This is an LGBTQ rom-com that will have you saying “I do!” in no time. Just fired and head-over-heels with the sexy new engineer in town, Amy lands an unlikely job as a bridesmaid-for-hire. When everything goes wrong on someone’s big day, she makes it all go right. But, sadly, Amy can’t quite make things go right for herself, especially as a queer woman in Tulsa, OK, prohibited from walking down the aisle herself. Dumond combines sharp characterization with extreme comic verve and a smart take on love and marriage. It’s as warm, tasty, and intoxicating as one of Amy’s fresh-baked strawberry champagne cupcakes. (Recipe included on the back of the book!)
One day Beth Harmon wanders into the orphanage basement and discovers the janitor playing chess. It is the birth of not just a pastime, but an obsession, one which will take her a long way from Kentucky. Walter Tevis lays out his pieces on the very first page and moves them with the sure intent of a grandmaster. This book is a wonderful entertainment, with an endgame full of cheers and tears. Behind the moves, counter-moves, and checkmates, though, is a serious tale of the loneliness it takes to become the best at what you do – and to be seen, at last.
Midnight Cowboy--the first (and only) X-rated film to win the Best Picture Academy Award--is truly a movie that you couldn’t make now, and Frankel’s wonderful book demonstrates that you almost couldn’t make it back in the 1960s.This account explores how a taboo-busting novel about an unlikely friendship attracted an equally unlikely group of people--including a gay British director, a blacklisted screenwriter, the star of The Graduate, an unknown blonde, a Fifth Beatle and a cohort of Warhol superstars—for a drama in a Manhattan on the verge of total collapse. Their stories and insight provide a fascinating glimpse of a time when art and sex and success and creativity were being redefined in ways that still reverberate today.