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

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: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Summary: The story follows the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose "sexual inversion" (that is, homosexuality) is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Matilda Reviews: Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman

Summary: Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life. My Thoughts: I zipped through Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman

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

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: grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters

Julie Anne Peters's books hold a very special place in my heart. When I was a young teenager, I read them over and over again, hungry for a book about girls who liked other girls, like me. Every time I was in a bookstore, I checked the Young Adult section to see if she had… Continue reading Review: grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters

Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

Let's get this out there first---I'm not a big fan of fairy tales. Other than Tolkien, I don't really take to fantasy: fairies, vampires, zombies, etc. are just not my thing. Which is probably why it took me so long to finally pick up Malinda Lo's Ash. To be honest, the only reason Ash was even on my… Continue reading Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

21 Intriguing Titles from the Lesbian Library

As I have previous mentioned, I am lucky enough to live just down the block from a fabulous lesbian library. It's stocked with everything you might imagine or expect -- fiction, poetry, self-help books, books on lesbian and women's herstory, feminist theory, feminist theology, memoir and biography, lesbian cookbooks (which, I assume, instruct you to… Continue reading 21 Intriguing Titles from the Lesbian Library