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Further reading, fall 2018 (part 2)

Further reading, fall 2018 (part 2)

By Gregg Shapiro

Prolific poet and writer Jim Elledge's "The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third-Sexers, Pansies, Queers and Sex Morons in Chicago's First Century" (Chicago Review) picks up where St Sukie de la Croix's "Chicago Whispers" left off.

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By Jim Piechota | October 3, 2018

Poet Rafael Campo's "Comfort Measures Only" gathers 88 poems, many of which are new and unpublished, with the remainder drawn from other books of his works.

By Brian Bromberger | October 3, 2018

There is a chilling scene in the first chapter of Rebecca Makkai's new novel "The Great Believers" where the main character, Yale Tishman, is attending a memorial party in 1985 for a close friend, Nico, who has died of AIDS.


By Roberto Friedman | September 26, 2018

Sometimes a novel feels so true to your lived experience it feels pulled from your own life. That was our sensation reading "That Was Something," a new novel by Dan Callahan (Squares & Rebels).

By Gregg Shapiro | September 26, 2018

Subtitled "a story of Childhood," James Baldwin's only children's book "Little Man Little Man" (Duke U. Press, 1976), with illustrations by Yoran Cazac, is now available for the first time in more than 40 years.


By Tim Pfaff | September 19, 2018

Out music scholar Paul Kildea, author of a brilliant biography of Benjamin Britten, has looked deeply into Chopin's Op. 28 Preludes in "Chopin's Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism" (W.W. Norton).

By Jim Piechota | September 19, 2018

Nicola Griffith's "So Lucky" is a profound work of autobiographical fiction about overcoming life's boundaries, resisting victimization, and discovering long-dormant strengths.


By Tavo Amador | September 19, 2018

Considering Todd Fisher's fascinating "My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie" (William Morrow, $27.99).

By Tim Pfaff | August 24, 2018

Jordy Rosenberg's "Confessions of the Fox" comes as a sharp reminder of the undervalued business of reading for pleasure.


By Roberto Friedman | August 22, 2018

Author Don Shewey is a therapist whose work with gay men concerns issues of sex and intimacy. He has a lot of wisdom and experience to share in his new book "The Paradox of Porn - Notes on Gay Male Sexual Culture" (Joybody Books).

By John F. Karr | August 22, 2018

As the limited field of porn star memoirs goes, a new book ranks high. It's "Body to Job" (Rare Bird Books, paper, $17.95; Kindle, $9) by Christopher Zeischegg, the former and mostly heterosexual porn star whose nom de porn is/was Danny Wylde.


By Brian Bromberger | August 15, 2018

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.

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.

By Jim Piechota | July 4, 2018

As the winner of the sixth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" and the queen of her own expanding empire, insult comedienne extraordinaire Bianca Del Rio's (aka Roy Haylock) latest venture is a companion piece to her current comedy tour of the same name.


By Jim Piechota | June 20, 2018

For gay readers cultivating families of their own, there remains a distinct need for literary nourishment especially written for the young ones.

By Tavo Amador | June 20, 2018

The Swedish Royal Academy's decision to award the 1947 Nobel Prize for Literature to Andre Gide (1869-1951) was revolutionary. Never before had an openly homosexual author been given that prize.


By Gregg Shapiro | June 20, 2018

The following titles are suggestions for reading on a park bench, at the beach or anywhere the sun is warmly shining on you.

By Gregg Shapiro | June 20, 2018

Summer's finally here, and the time is right for reading at the beach, or wherever your heart desires.


By Tavo Amador | June 13, 2018

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.

By Roberto Friedman | June 13, 2018

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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