Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Six top new books for the 50th anniversary of Stonewall

At the B&N Reads blog Ross Johnson tagged six new books to honor the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, including:
Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising that Changed America, by Martin Duberman

Professor Martin Duberman isn’t only renowned for his works of historical analysis, he is also a gay activist with roots in the modern movement stretching back to the Stonewall era, making him an ideal choice to pen this comprehensive, one-volume history of the uprising. In order to bring focus to the complex and chaotic weeks and months surrounding the event, Duberman focuses on six diverse individuals—from the buttoned-up PhD Foster Gunnison, Jr. to the riotous Sylvia Rivera, a genderqueer Latina drag queen—offering a necessary reminder that the thousands of people involved in the events of those nights came from many different backgrounds. Duberman recreates the atmosphere of a wild and uncertain time through their shared stories, from the days leading up to Stonewall to the first gay pride march in 1970.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue