Author Archive | Heather Seggel

Couples in Flux

THE ACTION in Weekend takes place over a mere two days, and it all happens on a small island in Ontario, where a celebratory getaway reveals fracture lines running through the relationships of the participants.

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Short Reviews

Reviews of the books: Out in the Periphery: Latin America’s Gay Rights Revolution, Dog Men, and Some Go Hungry and the film: Clambake : 30 Years of Women’s Week in Provincetown.

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Sons and Mothers

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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A Family Transition

  Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt Random House. 279 pages, $27.   WHEN Wayne and Kelly Maines adopt twin sons, Jonas and Wyatt, it’s as if the American Dream has fallen into their laps. Kelly is eager for motherhood, while Wayne, a sporty outdoorsman, now has two boys to […]

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A Week in the Life

  Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald Tin House Books. 388 pages, $25.95   ADULT ONSET spans one week, but from within that boundary it frequently comes unstuck in time. Its fictional world presents a calm outward surface, but there’s turmoil churning just underneath. These contrasts build and clarify, stretching into a portrait of how we […]

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If the World Were Walt’s

JOHN MARSH proposes something here that may cause many readers to shake a skeptical head, but hear him out. In Walt We Trust addresses our generally fixed beliefs about death, money, sex, and democracy, and proposes that the writings of Walt Whitman can serve as a guide on the path toward human connection and personal fulfillment.

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Tell Your Subordinates!

  The Glass Closet:  Why Coming Out Is Good Business by John Browne Harper Business.  240 pages, $27.99   JOHN BROWNE was the CEO of BP from 1995 to 2007. During his tenure, a harrowing refinery explosion took place in Texas, killing fifteen and injuring 170 workers. While trying to be the face of corporate […]

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How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying

A Life in the Laugh Track

  How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying: Lessons from a Life in Comedy by Carol Leifer Quirk Books.  224 pages, $19.95   EVEN IF her name doesn’t ring a bell, you are familiar with Carol Leifer’s work. She’s a stand-up comedy crony of Paul Reiser and Jerry Seinfeld, wrote for Seinfeld, SNL, and […]

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Two Boys Kissing

Liplocking for Guinness

  Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Alfred A. Knopf. 200 pages, $16.99   IT HAS been just over ten years since David Levithan tossed a hot pink monkey wrench into the machinery of young adult fiction with the publiction of Boy Meets Boy, a full-on romantic comedy complete with a happy ending for its […]

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One Horny Dude

Faun is bold on the page and may offend some readers: Gil refers to “queers” and “trannies,” is put off by the erections he causes in other men, and assumes all older men are potential child molesters (a holdover from his Catholic upbringing).

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