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 […]

Book reviews: 2 portraits of gay life from the women’s perspective

Posted on 19 Feb 2015 at 1:56pm

Reviews: 2 portraits of gay life from the women’s perspective