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Silence and the Word, both a story and an essay, by Mary Ann Mohanraj. Text available online. Explicit. This story is about how the author is a writer of erotica, can read the stories aloud at bookstores, but has trouble speaking her own desires to her lovers.

Stiches: a memoir by David Small, graphic novel, 2009. YouTube trailer for this book. Gothic, haunting, full of raw emotion; this book is about Small's childhood growing up in a repressive, silent family in Detroit. He was taught silence as a behavior, and after a surgery during his youth, he lost half his vocal cords and therefore lost his voice above a whisper. Small retreats into art and explores his dreams, looking to understand his own existence. I enjoyed this book a lot and read it quickly, but would have liked a bit more reflection and more of the author's adult life and experience. Portions of this book are quite dark and disturbing and probably not suited for younger readers.

Date: 2009-12-27 05:00 am (UTC)
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Stitches populated some of my nightmares, equally disturbing for adults! I hear you (!) re: more reflection, although the one image of him crawling/diving into the pages he's drawing is worth many pages of exposition on art as a way to understand and to heal.

Date: 2009-12-28 04:44 am (UTC)
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Check out Carol Tyler's Late Bloomer -- not as tight a narrative, but lovely drawing bopping back and forth over twenty years.

ETA: another epic coming-of-age-as-a-gay-man-memoir is Stuck Rubber Baby from Howard Cruse.

Both at your local MPL branch (where they love graphic novels!)
Edited Date: 2009-12-28 04:48 am (UTC)

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