"The Borrower" Author Rebecca Makkai Makes the Ultimate Reading List for Young LGBT Readers (VIDEO)

Rebecca Makkai's The Borrower is one of those rare debut novels that makes an impact through its message as well as its literary achievement. Praised widely for being beautifully written, and chosen by The Daily Beast as a must read, The Borrower chronicles the relationship between a librarian and a ten-year-old patron who turns to her out of confusion about his sexuality. Their adventures take them around the country on a journey that proves both comic and moving -- but more important, Makkai is reaching out to lonely, confused kids everywhere, offering solace in the form of books. Here's her reading list and the video she made explaining her picks. Pass this along to everyone you know -- because they probably know a struggling kid who needs it.





Rebecca's Reading List:



Boy Meets Boy

By David Levithan










Absolutely, Positively Not...

By David LaRochelle










Rainbow Boys

By Alex Sanchez


Check out other books by the author.










The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

By Michael Chabon










Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

By Jeanette Winterson









By Jeffrey Eugenides











By David Sedaris


Also of note, Me Talk Pretty One Day








The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

By Alison Bechdel









The Object of My Affection

By Stephen McCauley










The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974 -- 1977

By Adrienne Rich


In particular, "The Floating Poem, Unnumbered"





A Shropshire Lad and Other Poems

By A. E. Housman


Be sure to read "To an Athlete Dying Young" and "The Colour of His Hair".








And...the Book of Leviticus!


July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.


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