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Brokeback Mountain
3.92
This story is probably the perfect length for laying out in the yard on a Sunday afternoon. I'm thinking of a hammock...

But anyway, I guess we're supp
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Oct 2006
Jun 20, 2007
 
At Swim, Two Boys
4.06
I just read this amazing novel for the second time. (I first read it some years back when the book was released.)
I was amazed of how much of the stor
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Oct 2007
Nov 29, 2007
 
City of Refuge
3.92
It was almost like reliving the nightmare that was Katrina, all over again.
But a powerful look at the tough choices so many folks made during those d
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Feb 02, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
 
The History Boys
4.06
Great play. I've only read it. I'd love to see a stage production.
Imagine, an education that actually gives people an experience and challenges them.
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Feb 2007
Jun 19, 2007
 
Martin and John
3.77
It's true, the literature that came out of the epidemic — Our Holocaust, as one older gay jewish friend described the dark years of the 1980s and 90s ...more
Aug 17, 2008
Aug 14, 2008
 
Where the Boys Are
4.01
Even though I started off not really liking some of these chracters, Mann makes it hard to put the book down. There were many moments when I truly did ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 04, 2011
 
Fellow Travelers
3.55
I finished this novel last night. I was up early this morning to take it back to the library.
For some reason, I found this story so unnerving. So sad.
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Jun 18, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
 
Alternatives to Sex
3.25
That it took me about five months to trod through this novel probably says something about what I thought of it.
Though I did find the writing at-time
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Feb 2012
Feb 21, 2012
 
August: Osage County
4.23
These characters were thrilling. Sad, funny, pathetic and somehow — heroic.
Though there was something sort of "Long Days Journey Into Night" about it
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Jul 2008
Jul 29, 2008
 
Boulevard
3.37
It's the thing about novels set in New Orleans — the place can overwhelm the story and the characters. And also, the writer has to carefully avoid not ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 08, 2008
 
The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
4.20
This book could be thought of as one of the definitive accounts of the Civil Rights movement in the South.
It exposes the insolence, cruelty and insul
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Feb 2007
Jun 20, 2007
 
Michael Tolliver Lives (Tales of the City, #7)
3.84
Another Maupin quickie. It's so easy to breeze through these books.
But it was fun to reconnect with these folks. After all of those "Tales of the Cit
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not set
Oct 19, 2010
 
A Single Man
4.11
There was something really modern about this novel. I had to keep reminding myself that it was written in the mid-1960s.
Certainly themes like lonelin
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Aug 2010
Aug 09, 2010
 
Men Who Love Men
3.91
I agree. In terms of the Jeff/Lloyd trilogy, this may be my least favorite...
Jeff and Lloyd — especially Lloyd — seem sorta artificial and forced.
He
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Mar 16, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
Exiles in America: A Novel
3.49
I love when literature moves me to think about relationships or getting older or even people who may not sound and look like me.
You get all of this "
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Feb 09, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
 
The Road Home
3.87
This could have been a very hokey, predictable little book. (Which is kinda how it started off.)
But it turned into a meandering trip through Vermont
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Feb 2011
Feb 14, 2011
 
Mysterious Skin
4.08
I probably read the last 150 pages of this novel in one sitting.
Great writing style and structure. (The way two parallel stories were being told thro
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Jul 08, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
 
American Taliban: A Novel
3.17
I was up until nearly 2 a.m. finishing this novel....
Not sure what I was expecting to get at the end... I can't really say more without giving away so
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Oct 25, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
 
When the White House Was Ours
3.48
Great story.
And early — stumbling look — at the sort of critical-thinking education we're seeing move into todays classrooms. But you definitely want
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Jan 16, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
 
A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay
3.75
Another great wander through Fire Island in the gay 1970s. A pretty magical time...
Probably the best recollection was an early Bette Midler performing
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Feb 07, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
 
The Coming Storm
3.87
On the one hand, this novel leaves you constantly saying, no don't do it. But then also wanting these folks to find their own peace. They're all so tr ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 03, 2010
 
Evening Crowd at Kirmser�s: A Gay Life in the 1940s
3.96
I was really in the mood for something with a historical context. There's tons of writing out there which is set in the 1940s, (both fiction and nonfi ...more
Nov 11, 2007
Oct 18, 2007
 
Probation
3.88
I had many problems liking Andy Nocera. However, I couldn't put this book down. The writing was very compelling. And even if Andy and all of his close ...more
Jun 03, 2010
May 27, 2010
 
Chronicle of a Plague, Revisited: AIDS and Its Aftermath
4.14
This is a collection of stories with most of them revolving within the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 90s. Loss and despair prevail as themes. But so do ...more
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
 
Halfway Home
3.84
More beautiful writing from Monette.
Even though the plot-line gets a little soap-opera-reaching fantastical, Monette's careful thinking and courageou
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Dec 2008
Dec 07, 2008
 
Silver Lake
3.37
A lot of the writing seemed really pretentious. And I can't decide if it was intentional, or if this writer was really somehow trying too hard.
The gu
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Aug 10, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
 
American Subversive
3.43
Not normally my kind of book, but I couldn't put this thing down....

There really is something sorta narcissistic and self-involved about all of these
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Aug 20, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.30
"The Kite Runner" is a tough act to follow. I'm not sure I would have even attempted.
But Splendid Suns is pretty incredible.
It felt more violent and
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Dec 2007
Dec 04, 2007
 
A Day at the Beach
3.00
Let's see... Rich white people in the West Village get traumatized by the events of Sept. 11 and run off to the Hamptons...
Yet another tale of terrib
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Aug 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories
4.05
This super collection of stories inspired me to write my own coming-out letter to my mother. I guess that's enough...
Boys Like Us opened my eyes to mo
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Jan 1997
Aug 11, 2009
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