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Book Divas

Magazine article Out

Book Divas

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BOOK DIVAS

NEW OFFERINGS FROM FOUR LONGTIME OUT CONTRIBUTORS

Everyone who writes for magazines, it seems, is stowing a book manuscript in a desk drawer. In fact, four scribes who've written for Our have recently liberated their now not-so-secret stashes, spanning genres of fiction, reportage, and memoir-a range as wide as that appearing between our own covers.

BRAD STEVENSON

In Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Conning of Age on the Streets of New York (Beacon Press, $24.95), Kai Wright brings more than a decade of reporting on AIDS and race to bear on portraits of three African-American and Hispanic Brooklynites ranging in age from 19 to 25. A compelling look at underreported lives.

In his first book, Sleep Demons, Bill Hayes elegantly combined a scientific exploration of sleep with an examination of his own lifelong insomnia. The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy (Ballantine, $24.95) investigates the untold story of the two men who wrote and illustrated the scientific classic-and reflects on Hayes's yearlong journey as a participant in a grossanatomy class. …

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