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Abbott, Sidney and Love, Barbara. Sappho was a Right-On Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism. –Stein and Day, c1985.
Keywords: Sociology, Lesbianism, Non-fiction, Feminism
The first book-length statement on the relationship of Lesbianism to Feminism, as well as the first serious nonfiction account of the Lesbian experience, described carefully and logically from an authentic, inside perspective rather than the prejudging eyes of an orthodox psychiatric disapproval and its softer, more insidious corollary, an alienating “clinical detachment.” It is also, incidentally a unique, close-range history of the new women’s movement as it faced one of its major issues and crises. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ed. by Adams, Maurianne, Bell, Lee Anne and Griffin, Pat. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice.– Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, c2007.
Keywords: Education, Theory, Social Justice
This book provides teachers and facilitators with an accessible pedagogical approach to issues of oppression in classrooms. Building on the ground swell of interest in social justice education, this book offers coverage of current issues and controversies. It presents a well-constructed foundation for engaging the complex and often daunting problems of discrimination and inequality in American Society. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ed. by Adams, Maurianne, Blumenfeld, Warren J., Castañeda, Rosie, Hackman, Heather W., Peters, Madeline L., Zúñiga, Ximena. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice- An Anthology on Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism, and Classism. – Routledge, c2000.
Keywords: Oppression, Theory, Social Justice
This book covers the scope of social oppression form a social justice standpoint. By emphasizing the interactions among racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and ableism, the anthology shows the interconnections among oppressions in everyday life. Each section is divided into Contexts, Personal Voices, and Next Steps and Action. By including both theoretical essays and personal reflections, the anthology stresses critical thinking while providing vivid portraits of the meaning of diversity and the realities of oppression. The Next Steps and Action sections are designed to challenge the reader tot ake action to end oppressive behavior and to affirm diversity and social justice. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Angier, Natalie. Woman: An Intimate Geography. Anchor. 2000.
Keywords: Women, Bodies, Biology, Psychology, Womanhood
Angier takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of female anatomy and physiology that explores everything from organs to orgasm, and delves into topics such as exercise, menopause, and the mysterious properties of breast milk. A self-proclaimed "scientific fantasia of womanhood." Woman ultimately challenges widely accepted Darwinian-based gender stereotypes. Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced research in evolutionary psychology (the study of the biological bases of behavior) and consequently lead to dubious conclusions about "female nature." such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are natural philanderers.
But Angier doesn't just point fingers; she offers optimistic alternatives and transcends feminist polemics with an enlightened subversiveness that makes for a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is a seminal work that will endure as an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are as women, as men, and as human beings. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Ed. by Ascher, Carol, DeSalvo, Louise, Ruddick, Sara. Between Women: Biographers, Novelists, Critics, Teachers and Artists Write about Their Work on Women.– Beacon Press, c1984
Keywords: Compellation, Short Stories, Women, Non-fiction
Between Women brings together the intimate and movies stories of 25 women writers, scholars and artists like Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Alice Walker, composer Elizabeth Wood, and writer Michele Cliff and the women who have moved them, shaped their work, inspired their creativity, and shared with them a literary sisterhood. This absorbing and unusual collection reveals the complex emotional ties between women and their work. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Aldridge, Sarah. Cytherea’s Breath. – The Naiad Press, c1976.
Keywords: Ficiton, Feminism, Lesbianism, Romance, Drama
A many-faceted novel of young passions, of the carefully banked fires of more mature hears, of women’s struggles to gain control of their own bodies and to choose the way in which they will live their lives. The first decade of the 20th century saw the valiant efforts of many women to be free in a patriarchal society, through the suffrage, social reform, birth control, in the practice of the law, in medicine. Cytherea’s Breath tells of a handful of such women- Emma Wycliffe, a young physician dedicated to the real emancipation of women; the group of Balitmore women who sponsor her medical education at home and abroad; Miss Margaret Bell, whose protégée she becomes. It speaks especially of two women who seek and find each other’s love in spite of discouragement and the prohibitions of traditional society. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Aldridge, Sarah. The Latecomer. – The Naiad Press, c1982.
