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Seventeen-year-old Alyssa thought she knew who she was. She had her family and her best friends and, most important, she had Sarah. Sarah, her girlfriend, with whom she dreamed with about the day they could move far away and live out and proud and accepted for themselves, instead of having to hide their relationship. Alyssa never thought she would have to make that move by herself, but disowned by her father and cut off from everyone she loves, she is forced to move hundreds of miles away to live with Carly, the biological mother she barely knows, in a town where everyone immediately dismisses her as "Carly's girl." As Alyssa struggles to forget her past and come to terms with her future, will she be able to build a new life for herself and believe in love again? Or will she be forced to relive the mistakes that have cost her everything and everyone she cared about?National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters has written a compelling novel about coming out, finding love, and discovering your place in the world. Alyssa's story will speak to anyone who has known the joy and pain of first love and the struggle to start over again.
Tina Jones is alluring and outspoken. Kendall Long is sexy, yet delicate. Whether separate or together, these stunning best friends tend to cause quite a stir among the male population. An innocent fall, however, propels their friendship to a new plateau -- one where each is compelled to explore and confront her sexuality. She Slipped and Fell alternates between each characters' point of view, for only Tina and Kendall can decide whether or not their friendship, and love, is strong enough to endure the humility that is oftentimes associated with being different. Will Tina and Kendall risk stepping outside of their comfort zone into unfamiliar territory, defying society, God, and their families, in their quest to discover who they truly are?
This book is a sequel to "My Husband Betty", but delves deeper into the author's own relationship with her husband, and less on the histories of various others. Now we really meet Helen, a rather tomboy-ish adult woman, who falls in love with a man, and later finds out he is a cross-dresser. They marry, as a heterosexual couple. He becomes more and more comfortable in his women's persona, "Betty." This causes Helen to go through a very thoughtful time of learning about and questioning gender issues of all types. How masculine of a woman can she be and still be "woman"? At what point is she labeled Butch" Is that true or not? Does it bother her? How does "trans" change people? Transsexuals, genderqueers who prefer the non-binary middle ground rather than the either/or of male/female, transfolks taking hormones or not, transfolks planning just "top surgery" but not "bottom surgery," safety issues, mainstream America's perceptions, etc. If Betty becomes a full time woman, does that mean they are a lesbian couple, even though they and particularly Helen are heterosexual? Throughout, Helen and Betty remain married and a loving couple, even though they don't know what will happen with them. This non-fiction book, told from the 1st person, presents valid questions of gender vs. sexual orientation, "queer community" vs. mainstream America, Cross-dressers vs. full post-surgical transsexuals, etc. There is much more of Helen's ponderings than there is of their day to day life, although that is included as examples. By the end, it is still unknown whether Betty will fully transition to a female gender or not. This is a very thought provoking book.
The exuberant memoir of a man named James who became a woman named Jenny. She's Not There is the story of a person changing genders, the story of a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret; above all, it is a love story. By turns funny and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the remarkable territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family. She's Not There is a portrait of a loving marriage--the love of James for his wife, Grace, and, against all odds, the enduring love of Grace for the woman who becomes her "sister," Jenny. To this extraordinary true story, Boylan brings the humorous, fresh voice that won her accolades as one of the best comic novelists of her generation. With her distinctive and winning perspective, She's Not There explores the dramatic outward changes and unexpected results of life as a woman: Jenny fights the urge to eat salad, while James consumed plates of ribs; gone is the stability of "one damn mood, all the damn time." While Boylan's own secret was unusual, to say the least, she captures the universal sense of feeling uncomfortable, out of sorts with the world, and misunderstood by her peers. Jenny is supported on her journey by her best friend, novelist Richard Russo, who goes from begging his friend to "Be a man" (in every sense of the word) to accepting her as an attractive, buoyant woman. "The most unexpected thing," Russo writes in his Afterword to the book, "is in how Jenny's story we recognize our shared humanity." As James evolves into Jennifer in scenes that are by turns tender, startling, and witty, a marvelously human perspective emerges on issues of love, sex, and the fascinating relationship between our physical and our intuitive selves. Through the clear eyes of a truly remarkable woman, She's Not There provides a new window on the often confounding process of accepting ourselves.
The provocative bestseller She's Not There is the winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family. Told in Boylan's fresh voice, She's Not There is about a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret. Through her clear eyes, She's Not There provides a new window on the confounding process of accepting our true selves."Probably no book I've read in recent years has made me so question my basic assumptions about both the centrality and the permeability of gender, and made me recognize myself in a situation I've never known and have never faced . . . The universality of the astonishingly uncommon: that's the trick of She's Not There. And with laughs, too. What a good book." --Anna Quindlen, from the Introduction to the Book-of-the-Month-Club edition.
