Review: Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman

Elizabeth M. Edman is an Episcopal priest and a lesbian. These two aspects of her identity are stitched into her very soul; they are vitally important, essential aspects of who she is as a person and how she moves about in the world. In Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and… Continue reading Review: Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman

Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

There are very few books that I would classify as "weird," but Miranda July's The First Bad Man is definitely one of them. My partner, to whom I read this book aloud, was over it by the time we were halfway through; it was too strange for her. I, on the other hand, found it… Continue reading Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

I borrowed Sarah Waters's newest novel The Paying Guests from a coworker of mine who said she hadn't been able to put it down, and even though I got interrupted while reading it---I spent a month in Asia and couldn't bring the big hardcover along---I, too, didn't want to stop reading. Sarah Waters is an amazing writer. I always… Continue reading Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Friday Favorites: LGBTQ Books

As soon as my coworker arrives with our rental van this morning, we'll be heading to Toronto for a weekend at World Pride! It's going to be an exciting, gay adventure, and I can't wait. I was hoping to be able to write my review of Marya Hornbacher's Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia before leaving,… Continue reading Friday Favorites: LGBTQ Books

Matilda Reviews: The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

Summary Lexi has a secret. She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she's afraid that what's left of her family is going to fall apart for good. Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

Matilda Reviews: Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

Summary: Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky, some pet fish, and two moms who think he's the greatest kid ever. And he happens to think he has the greatest moms ever, but everything changes when his birth mom and her wife, Jo, start to have marital problems. Suddenly, Nick is in the middle, and… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

Matilda Reviews: I Prefer Girls by Jessie Dumont

For Christmas this year, I received a poster-sized version of the book cover of the lesbian pulp fiction classic I Prefer Girls. So of course I bought and read the book as well. Penny, a young lesbian living in Greenwich Village (who is hot and definitely knows it) spends much of her time preying on straight girls,… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: I Prefer Girls by Jessie Dumont

Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

For graduation, my creative nonfiction professor gave me a book as a parting gift: Jeanette Winterson's memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? It was really good. I read it in about 3 days. Jeanette has had quite the tumultuous life. Her adoptive mother, whom she calls Mrs. Winterson, was an extreme depressive who insisted… Continue reading Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Review: Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Genre: Fiction Published: 2005 Blurb Greenville County, South Carolina, a wild, lush place, is home to the Boatwright family—rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly. At the heart of this astonishing novel is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a South… Continue reading Review: Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Review: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

For as long as I can remember (in the ten years that I've been an out lesbian), Rubyfruit Jungle has appeared and been mentioned in countless places.  Websites, books, magazines, and word-of-mouth all tout this unorthodox coming-of-age novel as The One Lesbian Novel You Must Read.  I suspect that, in the '70s when it was published, this was probably… Continue reading Review: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown