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10/28/2014
Book Reviews: This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, America's Most Haunted
This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Dannielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo Chronicle Books, $18.95, 240 pages   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 ...
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10/6/2014
Book Reviews: The Language of Houses, A Cup of Water Under My Bed
The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us by Alison Lurie Delphinium Books, $24.95, 311 pages   The building must be nearly done.  Every day for months, you’ve seen it on your way to work. You’ve watched it go from a hole in the ground, to a steel skeleton, to a behemoth structure that you’re glad you’ll never have to enter. The whole place seems unwelcoming.  But why?  Why get the heebie-jeebies over ...
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9/23/2014
Book Reviews: Male Sex Work and Society, Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Male Sex Work and Society, edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott Harrington Park Press, $50, 512 pages   Money does strange things to a fellow.  It can lead to greed, dishonesty, mistrust, even murder. It changes friendships and families. Money puts people on a shelf and it puts food in a man’s stomach, which is what you needed back when you did what you did.  You’re not proud of it – or ...
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9/12/2014
Book Reviews: All I Love and Know, The Mindset List of the Obscure
The Mindset List of the Obscure by Tom McBride and Ron Nief Sourcebooks, $16.99, 320 pages   Your father sometimes says really odd things.  It’s “in like Flynn” this, or “Julie’s swan song” that, or “Just the facts, Ma’am.” He’s been talking that way for as long as you can remember. It’s like living with Richie Cunningham’s dad.  Uh-oh. Would your kids understand that last cultural reference? Did you ever consider that someday, ...
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8/25/2014
Book Reviews: Charity & Sylvia, Travels with Casey
Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis Simon & Schuster, $26.00, 341 pages   You are your dog’s only pack.  And the pack is happy.  A trip to the corner store started it all: you said “Go for a ride?” and he nearly exploded. That’s his favorite thing, which makes it your favorite thing and right then, you weren’t sure which moved faster – your vehicle, or his tail.  Yep, your dog loves going ...
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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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