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When the Lights Go Out

by Ginna Wilkerson

Nicole approaches the Christmas holiday with sad nostalgia after a recent breakup with her girlfriend Emma. But much to her surprise, she finds herself attracted to a woman in her forties who her grandfather has been dating. During her holiday visit, a storm takes out the power, and in the resulting black-out, romance blossoms between Nicole and Poppi’s “friend.” Then Nicole’s former partner shows up to complicate things.Will this holiday drama end in heartache, or will Emma and Nikki get a second chance?

All the White Spaces: A Novel

by Ally Wilkes

A Bram Stoker Award nominee &“Some of the best survival horror we&’ve read in years, with a uniquely menacing adversary at its heart.&” —Vulture, The Best Horror Novels of 2022 &“Epic.&” —Esquire, The 22 Best Horror Books of 2022 Something deadly and mysterious stalks the members of an isolated polar expedition in this haunting and spellbinding historical horror novel, perfect for fans of Dan Simmons&’s The Terror and Alma Katsu&’s The Hunger.In the wake of the First World War, Jonathan Morgan stows away on an Antarctic expedition, determined to find his rightful place in the world of men. Aboard the expeditionary ship of his hero, the world-famous explorer James &“Australis&” Randall, Jonathan may live as his true self—and true gender—and have the adventures he has always been denied. But not all is smooth sailing: the war casts its long shadow over them all, and grief, guilt, and mistrust skulk among the explorers. When disaster strikes in Antarctica&’s frozen Weddell Sea, the men must take to the land and overwinter somewhere which immediately seems both eerie and wrong; a place not marked on any of their part-drawn maps of the vast white continent. Now completely isolated, Randall&’s expedition has no ability to contact the outside world. And no one is coming to rescue them. In the freezing darkness of the Polar night, where the aurora creeps across the sky, something terrible has been waiting to lure them out into its deadly landscape… As the harsh Antarctic winter descends, this supernatural force will prey on their deepest desires and deepest fears to pick them off one by one. It is up to Jonathan to overcome his own ghosts before he and the expedition are utterly destroyed.

Pink

by Lili Wilkinson

Ava has a secret. She is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultra-radical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She's ready to try something new-she's even ready to be someone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous boyfriend, someone who wears pink. Transferring to Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence is the perfect chance to try on a new identity. But just in case things don't work out, Ava is hiding her new interests from her parents, and especially from her old girlfriend. Secrets have a way of being hard to keep, though, and Ava finds that changing herself is more complicated than changing her wardrobe. Even getting involved in the school musical raises issues she never imagined. As she faces surprising choices and unforeseen consequences, Ava wonders if she will ever figure out who she really wants to be. Humor, heart, and the joys of drama-on- and offstage-combine in Ava's delight-fully colorful journey of self-discovery.

Conversations with Edmund White (Literary Conversations Series)

by Will Brantley and Nancy McGuire Roche

Conversations with Edmund White brings together twenty-one interviews with an author known for chronicling gay culture. Ranging from a 1982 discussion of his early works to a new and unpublished interview conducted in 2016, these interviews highlight White's predilections, his major achievements, and the pivotal moments of his long, varied career. Since the 1973 publication of his first novel, Forgetting Elena, Edmund White (b. 1940) has become a major figure in literature and gay culture. White is, however, more than just a celebrated gay writer. He is an international man of letters, and his work crosses several genres. White's fiction includes an autobiographical trilogy—A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony—along with more recent novels such as Jack Holmes and His Friend and Our Young Man. White's love of French literature and culture is evident in biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, and Arthur Rimbaud, and his antipathy to American Puritanism suffuses his collected essays and memoirs and is on full display in two early nonfiction works that helped define the era of gay liberation: The Joy of Gay Sex, coauthored with Charles Silverstein, and States of Desire: Travels in Gay America. A professor of creative writing at Princeton University, White has earned many distinctions, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lambda Literary Foundation's Pioneer Award. White has been a generous interviewer, sharing his time and insights not only with major publications such as The Paris Review, but also with smaller online publications for more limited audiences. A lively commentator, White has never been afraid to speak his mind, even when the result has been public feuds with literary peers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Undoing Monogamy: The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology

