Arts & Culture :: Books

Three strong women in America

Three strong women in America

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Aug 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).

Stranger than fiction

Stranger than fiction

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Aug 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.

Gay liberation: a performance review

Gay liberation: a performance review

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Aug 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.

Stripping with suspense

Stripping with suspense

  • by Sari Staver
  • Aug 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.

Celebrities done up in rubbish!

Celebrities done up in rubbish!

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jul 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.

Change of life

Change of life

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 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.

Love in a time of resistance

Love in a time of resistance

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 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."

Warm weather page-turners: mysteries

Warm weather page-turners: mysteries

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Jul 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.

Daddy issues

Daddy issues

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 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.

Word of mouth

Word of mouth

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 11, 2018

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

Continuing perils

Continuing perils

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jul 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.

Drag to riches

Drag to riches

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 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.

Courageous artist & sexual pioneer

Courageous artist & sexual pioneer

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Jun 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.

For the children

For the children

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jun 20, 2018

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