Second novels are tough, especially when the author's debut was highly acclaimed. This was the challenge facing Madeline Miller, whose "Song of Achilles" (2012) was a superb retelling of the legendary Greek hero's homoerotic love affair with Patrocles.
Last week we previewed two books that are being released in time for LGBTQ Pride Month. This week we follow up with a passel more, books with publication dates this June.
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June is bustin' out all over. LGBTQ Pride Month always brings with it a cornucopia of new books of special interest to our community.
Two recently published books are a Bob Fosse feast for musical theatre enthusiasts (aka, show queens, a fun but less politically correct nickname).
For one-handed readers who enjoy erotic novels dripping with over-the-top sex on every page, Lambda Award-winning writer Tom Cardamone has written the perfect indulgence.
In "Giant" (St. Martin's Press, $27), Don Graham, professor of English at the University of Texas and scholar of the Lone Star State's "literature, films, and pop culture," argues for the greatness of the 1956 movie.
In a couple of weeks last month, Ronan Farrow came out publicly, won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein for The New Yorker, was named one of Time's 100 most influential people, and saw the publication of his new book.
In "Not Here," his second book of verse after 2014's This Way to the Sugar," Minneapolis-based poet Hieu Minh Nguyen presents a slowly simmering cauldron of intensity, emotion, and queerness.
After an eight-year absence, author Stephen McCauley has resurfaced with one of his best novels.
In Alexander Chee's new collection of essays, "How To Write an Autobiographical Novel" (Mariner Books), it's his voice that counts.
I do not come to bury Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber; nor do I come to marry him. I'm actually kinda indifferent to him. But I was intrigued by the idea of his autobiography, called "Unmasked: A Memoir."
Two ghosts loom over Martin Duberman's new memoir, "The Rest of It: Hustlers, Cocaine, Depression, and Then Some 1976-1988" (Duke University Press), neither of them named in the lengthy subtitle.