by Angela Willey

In Undoing Monogamy Angela Willey offers a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U.S. science and culture, propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging. She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselves become an object of critical inquiry. Refusing to answer the naturalization of monogamy with a naturalization of nonmonogamy, Willey demands a critical reorientation toward the monogamy question in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The book examines colonial sexual science, monogamous voles, polyamory, and the work of Alison Bechdel and Audre Lorde to show how challenging the lens through which human nature is seen as monogamous or nonmonogamous forces us to reconsider our investments in coupling and in disciplinary notions of biological bodies.

Daddy's Roommate

by Michael Willhoite

"My mommy and daddy got a divorce last year. Now there is somebody new at Daddy's house." An easy-to-read picture book which tells how one boy adjusts to his parents' divorce and his Daddy's new partner. Simply told and positively presented.

Daddy's Wedding

by Michael Willhoite

Nick tells about the wedding of his daddy to Frank, including the gathering of family and friends, the ceremony, the food, and the antics of Clancy.

From Different Worlds

by A. K. Williams

Sometimes true love seems to come at warp speed from another planet.Two strangers who seem to be from different worlds learn how opposites attract when a short, skinny nerd meets a big, strong bodybuilder during a costume contest at a science fiction convention. Both are wearing skimpy, revealing costumes, and the sexual tension is palpable. But what happens later when the costumes come off?Steve Morgan is shy, sensitive, and introverted. The quintessential nerd with social anxiety so severe, he often stutters and can sometimes barely even speak at all. Adam Baxter is tall, strong, bold, and exuberant. Everyone wants him, but he only has eyes for one guy in particular. In almost every way, they’re as different as night and day. And yet they’re also like opposite sides of the same coin.Steve finds it hard to believe a big, strong hunk like Adam could actually be interested in a skinny little geek like him. But Adam is a kind, gentle giant who quickly realizes he’ll need to hold back on his naturally flirty, boisterous behavior to keep from scaring away his timid crush.As they get to know each other better, Steve is hesitant to divulge his life-long health problems because it makes him look like bad boyfriend material. But after a severe health crisis strikes, will Adam still care enough to hang around? Or will Steve have to go back to being all alone like always?

Girl Walking Backwards

by Bett Williams

Sixteen-year-old Sky deals with irresponsible parents and her own life difficulties.

Falsa partenza

by Diletta Williams Janey Chapel

È l'anniversario dei dieci anni di diploma di Tucker Locke e lui non ha molto di cui vantarsi. Certo, è un avvocato di successo con una bella macchina e un bell'appartamento, ma la sua vita è vuota e Tucker sa perché. Una decina di anni prima, non essendo ancora pronto a fare coming out, si è lasciato Whit Jamison alle spalle. Tucker ha trascorso dieci anni a fingere di essere etero, dieci anni a pensare ai suoi errori. Ma tutto il tempo del mondo non avrebbe potuto prepararlo alla realtà di vedere Whit di nuovo. Whit è più alto, più maturo, più attraente che mai, e in tutto e per tutto orgogliosamente gay quanto dieci anni prima. Il tempo non ha cambiato la chimica tra i due e sembra che Tucker possa avere una seconda occasione. Tutto quello che deve fare è accantonare gli anni di bugie e abbracciare una potente verità.

