Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland - Barney Frank, History Project
An interesting scrapbook of pictures and short texts about sexual and gender "deviance" throughout Boston's history. Almost every page raises a wish to know more about that snippet of history; luckily, it's heavily footnoted, and research is continuing, which should lead to more publications in the future. Brevity takes the greatest toll on context-setting paragraphs; to sum up a broad historical development in a few sentences can only be done by great vagueness or great oversimplification, and this book largely opts for the second.

Some of the pages I found most appealing were those on Thomas Morton's Merrymount; Michael Wigglesworth's diary; portraits of Margaret Fuller, Louise Guiney, and other women; Harriet Hosmer's sculpture studio; Edward Perry Warren's art collection; F. O. Mathiessen's self-discovery; Eleanora Sears the athlete; Mary Driscoll, another powerful woman, although as anti-vice-crusading chair of the Boston Licensing Board...