Category Archives: Reviews

Review: The Goldfinch

Ah, The Goldfinch… This has to be one of the books I waited the longest to read. Got it on my Kindle when it first came out, was a bit put off by the hype, started plowing into the initial … Continue reading

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Review: Getting Rooted in New Zealand

This has been such a heavy month. We lost Robin Williams, there was a sizeable earthquake in Napa that had many of us waking at 3.20am wondering if it was “the big one,” and it doesn’t look good for Joan … Continue reading

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Richard Yates (1926-1992), the author of Revolutionary Road and other novels, was a damaged man who produced beautiful, bleak books while he indulged his addictions and was in and out of mental hospitals due to frequent mental breakdowns (Yates was … Continue reading

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Queerly Beloved: a review

I’ve always been fascinated by gender diversity. A memoir has just been published that explores what happens when one partner in a long-term lesbian relationship transitions to being a man. What surprised me about Queerly Beloved (Bold Strokes Books, May 2014, $9.99 … Continue reading

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Review: Don’t Go There by Kate Genet

Scarcity” was the first work I ever read by Kate Genet. It turns out she’s taken this short story and turned it into a full-length novel. And it’s a wonderful, compelling read. In Don’t Go There (Kindle, $4.99), Genet excels in … Continue reading

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HBO’s Looking

Originally posted on The Lone Writer: Shannon Yarbrough:
Did you watch the premiere of HBO’s new show, Looking, last night?  If so, what did you think? I had high hopes for it only because there hasn’t been a good “gay…

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…and Happy New Year 2014

Twenty-fourteen has started with a nice little burst of energy. I got the flu in late December (it may very well have been swine flu, since H1N1 is a predominant strain this year) and was knocked flat on my back … Continue reading

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December book news (free promo and a review)

As we come up to the winter solstice, I’ve enabled snow falling on my blog. Thanks, WordPress 🙂 It may be corny, but I find it rather cute. The solstice seems like a good time to fire up the Kindle … Continue reading

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Review: Actors Anonymous

First off, I should say I’ve been a fan of James Franco‘s film work. I shied away from reading Palo Alto, his not-very-well-received collection of short stories, and I think I did so because I was afraid I would be … Continue reading

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I found Alana Munro’s Women Behaving Badly: Exposing the Truth about Female Friendship (Kindle, .99) on a site called something like Kindle Books and Tips, and I downloaded the sample. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting the book to be as focused … Continue reading

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