Book review: ‘Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America’

Sometimes, you wonder how Grandma coped. For most (if not all) of her life, she lived without a computer or cell phone. She made meals for her family without a microwave, sewed her own clothing and enjoyed each of the four channels she got on her small-screen TV. So how did she do it? Conveniences [...]

Book review: ‘The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business’

The view from your office is quite magnificent. When you moved into that space, you also got the perfect desk, a credenza to match and a plushy, throne-like chair. It’s a workspace anyone would envy. Yes, your office is well-appointed. But your closet …? Not so much. Therefore, according to John Browne in his new [...]

Book review: ‘Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East’

Throwing a dart at a board. That’s one way to decide where you’ll go on vacation. You could also call a travel agent, hop in a car, or head to the backyard. No matter what you do with those precious weeks of vacay, you’ll definitely use them. So how about a whirlwind tour of the [...]

Book review: ‘Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space’

And the cow jumped over the moon. You spent many years wondering if that were possible, although countless nursery rhyme books said it was so. Yes, a human could surely go there, but a bovine? Eventually, you learned the truth: men and women can overcome gravity, but cows stay grounded. And in the new book [...]

Book review: ‘For Today I Am a Boy’

You’ve planned for it, dreamed of it, wished it would happen. You imagined yourself with it and envied those who had it: family, vacation, money, success, a sibling, a pony. Whatever it was, it’s been your most fervent desire since forever. Yes, you’ve wanted it your whole life but, as in the novel For Today [...]

Book review: ‘Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders’

Why do you stay with the one you love? You can count the ways: he makes you laugh. She’s tender, kind and generous. You love being in his arms. He’s a good dancer. She’s hot. There a million reasons to love, each as individual as the lovers. But what if your partner changed? What if [...]

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 [...]

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