Your Gay Summer Reading Guide: Books By and About Lesbians

 
 

Non-Fiction

Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans
by Phillip Gambone

Who wrote it: Chronicler of LGBT history and people.
Why you should read it: It features profiles of Dorothy Allison, Kate Clinton, Lillian Faderman, Tammy Baldwin and other out women who have influenced gay culture.
Who will like it: Members of the LGBTQ community who want to know about gay people in history, anyone who doesn’t like to use Wikipedia/the internet to read facts or interviews.

Inseperable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donahue

Who wrote it: An out Irish novelist/journalist/playwright.
Why you should read it: It’ll give you a lot of old-school out-of-print reading material to go after in bookstores.
Who will like it: Fans of lesbian subtext, readers of classic literature, Shakespeare adorers, those who enjoyed Terry Castle‘s The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology From Ariosto To Stonewall.

Sexual Intimacy for Women: A Guide for Same-Sex Couples

by Dr. Glenda Corwin

Who wrote it: Out licensed clinical psychologist who has done major research on same-sex couples.
Why you should read it: It’s educational about all facets of being in a lesbian relationship, including ideas about developing your emotional, physical, and psychological intimacy.
Who will like it: Lesbians with partners, lesbians who want a partner, women who might want to become partners with another woman.

Anthologies

Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women,
Unorthodox Desires
by Miryam Kabakov

Who edited it: The out director of the Sabes Foundation Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival.
Why you should read it: Contributors include Temim Frutcher of the rock band The Shondes, professor Joy Ladin and "the pseudonymous Ex-Yeshiva Girl."
Who will like it: Jewish lesbians, ex-Jewish lesbians, lesbians who date Jewish women, those interested in religion and how it affects sexuality. 

And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents, and Our Unexpected Families
by Susan Goldberg and Chloë Brushwood Rose

Who edited it: Queer moms who also write.
Why you should read it: Because, unless you’ve lived through it, you don’t know how it works when you have a sperm donor that you know personally —  or if he should be invited to holidays.
Who will like it: People who are excited about The Kids Are All Right, lesbian moms, anyone with gay parents.

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