Walter McCloud is a boy with dreams unlike most. Introduced as a child to the genius of Balanchine and the lyricism of Tchaikovsky, Walter has always aspired to be a dancer. As he grows older, it becomes clear that despite his desire, he lacks the talent, and he faces the painful knowledge that his more gifted friends have already surpassed him. Soon, however, that pain is overshadowed when his older brother, Daniel, finds a strange lump on his neck and Walter realizes that a happy family can change overnight. The year that follows transforms the McClouds, as they try to hold together in the face of the fearful consequences of Daniel's illness, and Walter makes discoveries about himself and his friendships that will change him forever. Decades later, after Walter has left home and returned, he must come to terms with the memories of that year, and grapple once and for all with the challenge of carving out a place for himself in this all-too-ordinary world. A moving story of the torments of sexuality and the redemptive power of family and friendship, The Short History of a Prince confirms Jane Hamilton's place as a preeminent novelist of our time.
FROM THE PUBLISHER Romantic fireworks from Claire McNab, whose dazzling Under the Southern Cross topped the bestseller lists, whose Carol Ashton mystery series has brought her international renown
From the book cover: "TALK TO ME, SPYDER. TELL ME THE STORY...." "You already know the story, Robin." But Robin squeezes her hand hard, sudden, unexpected pressure, and her eyes flutter open. "Please, Spyder?" she asks, "please? I need to hear it again, I need to hear you tell it." "It's very late," Spyder says, brushing Robin's bangs from her eyes. "You look so sleepy." "I need to hear," Robin says and now she sounds desperate, close to tears. "I need to hear." Spyder sighs, hugs Robin close. Outside the house, Spyder's rambling junk cluttered house where it is never anything but Halloween-the late October night is still and satisfied. No wolf-howling wind or bare branches scritching window glass, nothing but the sound of a car passing on the street. Spyder waits until it has gone and then she clears her throat. "Before the World," she begins, "there was a war in Heaven...."
When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, and determines to persist in the routines of his daily life; the course of A Single Man spans twenty-four hours in an ordinary day. An Englishman and a professor living in suburban Southern California, he is an outsider in every way, and his internal reflections and interactions with others reveal a man who loves being alive despite everyday injustices and loneliness. Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the texture of life itself.
The first story deals with an island where every sexual fantasy can come true. The second story is a threesome at a horse ranch. The third is about several spies on a pleasure planet, and the last involves two newlyweds and their best man stranded on an uninhabited Caribbean island.
Elmer is a classic gay boy sissy duckling. He loves to dress up and make things. He is not interested in sports. His papa wants him to play baseball and be tough like the other ducks. Mama, however, nurtures him to be his own special self. When Elmer sees Mama and Papa arguing over him, he runs away and builds his own cozy home inside a tree trunk. When the flock flies south for the winter, Elmer goes to watch them leave. Suddenly hunters appear and some ducks are shot. The other ducks flee. Elmer finds his papa wounded and takes him to his tree trunk home. Papa later wakens, and they get to know each other through the rest of the winter. They are the first ducks to survive a winter in that area. In the spring, the other ducks return home and are amazed to find Papa and Elmer. All cheer Elmer, who makes it very clear he is still a sissy and proud of it! Everyone accepts him now.
4 Girls, One Mic and Lots of Drama When Mariposa (aka MC Patria) meets Ezekiel Matthews (aka MC EZ1) they quickly become best friends; together they have the best summer tossing lyrics and rhymes. After the summer ends, Mariposa realizes the only thing she really cares about -- besides becoming the best emcee around -- is getting Ezekiel to love her. Unfortunately, this realization comes at the same time Ezekiel gets a girlfriend -- Jennifer Hoffman (aka J-Ho 5), an emcee with a huge buzz. When her school announces a talent show, Mariposa understands that this could be her last chance to impress Ezekiel. She decides to form a hip-hop crew -- enter the world of the Sista Hood -- MC Patria, Soul Siren, Pinay-1 and DJ Esa, all divas in their own way. While coming together isn't easy, they're forced to collaborate and their lives are changed forever.
Aging, lesbian consciousness, the difficulty of escaping from alcoholism--these are the themes of June Arnold's extraordinary novel, first published by Daughters in 1975. The novel stands squarely in the southern literary tradition, depicting with memorable hilarity a group of elderly female vigilantes who take local rape deference into their own hands. Critics and fellow writers have rightly lauded it as a classic of experimental fiction. It is also a unique exploration of menopause as rebirth. "Sister Gin is a tour de force about lesbianism and alcoholism, fat and feminism, rape and race, falling in love with your lover's mother's girlfriend, and it has the very best description of hot flashes in literature."--Jane Marcus
Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde's philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published. These landmark writings are, in Lorde's own words, a call to "never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is. ..." Reviews: "...it's been almost a quarter of a century since Audre Lorde's essays and speeches in Sister Outsider made an indelible mark on 20th-century literature. But the words of the black lesbian feminist poet seem as lyrical and unforgettable, and, sadly, as relevant today as when she first tackled everything from racism and homophobia to ageism and class dichotomies. A must-have book that every lesbian should read."--Curve Editor's Pick. "Lorde was a brilliant feminist poet and intellectual whose theories on the power of embracing our internal contradictions as well as the differences between people and groups is the way to powerful coalition building and social progress." --New York Post, Sunday. "Poet and librarian Lorde collected 15 of her finest essays and speeches in this 1984 volume. With her poet's command of language, she addresses sexism, racism, black women, black lesbians, eroticism, and more. Still powerful."--Library Journal, Starred Review. "Audre Lorde is a passionate sage. I say 'is' and not 'was' because her keen insights continue to provoke and sustain us and give us courage. The reissue of this book is a gift to longtime admirers and to new readers who have yet to discover the power and grace and splendid audacity of Audre Lorde."--Valerie Miner, author of After Eden and professor of feminist studies at Stanford University. "[Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware."--New York Times.
