Browsing: The First Gay Novel

Nov-Dec 2014

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The Glass Closet:  Why Coming Out Is Good Business by John Browne Harper Business.  240 pages, $27.99 JOHN BROWNE was the CEO of BP from 1995 to 2007.…More

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Sally Ride: American’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr Simon & Schuster.  341 pages, $28. IT WAS only one sentence in a lengthy obituary of America’s first…More

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Letter to Jimmy by Alain Mabanckou Soft Skull Press.  176 pages, $15. THIS SHORT BOOK provides many insights into the life and work of James Baldwin (1924-1987). On…More

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My Thinning Years:  Starving the Gay Within by Jon Derek Croteau Hazelden.  240 pages, $14.95 IN MY GENERATION, gay boys and their fathers had complicated relationships. I know…More

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The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Inten-tions are Sabotaging Gay Equality by Suzanna Danuta Walters NYU Press.  343 pages, $29.95 IF WE TAKE a long view…More

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Gays in the Military Photographs and Interviews by Vincent Cianni Daylight Books.  256 pages, $45. BEING GAY became an explicit barrier to military service in 1950, when President…More

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Rebecca Rotert’s novel, Last Night at the Blue Angel, takes place in what feels like a much different Chicago. Like most mature American cities in the mid-1960s, Chicago was literally tearing itself apart.

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Frida Kahlo by Claudia Bauer (translated by Stephen Telfer) Prestel Verlag. 128 pages, $14.95 MEXICAN PAINTER Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) has had an impressive posthumous life. Actual photos and…More

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Keep the Well in Greenwell  There was once a country singer named Josey Greenwell who had a following and was openly gay (as reported by queerty.com). But then he…More