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Men’s books 1. “Love and Money: Queers, Class and Cultural Production” by Lisa Henderson (NYU, $23 pb). We can’t understand contemporary queer cultures without looking through the lens of social class. 2. “My Brother’s Book,” written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins, $18.95 hb, less 10 percent in the store). Sendak’s tribute to his brother is an expression of both grief and love and will resonate with his lifelong fans who may have read his children’s books and will be ecstatic to discover something for them now. 3. “The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, edited by Nicholas Frankel (Belknap, $12.95 pb, $9.39 Kobo eBook). This volume restores material, including instances of graphic homosexual content, removed by the novel’s first editor. 4. “Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders” by Samuel R. Delany (Magnus, $21.95 pb). Youth in a utopian (and terrifying) future. 5. “Bereft” by Craig Laurance Gidney (Tiny Satchel Pr., $9.95 pb). A young-adult novel about a black boy in a Catholic preparatory school. 6. “Jack Holmes and His Friend” by Edmund White (Bloomsbury, $16 new in pb, $10.19 Kobo eBook). Two NY friends, from the ’60s to AIDS.
Women’s and Trans books 1. “Love and Money: Queers, Class and Cultural Production” by Lisa Henderson (NYU, $23 pb). We can’t understand contemporary queer cultures without looking through the lens of social class. 2. “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power” by Rachel Maddow (Crown, $15 new in pb). We have become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war. 3. “Lesbian Sex: 101 Love Making Positions” by Jude Schell (Celestial Arts, $16.99 hb, less 10 percent in the store). 4. “Great Speeches on Gay Rights,” edited by James Daley (Dover, $3.50 pb, $3.99 Kobo eBook). The voice of the gay-rights movement from its clandestine beginnings in the late 1800s through the current fight for marriage equality. 5. “A Tale of Two Mommies” by Vanita Oelschlinger (Vanita, $8.95 pb). One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too. For kindergarteners. 6. “Lone Hunt” by Radclyffe, writing as L.L. Raand (Bold Strokes, $16.95 pb). A world of violent passions and inhuman hungers explodes as ancient taboos and primal desires collide.
Men’s DVDs 1. “How to Survive a Plague,” directed by David France (2012, 109 min., $24.95). Documentary on how ACT UP changed the course of the AIDS epidemic. 2. “The Endless Possibility of Sky,” directed by Todd Verow (85 min., $19.95). Portrays the physical and emotional tolls of addiction(s) and the trauma that they can cause. 3. “North Sea Texas,” directed by Bavo Defurne (2011, 99 min., $27.95). Will Dutch teens find each other? 4. “Sexual Tension: Volatile,” directed by Marco Berger and Marcelo Mónaco (2012, 100 min., $19.99). These shorts offer voyeuristic pleasures as the camera caresses the men’s bodies, but also turns a sharp eye to the mysterious, taboo and electrifying nature of male intimacy. 5. “Keep the Lights On,” directed by Ira Sachs (102 min., $29.95). Chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship and addiction.
Women’s and Trans DVDs 1. “Gun Hill Road,” directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green (2011, 88 min., $19.95). Ex-con and his transforming son. 2. “Strange Frame,” directed by G.B. Hajim (2012, 98 min., $24.95). The first lesbian science-fiction rock ’n’ roll animated musical. 3. “Farewell, My Queen,” directed by Benoit Jacquot (2012, 100 min., $24.95). Marie Antoinette’s last four days in the palace of Versailles. 4. “The Guest House,” directed by Michael Baumgarten (2011, 84 min., $24.95). Young women fall in love in L.A. 5. “Sexing the Transman XXX: Volume 2,” directed by Buck Angel (2012, 102 min., $20). This second docu-porn sensation consists of interviews combined with graphic sex and shows a much more diverse group of transmen than Volume 1.