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GirlsLikeGirls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys
Edited by Melissa de la Cruz and Tom Dolby
Dutton Books (us.penguingroup.com)
Subtitled True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men, this book is a fabulous celebration of true sisterhood — gay men and the straight women who love them. Numerous essays cover everything from buying the perfect purse to complete heartbreak. Here is the final proof that true love isn’t about sex or gender, it’s about people who care for one another. This one is going in my permanent collection.
— Review: Angel Curtis

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RRodiWhen You Were Me
Robert Rodi
Kensington Publishing (www.kensingtonbooks.com)
Jack is middle-aged, wealthy, and thinks he missed out on youth. Corey is young and without any life prospects. Jack finds a “fusion witch,” a deal is struck, and the two trade lives. Then, Jack’s ex-lover wants him back, leading to a strange competition between the “physical” Jack and the “real” Jack. When You Were Me is a wry and wonderful look at identity, aging, and what is really important.
— Review: A.C.

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TheViewThe View from Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers
Matthew Hays
Arsenal Pulp Press (www.arsenal pulp.com)
Queer directors and screenwriters — some mainstream, others who work defiantly from the margins — speak passionately about the medium, in particular their personal experiences navigating through the often-cynical and cruel film industry. All of them offer fascinating anecdotes and opinions about cinema, and speak candidly about their attempts to combat studio apathy and demands of “the market” and still create films that are entertaining, engaging, and truthful. Filmmakers profiled include John Waters and Gregg Araki, among many others.
— Preview: Suzie Lynde

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BeyondReachBeyond Reach
Karin Slaughter
Delacorte Press (www.randomhouse.com)
Medical examiner Sara Linton finds her life coming apart at the seams. Now, she must add to her list saving her police chief husband’s subordinate from untrue charges of murder. Filled with gruesome forensic details, numerous plot threads, and great writing, Slaughter ties up everything neatly with one hell of a twist of an ending. Once again Karin Slaughter out-Cornwell’s all the other crime writers. Why are all the great forensic crime writers lesbian? I shudder to consider….
— Review: A.C.

Editor’s note: Karin Slaughter is scheduled to sign books at Murder by the Book (2342 Bissonnet, 713/524-8597. www.murderbythebook.com) on Monday, August 6.  

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SecretEdgeA Secret Edge
Robin Reardon
Kensington Publishing
(www.kensingtonbooks.com)
Robin Reardon’s protagonist, 16-year-old Jason, is a runner on his high school track team and is no different than the other guys in his senior class, with one glaring exception — he’s gay. Struggling to come to grips with being different, he is also dealing with his growing attraction to the 17-year-old Indian immigrant Raj (also on the track team). There are rumors that Raj is gay, but is he really? As their relationship develops, Raj challenges the way Jason sees life, including everything from late-night viewings of La Cage Aux Folles to reading the teachings of Gandhi.
— Preview: Troy Carrington

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SeminalSeminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets
Edited by John Barton and Billeh Nickerson
Arsenal Pulp Press (www.arsenal pulp.com)
Seminal is a comprehensive anthology of Canadian gay male poetry, the first of its kind, that reveals a national queer poetics, both dandyesque and eloquent. The material ranges from the 1890s to the present day and includes poets from every region of the country, including Quebec, translated into English for the first time.
— Preview: T.C.

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