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Everywhere Home: Review

Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays by Fenton Johnson Sarabande Books Reviewed by John Francis Leonard Nothing affects this varied yet cohesive book of beautifully written essays more...

Last Winter’s Snow: Review

Last Winter's Snow by Hans M. Hirschi Beaten Track Publishing Reviewed by Alina Oswald Thing to remember is if we’re all alone, then we’re all together in that,...

The Dahlia Field: Stories: Review

The Dahlia Field: Stories by Henry Alley Chelsea Station Editions Reviewed by John Francis Leonard Every American city and town, every region, every state possesses its own unique...

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing: Review

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring, text; Robert Neubecker, illustrations Penguin Young Readers Group Reviewed by Hank Trout Kay A. Haring, Keith...

The Soho Press Book of 80s Short Fiction: Review

The Soho Press Book of 80s Short Fiction Edited by Dale Peck Soho Press Reviewed by John Francis Leonard The eighties were a decade that began twelve straight...

How to Survive a Plague: Review

How to Survive a Plague The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France Alfred A. Knopf Reviewed by John Francis Leonard I love the...

Drinking You In: Fiction by Chip Livingston

Drinking You In by Chip Livingston Peter hopped into his VW Rabbit and popped the hood. Inhaling the heavy aroma of cedar in the ashtray still...

E. Lynn Harris: August 2002

Writing Life Novelist E. Lynn Harris Shares with A&U’s B. Andrew Plant How AIDS Helped Inspire Him to Start Writing, Why the Pandemic Is Integral...

Nowhere Else I Want to Be: Review

Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir by Carol D. Marsh Inkshares Reviewed by T.J. Banks The book that really jump-started Carol Marsh’s imagination as a teenager...

Boystown 8: The Lies That Bind: Review

Boystown 8: The Lies That Bind by Marshall Thornton Kenmore Books Reviewed by John Francis Leonard I’ll admit, when my Arts Editor passed on this novel, part of...

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