Lambda Book Report

a program of the Lambda Literary Foundation

june/july 2005

6 Heroic Recall: Han Ong's Homecoming Interview by Tom Cardamone

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The Disinherited by Han Ong reviewed by Tom Cardamone
Revelations and Revolutions: Queer Filipino Literature by Patricia Justine Tumang Meditations on a Lost Language: Maiana Minahal's Poetry by Patricia Justine Tumang Envisioning Desire: The Sexual Storytelling of Joël Barraquiel Tan by Patricia Justine Tumang Poetry: "boys" by Joël Barraquiel Tan and "You Bring Out the Filipina in Me" by Maiana Minahal Filipino/a LGBT Writing: An Abbreviated Book List by Patricia Justine Tumang The Power of Sorrows Gregg Shapiro interviews Richard McCann


Mother of Sorrows by Richard McCann reviewed by Stephen Breedlove
Young at Heart: Lynn Evarts interviews Julie Anne Peters

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Far from Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters reviewed by Nancy Garden Whose Eye Is on Which Sparrow? by Robert Taylor reviewed by Robert T. Hoff Queer Stories for Boys edited by Douglas McKeown reviewed by Michael Graves Phallos by Samuel R. Delany reviewed by Stefen Styrsky

24 25 26 27 28 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 38 39 40 41 42 43 43 44 46 Acqua Calda by Keith McDermott reviewed by Vincent Brann Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker reviewed by Lisa L. Moore Dish It Up, Baby! by Kristie Helms reviewed by Jill S. Pollack Black Shapes in a Darkened Room by Marshall Moore reviewed by Daniel A. Burr Under the Witness Tree by Marianne K. Martin reviewed by Bett Norris Minus One: A Twelve-Step Journey by Bridget Bufford reviewed by Therese Szymanski Summat Else by Royston Tester reviewed by Nairne Holtz You Are Not the One by Vestal McIntyre reviewed by Vincent Brann The Saint of Incipient Insanities by Elif Shafak reviewed by Lawrence E. Butler The Last Song of Dusk by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi reviewed by Atul Joshi Shelf Life: Visa for Avalon by Bryher reviewed by Ken Schellenberg The Gay Detective Novel by Judith A. Markowitz reviewed by Len Barot The Actor's Guide to Adultery by Rick Copp reviewed by Owen Keehnen Commitment to Die by Jennifer L. Jordan reviewed by Jane Eklund Mardi Gras Murders by Phillip Scott reviewed by D. Wayne Gunn Justice in the Shadows by Radclyffe reviewed by Martha Miller Baked to Death by Dean James reviewed by Owen Keehnen Cold Dark Matter by Alex Brett reviewed by Nairne Holtz The Wombat Strategy by Claire McNab reviewed by Lynne Maxwell Moth and Flame by John Morgan Wilson reviewed by D. Wayne Gunn File Under Dead by Mark Richard Zubro reviewed by Christopher Johnson Turning the Tables by Jessica Thomas reviewed by Arlene Germain Desert Spring by Michael Craft reviewed by Douglas J. Beatty Firelands by Michael Jensen reviewed by Robert T. Hoff Grand Conversations in Feminist Sci Fi: The Grand Conversation by L. Timmel Duchamp; With Her Body by Nicola Griffith; Changeling by Nancy Jane Moore; and Love's Body, Dancing in Time by L. Timmel Duchamp reviewed by Loraine Hutchins Bullets & Butterflies: queer spoken word poetry edited by Emanuel Xavier reviewed by D. Antwan Stewart


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48 Antidotes for an Alibi by Amy King reviewed by Chelsea Jennings 49 American Ghosts by David Plante reviewed by Jeffrey Jasper 50 All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930 by Andrea Barnet reviewed by Maureen Brady 51 D ropping Names: The Delicious Memoirs of Daniel Curzon by Daniel Curzon reviewed by Philip Clark 52 The Life of Helen Stephens: The Fulton Flash by Sharon Kinney Hanson reviewed by Catherine McCall 53 Isherwood: A Life Revealed by Peter Parker reviewed by Edward Olivera 55 Conversations with Gore Vidal edited by Richard Peabody and Lucinda Ebersole reviewed by John de la Parra 56 The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln by C.A. Tripp reviewed by R.A. Horne 57 The Proust Project edited by André Aciman reviewed by Andrew Wille 57 Nameless Offences: Homosexual Desire in the 19th Century by H.G. Cocks reviewed by Philip Clark 58 Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative edited by Mary Burger, Robert Glück, Camille Roy and Gail Scott reviewed by Jill S. Pollack 59 Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory: Hollywood's Genius Bad Boy by Matthew Kennedy reviewed by Roberto Carlos Ortiz 60 Porn Studies edited by Linda Williams reviewed by Katherine C. Adams 62 Lust Unearthed: Vintage Gay Graphics from the DuBek Collection by Thomas Waugh reviewed by Jim Gladstone 64 Baby Steps: How Alternative Insemination Is Changing the World by Amy Agigian reviewed by Marissa Pareles 65 Gay Men Choosing Parenthood by Gerald P. Mallon reviewed by John R. Selig 65 The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and other writings, 1986-2003 by Gregg Bordowitz reviewed by Richard S. Ferri 66 From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond edited by Morty Diamond reviewed by John Pluecker 67 Sanctity and Male Desire: A Gay Reading of Saints by Donald L. Boisvert reviewed by John de la Parra 67 Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith by Justin Tanis reviewed by Kevin Davis 68 50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality edited by Meredith Maran and Angela Watrous reviewed by Scott D. Pomfret 70 The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger; Ta l k by Kathe Koja; and Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia edited by Frances Rooney reviewed by Lynn Evarts 71 The Case of the Stolen Scarab by Nancy Garden reviewed by Lynn Evarts 71 Talking in the Dark: a poetry memoir by Billy Merrell and The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan reviewed by Nancy Garden 72 Erik & Isabelle: Freshman Year at Foresthill High by Kim Wallace reviewed by Brandie Erisman 73 Rosemary and Juliet by Judy MacLean reviewed by Arlene Germain 74 Harold's End by JT LeRoy reviewed by Owen Keehnen 75 Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker reviewed by Robert Starner

76 17th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners 77 Publisher: Akashic Books 78 Organization: Publishing Triangle

79 On Classics by Philip Clark 80 Recently Received