Metro Weekly

Books

  • Plot Tease

    There are certain books I only buy when rushing to catch a plane. They're usually mystery/suspense thrillers featuring a persecuted main character, a sympathetic authority...

  • Heroic Exploits

    Maybe it was the tights, but something about superheroes fascinated me when I was a little boy. I certainly wasn't alone in this interest. My...

  • Fairy Tale

    Oh, to be young again! That's the sentiment driving Robert Rodi's new comic novel, When You Were Me (). Jack Ackerly is 53. He spent...

  • A Friend Indeed

    Hello, old friend. If you're a fan of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series, it's impossible to pick up his new book, Michael Tolliver...

  • Sissy Fuss

    A freak and a sissy. Not to mention an orphan and, most challenging, a Southerner. Such was the childhood of Kevin Sessums, best known for...

  • Better Left Unsaid

    James McGreevey's autobiography, The Confession, is as dismal as his approval ratings were in 2004 when he declared that he was a ''gay American'' and...

  • 'Cirkus' Circus

    Reading Patti Frazee's Cirkus is like falling from the high wire knowing there is no net below. You know it's going to be painful, there's...

  • Hard Feelings

    Generally, when a novel throws characters at readers in quantities not easily digested, it's time to settle in for either an epic war story or...

  • What Comes Around

    For those of us who fell in love with our best friends growing up, Michael Thomas Ford's Full Circle appears to be a dream come...

  • Familiar Terrain

    Augusten Burroughs is that guy -- that guy who was the star quarterback back in high school, didn't play in college and now lives in...

  • Surface Story

    Sex sells. And when it comes to memoirs, so do drugs, prostitution and pornography. When those words – along with a large, naked photo of...

  • An Unflinching Line

    During an interview on the public radio program Studio 360, Daniel Clowes, known (at least to some) as the creator of Ghost World and Ice...

  • Raising the Dead

    The Pale Blue Eye Your first reaction upon hearing that Louis Bayard, author of the very successful Mr. Timothy (where he raised the literary spirit...

  • To Tell the Truth

    So let's be brutally honest. If I were any kind of critic I would immediately launch into a long list of reasons why you should...

  • Calendar Boys

    The weather may be turning cold, but one organization is bringing some heat to the season. Just in time for the new year, Brother, Help...