Keywords: Fiction, Lesbianism, Romance, Political
The story of two women of unlike temperaments and differing backgrounds who come to recognize their love for each other. Coming home from a summer spent in research in Europe, Philippa unexpectedly shares her stateroom with Kay, a stranger. Philippa, nearing forty, reserved, inexperienced in close human relationships and Kay, eight years younger, lively, gregarious, agonizing over a frustrated love affair, spend five days during their stormy Atlantic crossing learning the key to each other’s natures. They believe that their arrival in New York harbor will end their brief freidnship, but circumstance intervenes. They meet again in Washington, D.C., where Kay’s lover’s career has led to possible catastrophe for all involved. It is Philippa who must act as mediator for Kay, hiding her own feelings to protect Kay’s beset interests. A love story set in the political turmoil of here and now, yet written with the romantic tone of yesterday. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ed. Allen, Carolyn and Howard, Judith A. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. University of Chicago Press. Autumn 1999.
Keywords: Journal, Women, Lesbian, Feminism
This is the autumn 1999 edition of Signs. Essays include Dying to Tell: “Sexuality and Suicide in Imperial Japan,” “Simple Pleasures: Lesbian Community andGo Fish,” “No Experts – Guaranteed!: Do-It-Yourself Sex Radicalism and the Production of the Lesbian Sex Zine Brat Attack,” “The Returns of Cleopatra Jones,” “Reading India’s Bandit Queen: A Trans/national Feminist Perspective on the Discrepanceis of Representation,” “Death and the Maiden: The Feminine and the National in Recent New Zealand Films.” Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Arliss, Laurie P. Gender Communication. Prentice Hall. 1991.
Keywords: Gender, Gender Roles, Sex Roles, Relationships, Communication
Although men and women furiously shun rigid social labels in today’s society, stereotypes and sexual differences endure – a reality Arliss confronts in this perceptive volume. From sexual metaphors and gender constancy, to interpersonal relationships and role models, she corners every aspect of gender and its influence on communication and human relations.
Taking into account a rich body of empirical evidence, Gender Communication invites readers to evaluate their own behaviors as well as issues such as: cultural influences, gender-specific behaviors, verbal and non-verbal communication, and the implications for male/female interaction in different relationships. Friendships, professional relationships, and familial affiliations are thoroughly explored in a non-blaming voice which promotes equal appeal to male and female readers. With this comprehensive overview of gender as communication, Arliss manages to broaden the spectrum of an essentially “pink and blue” world. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Arthur, Bonnie Shrewsbury. Night Lights. – Mother Courage Press, c1967.
Keywords: Fiction, Lesbianism, Romance
Jean Valentine is trying to pick up the pieces of her life, after her lover’s death. Her absent-minded daughter is about to make her a grandmother. Her beach-house neighbor Lila’s marriage is breaking up. What will Jean do about her growing love for Lila? Location: Main Book Shelf.
Asexuality Arichive.com. Asexuality: A Brief Introduction. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012.
Keywords: Asexuality, Love, Sex, Life
Sometimes called “A Fourth Orientation”, asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by a persistent lack of sexual attraction toward any gender. This book explores love, sex, and life, from the asexual point of view. This book is for anyone, regardless of orientation. Whether you’re asexual, think you might be, know someone who is, or just want to learn more about what asexuality is (and isn’t), there’s something inside for you. This is one of the first books exclusively dedicated to the subject of asexuality as a sexual orientation. Written by an asexual, it discusses the topic from the inside. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Ed. Atwan, Robert and Ozick, Cynthia. The Best American Essays 1998. Mariner Books. 1998.
Keywords: Writing, Essays, Emotions, Life
The Best American Essays 1998 features a captivating mix of people and prose, as guest editor Cynthia Ozick shapes a volume around the intricacies of human memory. The reflections and recollections of Saul Bellow, John Updike, Jamaica Kincaid, John McPhee, and Andre Dubus join company with many voices new to the series, as an astonishing variety of writers share their deepest thought on ecstasy and injury, ambition and failure, privacy and notoriety. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Bantam. 1983.
