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 [...]

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 [...]

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