BOOK REVIEW: Wedding belle

Posted on 21 Jul 2017 at 7:25am

Equally Wed by Kirsten Palladino, foreword by Lance Bass and Michael Turchin (Seal Press 2017) $17.99; 263 pp. Like many people, Kirsten Palladino grew up dreaming of The Perfect Wedding. She pictured it, but making it happen started out wrong: when she got engaged to her now-wife, Maria, and went looking for help getting started, […]

Tweens these days

Posted on 23 Jun 2017 at 6:00am

From diverse families to trans teens, it’s hit-or-miss time in children’s lit The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue, illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono (Arthur A. Levine Books 2017) $17.99; 320 pp. Nine-year-old Sumac Lottery knew that her family was unique. It was no big deal, though; that’s what happens when a man from the Yukon […]

Race and sex

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 at 7:25am

‘The Ada Decades’ spans 70 years in telling a history of bigotry   The Ada Decades by Paula Martinac (Bywater Books 2017) $15.95; 165 pp. Ada’s daddy needed help around the house. Once, that was junior’s job, but he was busy with high school things, so 12-year-old Ada fetched her daddy’s tools … which was […]

Beyond the quilt

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 at 7:25am

A new coffee-table book examines crafty gays making textiles … and a difference John Chaich vividly recalls the time he saw the AIDS quilt displayed in its entirety on the Mall in Washington, D.C. “Witnessing that massive piece that was created by hours of love and handiwork solidified the power of what fabric and fiber […]

Comic book heroes

Posted on 09 Jun 2017 at 6:00am

‘Love is Love’ anthology explores the Pulse shooting from the perspective of comic book artists   In the aftermath of the Pulse shooting one year ago this week, countless groups mobilized to show their support — activists to actors, musicians to motivational speakers. Everyone seemed united in doing their part to soothe and explain the […]

Mob manic

Posted on 19 May 2017 at 7:25am

The weekend was all set. Detective Heath Barrington had everything planned down to the last detail: He and police officer Alan Keyes were heading to a cabin in Northern Wisconsin, just the two of them, under the guise of a “fishing trip.”  It was 1947, after all, and discretion was absolutely necessary for two professional […]

Little bears

Posted on 19 May 2017 at 7:20am

Photog Blake Little brings his sexy books to Dallas in time for TBRU   When we say we’re always excited to see “Little bears,” we don’t mean grizzly cubs or koalas or even small-statured hairy gay men — in fact, we don’t mean “tiny” at all. Nope, we are referring to the bearish men that […]

Books: Scores

Posted on 10 Mar 2017 at 7:20am

Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted Out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia informants in FBI History by Michael D. Blutrich (BenBella Books 2017) $26.95; 328 pp. How does it happen that a gay man would own a mainstream […]

Sexual roundelay

Posted on 17 Feb 2017 at 7:25am

Post-Valentine’s, an illustrated history of celebrities sleeping around   The Art of the Affair by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon (Bloomsbury 2017) $20; 88 pp. It’s all about who you know — or, as in the The Art of the Affair, who you’ve dallied with. Somehow, in some way, the people you meet leave fingerprints […]

Making lemonade

Posted on 10 Feb 2017 at 6:30am

Out self-help author and motivational speaker M.J. Dougherty moves ahead by screwing up   Life has handed M.J. Dougherty many lemons — perhaps more than his fair share. Yet he has deftly managed to transform the proverbial sour fruit of hardship into something sweetly satisfying. Compiling anecdotes of his triumph over personal misfortune, Dougherty authored […]