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Portland underground

By Brian Bromberger

Lesbian novels have rarely caught the public imagination, but this deserves to change with the publication of "Stray City," a tender, insightful debut novel set in 1990s Portland.

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By Gregg Shapiro | August 8, 2018

The greatest success story that "RuPaul's Drag Race" ever launched has now written a book of advice, "Blame It on Bianca Del Rio" (Dey Street).

By Tavo Amador | August 8, 2018

J. Randy Taraborrelli provides new insights in his fascinating "Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Life of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill" (St. Martin's Press, $29.99).


By Jim Piechota | August 8, 2018

"History of Violence" is a harrowing work of fictionalized fact that depicts its 25-year-old author's rape and assault during a botched hookup.

By Sari Staver | August 1, 2018

"Obsexion," by local writer Matt Converse, is based on the author's seven years as a dancer at the iconic San Francisco club.


By Tim Pfaff | August 1, 2018

There are less loaded ways to ask the question "Has the Gay Movement Failed?" than making it the title of your new book from the University of California Press, as the eminent gay historian Martin Duberman just has.

By Sari Staver | July 26, 2018

"Pop Trash: The Amazing Art of Jason Mecier," a coffee-table book with full-page pictures of meticulously crafted celebrity portraits, rolled off the presses this month.


By Jim Piechota | July 26, 2018

Whoever said that 60 is the new 40 hasn't met writer David Sedaris. The popular satirist's latest collection of tragicomic essays "Calypso" finds the pithy, prolific wordsmith at his finest.

By Tim Pfaff | July 26, 2018

It's not to diminish the significance of the art Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore made together in and around between-the-world-wars Paris to say that none of it is absorbing as Rupert Thomson's masterful novel about them, "Never Anyone But You."


By Tavo Amador | July 11, 2018

A fine crop of murder mysteries is available to keep readers engaged while at the beach, the pool, or flying to an interesting destination.

By Tim Pfaff | July 11, 2018

A deeply felt, finely balanced account of being Leonard Bernstein's oldest daughter captures the madness of life in the orbit of one of the last century's most influential, larger-than-life musicians with equal parts candor and compassion.


By Jim Piechota | July 11, 2018

Outspoken, forceful, and eminently significant, Michelle Tea has been a literary force of nature for well over a decade.

By Roberto Friedman | July 11, 2018

By the time young gay French author Edouard Louis' first novel "The End of Eddy" was translated into English and published in the U.S. last year, all of our friends who still read books had read it and were urging us to dive right in.


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