Book review: ‘You Don’t Own Me’

Posted on 15 Jan 2016 at 7:35am

You Don’t Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore by Trevor Tolliver (Backbeat 2015) $25; 209 pp. Born into an era of lush crooners and big band swing, Lesley Sue Goldstein was, according to her parents, a musical prodigy. At six months, she could “duplicate the melody of a song;” as a toddler, […]

Gay author and former Dallasite Greg Cope White signs book about life in the Marines

Posted on 13 Jan 2016 at 8:17am

Gay author and former Dallasite Greg Cope White signs book about life in the Marines

Page turners

Posted on 25 Dec 2015 at 7:25am

The best reads in fiction, nonfiction and kid-lit in 2015 As you look back over your year, there are a lot of things you notice. You had fun… you had some really great meals with really great friends … and especially in my case, there were books. Out of more than 120, here are the […]

Holiday reading

Posted on 11 Dec 2015 at 6:00am

Eric Jerome Dickey revisits Xmas; style maven Cintra Wilson reads fashion Naughtier than Nice by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton 2015) $25.95; 357 pp. There’s a secret inside you, one you’ve been keeping far too long and you’re about to burst. You need to talk about it. You need some advice, some perspective. And in Eric […]

Rebel heart

Posted on 04 Dec 2015 at 7:25am

It’s been 60 years since James Dean’s death, but the legend lives on Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: James Dean’s Final Hours by Keith Elliot Greenberg (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books 2015) $25; 304 pp. Markie Winslow Jr. adored his cousin, Jimmie. A few years older, Jimmy played with Markie and took […]

Obama through a rainbow lens

Posted on 23 Oct 2015 at 6:00am

Don’t Tell Me to Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama’s Presidency by Kerry Eleveld (Basic Books, 2015) $26.99; 330 pages When then-Sen. Barack Obama made his first run for the White House in 2008, he campaigned for LGBT support by pledging to overturn the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t […]

Ewing seen nothin’ yet

Posted on 09 Oct 2015 at 7:30am

‘Dallas’ star Linda Gray pens her memoir, and Sue Ellen is better than ever ARNOLD WAYNE JONES Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Linda Gray is so closely associated with Dallas — not just the TV show, but the city — that she found herself in denial even after the revived version of the soap was on the […]

Gay author goes to unsettling depths in story collection

Posted on 25 Sep 2015 at 7:20am

Nothing Looks Familiar by Shawn Syms (Arsenal Pulp Press 2015) $15.95; 184 pp. … And they lived happily ever after. Even today, years after you’ve outgrown fairy tales, those words make you smile. Oh, how you love a happy ending, even though (and maybe because) life doesn’t always work out that way. As a matter […]

No Stonewall left unturned

Posted on 18 Sep 2015 at 7:40am

Pride time: Histories of Stonewall, gay activism, Woodstock inform readers young and old; plus a language lesson Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum (Viking 2015) $17; 120 pp. Your favorite hangout may not be all that fancy, but you’ve got places to sit, flat surfaces for your stuff and […]

Book Review

Posted on 03 Jul 2015 at 7:35am

Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents by Bob Morris (Twelve 2015) $25; 192 pp. As Bob Morris watched his husband, Ira, struggle with his mother’s ageing issues, Morris understood the emotions Ira was going through. Caring for an elderly parent “has become the new normal,” Morris writes, and he should know: He helped […]