Reviews and Blog Posts: relationships

Queerly beloved : a love story across gender

by Diane Anderson-Minshall

DPL Rating:
3

What would happen to your relationship if your partner of 15 years realized they were a different gender? This is the question at the core of Diane and Jacob's honest and thought-provoking memoir. Diane and Suzy tell of their long-term lesbian relationship, and of Suzy's transition to Jacob, and how...

We are all completely beside ourselves [a novel]

by Karen Joy Fowler

DPL Rating:
4

Rosemary looks back on her life, her family, her memories, her secrets--and how they all led her to where she is today in Fowler's beautifully written, sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking, and often humorous novel. The big detail about Rosemary is that she lost her "twin" sister when she was five....

Cowboys are my weakness : stories

by Pam Houston

DPL Rating:
4

I first picked up this collection of short stories when I was in college, after reading “How to Talk to a Hunter” in one of my creative writing classes and thinking it was clever. I wasn’t super excited to read what seemed to me to be just “relationship stories,” so...

I suck at girls

by Justin Halpern

DPL Rating:
3

While there weren't really any laugh out loud funny moments, like there was in Sh*t My Dad Says, Halpern does share some heartwarming and humorous anecdotes in his second book. I Suck at Girls documents vignettes along his journey from first kiss, through loss of virginity, to marriage proposal and...

Blue is the warmest color

DPL Rating:
4

Much of the hype around this French film is due to the "first time" sex scene between the two young lovers, Adèle and Emma. When I screened the film at the Mayan, the majority of the audience was over 50 and women. Surprisingly, during the sex scene, there was laughter from this...

Granny is my wingman

by Kayli Stollak

DPL Rating:
5

If you are looking for a laugh-out-loud funny, insightful book, I would highly recommend reading Kayli Stollak's new book.  Kayli, a twenty-four-year-old bartender, is coming out of a serious, long-distance relationship.  She had expected it to eventually result in marriage, but she and her boyfriend decided they were at different...

Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

DPL Rating:
4

I first heard about Fangirl​ from Tumblr, online land of the fangirls (and a few fanboys) where we native nerds can flail about our favorite book/movie/show/comic/podcast/romantic pairing (OTP)/friendship (BROTP)/character/fanfiction/fanart/gifset/etc. to our hearts' content away from the eyes of those who just don't understand. Needless to say, this book was written exactly...

On the noodle road : from Beijing to Rome, with love and pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

DPL Rating:
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and...

Turn around bright eyes : the rituals of love & karaoke

by Rob Sheffield

DPL Rating:
4

If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to...

The world we found

by Thrity N Umrigar

DPL Rating:
4

Friends during the 1970s in college in Bombay, the lives of Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta have gone in very different directions from their days as activist students, ready to change the world. Armaiti has left for America. Nishta, admired for choosing a life with the man she loved even...

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