1-tie) Fay Jacobs - For Frying Out Loud
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: A&M Books; First edition (November 3, 2010)
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This collection of essays and observations is wise, sarcastic, humorous, and touching. Simply wonderful. I'm a new fan! --Bobby
2011 Delaware Press Association Book of the Year! **** Fay Jacobs is back! The author of As I Lay Frying and Fried & True returns with more wise and witty recollections about contemporary life in general and more specifically life in Rehoboth Beach, a small resort town on the Delaware Coast. A treat for longtime fans and new readers alike For Frying Out Loud is a collection of Fay s latest columns plus some new, never published material. It s provocative, political, occasionally heartwarming and reliably hilarious. Jacobs' witty way of describing universal experiences in her utterly unique voice will keep you laughing, smiling and relating page after page.
Patricia Nell Warren - My West
Paperback: 422 pages
Publisher: Wildcat Press; 1st edition (June 15, 2011)
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A beautiful book of essays on the West, talks about Life not gayness, not just movie, Cowboys and Indians fighting it out but actual people building their lives for themselves on a day to day basis. Warren looks at everything, old time haying, horse teams, forage plants, bobcats, Oriental rugs, etc., etc. Her wealth of knowledge is encyclopedic but never does she intrude by showing off. I followed after her, like a schoolboy desperate to grasp and learn all I could. The book was a delight to read, her language, her easy poise was enchanting, her talk of cities New Orleans, Los Angeles, etc., was almost hypnotic as the book simply held you enthralled by its knowledgeable simplicity. A sheer delight. --Mick
A provocative collection of blogs, commentaries, historical essays and other personal writings on the American West, past, present and future. MY WEST reflects a half century of the Montana-born author's literary career, as well as her deep long-term commitment to pondering her native region, whose ongoing history and human experience still has the power to swing the United States. Warren's subjects range from A (agriculture) to Z (zest), with the arts, animals, cities, cooking, gender, history, politics, sexual orientation, spirituality and women in between.
2) Felice Picano - True Stories
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions (March 1, 2011)
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From author Felice Picano, co-founder of the path breaking Violet Quill Club, comes a new collection of memoirs, many of which have never appeared in print. Picano presents sweet and sometimes controversial anecdotes of his precocious childhood, odd, funny, and often disturbing encounters from before he found his calling as a writer and later as one of the first GLBT publishers. Throughout are his delightful encounters and surprising relationships with the one-of-a-kind and the famous-including Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden, Charles Henri Ford, Bette Midler, and Diana Vreeland.
3) Dorien Grey - Short Circuits, A Life in Blogs
Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing (June 24, 2011)
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Possibly one of the best stories I’ve ever read. --Merith
I was definitely entertained while reading about Roger's life (and WHAT a life!). I'm not overtly familiar with Dorien's stories so, to me, this was more like taking a peek into his life. Perhaps the perspective would've been different if I'd come in a fan. Because this book spans a lot of years and in several different places, I might be a bit apprehensive. Roger and the people who have come and left his life were really fascinating. But then, real people usually are, no? Very crisp and warm. --Luce
Lambda-nominated author Dorien Grey (The Dick Hardesty Mysteries, The Elliott Smith Mysteries) knows more than just how to write a great murder novel. He's also had amazing life experiences in the military and around the world. Here, for the first time, are the collected blog and journal writings of this prolific author. As Grey notes, "Sometimes things are more clearly seen through the eyes of others." The hope is that the reader will see similarities to his/her own life, and recognize the commonality of the human condition.
5) Belo Miguel Cipriani – Blind
Imagine if the most severe physical pain and sorrow in your life were inflicted by the people you trusted most. In the spring of 2007, Belo Cipriani was beaten and robbed of his sight at the hands of his childhood friends. Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the assault. At the age of twenty-six, Belo found himself learning to walk, cook, and date in the dark. Armed with visual memory and his newly developed senses, Belo shows readers what the blind see. He narrates the recondite world of the blind, where microwaves, watches, and computers talk, and where guide dogs guard as well as lead. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1360377.html.