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Book reviews on gay and lesbian books.

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    Maggie Seaver is not stealing Angel, she is saving her. On the run in Baja, Mexico with the seven-year-old girl she raised with her estranged ex-partner, Yoli, Maggie believes she had no choice but to rescue the abused child. Driving 1100 miles of rugged road, headed toward an audience with the guru of a spiritual community, she must elude not only the FBI, the Federales and the American media, but also self-doubt about the rightness of her actions. The closer she gets to the guru, the more Maggie realizes that her real quest is one of the spirit, and all she must overcome in order to heal her family. "Stealing Angel," by author Terry Wolverton, is a riveting journey through the spectacular landscape of the Baja peninsula and the landscape of a woman?s spirit. The book asks the question: how do we get beyond our own misguided actions and those of others?

    How feminism has changed and how valuable its contribution has been are questions that burst forth when young Emma Firestein is raped and murdered. Despite generational conflicts, Emma’s youthful friends and her mother’s 1970s feminist colleagues will rally together to seek justice in Terry Wolverton’s "The Labrys Reunion." These differing generations come together to mourn, seek justice, and to interrogate a feminist movement that had vowed to eradicate violence against women. As challenges to established feminist beliefs surface, so do truths long held secret. And among the younger women are those who possess more than enough rage and radical belief to avenge Emma’s murder.

    With terror in the offing, secrets from the past and hidden truths in the present clash with prejudice and hatred to provide an extraordinary thriller. GLBT issues are handled gracefully and respectfully and remain central to the plot and characters.

    GBLT Friendly, but NOT GBLT fiction

    Amber Lehman has written a very good coming of age romance in Torn. However despite publicity about it being a cutting edge book dealing with the issues for young GBLTs (Gay Bisexual Lesbian Transgenders) this book conveniently avoids the real issue and everything works out more a dream then reality.

    Torn by Amber Lehman: Book Review

    At age 22, author Amber Lehman began researching and writing what would become the novel Torn. In the novel, Krista McKinley doesn't realize what awaits her when she's uprooted from an Ohio convent school and placed in a California public school her ninth grade year. Carrie is the first to befriend Krista and soon after she becomes friends with the enigmatic Brandon. The three quickly form a close friendship. But when a harmless dare to kiss Carrie on Homecoming night escalates into something beyond her expectations, Krista questions her feelings and her sexuality. Unhappy in her uncertainty and on a quest to determine her sexuality, Krista asks an unlikely question of Brandon: will he take her virginity? The experience leaves both with feelings deeper than wanted for the other.

    The Auteur by Ward Wood: Book Review

    Scott is the new kid in town who likes to look at his life through the lens of his high definition video camera. He has a knack for seeing people s secrets, and it makes him a natural for Max s hardcore website. His videos are raunchy, astonishing, and sometimes hysterically funny. His love affair with fellow director Cody ends when Cody disappears and Scott sets out to find him on a cross country trip from Miami to the Rockies. Part romance, part road trip, part coming of age, "The Auteur" by author Ward Wood is full of enough unforgettable characters to fill a dozen books.

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