PERFORMING ARTS

Lyrics of My Life: My Journey with Family, HIV, and Reality TV

Cleis. Sept. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9781627782920. pap. $18.95. TV
COPY ISBN
Though fans may be hoping to hear more about opera singer James’s time on America’s Got Talent, this memoir focuses only briefly on that period. Instead, this is an intimate, unvarnished, and lengthy look at the entirety of his life—from the struggles he faced as a young person growing up in antigay church culture and the effects this had on his relationships with his family, to his path to becoming a student and performer and his relationships with influential friends and partners, to his life with an HIV diagnosis. James admits to embellishing the truth in his younger years but notes that with insight from his husband, Australian cellist James Clark, he no longer needs to do so. At times, musical or medical terms are used that may be unclear to the general reader.
VERDICT Look elsewhere for finely crafted prose. Look here for, at times brutal, honesty about a life still being lived

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?

We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?