Year 7, Book 71

71. Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays by Bernadette C. Barton

I received a galley of this book from NetGalley.

This books reads like it is a sociology book, which is not surprising given that the author is in fact a sociology professor. This is not at all a problem for me because I was a sociology minor and find that a large majority of non-fiction books that I enjoy belong in a similar category. I only mention it because the book is written in a more academic fashion than your casual reader might appreciate.

The content of the book is based on sociological research via interviews with a number of gays living in the Bible Belt. Barton comes at the issue of what it’s like to be gay living in areas where people are prone to be homophobic from a variety of perspectives. It’s essentially distilling the stories of people’s lives into broad themes.

I thought it was a really well written book examining what is sadly a really complicated subject for many. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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