‘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

Long road home

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 7:20am

Dallasite’s memoir of growing up gay as a minister’s daughter is a powerful and harrowing tale of abuse, rejection … and, ultimately, forgiveness TAMMYE NASH  | Managing Editor The First Stone: A Gay Daughter’s Survival in a Religious World, by Samiel Kalin (Canyonwalker Press 2014) $19.95, 193 pp. If you grew up in the American [...]

Year in Review 2014: Books – Seeing, read

Posted on 25 Dec 2014 at 7:35am

The best in fiction, nonfiction and kid-lit for 2014 So many books, so little time. It’s easy to feel that way when faced with an entire bookstore full of possibilities. How do you pick?  How do you know what’s good? Start here: The Bookworm’s best of 2014. First up? FICTION Throughout the year, every time [...]