Shani Mootoo, in conversation with Julie Enszer, discusses “Polar Vortex”

Polar Vortex is a seductive and tension-filled novel about Priya and Alex, a lesbian couple who left the big city to relocate to a bucolic countryside community. It seemed like a good way to leave their past behind and cement their newish, later-in-life relationship. But there’s leaving the past behind–and then there’s running away from awkward histories.

Paria Hassouri, in conversation with “Tembi Locke, discusses Found in Transition: A Mother’s Evolution During Her Child’s Gender Change”

On Thanksgiving morning, Paria Hassouri finds herself furiously praying and negotiating with the universe as she irons a dress her fourteen-year-old, designated male at birth, has secretly purchased and wants to wear to dinner with the extended family. In this wonderfully frank, loving, and practical account of parenting a transgender teen, Paria chronicles what amounts to a dual transition: as her child transitions from male to female, she navigates through anger, denial, and grief to eventually arrive at acceptance.

Greg Mania discusses “Born to Be Public” with LIndy West

Yes, that is his real last name. In his debut memoir, Born to Be Public, Greg Mania recounts his coming-of-age adventures in New York City’s wild, early-aughts nightlife scene. Written withthe charm and self-deprecating humor of the genre’s best—David Sedaris, Jenny Lawson, Samantha Irby—for the first time Mania describes what is was like infiltrating the city’s socialite set online, posing with his sky-high coiffure, and eventually trading it all in for a life in comedy.