And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer (play and HBO movie)

Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors by Susan Sontag

Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It by Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin

AIDS Doctors: Voices from the Epidemic by Ronald Beyer and Gerald M. Oppenheimer

The River: A Journey to the Source of HIV/AIDS by Edward Hooper

Angels in America by Tony Kushner (play and HBO miniseries)

How to Survive a Plague (documentary)


On Epidemiology

The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett

No Time to Lose by Peter Piot

Ebola by William Close

Viral Sex: The Nature of AIDS by Jaap Goudsmit

Virus Hunt: The Search for the Origin of HIV/AIDS by Dorothy H. Crawford

The Origin of AIDS by Jacques Pépin

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy


On Zaïre and the Congo

The Fight by Norman Mailer

King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild

In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz by Michela Wrong

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Congo: The Epic History of a People by David van Reybrouck


On Provincetown

Land’s End by Michael Cunningham

Franny, the Queen of Provincetown by John Preston


On Being LGBT in the 1970s

Gay Power: An American Revolution by David Eisenbach

Transgender History by Susan Stryker

Making Gay History by Eric Marcus

Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran

Gay Sex in the ’70s (documentary)

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Just Kids by Patti Smith


For Dracula Fans

Birdbox by Josh Malerman

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Nosferatu (silent film)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (film)

Wool (trilogy) by Hugh Howey

The Troop by Nick Cutter

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy



Unforgotten: Twenty Years After Willowbrook (documentary)

Blackout by James Goodwin

All in the Family