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 [...]

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 [...]