Keywords: Fiction, Marriage, Relationships, England, Women
Austen’s most celebrated novel tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, a bright, lively young woman with four sisters, and a mother determined to marry them to wealthy men. At a party near the Bennets’ home in the English countryside, Elizabeth meets the wealthy, proud Fitzwilliam Darcy. Elizabeth initially finds Darcy haughty and intolerable, but circumstances continue to unite the pair. Mr. Darcy finds himself captivated by Elizabeth’s wit and candor, while her reservations about his character slowly vanish. The story is as much a social critique as it is a love story, and the prose crackles with Austen’s wry wit. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Ed. Ballentine, Susan Frank and Inclan, Jessica Barksdale. Diverse Voices of Women. Mayfield Publishing Company. 1995.
Keywords: Anthology, Women, Writing
Diverse Voices of Women is an anthology featuring works of various lengths and genres, from the voices of mostly contemporary women of many races, classes, nationalities, and age groups. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Bannon, Ann. Beebo Brinker. Cleis Press, c1962.
Keywords: Fiction, Lesbian, Pulp Fiction, Erotica
The classic 1950’s pulp fiction love story. “She never knew what she wanted- until she came to Greenwich Village and found the love that smolders in the shadows of the twilight world.” Location: Main Book Shelf.
Barrington, Judith. Writing the Memoir. The Eighth Mountain Press. 2002.
Keywords: Memoir, Writing Guide
A Practical guide to the craft, the personal challenges, and ethical dilemmas of writing your true stories. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Barker, Gerard A. Twice Told Tales: An Anthology of Short Fiction. Houghton Mifflin. 1979.
Keywords: Fiction, Literature, Short Stories
An anthology of similar short stories juxtaposed with each other to provide a thought provoking framework. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Translations by Barnstone, Willis. Sappho: Lyrics in the Original Greek.– Anchor Books c1965.
Keywords: Greek, Poetry
Of the classical poets of the first rank, one of the least read today is Sappho. The popular misapprehensions (and misconceptions) of the details of her personal life, the elusiveness (for translation) of her charged, compact style, and the difficulty of establishing intelligible reconstructions of the many available fragments of her work- all these have contributed to undeserved neglect among modern readers. Yet Sappho’s reputation as one of the finest poets of classical antiquity remains unchallenged. This edition introduces Sappho to the modern reader. It provides a vivid, contemporary translation, which captures the sparseness and the intensity of Sappho’s line. And for the reader with some familiarity with ancient Greek, the translations are printed opposite the text on which they are based. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Barron Barrett, Martha. Invisible Lives: The Truth About Millions of Women-Loving Women. – New York: William Morrow and Co., c1989.
Keywords: Non-fiction, Sexuality, Lesbianism
Invisible Livesis the stories of women who early on or late discovered their capacity to enjoy erotic relations with other woman. Challenging the belief that sexual lives are static entities to be labeled and filed, these stories reveal a sexuality more akin to music in its response to variations of theme, to songs in a different key. The author traveled eight thousand miles across the country and back, and then took another trip down the east coast from Maine to Maryland. These random odysseys placed her in contact with a wide range of women. Roughly three-quarters of those interviewed had a four year college education and more, about ten percent were women of color, and well over half of the women were in their thirties and forties. Occupations ran the gamut from doctors to lawyers to skilled technical workers. Those interviewed told about their own days of ambivalence, or alcoholism, or choking anger, or relationships that hand no name. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Barr, Nevada. Bittersweet. –Spinsters/Aunt Lute, c1984.
Keywords: Fiction, Romance, Drama, Adventure, Lesbianism
Set in late nineteenth-century America, rich in authentic detail drawn from women’s diaries of the Old West, Bittersweet, tells the love story of two women- a small town school teacher and a former student who comes to her for sanctuary from her battering husband. When their illicit relationship is discovered, they are forced to flee their small Pennsylvania coal town home for the anonymity and isolation of northern Nevada. Amidst a scarcity of women in this frontier outpost, Imogene and Sarah’s determination to stay together sparks a whole new set of challenges. Their daring solutions provide a full-length, old-time adventure story worth staying up late for. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Bauer, Marion Dane. Am I blue? Coming Out from the Silence. HarperColins Productions, c1994.
Keywords: Gay, Lesbian, Short Stories, Young Adult
Each of these stories is original, each is by a noted author for young adults, and each honestly portrays its subject and theme- growing up gay or lesbian, or with gay or lesbian parents or friends. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Baym, Nina. The Norton Anthology of American Literature Sixth Edition Volume C. W W Norton & Co Inc. 2002.
