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Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro (St. Martin's Press, 2002, $27.95, by Andre Soares) is the detailed biography of 'the first Latin-American performer to become a Hollywood superstar,' who was also a closeted homosexual who met a brutal end at the hands of a pair of male hustlers in 1968.

Tortilleras: Hispanic and U.S. Latina Expression (Temple University Press, 2003) is edited by Lourdes Torres and Immaculada Pertusa. It is subtitled Hispanic and U.S. Latina Lesbian Expression, which says it all. Contributors include Wilfredo Hernandez, Salvador Fernandez, Nancy Vosburg, Gema Pérez-Sánchez, and many more. Topics include 'Coming Out/Covering Up,' '(Re)presenting Lesbian Desire,' and 'Radicalized Lesbianisms.'


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