Long road home

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 7:20am

Dallasite’s memoir of growing up gay as a minister’s daughter is a powerful and harrowing tale of abuse, rejection … and, ultimately, forgiveness TAMMYE NASH  | Managing Editor The First Stone: A Gay Daughter’s Survival in a Religious World, by Samiel Kalin (Canyonwalker Press 2014) $19.95, 193 pp. If you grew up in the American [...]

Year in Review 2014: Books – Seeing, read

Posted on 25 Dec 2014 at 7:35am

The best in fiction, nonfiction and kid-lit for 2014 So many books, so little time. It’s easy to feel that way when faced with an entire bookstore full of possibilities. How do you pick?  How do you know what’s good? Start here: The Bookworm’s best of 2014. First up? FICTION Throughout the year, every time [...]

The return of the Prince

Posted on 14 Nov 2014 at 7:25am

Anne Rice’s latest installment in the Vampire Chronicles brings her characters into the (technological) light Prince Lestat by Anne Rice, (2014, Alfred A. Knopf), $29; 464 pp. It had been 12 years since I last picked up a new addition to Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series (I somehow missed 2003’s Blood Canticle), so when the [...]

Rice queen (of the damned)

Posted on 14 Nov 2014 at 6:00am

Literary royalty comes to Dallas as Anne Rice promotes her long-awaited new novel, ‘Prince Lestat’ No pretenses here: I am unabashedly a huge fan of the fiction of Anne Rice. Have been for years. Her first entry in what is now called The Vampire Chronicles began in 1976 with the release of Interview with the [...]

Book review: ‘Charity & Sylvia’

Posted on 31 Oct 2014 at 7:20am

Born in the midst of the American Revolution, Charity Bryant was destined from the outset to have an interesting life: she was a sickly infant birthed by a sickly mother who died days after Charity entered the world. Before she passed, though, Silence Bryant christened the baby after her spinster-sister, an act that may have [...]

Grief & love

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 at 7:25am

A heartbreaking novel of loss, and a how-to guide for parents  of gay children  All I Love and Know by Judith Frank (Wm. Morrow 2014) $27. 432 pp. It wasn’t until they were mid-flight to Tel Aviv that Matt Greene had time to process the phone call that came the day before. He remembered dully [...]

Book review: ‘Male Sex Work and Society’

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 7:25am

When most people think of sex workers, female prostitutes come to mind. There is evidence, however — explored in Male Sex Work and Society (Harrington Park Press, 2014) — that the World’s Oldest Profession may have had practitioners of both sexes all along. It’s widely accepted that ancient Greek and Roman men took younger males [...]

Scout’s dishonor

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 7:25am

Molestation memoir packs punch Pee-Shy: A Memoir by Frank Spinelli (Kensington Press 2014), $15; 353 pp. When he was just 8 years old, Frank Spinelli received a toy medical kit as a gift, and decided on the spot that he wanted to be a doctor. It was a surprise, therefore, when — years later — [...]

Test case

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 at 7:20am

The early days of AIDS — from someone who lived it on the inside Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival by Sean Strub (Scribner 2014) $30, 420 pp. In the early 1980s, when AIDS was barely understood, Sean Strub faced a conundrum: He was gay and had engaged in risky behavior, [...]

‘Gypsy Boy’ sequel equals the first

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 7:30am

Gypsy Boy on the Run by Mikey Walsh (Thomas Dunne 2014) $25; 306 pp.       Work stinks. And home isn’t much better. Deadlines, dirty dishes, nasty clients, empty bank account — any wonder why you’re so crabby? What you really need is to get away, which is why Mikey Walsh did. But as he explains in [...]