Using letters written in the past as clues, Kim sets off to Texas with only a weekend to locate his brother.

Updated: 4/3/2008