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"Real Men Read"


Founded in 1995 in New York City, the Gay Men's Book Crisis is dedicated to reading the world's great fiction, one book at a time.

Our boys are not afraid of Virginia Woolf. We're fools for Faulkner. We've even braved Beckett.

We tend to read the tough stuff, the industrial-strength giants of the canon. And rather than focus exclusively on titles by gay and lesbian authors, we have a habit of being a bit more inclusive - and wildly eclectic.

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month for about an hour, randomly rotating apartments on a completely voluntary basis. We discuss the month's title for an hour while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres, then adjourn for dinner at a restaurant near the host's apartment.

Every six months we nominate and select the reading list for the next six months. Each member suggests two or three titles. There is only one real rule: all books must be available in paperback.

Members: Steve, Brad, Bill, Bob S., Bob B., Chris, Gary, Kenneth, Stewart, Michael, Jim, and Willard.

If you would like to see the nominations for our next reading cycle, click here.

Current Reading List:

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (Mar 19)
A Dead Man in Deptford by Anthony Burgess  
The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith
American Pastoral by Philip Roth 
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson
The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
The Happy Island   Dawn Powell 
The Blue Flower - Penelope Fitzgerald
Henderson, The Rain King - Saul Bellow 
The Leopard Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
An Arrow’s Flight - Mark Merlis 
The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx  
A Farewell To Arms - Ernest Hemingway
The Way Of All Flesh - Samuel Butler
The Periodic Table - Primo Levi
Swann's Way - Marcel Proust
One Arm and Other Stories - Tennessee Williams
In Youth Is Pleasure - Denton Welch
The Untouchable - John Banville 
Dreams of My Russian Summer - Andrei Makine
A Curtain of Green: and other stories - Eudora Welty
Enduring Love - Ian McEwan
The Folded Leaf - William Maxwell
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren
The Ogre - Michel Tournier
Giovanni's Room -  James Baldwin
Julian - Gore Vidal
Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
The Beauty of Men - Andrew Holleran
The Wapshot Chronicle - John Cheever
Breakfast at Tiffany's : And Three Stories - Truman Capote
The Folks That Live on the Hill - Kingsley Amis
Memento Mori - Muriel Spark
Four stories by Katherine Anne Porter (Flowering Judas; Pale Horse, Pale Rider; Noon Wine; The Leaning Tower)
The Plague - Albert Camus
Fathers and Children - Ivan Turgenev
Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
Sentimental Education - Gustave Flaubert
A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles
Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar
Living - Henry Green
Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man (The Early Years) - Thomas Mann
Regeneration - Pat Barker
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
The Education of Henry Adams - Henry Adams
Flesh and Blood - Michael Cunningham
The Waves - Virginia Woolf
Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Molloy - Samuel Beckett
The Counterfeiters - Andre Gide
The Stones of Florence - Mary McCarthy
Good-bye to All That - Robert Graves
Richard II - William Shakespeare
The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
Out With the Stars - James Purdy
The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
Washington Square - Henry James
Before Night Falls - Reinaldo Arenas
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
Devil in the Flesh - Raymond Radiguet
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

Click here to see photos of our reunion brunch with former GMBC member, Champ.