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To tell the truth: LGBTQ nonfiction

To tell the truth: LGBTQ nonfiction

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 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.

Cool fiction for hot weather

Cool fiction for hot weather

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 20, 2018

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

Monsters & Gods: Circe's story

Monsters & Gods: Circe's story

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Jun 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.

More books for LGBTQ Pride Month

More books for LGBTQ Pride Month

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jun 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.

More to life than books (but not much more)

More to life than books (but not much more)

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jun 6, 2018

June is bustin' out all over. LGBTQ Pride Month always brings with it a cornucopia of new books of special interest to our community.

Feasting on Fosse

Feasting on Fosse

  • by John F. Karr
  • May 30, 2018

Two recently published books are a Bob Fosse feast for musical theatre enthusiasts (aka, show queens, a fun but less politically correct nickname).

Bawdy bacchanal

Bawdy bacchanal

  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 30, 2018

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.

Big picture: All about 'Giant'

Big picture: All about 'Giant'

  • by Tavo Amador
  • May 23, 2018

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.

Waging war on governmental stupidity

Waging war on governmental stupidity

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • May 16, 2018

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.

Poetic trio

Poetic trio

  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 16, 2018

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.

Something else again

Something else again

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • May 2, 2018

In Alexander Chee's new collection of essays, "How To Write an Autobiographical Novel" (Mariner Books), it's his voice that counts.

Summer escape

Summer escape

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 2, 2018

After an eight-year absence, author Stephen McCauley has resurfaced with one of his best novels.

Behind the show tunes

Behind the show tunes

  • by John F. Karr
  • May 2, 2018

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."

Semaphored gay history

Semaphored gay history

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Apr 18, 2018

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.