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The Other France

A coming-of-age story, The End of Eddy describes in graphic detail the tribulations of a gay teenager growing up in the depressed northern region of France during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Huehuetenango

The Black Penguin is a thrilling book not only because Evans survives a bus trip to the bottom of South America but also because the Mormon Church disapproves of his homosexuality—a story that forms, in alternating chapters, a tale as harrowing as his journey to Antarctica.

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Two Forces of Nature on a Collision Course

Many more albums would follow over the ensuing fifteen years, featuring numerous songs that are now standards by Freddie Mercury, notably “Somebody to Love” (1976, the source of this book’s title), “We Are the Champions” (1977), and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (1979).

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Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves

Lynn Comella is an associate professor of gender and sexuality at the University of Nevada, and Vibrator Nation represents a two-decade project that became her dissertation in communications.

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What Liberation Looked Like

Nicoletta’s images in LGBT San Francisco can be read as an epic narrative: not a static moment but an unfolding drama. There are images of Sean Penn and Harvey Milk placed side-by-side, and there are juxtaposed reenactments such as: Supervisor Harvey Milk’s Inaugural Walk from Castro Street to City Hall

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An Activist on Three Fronts

In Jane Crow, Rosalind Rosenberg delineates Murray’s education, career, and personal life in the context of American history.

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‘A Realistic Story of Everyday Lives’

Jonathan Strong’s new novel, Quit the Race, deals with the challenges of old age. A persistent theme of his writing, the difficulty of knowing another person or even of knowing one’s own heart, permeates this latest addition to his impressive œuvre.

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Short Reviews

Book reviews of Prince Harry: Boy to Man, “The Man Who Thought Himself a Woman”, Guide to Manly Health & Training, and Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings.

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Person and Persona

CLAUDE CAHUN may not be particularly well known outside the art world, but this highly readable biography of the 20th-century French writer, artist, and photographer ought to help change this situation.

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Latin Cinema Grows Up

At times Venkatesh’s categorization of Maricón and New Maricón cinema comes across as a distinction between “gay” and “queer” films. To an extent this analogy holds true.

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