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 […]

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 […]