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 [...]

Unique books for unique families

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 7:35am

What does “family” look like? A new series of books by North Texas author Shannon Rhodes lets children answer that question by creating a unique book that reflects their own family. Rhodes self-published the first two books in the My Kind of Family series (Understand How You Feel and Never Doubt That You Are Loved) [...]

Vulture.com: Before visiting Texas, read this book

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 at 11:18am

Before visiting Texas, online portal Vulture.com suggests you read this influential by a native Texan. And it’s not by who you’d think

‘Queerly Beloved:’ Straight-up lesbian romance

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 7:35am

Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders by Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall (Bold Strokes Books 2014) $16.95; 235 pp. There a million reasons to love, each as individual as the lovers. But what if your partner changed? What if it was a big change — like the one in Queerly Beloved? At first, says Diane [...]

Divine redux

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 7:25am

Reminiscences on ‘A View from a Broad’ You never forget, nor should you want to, your first life-altering experience with the Divine Miss M. Bette Midler first hit it big in the early 1970s with her swing-influenced pop hits, then got serious cred as an actress in 1979 when she starred in The Rose, a [...]

A marriage of convenience … or a redefinition of the institution?

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 7:25am

The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took to Keep My Best Friend in America, and What It Taught Us About Love by Liza Monroy (Soft Skull Press 2014) $16.95320 pp. What makes a marriage work? Is it effort, honesty, trust, acceptance, love?  Or, as in The Marriage Act, should you strive to marry your best [...]

‘Cherry’ jubilation

Posted on 06 Jun 2014 at 7:35am

Gay author’s rangy book of poetry and observations is the real deal Artificial Cherry by Billeh Nickerson (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014) $14.95; 96 pp. A little of this and a little of that. It’s the way conversation flows when you’re with a friend. You mosey from subject to subject, you touch upon a funny story [...]

‘A Lesbian Columbo’

Posted on 16 May 2014 at 6:45am

Taken by the Wind by Ellen Hart (Minotaur Books, 2013). $25.99; 336 pp. Jack Lindstrom and Gabriel Born were cousins and best friends. The 12-year-olds did everything together, spent practically every night at one’s house and even liked the same things. Still, Jack’s two dads and Gabriel’s mom and stepdad were astonished when the boys [...]

The truth about gay cliches

Posted on 09 May 2014 at 7:35am

You Can Tell Just By Looking And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico (Beacon Press 2013). $16; 190 pp. The clichés are plentiful, even the positive ones. Consider the notion that gaydar is more than just intuition. While research shows that lesbians and gay men [...]