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 […]

Hurt so good

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 7:40am

Anne Rice makes a triumphant return to erotic BDSM fiction   Beauty’s Kingdom by Anne Rice (writing as A.N. Roquelaure) (Viking 2015) $27.95, 272 pp. I first came across A. N. Roquelaure’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy in the early 1990s, well after its author had already been exposed as a pseudonym of Anne Rice. I found […]

How Stella got her groovy family

Posted on 15 May 2015 at 7:20am

For Father’s Day, a kids’ book for modern families Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown (Chronicle Kids 2015) $17; 36 pp. Who loves a party? Who doesn’t? The invitations, the decorations, the balloons the cake and ice cream, the games and the fun. If there’s a magician or a […]

‘Wet’ in Texas

Posted on 08 May 2015 at 7:25am

Gay memoir about flamboyant mom should resonate with Texas readers Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir by Jamie Brickhouse (St. Martin’s Press 2015 $26; 288 pp). Jamie Brickhouse “had no business being a child.” Then again, he never was a child, really. Starting at age 5 (an age his mother wished she could freeze him, Peter-Pan-style), […]

Play memory

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 7:30am

2 gay memoirs approach honesty with varying degrees of commitment Frank by Barney Frank (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2105); $28; 387 pp. From the time he was 10 years old, Barney Frank was fascinated by politics. By 14, he understood two things: “I was attracted to the idea of serving in government and I was […]

Unmissable

Posted on 20 Mar 2015 at 8:00am

2 powerful gay memoirs are unexpected page-turners I Left it On the Mountain by Kevin Sessums (St. Martin’s Press 2015) $26; 273 pp. On the morning of his 53rd birthday, Kevin Sessums woke up in a funk. He was scheduled to attend an Oscar party that evening with Courtney Love, but was preoccupied with something […]

Memoir of gay self-hate has a lot of meat on its bones

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 at 3:57pm

Memoir of gay self-hate has a lot of meat on its bones

BOOK REVIEW: Being black on the Great White Way

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 at 7:30am

Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way by Stewart F. Lane (Square One Publishers 2015) $40; 288 pp. When William Alexander Brown decided to retire, he knew where he’d do it: in the two-story home he’d purchased in Lower Manhattan. It was 1821 and Brown, a free black man, knew that there were […]

Try as it might, cat fiction doesn’t purr

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 12:18pm

Try as it might, cat fiction doesn’t purr

Conspiracies of silence

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:25am

John Boyne’s follow-up to ‘The Absolutist’ is another amazing novel A History of Loneliness by John Boyne (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015; $26). 352 pp. Once Odran Yates’ mother informed him that he had “a vocation,” Odran never questioned that he would become a priest. As a 16-year-old, Odran went to seminary in his native […]