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No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore Nation Books. 256 pages, $26. BOOKS SHOULD NOT be judged by…More

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The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pointes Peebles Riverhead Books. 464 pages, $26. AS WHOOPI GOLDBERG said of Julia Roberts, “Julia Roberts was not always Julia Roberts.”…More

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Playing to the Gods:  Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry That Changed Acting Forever by Peter Rader Simon & Schuster. 275 pages, $26. THE TITLE of this…More

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Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel by Natasha Hurley University of Minnesota Press. 320 page, $27. WHERE DID today’s gay novel come from? Did it spring…More

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel:  Essays by Alexander Chee Mariner Books. 288 pages, $15.99 ABOUT THREE-QUARTERS of the way through “The Curse,” the first piece in Alexander…More

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Henry James and Queer Filiation: Hardened Bachelors of the Edwardian Era by Michael Anesko Palgrave/MacMillan. 110 pages, $69.99 HENRY JAMES and Queer Filiationis sort of a sequel…More

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Luminous Traitor: The Just and Daring Life of Roger Casement by Martin Duberman U. of California. 288 pages, $32.95 ROGER CASEMENT (1864–1916) was an Irish diplomat…More

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Butch Heroes by Ria Brodell MIT Press. 96 pages, $24.95 UPON first looking into this small volume, I had no idea what really big ideas and treasures were…More

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THE year was 1994. It was the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and, as luck would have it, the year in which a new magazine called The Harvard…More

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Juke-box musicals such as Carole King’s Beautiful, ABBA’s Mamma Mia!, and the Four Seasons’ Jersey Boys don’t always have to make sense if the music and staging are truly spectacular. After the Chicago tryout, the creative team behind The Cher Show have their work cut out for them to shape-shift this vehicle into true fabulousness for its Broadway debut in November at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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