Cacciatore (Cacciatore e Raining Men #1)

by Diletta Williams Rick R. Reed

Qualcuno definirebbe Caden DeSarro un cacciatore di uomini grassi. Gli piacciono i ragazzi con qualche chilo di troppo. Quando incontra Kevin Dodge nei bagni di un locale, non riesce a togliergli gli occhi di dosso, anche se non fa una bella figura. Secondo Caden, Kevin è fisicamente perfetto: un biondone barbuto con l'attrezzatura perfetta (si sono incontrati in bagno, non poteva non sbirciare!). Caden però si blocca e perde la sua occasione. Quando s'imbatte di nuovo in Kevin quella notte, sul treno verso casa, pensa che il destino gli abbia offerto una seconda possibilità. Fa in modo di farsi invitare a casa di Kevin per un'avventura di una notte che si trasforma, invece, nel tipo di relazione che Caden ha sempre sognato. Ma il vero amore non trova mai il suo compimento senza ostacoli e l'idillio di Kevin e Caden non fa eccezione. Quando Caden ritorna da un viaggio di qualche settimana, Kevin lo sorprende con un fisico nuovo e 'migliorato', che si addice benissimo agli ideali di Bobby, l'amico vanesio di Caden, ma non a quelli di Caden. Lui non sa più cosa fare e la sua esitazione è l'occasione che Bobby stava cercando. Perché quello non è più lo stesso Kevin di cui si è innamorato..., vero?

The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel

by Eley Williams

An exhilarating, clever, funny debut novel from a prize-winning talent, chronicling the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman who decodes his trail of made-up words a century later. Will enthrall readers of CS Richardson, Helen Simonson's Major Pettigrew and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.Mountweazel n. the phenomenon of false entries within dictionaries and works of reference. Often used as a safeguard against copyright infringement.Peter Winceworth is a lexicographer in Victorian-era London, toiling away at the letter "S" for a multi-volume Encyclopaedic Dictionary. Secretly, he begins to insert unauthorized fictitious entries into the dictionary in an attempt to assert some artistic freedom.In the present day, Mallory is a young intern employed by the same publisher. Her task is to uncover these mountweazels before the dictionary is digitized. She also has to contend with threatening phone calls from an anonymous caller. Why, she wonders, is the change in the definition of "marriage" so upsetting to the caller? And does the caller really intend for the publisher's staff to "burn in hell"?As these two narratives, characters and times entwine, both Winceworth and Mallory discover how they might negotiate the complexities of the nonsensical, relentless, untrustworthy, hoax-strewn and undefinable path we call life. An exhilarating debut from a formidably brilliant young writer, The Liar's Dictionary celebrates the rigidity, fragility, absurdity and joy of language.

The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel

by Eley Williams

"Delightful...Underneath this novel's extremely bookish mystery is the idea that our identities are as improvisatory as the words we affix to them, and that even the dictionary, the most seemingly staid and impartial arbiter of truth, is an 'unreliable narrator.'"--The Wall Street JournalAn exhilarating and laugh-out-loud debut novel from a prize-winning new talent which chronicles the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later to root out his misdeeds while confronting questions of her own sexuality and place in the world.Mountweazel n. the phenomenon of false entries within dictionaries and works of reference. Often used as a safeguard against copyright infringement.Peter Winceworth, Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away at the letter S for Swansby's multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary. His disaffection compels him to insert unauthorized fictitious entries into the dictionary in an attempt to assert some sense of individual purpose and artistic freedom. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, is tasked with uncovering these mountweazels before the work is digitized. She also has to contend with threatening phone calls from an anonymous caller. Is the change in the definition of marriage really that upsetting? And does the caller really intend for the Swansby's staff to 'burn in hell'?As these two narratives combine, both Winceworth and Mallory discover how they might negotiate the complexities of the often nonsensical, relentless, untrustworthy, hoax-strewn, and undefinable path we call life. An exhilarating debut novel from a formidably brilliant young writer, The Liar's Dictionary celebrates the rigidity, fragility, absurdity, and joy of language.

