RaveLibrary JournalBowler’s affecting narrative meditates on the things she’s just faced; she also takes it as an opportunity to reflect on the past and the kind of life she wants for herself in the future. Bowler writes about all of it with good humor, occasional anger, and vivid honesty ... fresh insight on life and chronic illness ... General readers will be engrossed by this heartfelt memoir of sickness, family, and recovery. The table that serves as an appendix of complicated truths is worth the price of the book.
RaveLibrary JournalFeldman’s story might be already well-known to readers; her previous memoir was the basis of the Netflix series Unorthodox. Her newest book is equally riveting ... Feldman has a gift for making prose poems of small events ... Not only is the book beautifully written, but it deals with some of the most profound human emotions: longing to know one’s origins; anger at injustice; and romantic and parental love. Feldman’s analytic mind is particularly keen here, as when she details the complex emotions she experienced while watching the trial of a Nazi in a German court ... A barebones description of the storyline doesn’t even begin to do justice to this magnificent piece of literature, which will stand the test of time. Like Feldman’s previous book, this is another captivating memoir that will find a wide audience.
RaveLibrary Journal... deeply personal ... [Schulman] states that she is not a trained historian, but her skilled use of oral histories, combined with solid research into earlier social movements, provide a complete history of ACT UP, from its founding in 1987 to the present day. The writing is given a personal touch with the inclusion of profiles and oral histories of notable people, such as chemist Iris Long and HIV/AIDS researcher Mark Harrington. These portraits, together with the historical context offered throughout, prove the lasting influence of ACT UP and have a lot to teach readers about activism today. Schulman reminds us that ACT UP still exists because the HIV/AIDS crisis is not over ... This engaging, accessible book will find a wide audience among readers interested in activism from the ground up. It will also be a foundational document for historians for generations to come. A must-read.
RaveLibrary JournalEncountering Faliveno...is a pleasure ... She is also a sensitive commentator on the topsy-turvy world of the gender systems she grew up in and an exquisite self-analyst of her own androgyny ... Readers of all kinds will wish to sit down with this tomboy, not just those interested in issues of androgyny. Recommended.
PositiveLibrary JournalThis heartfelt memoir will appeal to literary readers, and certainly those with ties to Provincetown and its gay community.
RaveLibrary JournalWhat makes this book so appealing is the way Espinoza combines his own experiences of cruising from adolescence to the present, and as a Chicano, with a cogent analysis of the role of cruising; an antihegemonic activity against a patriarchal system—and he writes beautifully ... Recommended for LGBT and contemporary culture collections.
PositiveLibrary Journal... a humanistic narrative. The work is especially distinctive in its combination of solid social science and heartfelt compassion...The stated primary audience is gay men, but Odets believes that all can profit from and recognize themselves in the emotional content—and he\'s right. Nearly anyone interested in how much people are alike, despite differences in sexual orientation, will find much to appreciate.