These books are beautiful, tragic and inspiring stories of love. While some are only brief, others are romances that will last a lifetime. But first, the lovers must admit their feelings for each other and dive headfirst into the whirlwind adventure that is love.
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Therese Belivet feels trapped in her day job. A stage designer stuck in a department store job she longs for a break in the monotony of her life. He wishes are granted in the form of Carol Aird, a beautiful and alluring housewife who is the middle of a divorce. They immediately fall in love and together they set out across the United States. They are being pursued by a private investigator who blackmails Carol by forcing her to choose between her lover or her daughter. Written by Patricia Highsmith and published in 1952.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
This book is the memoir of Alison Bechdel as she tells the complicated relationship she had with her father as she grew up. Her father was an English teacher and director of the town’s funeral home, to which she and her brothers referred to as the Fun Home. When she went out to college, after recently coming out as a lesbian, she discovered that her father was also gay. Not long after this discovery, her father passed away leaving her to deal with the mystery that was her father. This tale looks at relationships. Her romantic ones as she learns who she is and her relationship with her family. Written in 2006.
Cut and Run by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban
Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of the undercover case he was working on when it blows up in his face. His new assignment is to go after the murderer ravaging New York who has recently killed the two agents previously assigned to the case. To work in the case Ty is paired up with Special Agent Zane Garrett and they immediately dislike each other. The fact that they are complete opposites might prove to make the case more difficult than the lack of evidence. When the killer strikes again it is directed at them, forcing them to go on the run. They are left only one choice: work together and solve the case before they both get killed. Written by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban in 2008.
Hot Head by Damon Suede
Written in 2011 by author Damon Suede this story follows firefighter Griff Muir. Griff has spent the last ten years of his life trying to control his feelings for his best friend Dante Anastagio, a complete ladies’ man. To make things even harder for Griff, Dante is not exactly gay-friendly. Griff would do anything for Dante, even while hiding his anguish. But this attitude is put to the test when Dante is short on cash. He asks Griff to join him on a business venture, HotHead.com, a gay porn website, where they can post videos… together. Griff must rescue Dante before he ruins their careers, families and their friendship.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Arthur Less has made a decision, he is going to run away from his problems. When he receives a wedding invitation to his boyfriend of nine years wedding he realizes he can’t say yes or no, so instead he decides to accept every invitation he has for literary events around the world. He sees Paris, Berlin, Morocco, India, and a desert island in the Arabian Sea. Over the course of his crazy adventures, he turns fifty. Through mishaps and misunderstandings Less has the trip of a lifetime and through it, all contemplates his first love and his last. Written by Andrew Sean Greer in 2017.