Claiming the B in LGBT: Illuminating the Bisexual Narrative

by H. Sharif Williams Milena Popova Marcus Morgan Kaye McLelland Fred Langridge Juliet Kemp Symon Hill Grant Denkinson Jamie Q Collins Elizabeth Baxter-Williams Meg-John Barker Jacq Applebee Kate Harrad

Even as the broader LGBT community enjoys political and societal advances in North America, the bisexual community still today contends with decades of misinformation stereotyping them as innately indecisive, self-loathing, and untrustworthy. Claiming the B in LGBT strives to give bisexuals a seat at the table. This guidebook to the history and future of the bisexual movement fuses a chronology of bisexual organizing with essays, poems, and articles detailing the lived experiences of bisexual activities struggling against a dominant culture driven by norms of monosexual attraction, compulsory monogamy, and inflexible notions of gender expression and identity. Kate Harrad’s anthology of a thriving identity yearning to realize itself provides a vision of bisexuality that is beyond gay and straight, rather than left to merely occupy the space between.

The Start of Something: The sharp, compulsive and thought-provoking book club read for 2024

by Holly Williams

*A COSMOPOLITAN BEST BOOK PICK FOR 2024!*'Bold, playful, generous and lush, it's a story that feels both timeless and urgent - I loved it. Gorgeously and relentlessly queer!' DAISY BUCHANANA lover. A bartender. A husband. An artist. A student.A poet. A sex worker. A welder. A drag queen. A mother.As the sun sets over the city streets, ten ordinary lives collide with extraordinary consequences. From thrilling first meetings and impulsive liaisons, to messy misunderstandings and passionate reconciliations, each connection has the potential to be the start of something, or already hints at its own ending.Yet uniting them all is the desire to find true intimacy in a fractured modern world - to see, and to truly be seen...A razor-sharp, intoxicating and thought-provoking novel of ten interlocking sexual encounters that will appeal to fans of Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, and 'Modern Love' from the New York Times.Praise for The Start of Something:'A fun, big-hearted and at times thought-provoking read about the search for connection in an all-too-busy, atomised world' MARIE CLAIRE'Effortlessly fluid. Moving and suprising' LILY LINDON'Ten lives collide, and each encounter unspools in its messy, vulnerable, thrilling glory. Electrifying' MARIANNE LEVY'Williams skillfully explores connections, complications and 'situationships' in all of their messy glory' GRAZIA'An insightful, hopeful and cleverly constructed novel about sexuality, identity and friendship. Written with humour and huge compassion. Brilliant' ANNA MAZZOLA'Brilliantly clever. Surprising and hopeful' ANOUSHKA WARDEN

Clifford's Blues: A Novel

by John A. Williams

A black musician arrested by Nazis in 1930s Germany endures the horrors of the Dachau death camp in this harrowing novel based on historical fact A self-proclaimed "gay negro" from New Orleans, Clifford Pepperidge made his name in the smoky nightclubs of Harlem in the 1920s, playing piano alongside Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, and other jazz greats. A decade later, he thrills crowds nightly in the cabarets of Weimar Berlin. But dark days are on the horizon as the Nazi Party rises to power. Arrested by Hitler's Gestapo during a roundup of homosexuals, Clifford finds himself placed in "protective custody" and transported to a concentration camp. Stripped of his dignity and his identity, and plunged into a nightmare of forced labor, starvation, and abuse, he seeks escape in his music. When a camp SS officer and jazz aficionado recognizes Clifford, the gentle musician learns just how far a desperate man will go in order to survive. Shining a light on a little-known aspect of the Holocaust, Clifford's Blues is a disturbing portrait of a dark era in world history and a poignant celebration of the resilience of the human spirit and the power of music.

Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly

by Kayla M. Williams Srikanth Kadiyala Agnes Gereben Schaefer Radha Iyengar Jennifer Kavanagh Amii M. Kress Charles C. Engel

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a change in policy to allow transgender military personnel to serve openly. A RAND study examined the health care needs of transgender personnel, the costs of gender transition-related care, and the potential readiness implications of a policy change. The experiences of foreign militaries that permit transgender service members to serve openly also point to some best practices for U.S. policymakers.

