What we're reading
The top five best-selling GLBT-interest titles at Women and Children First, 5233 N Clark St between Foster and Berwyn Aves, 773-769-9299 (www.womenandchildrenfirst.com):
1. LighthousekeepingBy Jeanette WintersonHarcourt, $23.
The latest from out novelist Winterson is a fable about a young orphan girl who learns the value of storytelling.
2. Crybaby ButchBy Judith FrankFirebrand, $14.95.
Set in Chicago and featuring some great erotic scenes, Crybaby follows the cross-generational relationship that develops between two butches: a literacy teacher and her older student. It's the debut novel from Frank, an English prof at Amherst College in Massachusetts and winner of the Astraea Foundation's Emerging Lesbian Writer's Fund fiction prize in 2000.
3. Book of SaltBy Monique TruongHoughton Mifflin, $13.
This delectable fictional memoir features Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas's gay Vietnamese cook.
4. S/HeBy Minnie Bruck PrattAlyson, $13.95.
Pratt explains how she overcame Southern notions of femininity to create a life with butch author Leslie Feinberg in this reissued autobiography.
5. MiddlesexBy Jeffrey EugenidesPicador, $15.
Still going strong in paperback, this Pulitzer Prize winner tells the epic story of a Greek-American family as told by its hermaphrodite protagonist.