A Health Resort from Hell Nine Perfect Strangers – a novel about health-seekers at a sanitorium

Health resorts sound delicious. Days of pampering, exercise, rest, and meditation would bring a “Hell yes, sign me up today!” out of anyone. The cast of characters in Nine Perfect Strangers certainly thought a ten-day trip to a health resort would help make them healthier and happier while they transformed into their best selves. However, in true Liane Moriarty fashion, the solution isn’t always that easy. Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, explores the obsession with “fixing” oneself in her new book, Nine Perfect Strangers. Nine people – a romance author, a family of three, a […]

RuPaul is This Fall’s GuRu

Add some fierce to your shelves this fall with the wit, wisdom, and beauty that is RuPaul. Fans of the Glamazon are familiar with his sharp tongue and fearless nature, and his new book, GuRu, does not disappoint. Full of 80 stunning never-before-seen photos, RuPaul shares the insights and philosophies that have guided him through his life and career. For over 35 years, RuPaul has broken down barriers and helped shape the drag culture as we know it. As Jane Fonda says in the foreword of this book, “He has done this by being who he really is, but finding […]

Don’t Be Dull Jack

Living in a highly connected world can be both exciting and stressful. There are so many fun and unique ways to communicate with people, learn and explore topics, stay informed on events, and more. On the other hand, it is difficult to “turn off” the constant messages, news updates, unfiltered opinions of loved ones and strangers, and work. Discovering the balance between being connected and being a person is becoming more and more crucial with every new app. Author and artist, Marlee Grace is here to help those who have difficulty striking that balance. Her new book, How to Not […]

Paging READERS! Baltimore Book Festival features bisexual memoirist Anthony Moll, Sept. 29th & 30th

The 23rd annual Baltimore Book Festival returns to the Inner Harbor on Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the festival features local, regional and national authors. This year’s lineup includes White House correspondent April Ryan, New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs, Hurston / Wright Legacy Award recipient Tayari Jones, and many others. Baltimore author Anthony Moll is excited to be included in the festival. His book, Out of Step: A Memoir, is about a bisexual boy that enlists in the army during the era of “Don’t ask, don’t […]

Picking Up the Pieces

Actors in general are brave souls. If it were easy to deliver a performance – an interpretation of a script or character – in front of a camera or on stage for an audience to critique, then more people would do it. It takes more than bravery to embrace the art of the memoir. Opening yourself and your perspective to the world takes grit and resolve. In her memoir, In Pieces, Sally Field demonstrates that she not only has bravery from being an actor, but the grit to be a true memoirist. In Pieces is different from most Hollywood memoirs. […]

Dead but not Powerless

It took nearly a decade for Josh Aterovis’s fifth novel in the Killian Kendall mystery series to be published but it was worth the wait. Three publishers in a row went out of business, leading to the delay in the next installment in the young-adult mystery/paranormal genres that feature the gay teenage private investigator Killian Kendall. Aterovis’s third book, All Lost Things, was a 2010 Lambda Award finalist for Best Mystery. MLR Press, an independent LGBT publisher, expressed interest in the acclaimed series, which is back in print with updated editions, setting the stage for the fifth book’s arrival. With […]

A Road Trip of Acceptance

A road trip across America is the perfect balm needed to mend a broken heart. Or it’s an interesting way for a lost person to discover the things they didn’t know about themselves. This idea of “road trip” takes on a slightly different meaning in the novel America for Beginners. Instead of a stereotypical group of artists or lost twentysomethings, this story features a Bengali widow and her guides as she travels across the US to uncover the truth about her son and decide on whether she wants to live or die. In her debut novel, author Leah Franqui tells […]

BOOKS: Getting In & Out of the Swim

When a young, talented athlete, actor, musician, etc. comes on the scene, it is easy to be swept up in the excitement and think that young person has it made. They are gifted and should be placed on a pedestal. In her debut, Godspeed, Casey Legler debunks the myth of the talented, young athlete by sharing her story of life as a troubled Olympic swimmer. To an outsider, Legler had a unique and brilliant life opportunity. She lived in France with her family and began swimming at age 12. Her height and raw athletic talent made her a natural and […]

An Edgy Thriller

Summertime is here, and that means vacations. It doesn’t matter what your plans are – international adventures, weekends at the beach, the much needed “staycation” – vacations allow you to take a break from life. They allow you to relax and have a day where the hardest decision you need to make is whether you should put on pants or not. In The Cabin at the End of the World, Eric, Andrew, and their daughter, Wen, thought they were getting their relaxing vacation. The novel begins with Wen playing outside. While catching grasshoppers, Wen notices a man approaching. Her dads […]

Summer Lit 2018 Cool reads for hot weather

Summer’s (finally) here and the time is right for reading at the beach (or wherever your heart desires).  In Read by Strangers (Lethe, 2018), the follow-up to Washington, DC-based gay writer Phillip Dean Walker’s 2016 story collection At Danceteria and other stories, he populates the 16 pieces (one that is less a page in length, another that is 32 pages long) with gay porn stars (“Brad’s Head Revisited, ‘94”), a meth-addicted escort (“Three-Sink Sink”), fierce front-desk receptionists (“The Gargoyles”) and a mother having an affair with her daughter’s teacher (“Hester Prynne Got an A”). There’s even a spooky homage to […]