Der Läufer

by Parker Williams

Matt Bowers bisheriges Leben endete mit sechzehn, als ein gemeiner Verrat von jemanden, dem er eigentlich hätte vertrauen können, ihn zum Schatten seiner selbst werden ließ. Seit damals hat er mit einer Zwangs- und einer posttraumatischen Belastungsstörung zu kämpfen, lebt in permanenter Angst und läuft vor allem davon. Durch den Kauf eines abgeschiedenen Stück Lands glaubt er, den perfekten Ort gefunden zu haben, um sich vor der Welt zu verstecken und etwas Frieden zu finden. Zehn Jahre lang verspürt er ein gewisses Maß an Geborgenheit, bis eines Tages ein Fremder beginnt, Matts Straße entlangzulaufen. Er kommt täglich wieder und dringt damit unwillkommen in Matts sorgfältig strukturiertes Leben ein. Matt beschwert sich beim Sheriff, doch der kann ihm nicht helfen, da der Jogger nichts Unrechtes tut. Nachdem zaghaft das Eis gebrochen ist, beginnt Matt, Schritt für Schritt die Anwesenheit des Mannes zu akzeptieren … <span style="color: #3c4043; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: 0.2px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent:

Family Matters

by Parker Williams

Patrick Lane escaped his alcoholic parents when he made it to college. But when they ditched his siblings under the pretense of returning in a few hours, Patrick made a solemn vow that he would raise Joey and Jenna as his own, ensuring they would never doubt they were loved. And it’s a promise he’s done his best to keep, no matter how hard it’s been. Seth Clarke owns his own business, has a nice house, and parents and a brother who love him. But he isn’t satisfied and never has been. The men he’s been with complain he’s a perfectionist, and Seth knows it’s true. When he meets Patrick, he’s intrigued. Just when it seems something wonderful is getting off the ground between them, Seth meets Joey and Jenna, and he panics. He hates messes, and kids are the worst. It takes two very strong women to open Seth’s eyes to the truths he’s been doing his best to forget. Now Seth has a choice. He can walk away from Patrick, leaving his heart behind, or he can step up and discover that family matters more than anything. Contains light BDSM elements.

Galen’s Redemption: A Links In The Chain Story (Links In the Chain #2)

by Parker Williams

A Links In the Chain StoryA rich man is about to set foot into an unknown world, while a Good Samaritan fears he’ll have to close the charity he’s spent his life building. Poised to lose it all, they might find what they need most in each other. Son of a wealthy importer, Galen Merriweather lives to broker deals, and he’s damn good at it. But it’s getting harder to ignore the kind of man his father is—a man who would pay Galen’s brother’s lover to leave… a man who’d demand Galen retrieve a quarter-million-dollar check from a struggling homeless shelter. Robert Kotke knows the money is too good to be true, but it’s a godsend that could help so many people. Still, he hands it over when Galen shows up. But he isn’t done with Galen yet, and he’s going to challenge everything Galen ever believed. Galen will face an impossible decision: the redemption he’s come to realize he wants, or the life he’d always dreamed of.

Il corridore

by Parker Williams

A sedici anni, Matt Bowers è vittima del crudele tradimento di qualcuno di cui avrebbe dovuto potersi fidare. Ridotto all’ombra di se stesso, deve combattere contro un disturbo ossessivo-compulsivo e la sindrome da stress post traumatico. Vive in un terrore costante, in esilio dal mondo. Dopo aver acquistato un remoto lotto di terra, pensa di aver trovato il luogo perfetto in cui nascondersi e ritrovare un po’ di pace. Per dieci anni, resta aggrappato a questo senso di tranquillità, finché uno sconosciuto non decide di mettersi a correre proprio davanti alla sua casa. Quell’intruso sgradito fa la sua comparsa ogni giorno, sconvolgendo la sua vita organizzata nei più minimi dettagli. Matt si rivolge allo sceriffo della città, ma questi si rifiuta di aiutarlo: dopotutto, il corridore non sta facendo niente di male. Col tempo, dopo aver goffamente rotto il ghiaccio con lui, Matt comincia ad accettare la sua presenza. Ma un giorno l’uomo non passa. La sua assenza manda di nuovo nel caos il mondo di Matt, che sarà costretto a prendere la decisione più difficile della sua vita.

