Category Archives: What’cha Reading

Information is beautiful: Novels everyone should read

novels, reading, booksBy day I’m a marketing schmuck who works for a consulting firm where I address the role data plays (or should play) in organizations to help them gain better insights into everything they do so when I saw this word cloud I thought it was pretty cool. The website informationisbeautiful.net has a bunch of different word clouds on a wide variety of topics.

This word cloud was compiled from a consensus of top book lists and prizes. If you click on the link below you can interact with the word cloud by looking at the demographics and gender. Each book also provides a link to its page on Amazon.

Novels Everyone Should Read

My reading preferences err towards books few have read in part due to genre preferences so I was surprised to see that I read 37 of the suggested novels.

Disheartened by the election? Read, It’s Not Over

Michelangelo SignorileFor those of you who are nervous about a Trump Administration, I would recommend you buy Michelangelo Signorile’s book, It’s Not Over

Signorile postulates that the progress the LGBTQ community has made during the Obama Administration has infuriated the Right and stiffened the resolve of social conservatives who are determined to win this cultural war.  He also turns a critical eye to many of our supposed “allies” in Washington, the media and Hollywood  who too often remain complacent and in the words of the book “become a roadblock to progress.”

While I doubt Signorile could’ve predicted a Trump victory, much of what he warns of happening in his book does appear to unfold. Take heart by taking a closer look at his suggestions for how to combat those darker forces in our society and politics, which now feel emboldened by a Trump Presidency. With roughly half of all Americans casting their vote for Donald Trump, the next two years must be spent building bridges with those who voted for Trump as a protest against Clinton but typically vote Democrat and also rallying those who opted not to go to the polls to ensure even more Americans vote in 2020.

Boston Gay Men’s book club meets Nov 14th

Boston’s monthly book club, featuring literature by and about gay men has selected Salón de Belleza by Mario Bellatin for the November book.  All are welcome to the monthly get together on Monday, November 14th at 7:00 PM at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Newbury Street in the Back Bay.

salon de belleza, mario bellatin, boston gay men's book clubBoston’s Monthly LGBT Book Club
Monday, November 14th at 7:00 PM
Trident Booksellers & Cafe at 338 Newbury Street
More information and to RSVP

ABOUT BEAUTY SALON: “Like much of Mr. Bellatin’s work, Beauty Salon is pithy, allegorical and profoundly disturbing, with a plot that evokes The Plague by Camus or Blindness by José Saramago.”–New York Times

Boston Book Festival is Saturday, Oct 15

BBF, Boston Book FestivalThe Boston Book Festival takes place this Saturday, October 15th in Copley Square. This annual book festival has grown significantly over the years and attracts 25,000 people.  If you’ve never attended this free, public event in Boston, I’d encourage you to check it out.  More information about this year’s Boston Book Festival may be found on their website, www.bostonbookfest.org.

Book Review: A Very English Scandal

Jeremy ThorpeGay Anglophiles may want to add this new hardcover to their reading list. I was sent a copy of A Very English Scandal by John Preston to review and while I’ve only just started I can tell you this is a page turner.

Preston’s novel is based on the true scandal that rocked all of the United Kingdom when Jeremy Thorpe a British politician who served as Member of Parliament  was tried at the Old Bailey in May 1979 on charges of conspiracy and incitement to murder, based on his earlier relationship with Norman Scott, a former model. The book may be based on real life, but it reads like a thriller filled with hypocrisy, deceit and betrayal.

Published by Other Press the story unfolds in 323 pages and  is available starting Monday, October 10th.

The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story

gay literature, lgbt literatureLocal author, Scott Pomfret, has a new book that looks ideal for summer reading. While I’ve yet to read the book, I liked the review Edge Media shared and thought I’d pass this along to anyone looking for some light summer reading.

“Give my boy ninety-nine solid choices and one disastrous one, and he’ll choose disaster every time.”

Those harsh words are spoken by Loretta Stone, not out of judgment but concern and pity for her son, Peyton, the subject of Scott Pomfret’s exciting, touching new romance, “The Second Half: A Gay American Football Novel.”

Click here to read Edge Media’s full book review for The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story. You can purchase the book on Amazon.com here.

Boston Gay Men’s book club meets Monday, July 18th

Boston Gay Men's Book ClubBefore you head out for the long holiday weekend to celebrate July 4th, I wanted to let you know that Boston’s Gay Men’s Book Club will be meeting in a few weeks on Monday, July 18th at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe to discuss The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle.  If you are looking for some funny reading over the holiday, check out this month’s book by Federle.

About the Book: Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before the car accident that changed everything.

Enter: Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy— a hot guy—and falls, hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

You may purchase the book online but go out and support an independent bookseller, read the book and RSVP to join the group next month.

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