Keywords: American Literature, English
The Norton Anthology of American Literature is the classic survey of American literature from its sixteenth-century origins to its flourishing present. This volume—Volume C—covers American literature from 1865 to 1914. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Beam, Joseph. In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology.
Keywords: Gay, Men, Anthology, Race
In the Life, an expression which means being gay, is also the title of this collection of writings in which more than 25 black authors explore what it means to be doubly different--both black and gay--in modern America. These stories, verses, works of art, and theater pieces voice the concerns and aspirations of an often silent minority. They can be poignant, erotic, resolute or angry, but always reflect the affirming power of coming together to build a strong black gay community. Editor Joseph Beam began collecting this material in 1984 after years of frustration with gay literature that had no message for--and little mention of--black gay men. "The bottom line," he wrote, "is this: We are Black men who are proudly gay. What we offer is our lives, our love, our visions... We are coming home with our heads held up high." Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ed. Beck, Evelyn Torton. Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology. - Persephone Press, c1982.
Keywords: Lesbianism, Jewish, Feminism, Poetry, Fiction, Short Stories
This book consists of recorded Jewish lesbian lives in pictures, poems, fiction and essays. It makes theories about lesbian lives. This book recognizes that although in the past Jewish lesbian women have often experience a double or triple vulnerability and a sense of isolation- as the only lesbian among Jews, the only Jew among lesbians, the only Jewish lesbian of color among white Jewish lesbians, the only Sephardic Jew among Ashkenazi- this book shows that no one is alone. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Becker, Carol S., Ph.D. Unbroken Ties: Lesbian Ex-Lovers. -– Alyson Publications, c1988.
Keywords: Lesbianism, Romance, Relationships, Psychology
Through nearly one hundred stories and interviews, Becker- also a psychotherapist- has traced the emotional trauma of a couple’s breakup, the stages of recovery, and the differing ways these former lovers stayed in contact with each other. She finds the end of a relationship can be a time of positive personal growth, helping avoid destructive behavior in the future. Former lovers can also serve as the foundation for alternative family groups, strengthening our community and our ability to care for one another. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Bedford, Sybille. Jigsaw. - Penguin Books, c1989
Keywords: Biographical, Fiction, Adventure
Bedford’s latest novel haunts the borderlands of autobiography and fiction. It picks up where her first, A Legacy, left off, leading us out of the Kaiser’s Germany into the wider Europe of the 1920’s and the limbo between world wars. The narrator, Billi, tells the story of her scholar-gipsy childhood and of her many teachers, beginning with her father, a pleasure-loving German baron, and her brilliant, beautiful, erratic mother. Later, on the Mediterranean coast of France, she meets the artists and intellectuals who will show her the way to a life’s work in literature among them the Huxley’s, Aldous and Maria. Germany, Italy, England, France; mentors, examples, seducers, friends- each place, each person is a bright piece in the puzzle of Billi’s identity. But bill is more than the sum of all these pieces, just as Jigsaw is more than the sum of Bedford’s art. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Béguin, ReBecca. In Unlikely Places. - New Victoria Publishers, c1990.
Keywords: Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Lesbianism
Following her dream to explore the African continent, Lily Bascombe sets sail in 1895. The sea captain tells her of another white woman who has disappeared into the bush and gives Lily letters and tea should she ever find her. Along with her Faung guides, lily makes her way across the continent as a trader. But she soon finds herself obsessed with finding Miss Margery Poole. She sloshes through mosquito-ridden swamps, across raging rivers, through endless entangled jungle paths. Finally a piece of lace from an English corset leads her to the elusive Miss Poole, who, it appears has shed more than her corset. Lily’s obsession turns to romance, and then to conflict as she is torn between the enticement of Africa and Margery’s love, and her loyalty to her English past. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Béguin, ReBecca. Runway at Eland Springs. –New Victoria Publishers, c1987.
Keywords: Adventure, Lesbianism, Romance, Fiction
At odds with the 1930’s society of white East Africa, Anna, who grew up among the peoples of the African bush, defies convention to become a pilot, tracking wild game, and flying long distance. Carrying supplies into the bush, she meets Jilu, an independent woman running a safari camp at Eland Springs. Jilu provides the support Anna needs when confronted with her conflict over tracking for the ivory hunters and the threat to the elephants. Eland Springs becomes a refuge for Anna, a home to return to where there is the comfort of a loving friendship. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Bell-Scott, Patricia. Life Notes: Personal Writings by Contemporary Black Women. W. W. Norton & Company. 1995.
