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The Ellis Island Snow Globe.

The Ellis Island Snow Globe By Erica Rand Duke University, $22.95

Self-proclaimed "dyke activist" and academic Erica Rand day-tripped to Ellis Island on a "hot date" and grabbed some shiny souvenirs, including a golf ball emblazoned with an immigrant nuclear family and an American-flag snow globe. Her travel tome offers a whirlwind tour of the queer history the monument's exhibits and keepsakes obscure. From photos of handsome Frank Woodhull, a middle-aged transgender man detained and released in 1908, to Liberty as a racially contested hot butch, to genealogical celebrations of "breeder ties," Rand explores Ellis Island's history as a breeding ground for American sexual and racial fantasy. In spite of a couple of tedious rhetorical habits, the good professor makes a seductive and knowledgeable travel companion.
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Author:Pareles, Marissa
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Aug 30, 2005
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