Adult Books with Gay Characters: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Updated: September 14, 2015

All I Love and Know
Frank, Judith, 1958-

Also available for download as an e-book.
Matthew and Daniel’s domestic bliss is shattered when Daniel’s brother and sister-in-law are killed in a Jerusalem bombing. The couple are thrust into parenthood when they learn that they have been named the surviving children’s guardians.

The Andy Cohen diaries : a deep look at a shallow year
Cohen, Andy, 1968-
Call Number: 809.295092 C6783-1

Inspired by the Andy Warhol Diaries, Cohen chronicles one year of his life as Bravo's Vice President of original programming. In gossipy tones, Cohen revels in his fascination with celebrity, but ultimately reveals a deeper search for true love and companionship.

The Andy Warhol diaries
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987.
Call Number: 759.14 W275-6

Art superstar, Andy Warhol, was the de facto fairy godfather of the New York art scene for over two decades. Here he offers ten years' worth of stories as told to his secretary, Pat Hackett. Released two years after his death, the diaries give a candid glimpse into the mind of a notoriously shy artist.

Before Night Falls
Arenas, Reinaldo
Call Number: 863 A681A

One of modern Cuba's major writers, Arenas holds back little in this candid autobiography. Originally a young guerrilla fighter with Castro, he then spent 20 years in prison under the regime he had supported.  Finally making his way to the United State he fought a more desperate battle with AIDS.

The Berlin Stories. A Single Man. A Meeting By the River.
Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986.
In this fictionalized account of his time in Weimar Berlin, Isherwood introduces characters that would later be made famous by the play, I Am a Camera, and the Broadway musical and film, Cabaret.

The celluloid closet : homosexuality in the movies
Russo, Vito.
Call Number: 791.9 R969 1987a

A scholarly study of depictions of LGBTQ people in 20th century cinema.

Fatal Shadows
Lanyon, Josh.

When Adrien's friend turns up dead in an alley the morning after a loud public argument, Adrien becomes the prime suspect, but he may be the killer's next victim.

Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians
Faderman, Lillian
Call Number: 301.415709794 F144

A history of the LGBTQ community in Los Angeles. Stories include the 1967 protests against police brutality in Silverlake, which predated the Stonewall Rebellion by two and a half years; and the nation's first gay pride parade in 1970.

Mr. Loverman
Evaristo, Bernardine, 1959-
Also available for download as a e-book and e-audiobook.
74-yea-old, Barrington, Barry for short, is tired of living with his bitter wife. When Barry’s old friend and lover, Morris, asks Barry to move in with him, Barry must rectify his ideas of masculinity with his flamboyant persona.

Neil Patrick Harris : choose your own autobiography
Harris, Neil Patrick, 1973-
Call Number: 812.092 H315

Actor, singer, magician Neil Patrick Harris uses literary sleight of hand revealing his life experiences in a whimsical Choose Your Own Adventure format.  Harris invites the reader to step into his shoes to witness first-hand the string of choices that make up his story.

Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
Cumming, Alan, 1965-
Call Number: 812.092 C9712

A searing memoir of a childhood living with his abusive father and how he rose above his difficult past to become the talented and beloved star he is today.

Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997.
Call Number: Ed.b

Burrough's autobiographical novel depicts the tumultuous period of his life after the accidental shooting death of his wife, Joan. The protagonist, William, is withdrawing from heroin while obsessing over his reluctant lover, Eugene, in 1940s Mexico City.

Second Avenue caper : when goodfellas, divas, and dealers plotted against the plague
Brabner, Joyce,
Call Number: 616.9709747 B795

In 1980s New York City, a tight-knit group of friends find themselves coping with the AIDS crisis at ground zero. The group of artists and activists take matters into their own hands, hatching a caper to smuggle experimental antiviral drugs their friends desperately need from Mexico.

The Story of a Marriage
Greer, Andrew Sean.

In 1954 San Francisco, Pearlie is devoted to caring for her ailing husband and polio-stricken son.  When her husband's former lover shows up at their home, Pearlie is forced to make some painful decisions.

Tales of the City (series)
Maupin, Armistead.
Call Number: Ed.b

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Maupin’s seminal mystery series brings together a cast of young eccentrics at the height of the sexual revolution of the 1970s. When Maryann Singleton visits San Francisco for the first time, she instantly knows she can never go back to Cleveland. When she rents an apartment at 28 Barbary Lane, the perks are endless: from the “welcome” joint neatly taped to her door by the landlady, to the friends and loves that will last a lifetime. The landlady, Anna Madrigal, keeps her tenants as close as family, but none of them realize just how close they really are until her secret is revealed.

Tennessee Williams : mad pilgrimage of the flesh
Lahr, John, 1941-
Call Number: 812 W727La

A big read, over 700 pages, which fly by in this freshly researched biography of one of our great playwrights.  Williams led a life that was troubled, from his early years and continued until his death. Despite all of his anguish, fears, and self-doubt, he produced some of the most beautiful and illuminating plays which are hallmarks and classics of the modern American theatre.