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
Anonymous, Casa Susanna
Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
Barnes, Nightwood
Boym, Another Freedom
Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle
Camus, Tricks
Carpenter, Towards Democracy
Carpenter, The Art of Creation
Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
Crowley, The Boys in the Band
D’agata, The Lifespan of a Fact
Delany, The Motion of Light in Water
Doty, Heaven’s Coast
Doty, Dog Years
Eribon, Returning to Reims
Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues
Fierstein, Torch Song Trilogy
Forster, Howards End
Forster, Maurice
Forster, Alexandria
Forster, The Life to Come
Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy
France, How to Survive a Plague
Galgut, Arctic Summer
Greenwell, What Belongs to You
Jarman, Modern Nature
Kramer, Faggots
Kushner, Angels in America
Kureishi, My Beautiful Laundrette
Haddad, Guapa
Halperin, How to be Gay
Heim, Mysterious Skin
Hemmings, Considering Emma Goldman
Highsmith, The Price of Salt
Holleran, Dancer from the Dance
Holleran, The Beauty of Men
Holleran, Grief
Holleran, Chronicle of a Plague
Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty
Hollinghurst, Swimming Pool Library
Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child
Isherwood, The World in the Evening
Isherwood, Christopher and his Kind
Jones, When We Rise
Liang, Lonely City
Mars-Jones and White, eds. The Darker Proof
Maupin, Tales of the City
Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow
McNally, Corpus Christi
McNally, Love! Valour! Compassion! 
Merrill, The Changing Light at Sandover
Miller, Place for Us
Mishima, Confessions of a Mask
Monette, Borrowed Time
Mukherjee, A Life Apart
Murphy, Chistodora
Nelson, The Argonauts
Peck, Fucking Martin
Proulx, Wyoming Stories
Rechy, City of Night
Rechy, Beneath the Skin
Sacks, On the Move
Schulman, People in Trouble
Shilts, And the Band Played On
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, A Boy’s Own Story
Woolf, Orlando
Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian