Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood, a riveting tale of personal exploration set in a world teetering on the brink of madness. Zippermouth by Laurie Weeks, delightfully off-kilter and funny tales of lesbian longing. When We Rise by Cleve Jones, an inspiring history of queer San Francisco seen through the eyes of one its principle players. Zeke Yoder Vs The Singularity by Stephen Beachey, a 14-year-old Amish boy trapped in a world of technological wonders, political intrigue, and genetically modified rats fights for his people. Birds of America by Lorrie Moore, a solid collection of short stories set in a bewildering contemporaneity. Going to Meet The Man by James Baldwin, short stories rooted in the African American experience, but of universal appeal. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann, a super readable (and super surprising) survey of America's pre-colonial civilizations.