Confession: I’m a huge nerd and proud of it. I am a sucker for a good book, especially on, by and/or about gay women. We’re always looking for ways to include more writers, authors and graphic novelists on AfterEllen.com, so we decided to bring you a summer guide to some good queer reading. I can recommend most of these first-hand, and hope you’ll take the time to support some indie publishers and women-owned bookstores by purchasing a copy for yourself (or several for your book club).
All of the books below have been released in the last couple of months up through the current month of June.
Spoon-Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life by Kim Severson
Who wrote it: Out food critic for The New York Times.
Why you should read it: It’s an honest, funny and humble story about getting over fears, alcoholism and yourself to succeed in life.
Who will like it: Foodies, women overcoming alcoholism, New Yorkers, writers and gay moms.
Wrote the Book, Made the Movie, Raised the Kids, Now the Blog by Shamim Sarif
Who wrote it: The out director of The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight.
Why you should read it: For an insider’s view on what it’s like to be a film director and exclusive photos from the set of her films. Plus 10% of all sales will go to Lisa Ray, lead actress in both movies, to help in her battle against a rare form of cancer.
Who will like it: Fans of Sarif’s work and her frequently updated blog, aspiring directors, working lesbian moms and women who enjoy Lisa Ray (she also wrote the book’s intro).
Girl in Need of a Tourniquet by Merri Lisa Johnson
Who wrote it: Director of Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at USC Upstate
Why you should read it: It’s a beautifully written account of her struggles with borderline personality disorder and how it has affected her life and relationships. She refers to herself as a "psycho girlfriend."
Who will like it: Women interested in reading first-hand accounts of living with a mental disorder, fans of United States of Tara, lesbians who have been in dysfunctional relationships or like reading about them.
She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of Non-Biological Motherhood
by Amie Klempnauer Miller
Who wrote it: A Minnesota-based lesbian mom who writes about her experiences for several publications.
Why you should read it: It’s an insider’s view of being a non-biological lesbian mother and what it’s like to pass as the birth mom, deal with legal issues and how raising a child can change your relationship with your partner.
Who will like it: Lesbian moms, aspiring lesbian moms, and lesbians who want to know what it’s like to have a pregnant partner.