Book Reviews: March 2019

Read a biography on Wallis Simpson and a novel about ’90s queer culture.

Lauren LaRocca - March 2019

Book Reviews: March 2019

Read a biography on Wallis Simpson and a novel about ’90s queer culture.

Lauren LaRocca - March 2019


the-real-wallis-simpson.jpg#asset:95354

The Real Wallis Simpson

Anna Pasternak (Atria Books)

This colorful biography peels away the layers of one of the most talked-about—and misunderstood—figures in modern history: Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced Baltimore native who stole the heart of the Prince of Wales and, so it’s been said, ultimately caused his abdication of the throne after he became King of England. Pasternak sets the record straight. What people call a fairytale love story between WE (Wallis and Edward’s shorthand for themselves) was, in many ways, a tragedy, as it becomes evident that Wallis did everything in her power to stop him from abdicating. Details about Wallis—her impeccable sense of style, her nervous temperament behind a cool and confident exterior—bring us closer to the reality of who she was.


sketchtasy.jpg#asset:95352

Sketchtasy

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Buckle up. From the first sentence of this addictive novel, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore throws you into the ride of your life with late-night clubbing and parties dripping with drugs and debauchery in 1995 Boston. Your brain may need to recalibrate to ride this sexually fluid frenzy that moves from one disjointed thought and situation to the next. Alexa, our free-spirited narrator, celebrates, and critiques queer culture in all its complexities. Her story takes you straight to the inside of both heaven and hell. Expect to ride the chaotic waves with Alexa and her friends as they navigate their world and walk the line between fun and fatal.





You May Also Like


Arts District

Everyman Theatre Launches Inaugural New Voices Festival

The festival features three plays, including one world premiere, by women, all performed in a brand-new space.


Arts District

The Big Baltimore Playlist: March 2020

With concerts cancelled due to coronavirus, here are 10 local songs to download now.


Arts & Culture

Music Reviews: March 2020

The latest releases from Letitia VanSant and Caleb Stine & The Revelations.

Arts District

A Look Inside The First African History Children's Museum

Sankofa Children’s Museum in Park Heights dubbed the first of its kind in the country.

Arts District

Marin Alsop To Step Down from BSO

The announcement comes as the orchestra examines its future.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Goucher College Unveils Roadside Marker Honoring Suffragette History: Descendants of women’s rights advocates recognized at special ceremony.

How to Support Small Businesses Amid Pandemic Panic: As foot traffic slows due to coronavirus, owners worry about lasting impacts.

What Will Druid Hill Park Look Like in Two Years?: As Druid Lake Reservoir overhaul continues, city leaders consider activation options.

Baltimore Restaurants Cope With Indefinite Closures: Chefs introduce curbside takeout and delivery while weighing options for staff.

John Waters Flexes Acting Muscles on 'Law & Order: SVU': The Baltimore icon will guest star on an episode of the NBC show later this month.