A list even Judy Gold’s mother would approve


YentlIn honor of Chanukka, I present to you eight queer/Jewish books with fabulous titles. Caveat: I haven’t actually read any of these, so this is all about the words on the covers.

1. Yentl’s Revenge: The New Wave of Jewish Feminism, by Dana Ruttenberg

Technically not a lesbian book, but it’s a feminist anthology, which means there’s got to be at least one reference to something Sapphic. More important, it brings to mind Barbra Streisand in boy drag ready to mess you up.

2. In Every Laugh a Tear: A Novel, by Leslea Newman

Because one thing lesbians and Jews know is how to hamper a perfectly joyful moment by getting all serious.

3. The Limits of Pleasure, by Daniel M. Jaffe

Again, why can’t we just be happy? Come on, people, would it kill us?

4. Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound: A Novel, by Judith Katz

We’re not just killjoys; we’re masochists too. But also fierce runners with highly attuned ears. Kind of like whippets, as I’m always saying.

5. Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition, by Rebecca Alpert

Gotta love an inside joke. For those not in the know, it’s like another Betty cameo on The L Word; it just has no business being there.

6. Friday the Rabbi Wore Lace, by Karen X. Tulchinsky

Simple reason: nekkid Jewesses getting it on (this one’s erotica). Although, the cover image kind of wrecks the fantasy.

7. Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology, by Evelyn Torton Beck

Because — as even that anti-gay, right-wing CEO-led chain store knows — everyone loves a nice Jewish girl. Oh, and apparently everyone loves a lesbian too.

8. In Jewish Texas: A Family Memoir, by Stanley E. Ely

Texas? Who knew? Jews and queers — I suppose we really are everywhere.

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