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 [...]

Book review: ‘My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within’

“You look great!” When you’re dieting, there are no sweeter words. Losing weight is work, sacrifice and lots of self-control. For sure, it’s not for wimps. But how much is too much? Can you shed your past while you shed pounds, too? In My Thinning Years by Jon Derek Corteau, you’ll read about gains and [...]

Marching toward equality

Duty_Worthy Fights

Two new books – Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by former Republican Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace by former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta – give insights into Washington’s slow, deliberative but irrevocable move toward ending the discriminatory policy [...]

Book review: ‘This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids’

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids

You didn’t know what to expect. When your child told you he’s gay, it came as a bit of a shock even though you kinda knew already. As he was telling you, though, he was nervous, you were nervous, but the conversation went well. You love your gay son or daughter– but you have about [...]

Book review: ‘A Cup of Water Under My Bed’

What’s inside? Good question – and once you learned that you can determine the answer by taking things apart, well, nothing was safe. The hidden parts, an object’s guts, were always more complicated and more interesting than what was on the outside. Isn’t life like that; what you don’t see is sometimes better than what [...]

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