Randoms: June 2022 Reads

Mini-Reviews of books read in May and June.

From Gay to Z: A Queer Compendium by Justin Elizabeth Sayre

This illustrated compendium celebrates LGBTQIA+ history and culture, written by and according to culture icon Justin Elizabeth Sayre!

Based on Sayre’s five-part show in New York City, From Gay to Z is a humorous collection of the rich legacy of gay culture, told through the letters of the alphabet. From ABBA to addiction, hair and makeup to HIV, Fannie Flagg to fierce, Sayre offers their own perspective on the things that have influenced gay culture today, including iconic figures, historical moments, ongoing issues in the LGBTQIA+ community, and everything in between. As gay culture is always evolving and different for everyone, this book does not serve as a definitive guide—instead, Sayre encourages readers to use this knowledge to reflect on the things that have informed their personal identities. Engagingly written and beautifully designed, From Gay to Z is a distinctive and dynamic look at gay culture for LGBTQIA+ readers everywhere.

My thoughts

I received a horribly formatted copy of the book where biographies were split in two or three and mixed with other people. It was very difficult to read. My other complaint is that there are people in the book that aren’t gay. For example, Beyonce is not gay culture. She said in 2011 that she respects how hard it is to come out. She’s worked with queer artists (hello we produce over 300 new songs a week – it would be kind of hard to not work with one of us). She jumped on the bandwagon and included some same-sex couples in ONE video of her’s. Laverne Cox models her clothes – umm…Laverne Cox is HUGE, why wouldn’t she model her clothes? I’m sorry, I just wouldn’t call her an ICON of the gay community. Her music and overall message is great – not saying that it isn’t – but I would not put her in a Gay Encyclopedia. Bring on the hate (chuckle). Love Beyonce, just don’t consider her to be a queer icon. Just saying.

All of the information regarding Beyonce came from Billboard Magazine.

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I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

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Mammoth Drop – Murder, Mammoths, and Mimosas by R.J. Corgan

During Kea’s visit to the Black Hills, one of the scientists in Mammoth Drop Caverns is brutally murdered. Determined to unmask the killer, Kea takes up residence in nearby Woolly Hole, a gay campground filled with boozing drag queens and bottomless mimosas. Knee-deep in mammoth bones and potential suspects, Kea soon finds herself in the killer’s sights . . .4

My thoughts

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

I am sorry to say that I did not connect with the characters in this book. I thought the mystery was really slow to start. I didn’t care about the person who died or about having his murder solved. You might, so please do not take my opinion as anything other than a reader who did not make a connection.

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I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

 “As a Bookshop and Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.” at no additional cost to you.

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