Le parc de Lincoln (Des Maillons dans la Chaîne #1)

by Parker Williams

Lincoln Merriweather a toujours été un sale gosse pensant avoir tous les droits, avec une cuillère en argent dans la bouche enfoncée si loin qu’elle aurait pu ne jamais en sortir. Au club BDSM ou dans les affaires, Lincoln est une tempête, déboulant et perturbant la vie de tous ceux qu’il touche, jusqu’au jour où il rencontre un homme qui retire toutes les couches ternies pour exposer un homme bien. Lincoln a trouvé – puis perdu – l’amour. Depuis lors, il essaie d’expier son passé, notamment en s’éloignant de la fortune de sa famille. Il a ouvert un snack, engagé des personnes travaillant pour lui sur lesquelles il aurait craché avant sa

Lincoln’s Park (Links In the Chain #1)

by Parker Williams

A Links In the Chain StoryLincoln Merriweather was born an entitled brat with a silver spoon lodged so deep, it might never have come out. At the BDSM club or in business, Lincoln was a storm, blowing in and disrupting the lives of everyone he touched, until the day he met a man who peeled away the tarnished layers to expose a decent person. Lincoln found—then lost—love. Since then, he’s tried to atone for his past, including walking away from his family’s wealth. He opened a diner, hiring people to work for him that he would have spit on before his epiphany. He’s found peace, which he’s about to lose to a hazel-eyed man. Noel Simmons wound up on the street when his parents discovered he was gay. His path leads him to Lincoln’s diner, where he asks for a job. He’s thrilled when Lincoln agrees to hire him, but finds his new boss perplexing. Can anyone be this kind and decent? What starts out as business becomes something more. Noel discovers he needs Lincoln in order to feel safe. Lincoln needs Noel to complete him. But when Lincoln’s past gets in the way of his present, will the two have a future?

The Night Wolf (The Wolves of Lydon #1)

by Parker Williams

The Wolves of LydonThe night wolf is a legend told to scare children into obeying their parents. It is said that to control a night wolf is to harness limitless power…. Gareth Blackthorn has been Alpha of the prosperous Lydon pack for nearly two decades. Breaking with tradition, Gareth doesn’t take over other packs by challenge. Instead, he lets wolves come to him and petition for admittance. He’s had his pick of the best, the brightest, and the most talented. Until now. A power-hungry Alpha desires Omega Sean Adler’s talent… and his submission, whether given freely or not. He’s been on the run since he was fifteen, surviving any way he could, until one night, he knows he’ll finally succumb to the injuries from his latest attack—and he’s ready to go. That’s when Gareth finds him, and Gareth’s wolf insists on claiming Sean as his mate. But there’s something mysterious about Sean, something tied to the mark on his shoulder…. Now Gareth must decide. Will he keep Sean despite the dangers that will arise, or will he throw the young man back to the wolves?

Reclaiming Quinn (The Wolves of Lydon #2)

by Parker Williams

The Wolves of Lydon: Book TwoShifter Quinn Adler knew he would live and die as a slave. Quinn’s life was filled with pain until he was rescued from an abusive pack. But in Lydon, Quinn can’t be sure of anything, so he’s terrified of everything. With no one to give him direction, he is lost—until Deke takes control of him. Deke Timmons hates that he has to play the role of master to his mate. Unfortunately, Quinn won’t accept his love until Deke can show him what being mates means. Vowing to help Quinn, Deke takes him into the world he’s never seen. Though sometimes their relationship is tense, his methods seem to be working. Then a power-mad Alpha swoops in to kidnap Quinn and ends up getting Deke by mistake. Now Deke must play submissive to a wolf complicit in Quinn’s abuse. He’ll do whatever it takes to get back to his mate—but with Deke in peril, Quinn must find his courage and reclaim the person he was meant to be.

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