Something for everyone in this summer’s reading list

You made your reservations months ago. This was a vacation you’ve been planning for … well, it seems like forever. One of those once-in-a-lifetime trips is what you’ve always dreamed about, and you’ve bought all new clothes and even a new suitcase for it. So why would you take just any old book on your [...]

Book review: ‘Artificial Cherry’ — a quick read you’ll want to read again

A little of this and a little of that. It’s the way conversation flows when you’re with a friend. You mosey from subject to subject; you touch upon a funny story which leads to another topic you can both gnaw on before you move to something totally different. That’s a glue that holds you together. [...]

Book review: ‘Body Counts — A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival’

You didn’t want to look. When you bought the ticket, you knew the movie was going to be scary, but you had to see it for yourself. Kind of. Peeking between your fingers. You couldn’t look … but you couldn’t look away, either. In the early 1980s, when AIDS was barely understood, Sean Strub decided [...]

Book review: Lost and Found in Johannesburg — will want to make you turn left and keep on going

Turn left. You used to need a map to know that info, but these days, a voice from a screen tells you where to go on your trip. It’s easy and fairly reliable, so who would want to go back to wrestling with a map, or wondering if turning left was right? No, you haven’t [...]

Book review: ‘Frog Music.’ Don’t miss this ‘dream-surreal’ murder mystery

Frog Music

Once, it was the most natural question in the world: why? With a child’s usual curiosity, you asked it incessantly. Why are dogs black? Why’s the sun hot? Why do birds fly away? Why? You drove your mother nuts. But as you aged, answers came easier and “Why?” grew faint. You didn’t need to ask [...]

Activist’s book tells why it’s time to get angry again about AIDS

Friend Grief and AIDS. (PRNewsFoto/Victoria Noe)

CHICAGO — A generation is growing up thinking an AIDS diagnosis is no big deal, but the Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 1 in 2 young gay men will be HIV-positive by the time they’re 50 years old. The second book in Victoria Noe’s award-winning series on grieving the death of a [...]

Book review: ‘Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime That Changed America’

You always hold doors open. That’s because your mama taught you to help others; you hold doors for stragglers, lend your ear, dispense advice, volunteer, donate and keep an eye on your neighbor’s house. Really, it’s no big deal. You’re a good helper, but how involved do you get in other people’s matters? Read Kitty [...]

Book review: ‘Teaching the Cat to Sit’ — a must read biography

Sometimes, you feel so adrift. Unmoored, unanchored, you feel as though you ride each wave alone, emotions and events washing over you until you can’t weather the storm any longer and you need an anchor. That’s when you reach for your family or your God. But what if both were denied to you? In Teaching [...]

Book review: ‘Pee-Shy: A Memoir’- one incredible journey

Sometimes, you wish you had a better memory. You would never, for instance, forget appointments. You could tell better jokes, win more arguments, save more money. You’d remember faces of the people you met and events that happened when you were too small for it to matter. Then again, as you’ll see in the new [...]

Book review: ‘The Marriage Act,’ a memoir that’s passably OK

The room was crowded, filled with only two people. At least that’s what it seemed as the groom looked at his beloved: there was no one else in the room but them. You could see it on their faces, the way their eyes danced together, alone in a sea of well-wishers, seeing only one another. [...]

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