A Norwegian hilltop. An Amsterdam nightclub. A San Francisco bathhouse. The back of a van. A bedroom or two. Exotic, delicious, quirky--and, of course, homey--locales set the scene for this fiery new collection of real-life lesbian sex stories. In these sometimes wicked, sometimes winsome tales, women from all over the country kiss and tell, revealing their explosive encounters with near strangers, sensual explorations of longtime lovers, and surprising moments when friends become lovers. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but in this case it is also hotter. Let your inner voyeur out to play and watch as these talented writers leave the blinds up and the lights on, and give you their all.
First publication of poems by well-known activist and performance artist from the Central Valley of California.
From a rising literary star "in the tradition of Carol Shields and A. S. Byatt" comes this luminous story of a contemporary man's metamorphosis. Andrea Barrett and Michael Cunningham have lauded Stacey D'Erasmo for the beauty of her language and her ability to create worlds that leave a lasting impression. In her new novel, D'Erasmo reaches back to Ovid for inspiration in this tale of how the mythic animates our everyday lives. At thirty-seven, Gabriel Collins works halfheartedly as an obituary writer at a fading newspaper in lower Manhattan, which, since 9/11, feels like a city of the dead. This once dreamy and appealing boy has turned from a rebellious adolescent to an adult who trades in petty crimes. His wealthy, older boyfriend is indulgent of him-to a point. But after a brush with his own mortality, Gabriel must flee to Mexico in order to put himself back together. By novel's end, we know all of Gabriel's ratty little secrets, but by dint of D'Erasmo's spectacular writing, we exult in the story of an imperfect man who-tested by a world that is often too much for him-rises to meet the challenge.
Bondage & discipline. Two girls are somehow transported from the Bermuda Triangle to another place and time, where they are caught and trained as pleasure slaves. From back cover: Jeni Weeks downtrodden maid to rich and selfish Rebecca Lamont, finds herself caught up in an adventure of sexual awakening while her mistress is holidaying in Bermuda. Taking part in a race to the Bahamas their yacht encounters a strange storm that carries them into another time and place Shipwrecked Jeni and Rebecca are washed up on the shores of a mysterious land populated by a masterful race possessing an unknown technology where the two women are soon captured and sold into slavery. Mistress and servant no longer they must submit to the desires of their new owners Jeni discovers her true slavish nature, while Rebecca sees a chance to seduce her way to the court of the king himself. But the realms of the land are in dispute, and beautiful females, both slave and free are seen as playthings and prizes in the struggle between their ruling princes.
Slow Blind Drive is a conversation with the dead. A letter to an unlikely muse and a testament to the resilience of unconditional love. All at once haunting and horrific, erotic and endearing, this is the story of what it means to grow up a girl, to find solace in addiction, to have everything and give it away. It's a raw and sentimental account that follows a childhood friendship as it thrives and suffers through an intimate love, drug addiction, mental illness and betrayal. This is a story whose characters stay with you long after you've turned the last pages.
Slow Hand: Women Writing Erotica is an exciting anthology of new erotic stories by women, for women. In a world where men still expect to make the first move, this collection of nineteen tantalizing stories gives women their chance to have the last word. Slow Hand is a book for those who boldly wish to explore the territory of passion. But most of all it is for those readers who know full well that erotic writing by women is like no other: in art as in life, timing is everything. Michele Slung writes in her introduction: "My main hope is that readers new to the audacious genre of women's erotica-readers both female and male-who pick up Slow Hand out of curiosity will enjoy and appreciate the sensual/sexual explorations they encounter here. All responses are legitimate, backgrounds and natures differing as they do, yet I can't help but hope that the book I've assembled will turn out to be the best kind of seducer.... In its compelling rhythm and its surprises, Slow Hand exists to reflect the needs and desires of its audience."
A male escort's first date with a satisfied client sends him into a world of lies etc.
Completed just months before Patricia Highsmith's death in 1995, "Small g" explores the labyrinthine intricacies of passion, sexuality, and jealousy in a kinky, charming tale of love misdirected, written in a style and form few knew were part of Highsmith's range.
Fifth book in the series; lesbian detective.
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