A Reading List for my Uncle

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy


I am working on a biography of my Great-Uncle, Lamar (1948-1993), Queer Generations, the ongoing Hiv/Aids Crisis, and the families we discover.

Here is an abbreviated list of books that I have been reading for him.

Lamar's obituary (New York Times, 1993)

Ackerman, We Think the World of You

Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
Barnes, Nightwood

Camus, Tricks
Carpenter, Towards Democracy
Castiglia and Reed, If Memory Serves
Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
Crowley, The Boys in the Band

Delany, The Motion of Light in Water
Doty, Dog Years

Eribon, Returning to Reims

Fierstein, Torch Song Trilogy
Finkelstein, After Silence
Forster, The Life to Come

Galgut, Arctic Summer
Greenwell, What Belongs to You
Gupta, Christopher Street, 1976

Jarman, Modern Nature

Kushner, Angels in America

Loftin, ed. Letters to ONE

Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
Hemmings, Considering Emma Goldman
Hemphill, Ceremonies
Highsmith, The Price of Salt
Holleran, Dancer from the Dance
Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty

Isherwood, Christopher and his Kind

Liang, Lonely City

Mars-Jones and White, eds. The Darker Proof
Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow
McNally, Love! Valour! Compassion! 
Merrill, The Changing Light at Sandover
Miller, Place for Us
Miller, On Being Different
Mishima, Confessions of a Mask
Monette, Borrowed Time
Mukherjee, A Life Apart

Nelson, The Argonauts

Proulx, Wyoming Stories

Rechy, City of Night

Singh, No Archive Will Save You
Solomon, Far from the Tree

Tong, Beijing Comrades
Torres, We the Animals
Tougaw, The One You Get
Truong, The Book of Salt

Weston, Families We Choose
White, How to Survive a Summer
Woolf, Orlando
Woubshet, The Calendar of Loss