Mini reviews of essay collections by David Sedaris: Calypso, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.
Over the course of the fall I had the chance to check out three books written by gay & lesbian historian Lillian Faderman: Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, and The Gay Revolution.
To accept one’s past—one’s history—is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it.
—James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
I had been chipping at the world idly, and had by accident uncovered vast and labyrinthine further worlds within it.
—Annie Dillard, An American Childhood
The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.
—Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
Mini nonfiction reviews of three books detailing LGBT history: Kenji Yoshino’s Covering, Robert Fieseler’s Tinderbox, and C. Riley Snorton’s Black on Both Sides.
Next year I’m excited to participate in the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Amy at Pages to the Past.