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 [...]

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 [...]