LitStack Review: Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace

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Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout Laura Jane Grace Hatchette Books Release Date:  November 15, 2016 ISBN 978-0-3163-8795-8 In 1997, seventeen year old Tom Gabel dropped out of school and decided to become a punk rock musician. In his Gainesville, Florida bedroom he recorded ten original songs using an acoustic guitar, an [….]

LitStack Review: Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

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Boy Erased Garrard Conley Riverhead Books Release Date:  May 10, 2016 ISBN 978-1-59463-301-0 It was sheer coincidence that had me reading Garrard Conley’s book about his experience with a conversion therapy program aimed at curing him of the “sin” of homosexuality, but the timing did give my reading of it extra gravitas.  Not that Boy [….]

LitStack Review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Jenny Lawson Flatiron Books Release Date:  September 22, 2015 ISBN 978-1-250-07700-4 Jenny Lawson is the woman behind The Bloggess website, which has won numerous awards for its brilliant writing and its biting humor.  She herself says of the site, “It’s mainly dark humor mixed with brutally honest [….]

LitStack Rec: Havanas in Camelot & A Crayon’s Story

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Havanas in Camelot: Personal Essays, by William Styron Though William Styron is best know for his novels (The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie’s Choice), and a late memoir chronicling his depression (Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness), he wrote wonderful essays that draw on his power of insight, intellectual acuity, and deeply felt experience of [….]

LitStack Review: All or Nothing by Jesse Schenker

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All or Nothing – One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme Jesse Schenker Dey Street Books Release Date:  September 30, 2014 ISBN 978-0-06-233930-0 Jesse Schenker is an executive chef who owns two successful restaurants in New York (Recette – named “Best New Restaurant” in 2010 by the New York Times, and The Gander, which just opened [….]

Flash Review – What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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What If?:  Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Randall Munroe Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Release Date:  September 2, 2014 ISBN 978-0-544-27299-6 The best thing about a book like What If? is that you don’t have to read it front to back – unless you want to.  You can peck at it, skim through it, take [….]

LitStack Review: Joss Whedon: The Biography by Amy Pascale

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Joss Whedon:  The Biography Amy Pascale Chicago Review Press Incorporated Release Date:  August 1, 2014 ISBN 978-1-61374-104-7 It seems a little strange that a biography is released for a personality who is not only relatively young, but who also is at the top of his game.  Maybe the book should have been called “Joss Whedon: [….]

Flash Review – Travels With Casey

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Travels With Casey Benoit Denizet-Lewis Simon & Schuster Release Date:  July 22, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4391-4693-4 Premise:  a man sets out in an RV to travel across America with his dog.  No, I’m not talking about John Steinbeck’s 1962 classic Travels with Charley.  “Steinbeck had traveled the country to tell the story of America’s soul,” author [….]

LitStack Review: What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton

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What Makes This Book So Great Jo Walton Tor Release Date:  January 21, 2014 ISBN 978-0-7653-3193-9 Between 2008 and 2011, Nebula and Hugo Award winning author Jo Walton (Among Others) wrote a blog hosted on Tor.com, wherein she discussed various topics within her chosen genre of science fiction/fantasy.  Being a prolific reader throughout her entire [….]

LitStack Review: Oddly Normal by John Schwartz

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Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality John Schwartz Penguin Group (USA) LLC Release Date:  November 8, 2012 ISBN:  978-15-924-0728-6 John Schwartz, national correspondent for The New York Times, is also the father of three children.  His youngest, Joseph, was intelligent with an amazing grasp of [….]