Browsing: July-August 2016

July-August 2016

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THIS three-part literary portrait of the renowned poet Amy Lowell in light of her lesbian relationship with Ada Russell, her lifetime companion, lover, supporter, and muse—whom Lowell lovingly called “the lady of the moon”—breathes new life into Amy Lowell’s stature and significance.

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In Cursed Legacy, Spotts does an impressive job of capturing Klaus Mann’s legacy as a novelist, essayist, editor, playwright, journalist, political activist, gay rights activist, war correspondent, and American soldier. He also offers considerable insight into the emotions, the suffering, and the dreams of this multi-faceted individual. While he gained some renown for his accomplishments during his lifetime, most of this recognition came posthumously. Thus Klaus would never know that he had finally succeeded in stepping out from under his father’s shadow and into the light of day.

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Same-Sex Sexuality in Later Medieval English Culture by Tom Linkinen Amsterdam University Press 334 pages, $99. IN 1394, according to London court records, one John “Eleanor” Rykener was…More

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Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 1908-1934 by Laura Horak Rutgers. 311 pages, $29.95 EVEN IN ITS TITLE, Girls Will Be Boys sets out…More

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Gregory Mitchell’s study of male sex workers in Brazil, the muscular machos for rent in certain saunas in Rio de Janeiro really are putting on an act, trying to match themselves to the fantasy that tourists from America and Europe have of Brazilian men.

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Cyd Zeigler, founder of Outsports magazine, argues that a decade and a half after a spate of homophobic incidents on the courts, on the fields, and in the locker rooms of American sports— LGBT athletes are beginning to enjoy a certain amount of acceptance.

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These two books on overlapping topics are a pleasure to hold and to look at. Memories of the Revolution is a standard-sized paperback with a collection of photos in the center, and The Only Way Home Is through the Show is a large paperback art book, lavishly illustrated throughout.

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Hide is a wonderful first novel. Full of humor and tragedy, the book reveals the sacrifices that people are often willing to make to keep their love, even if they must hide it from the world.

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IN THIS MEMOIR, Castillo writes about her childhood in Chicago when it was the crucible of the Civil Rights movement, about motherhood and the complications it inspires, and about life as a bisexual Chicana feminist author. Black Dove is stunning in its range of interests and subversive for its linkage of the intimately personal with our current political landscape.

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