Bury the Lede
October 9th, 2019 by diane92345

What is hiding shallowly beneath the surface of Boston’s school system? Nascent reporter, Madison, investigates government corruption in the twisty crime comic, Bury the Lede.

Madison is an intern at the Boston Lede, the New York Times of Boston. She is fetching coffee and dreaming of her first byline when suspected socialite murderer, Dahlia, agrees to talk with her in prison. Instead of talking about the death of her husband or the disappearance of her young son, Dahlia gives Madison a hint about widespread city corruption. As Madison pursues the lead, she follows a twisty and torturous path that will impact both her love life and her family.

Bury the Lede is a superior crime comic. The mystery is compelling and a challenge to solve. The relationships, both straight and LGBTQ, feel realistic. The artwork has the feel of a 1950s noir film. Overall, it’s a pleasant way for armchair detectives to spend an hour or two. 4 stars!

Thanks to Boom! Studios and NetGalley for granting my wish for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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September 26th, 2019 by diane92345

Jackson Bird had a problem growing up in a 1990s suburban Texas neighborhood. Born female, Jackson identified more with boy clothes and haircuts. However, in high school, Jackson tried to ignore the feeling by dressing feminine. During college, Jackson became a gay trans male and a videographer. This is his story.

Jackson’s story is heartfelt and emotional but also empowering. He now is happily pursuing his most important documentary—his own story. He tells of confusion about trans culture because of growing up in a heavily role-based town. Both girls and boys had parts to play in life and there was little to no variation allowed.

To avoid that issue with other people, Jackson does YouTube videos, TED talks, and this excellent book that explains how to speak and interact with people who just happen to be trans. It also is a memoir of Jackson’s experience of awakening and ultimate transition. By Sorted, the author means like by the sorting hat in Harry Potter—not in the British slang meaning of fixing a problem. It’s not a problem, it’s just Jackson.

While Sorted is a great book if you or a loved one is having some gender issues, it is also an excellent memoir that most people will enjoy. Jackson’s story is brutally honest and compelling to read. 5 stars!

Thanks to Tiller Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Self-Made Woman
August 22nd, 2017 by diane92345

A heartfelt memoir of a powerful woman who was born a male. 


Born into a physically and mentally abusive Catholic family in the late 1950s, Dennis always liked dresses and dolls. Despite his frequently drunk father’s beatings, Dennis grew up pursuing common Wisconsin hobbies like fishing and ice skating. But Dennis has a secret, he has always felt female. His clandestine wearing of female clothing and makeup during high school is eventually discovered forcing him to move to California after graduation. Dennis continues his downward spiral into sex, drugs and crime before finally realizing his dream of womanhood at age 50.


Self-Made Woman is an empowering tale of one person’s transformation. Not just from male to female but also from adolescent to adult.


Memoirs allow readers to view life through someone else’s eyes. There are few eyes as interesting as Ms. DuBois’. Self-Made Woman is recommended for those who have gender dysphoria and their loved ones. However, it is also an interesting read for anyone who wants to get out of their own skin for awhile.


Just a note, this book contains graphic sex and should only be read by 17+.


I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.

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July 28th, 2017 by diane92345

Heathen is a coming out story interwoven with Norse mythology.

Heathen tells the story of Aydis, a Viking young woman who can fight as well as any male warrior. After kissing a girl (and liking it), her father is forced by the tribe’s elders to punish her. Aydis must marry a man of her father’s choosing or he must kill her. Her father pretends to kill her but instead banishes her from the tribe.

With only her trusty horse, Saga, Aydis decides to rescue the Valkyrie Brynhild from a mountain surrounded by fire. During her quest, Aydis meets and sometimes fights many Norse gods. There are three chapters in this volume and this summary is only part of chapter one. Many more adventures occur later.

The coming out plot was interesting though short. Hopefully, this plot line will be explored more in future volumes of this series. The mythological setting was my favorite part. Who doesn’t enjoy a good quest complete with battles with temperamental gods? The author does a great job explaining the back stories of the gods without overdoing the detail. The artwork is unusual but clearly sets the fantasy mood.

If you like Marvel’s Thor movie/comics or the great Neil Gaiman book, Norse Mythology, Heathen will be a real treat for you as it was for me.

Thanks to the Vault Comics and netgalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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