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Corresponding with Cole Porter

Corresponding with Cole Porter

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 23, 2019

"The Letters of Cole Porter" weighs in at over 650 pages with notes, but it's really meant to be read in toto only by scholars and Porter completists, so the general reader can feel okay about selective skipping.

Best books of 2019

Best books of 2019

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 17, 2019

I don't at all restrict my reading to LGBTQ authors and topics, but I could have in 2019 and still had an extraordinary reading year.

Being Ian McKellen

Being Ian McKellen

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 10, 2019

Among LGBTQ people, Ian McKellen is almost God.

Books for the holidays

Books for the holidays

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 10, 2019

A follow-up to Carly Simon's acclaimed 2015 memoir "Boys in the Trees," "Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie" (FSG) is an intimate, affectionate portrait of the singer-songwriter's comradeship with "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

Despereaux, a mouse against despair

Despereaux, a mouse against despair

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 3, 2019

For a happily childless adult, Out There sure does see a lot of "family friendly" theatre and entertainment appropriate for children.

Greatest love of all

Greatest love of all

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 3, 2019

"We became inseparable," Robyn Crawford candidly admits in "A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston," even while her churlish mother Cissy, the most evil presence in the entire book, disapproved.

Pleasing the readers: Books for gifting

Pleasing the readers: Books for gifting

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Dec 3, 2019

Each year it seems one faces greater challenges in finding the right thing for those on holiday gift lists. Books are a splendid solution to that dilemma. Superb choices abound.

Our Miss Andrews

Our Miss Andrews

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 3, 2019

Julie Andrews' "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years" begins with her arrival in Hollywood in 1963 to make her screen debut in Disney's "Mary Poppins."

It takes two to tangle

It takes two to tangle

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 19, 2019

Carmen Maria Machado's new memoir "In the Dream House" addresses the topic of lesbian domestic abuse, though it also circles the subject.

Call me an unsatisfying sequel

Call me an unsatisfying sequel

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 12, 2019

Andre Aciman has published the sequel to his incandescent debut novel, "Call Me By Your Name."

Which witch is which?

Which witch is which?

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Nov 12, 2019

Writer Augusten Burroughs reveals yet another fascinating aspect about himself in " Toil & Trouble." Wait for it: he's a witch.

Monster mash

Monster mash

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Nov 5, 2019

Jeanette Winterson's 11th novel is "Frankissstein: A Love Story" (Grove Press).

Ice queen Adam Rippon pens memoir

Ice queen Adam Rippon pens memoir

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Nov 5, 2019

In his effortlessly breezy and entertaining memoir "Beautiful on the Outside," U.S. Olympic athlete Adam Rippon demonstrates a natural knack for comedic writing.

Talking puppets talking trash

Talking puppets talking trash

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Oct 29, 2019

Call it an uptick in the collective unconscious or call it news, there's no mistaking the mushrooming of new books, fiction and non-, about Fascism.