April 25, 2011 |
The novel "Wingshooters" is a searing, anguished novel about racial bigotry in a small, insulated Wisconsin town named Deerhorn, where people who were born there tend not to leave. These hard-working, mind-our-own-business townspeople have to contend with a biracial outsider, 9-year-old Michelle, with a Japanese mother and a white American father, who has been left with her paternal grandparents and never retrieved by her cold mother and feckless father. She comes to love her grandparents, especially Charlie Le Beau.
December 2, 2007 |
High on prescription drugs and four days without sleep, Michael Berke raced his Harley to the megachurch where he'd found a home. He barged into the church office, cursing loudly and wearing a mesh shirt printed with profanity. In his hands he held a picture of a woman with long, red hair and pouty lips. "This is who I used to be," he said. "And this" -- he gestured to his breastless chest, bald head and red goatee -- "is who I've become." He was born a man.
April 23, 1986 |
When Michelle Wesson of Christian High School is struggling on the mound in the late innings of a softball game, she can depend on support from her two sisters, who attend every game. Wesson's sisters, Janelle and Sara, offer Michelle more than cheers--they can provide solid hitting and fielding. The three sisters are members of the Patriot varsity team--Michelle is a junior, Janelle is a senior center fielder and Sara is a freshman left fielder.
May 3, 2013 |
Question: I have been renting an apartment to a man named Michael, who recently asked me to start calling him Michelle because, he says, he now identifies as a woman. He has also started wearing makeup and women's clothing. Both the name change and the change in dress make me uncomfortable, and I'm worried that it may make my other tenants want to leave. At least one of the other tenants has commented about the "freak" in Apartment 201 and has asked me if the "freak" has any plans to move out. Michael has been an otherwise good tenant for several years.
May 13, 2011 |
"Skateland" covers familiar territory — the first summer out of high school, which for some teens is a time wracked with uncertainty and confusion. Yet director Anthony Burns' new film, which he wrote with Brandon and Heath Freeman, still manages to offer a particularly affecting, well-observed portrait of young people coming of age in an east Texas town in the 1980s. At the beginning of summer, Ritchie (Shiloh Fernandez) is a happy guy. He has resisted the efforts of his younger sister Mary (Haley Ramm)
June 11, 2012 |
"Bunheads" is a new series from Amy Sherman-Palladino, who, half a generation ago (or so), created "Gilmore Girls"for my niece Zoe to bond with her mother over. It premieres Monday on ABC Family Channel, where it will sit companionably alongside that network's other series, built mostly around the travails of young women, and hopefully find the audience and corporate tenderness it deserves. Sutton Foster, a Tony-winning star of Broadway musicals but rarely seen on television - she was Coco, Bret's sign-holding girlfriend in the first season of"Flight of the Conchords" - plays Michelle, an aging Las Vegas showgirl at the end of her tassels.