The Book

Non-Fiction - Art/Photography
78 Pages
Reviewed on 06/10/2017
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (Goodreads, B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. for Readers' Favorite

DRAG: The Book by Matthew Burgett is filled with photographs of drag queens from a variety of places, though more from Ohio than anywhere else. It includes some autobiographical information with a few professionally shot photos for each of the performers. These autobiographies range from a simple paragraph to a handful of paragraphs. One can peruse DRAG fairly quickly as the photos for each performer are quite similar to each other, and the insights into each performer are quick, easy reads. If one is curious about the world of drag, this book will give a tiny peek. DRAG might make a nice coffee table book for some readers as well.

The fact that DRAG: The Book is out there is amazing. Those in the LBGT community and friends of those in said community should be supported, respected and honored. Unfortunately, Matthew Burgett's book does not give much real insight into the performers' life history or experiences. Taking a stand for drag performers, sharing the work they love and the lifestyle they love being a part of (drag as a lifestyle/career - not the "lifestyle" of being a part of the LBGT community as that isn't a choice per se) is great. Yet, this book only gives a taste of their lives and experiences, but not any more than that. Many of the photographs are in the same setting, whereas it would have been intriguing to see variations to each performer's photographs. However, DRAG: The Book still makes for a nice coffee table display and deserves its rightful place next to other performers' books on living room shelves and coffee tables worldwide.