Sapphic Salon: 5 New Books by Queer Women You Should Read Now
In a time when Sarah Palin's memoir is a best seller, it can be hard to locate books by out women at major bookstores. But even if you have to use the internet or (even better) support your local feminist/queer shop, there are quality books being published that are way more worth your time.
Terry Castle — The Professor
Writings from the Stanford prof on her fascination with World War I, taking her mother on a trip to Santa Fe and her disastrous love affair with a professor while in grad school. It's incredibly well-written, funny, poignant, queer and self-deprecating in a way that makes you nod your head in agreement.
Barbara Hammer — Hammer: Making Movies out of Sex and Life
The legendary artist and filmmaker has created a collage of her writings, photographs and journal entries from her four decades of work and relationships with women. Includes a novella, "My Life as Henry James."
Joan Schenkar — The Talented Miss Highsmith
The 600-page biography of the lesbian mystery writer details her affairs, her false marriages and her bizarre relationships with food, films and her secret comic book career. It also includes a plot outline of her lesbian novel, The Price of Salt and a detailed pro/con list of her lovers.
Terri Griffith — So Much Better
A piece of fiction about Liz, a woman unhappy with her girlfriend and meaningless job, looking for something more, and momentarily finding it with her partner's teenage sister. It's refreshing to read a story about a lesbian whose sexuality is the least of her problems.
Michelle Cliff — Everything is Now: Collected Stories
The bisexual Jamaican writer put together several short stories from her career that tie together in similar themes, characters or events. It deals with class and race issues just as much as gender and sexuality.
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