The American People: Volume 2: The Brutality of Fact
By Larry Kramer
The iconic AIDS activist and playwright, who died May 27, continues his over-the-top satirical reimagining of U.S. history in which nearly every leader seems to be gay or is hell-bent on destroying gay people—all while a plague ravages the nation.
Blood Criminals: Living with HIV in 21st Century America
By Jonathan W. Thurston
This is not a book focused on HIV crime laws. Instead, the true stories of six individuals living with HIV combine to create a less-than-rosy narrative highlighting sex education, HIV diagnoses, HIV care, love and, yes, also HIV criminalization.
The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America
By Eric Cervini
This look at the historical fight for LGBT rights in the 1960s—of note for its lasting influence on today’s civil rights discourse and our HIV landscape—centers on the activist Frank Kameny, who was fired from his government job for being gay.
The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man’s Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic
By Seema Yasmin
Dutch HIV scientist Joep Lange, MD, PhD, died en route to the International AIDS Conference in 2014 when his Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down. While reporting on Lange’s global advocacy and career, the author also recounts the history of HIV.
By Abdi Nazemian
This hopeful young adult novel follows three teens (and a gay activist uncle with AIDS) in 1989 New York City: aspiring fashion designer Judy; her gay bestie, Art, who’s a budding photographer; and her new boyfriend, Reza, an Iranian transplant harboring a secret that threatens to devastate Judy.
My Epidemic: An AIDS Memoir of One Man’s Struggle as Doctor, Patient and Survivor
By Andrew M. Faulk, MD
An AIDS doctor in Los Angeles and San Francisco during the 1980s who has lived with HIV for nearly 30 years shares his unique perspective. “Every patient’s illness,” he writes, “became a mirror of my own disease.”
By Jeremy C Bradley-Silverio Donato
A fraught love story between white London lawyer Austin and noncommittal Noah—a Muslim man dealing with personal and family issues—gets more complicated with each page. When drugs, HIV and stigma enter the relationship, so does tragedy.
In the Shadow of the Bridge: A Memoir
By Joseph Caldwell
A chance meeting on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1959 turns into an intense but short-lived relationship. Decades later, the lost love reemerges in the dark days of New York City’s AIDS epidemic. In between, playwright Caldwell grapples with his homosexuality and Catholicism.