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8/11/2014
Book Reviews: The Glass Closet, Monster's Chef
The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business by John Browne(240 pp., $27.99, Harper 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 The Glass ...
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7/28/2014
Book Reviews: Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices
Hard Choices: A Memoir by Hillary Rodham Clinton Simon & Schuster, $35.00, 635 pages   Your mind may already be made up.  Political ads have barely started appearing on TV, but you already have an inkling of your future choice. Sure, there are a few important questions you’d like answered from the candidate who gets your vote; for the most part, though, you’ve decided.  Was it difficult to pick?  Or, as in the ...
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7/25/2014
Book Reviews: Sally Ride, The Illusionists
Sally Ride: America ’s First Woman in Space by Lynn SherrSimon & Schuster, $28, 376 pages 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 Sally Ride: America ...
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7/1/2014
Book Reviews: Invisible Ellen, For Today I Am a Boy
Invisible Ellen by Shari ShattuckPutnam, $26.95, 295 pages Peek-a-boo. You probably can’t remember it, but that was a pretty fun game back when you were a baby. Can’t see you. Where’d you go? You can hide, but you can’t run. Fortunately, you’re able to handle that kind of excitement now. Unfortunately, you have more grown-up reasons to want to be swallowed up by the ground or, as in Invisible Ellen by Shari Shattuck, to be ...
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6/25/2014
Book Reviews: Artificial Cherry, Over Our Dead Bodies
Artificial Cherry by Billeh Nickerson Arsenal Pulp Press, $14.95, 96 pages   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. It’s the stuff of friendship. And in ...
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6/25/2014
Book Reviews: Queerly Beloved, The Secret Life of Sleep
Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders by Diane and Jacob Anderson-MinshallBold Strokes Books, $16.95, Canada, 235 pages 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 it ...
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5/19/2014
Book Reviews: Run Don't Walk, Body Counts
Run, Don’t Walk by Adele Levine, P.T. 2014, Avery, $26.00, 278 pages   It all starts with baby steps.  Baby steps, with arm-waving balance and shaky testing of foot on floor. You held onto the fingers of someone bigger and more experienced at that sort of thing, one foot in front of the other before you finally got the hang of it all.  You probably don’t remember your first steps – unless it’s ...
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4/24/2014
Book Reviews: Dog Gone, Back Too Soon & A Wanted Woman
Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick TroutHyperion, $15.00, 325 pages You were sure that everyone was in awe. There you were, poised, confident, and in control. You had a handle on things and you were workin’ it. All eyes were on you, watching, and you were sure they were impressed with the razzle-dazzle you displayed. And then things went wrong. Horribly, publicly wrong and you went from great to goat in two-point-four seconds. But ...
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4/8/2014
Book Reviews: Frog Music, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue Little, Brown, $27.00, 416 pages   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 “why” so much, except, as in the ...
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3/25/2014
Book Reviews: Teaching the Cat to Sit, Kitty Genovese
Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir by Michelle TheallGallery Books, $24.99, 288 pages 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 the Cat to Sit, Michelle Theall ...
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