If there are readers on your holiday shopping list — or you’re looking for suggestions for what you might want to read — Boswell Book Company’s Daniel Goldin has some suggestions for readers of all ages.
Chicago writer Rebecca Makkai’s newest book, The Great Believers, is a work of fiction, but its underpinnings are very real, and very familiar to people in the Midwest. Much of the book is set in the late 1980s and early '90s, in Chicago’s gay community. It was a time when AIDS was reaching epidemic levels and thousands were dying, even as politicians ignored it and broader society often spread fear, misinformation and distrust.
If you read Idra Novey’s new novel, Those Who Knew, a year or two from now, you might think she was inspired to write it by watching everything that transpired during the recent hearings and investigation surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
Tony Kushner's 1993 play, Angels in America, is an angry, sprawling meditation on gay life at the height of the AIDS crisis. It won Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize and it gave the world a new vocabulary with which to discuss being gay in America.