Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Warning: spoilers ahead. On to my second trans* book of the year: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children.  The Book Our MC is Gabe, a high school senior and total music nerd who has just landed his first radio show (at midnight, on local radio). He's very close to his neighbor, John, an older man with an… Continue reading Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

So I haven't blogged in an eternity a while thanks to grad school, but I've been all in a stew over this book, so here we are. Warning: spoilers ahead. The Book I read this 335-page novel in one day. In fact, I stayed up late to finish it, and I never do that because… Continue reading Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Review: Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman

Elizabeth M. Edman is an Episcopal priest and a lesbian. These two aspects of her identity are stitched into her very soul; they are vitally important, essential aspects of who she is as a person and how she moves about in the world. In Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and… Continue reading Review: Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman

Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

There are very few books that I would classify as "weird," but Miranda July's The First Bad Man is definitely one of them. My partner, to whom I read this book aloud, was over it by the time we were halfway through; it was too strange for her. I, on the other hand, found it… Continue reading Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

I borrowed Sarah Waters's newest novel The Paying Guests from a coworker of mine who said she hadn't been able to put it down, and even though I got interrupted while reading it---I spent a month in Asia and couldn't bring the big hardcover along---I, too, didn't want to stop reading. Sarah Waters is an amazing writer. I always… Continue reading Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Friday Favorites: LGBTQ Books

As soon as my coworker arrives with our rental van this morning, we'll be heading to Toronto for a weekend at World Pride! It's going to be an exciting, gay adventure, and I can't wait. I was hoping to be able to write my review of Marya Hornbacher's Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia before leaving,… Continue reading Friday Favorites: LGBTQ Books

Matilda Reviews: The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

Summary Lexi has a secret. She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she's afraid that what's left of her family is going to fall apart for good. Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

Matilda Reviews: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Summary: The story follows the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose "sexual inversion" (that is, homosexuality) is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Matilda Reviews: Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman

Summary: Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life. My Thoughts: I zipped through Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman

Matilda Reviews: Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

Summary: Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky, some pet fish, and two moms who think he's the greatest kid ever. And he happens to think he has the greatest moms ever, but everything changes when his birth mom and her wife, Jo, start to have marital problems. Suddenly, Nick is in the middle, and… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters