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The Book Reader: "Blue Is The Warmest Color," "Necessary Errors"

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June Thomas of Slate reports for NY1 on newly released book titles and the world of publishing in "The Book Reader."

Two new books explore coming out, which even in the age of gay pride and gay marriage can be a complicated and traumatic process.

If the title "Blue is the Warmest Color" rings a bell, it’s probably because a film of that name won the prestigious Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

But the story began life as a lovely, sad graphic novel from the young French writer Julie Baroh.

Out now in English from Arsenal Pulp Press, the book tells the love story of Clementine, a high-school junior, and blue-haired Emma, an art student.

While there's immense pleasure in the women’s relationship, the homophobic reactions of friends and family exact a toll on Clementine’s mental and physical health.

Maroh's gorgeous artwork conveys the excitement, terror, and obsession of young love.

Caleb Crain is mostly known as a critic, but his first novel, "Necessary Errors," published by Penguin Books, proves that he also has a gift for fiction.

Set in Prague just after the fall of Communism, it chronicles the days and nights of Jacob Putnam, who moved there to become a writer, like so many bookish young people of that era.

But unlike the rest of the expats he socializes with, Jacob is gay. In a way, the slow-moving but beautifully observed narrative is about Jacob learning what it means to be a writer, an intellectual, a gay man and an American.

Read more about these and other titles in the Slate Book Review at slate.com/books.

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