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"’s rare to find a gender-fluid character in a main position, but that’s where author Linsey Miller places hers" more

Nov 13, 2017 12:15 PM Engage

Making Midcentury Modern

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A book review of "Making Midcentury Modern" more

Nov 9, 2017 11:40 AM Engage

"Without a doubt, “The Pants Project” is a good book, for kids or adults. It’s also a great reminder that adolescence is hard, kids are mean, support is key " more

Sep 15, 2017 10:40 AM Engage

Somebody To Love

Terri Schlichenmeyer

Authors Richards & Langthorne did an exhaustive job with the biography of Queen front man, Freddie Mercury, but that’s not all: this is also a surprising biography of the AIDS epidemic, beginning more than a century ago. more

Sep 4, 2017 3:00 PM Engage

Donald Bogle

Donald Bogle

If that was the only focus, though, this would be a pretty thin book. Instead, Bogle’s story moves in puddle-like circles around his subjects and through their lives. more

Aug 11, 2017 11:00 AM Engage

David S. Pederson

David S. Pederson

You don’t normally find a soft-sided, poetry-writing mobster in a noir mystery, for instance, but he’s here. And then there’s the sweetly chaste, budding romance between two men. more

Aug 10, 2017 2:10 PM Engage

Gay Preacher's Wife Author

Lydia Meredith

But, as in the new book “The Gay Preacher’s Wife” by Lydia Meredith, some surprises aren’t so welcome. Born into a large southern family, Lydia Meredith had a “strict Christian upbringing” that kept her somewhat sheltered until she went to college more

Aug 2, 2017 12:10 PM Engage

Putting the brakes on everything isn’t the most romantic notion, but it’s maybe the most prudent. Before I Do explains why. more

Apr 7, 2017 10:00 AM Wedding

Finding Gideon

Joseph Jones

You need that beginning; it’s nasty, but it sets up a first-rate thriller and a surprise: this latest Gideon tale has character development that makes many of the killers human, almost likeable. Readers get a better understanding of who Gideon is. more

Mar 27, 2017 1:40 PM Engage

The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One

Let’s start here: “The Lotterys Plus One” is too: too messy; too cutesy; too padded with not-pertinent-to-the-story scenes; and, with a plethora of names, too confusing...It's too over the top. more

Mar 27, 2017 11:35 AM Engage

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Brie Spangler

Spangler and Eiden make Dylan come alive in this boy-meets-girl-who-used-to-be-a-boy story, by giving him more than just one dimension. He’s a warm, responsible, and complex, well-crafted character. more

Mar 24, 2017 12:20 PM Engage

The Ada Decades

Paula Martinac

Beginning with a young girl’s early understanding of racial discrimination, author Paula Martinac tells a multi-layered tale from the perspective of an often-humorless, rather prudish, and complicated character. more

Mar 21, 2017 11:00 AM Engage

Whether you need it now, or you sense that you might later, Raising the Transgender Child is a good book to have in your parenting bag of tricks. For questioning children and families with questions, it’s more helpful, perhaps, than you can imagine. more

Mar 16, 2017 10:00 AM Engage

It’s all about who you know or, as in the new book The Art of the Affair by Catherine Lacy and Forsyth Harmon, it’s who you’ve dallied with. more

Mar 10, 2017 12:30 PM Engage

Some things, you never forget, like your first kiss. And, as you’ll see in “Boy Erased: A Memoir," you’d never forget the ultimatum your father gave you. From the time he was in fifth grade, Garrard Conley understood that he was a sinner. more

Feb 27, 2017 1:15 PM Engage

How does it happen that a gay man would own a mainstream strip club? “Scores” involves rompishness, humor, surprisingly heart-pounding chapters, a little Goodfellas, a little Boogie Nights, and quite a bit of fun. more

Feb 17, 2017 11:15 AM Engage

You can’t bear to look at the score. Both sides are playing well today. Your team might win. They might lose. Or, as in the new book “Game Changers” by Molly Schiot, they might alter the way the whole thing’s played. more

Feb 10, 2017 3:30 PM Engage

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Everybody, as they say, has a story to tell.An ancestor was captured in an early war. Parents overcame adversity in a new country. A health scare, a welcome blessing, a lucky streak, a chance meeting, we all have our tales to share. more

Feb 2, 2017 3:46 AM Engage

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In its most basic description, it’s a muscle. Nothing computerized, no easy-to-follow instructions or list of parts. Nope, it’s a muscle – a dub-thumping, miraculous group of cells that was beating when you were born. more

Jan 11, 2017 8:45 AM Engage

The truth was bent a little bit. Okay, so it was actually mangled. Warped beyond anything that might remotely be real. Wrapped up in a colossal “liar-liar-pants-on-fire” conflagration. The truth was nowhere near the lie you told to save face. more

Dec 24, 2016 1:00 PM Engage

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