Book review: ‘A Matter of Breeding’

The cur at the corner of your couch is one of the best dogs you’ve ever had. He’s smart, he’s friendly and he loves the kids. Ever since he was a puppy, he’s been scrupulously clean, inside and out. He watches over you, he makes you laugh, and you can’t imagine life without him. So [...]

This true crime story will keep your attention

Sooner or later, it happens to us all. You happen to meet someone and things go well. You spend time together and soon, you’re in love. And then something happens and you fight, you break up, and it’s the worst. Your heart is shattered and you think you might die. The good news is that [...]

Book review: ‘A History of Loneliness’

Throughout your life, the faith you’ve held has sustained you. In times of fear, you’ve prayed for courage. On troubled days, you’ve asked for favors. You’ve thrown gratitude heavenward, and you’ve demanded condemnation from the Higher Power you know. Some prayers are answered, some are not. But what if your religion failed you or, as [...]

Lee Lynch’s experiences are LGBT history at street-level

Ahhh, the good old days. You hear that a lot from people with short memories. Life was slower in the good old days, less complicated, less structured. But was it truly good? The answer isn’t easy; in your life, you’ve seen plenty of changes, positive and negative, and so has Lee Lynch. In her new [...]

Jason Schmidt shares a powerful, emotional coming-of-age tale

Your people understand you. That’s because you speak the same language, dance to the same music, and wear the same uniform. You might not be related by blood or ceremony, but you belong to them and they to you. You’re family but, as you’ll see in the new book A List of Things That Didn’t [...]

A personal account of being a gay soldier in the U.S. military

The phone call began another very long day. It arrived approximately 10 seconds after you walked to your desk, the first of that kind of interruption, followed by dozens of urgent (to the sender) emails and six cubicle drop-bys. Alas, you didn’t get much done that day. Sometimes, you just want to be left alone [...]

Jane Lawless is back in ‘The Old Deep and Dark’

Your favorite Hollywood star is in the headlines – again. By now, it shouldn’t surprise you. He’s in some sort of scrape a couple times a year, probably just so he can keep top-of-mind. Staying in the news; that’s the way stardom works. Then again, as you’ll see in the new mystery The Old Deep [...]

Book review: ‘The Story of Fester Cat’

Every now and then, you catch your cat staring off into space, and you wonder what he’s thinking about. Food, maybe; he’s always hungry. Outside, perhaps, or where his catnip mouse is hiding? Then again, he could be pondering the meaning of life; you never know, with a cat. Don’t you wish you understood what’s [...]

So many books, so little time

It’s easy to feel that way when faced with an entire bookstore full of possibilities. How do you pick? How do you know what’s good? Start here, with Bookwatch’s best of 2014 … Let’s start with fiction: Throughout the year, every time something bad happens, you’re reminded to hug the ones you love. Five Days [...]

Book review: ‘I Am Jazz’ — a one-of-a-kind tale

You are a one-of-a-kind kid. There’s nobody else like you. Nobody has eyes like yours, or fingers like yours, or ears that fold like yours. You think for yourself, have your own likes and hates, and people love you just the way you are. In the new book I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and [...]

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