Keywords: Black Women, Black Womanhood, Journaling
Life Notes is the first collection devoted exclusively to writings from the journals, diaries, and personal notebooks of contemporary Black. In this beautiful collection of intensely personal testimonies, 50 courageous writers illuminate the complexities of Black women's lives, offering unique reflections about self, family, intimacy, work, politics, life transitions, violation, and recovery. Among the contributors are well-known writers as well as emerging and previously unpublished writers. A diverse group, they are native daughters from three continents and the Caribbean, the youngest an eight-year-old Nigerian girl and the oldest a sixty-five-year-old retired African American telephone operator. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
Ed. Benstock, Shari. The Private Self: Theory and Practice of Women’s Autobiographical Writings. The University of North Carolina Press. 1988.
Keywords: Essays, Women Writers, Feminism, Post-structuralism, Women, Race, Class, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Gender
This collection of twelve essays discusses the principles and practices of women's autobiographical writing in the United States, England, and France from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Employing feminist and poststructuralist methodologies, the essays examine a wide range of private life writings—letters, journals, diaries, memoirs, pedagogical texts, and fictional and factual autobiographies. The Private Self explores the links between the historical devaluation of women's writings and the cultural definitions of women that have constrained their writing practices and excluded them from the canon of traditional autobiographical texts. Collectively, these essays expose the cultural biases that derive from notions of selfhood defined by a white, masculine, and Christian experience. In an effort to revise our prevailing concept of autobiography, these essays deal with differences of race, class, religion, sexual orientation, and gender. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Berube, Alan. Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two. - The Free Press, c1990.
Keywords: War, Biography, Non-fiction, Gay, Lesbian, History
Among the many histories of fighting men and women in World War II, little have been written about the thousands of homosexuals who during those memorable years found themselves fighting two wars- one for their country, the other for their own survival as targets of a military policy that sought their discharge as “undesirables”. Allan Berube spent ten years interviewing gay and lesbian veterans, unearthed hundreds of wartime letters between gay GI’s, and obtained thousands of pages of newly declassified government documents. Hidden in these sources were the dramatic stories of soldiers fighting in Europe and in the jungles of the South Pacific, lesbians serving in the WAC, draftees coming out to their parents, gay nightlife in the wartime boom cities, GIs entertaining each other in drag, flare ups of antigay witch hunts, and the desperate struggle to survive incarceration in the military’s “queer stockades”. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Berson, Betty, Ph.D. Permanent Partners: Building Gay & Lesbian Relationships That Last. – E.D Dutton, c1988.
Keywords: Self-help, Non-fiction, Gay, Lesbian
What do same-sex couples need to know in order to build partnerships that work, satisfy, and last? What are the obstacles-internal and external- faced by two men or two women as they try to create a life together? What do gay men have to learn from lesbians, and lesbians from gay men? Berson has drawn on her professional experience and on her own partnership to create a strategy for overcoming the obstacles faced by gay men and lesbians as they try to build healthy relationships. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Blake, Nayland, Lawrence Rinder, Amy Scholder. In a Different Light: Visual Culture, Sexual Identity, Queer Practice. – City Lights, c1995
Keywords: Non-fiction, Photography, Queer
In a Different Light, documents a landmark exhibition at the University Art Museum, and features curatorial essays, over 100 reproductions of all the artwork in the exhibition, and a selection of fiction, personal essays, rants, and image-text projects on the power of visual culture. This book explores the resonances of gay, lesbian, and queer experience in American culture, particularly in the past thirty years. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Bloom, Lynn Z. Fact and Writing Nonfiction Artifact. Longman. 1993.
Keywords: Nonfiction Writing, Writing Guide
Focuses on the kinds of nonfiction writing that real writers do: writing about people, places, performance, how-to, science, humor, controversy. It treats readers as pre- professional writers who care about style, who are willing to revise their work, and who intend their work to reach a wider audience. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Boykin, Keith, E. Lynn Harris. Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America. Carroll & Graf Publishers, c2005.
Keywords: Gay, Down Low, Race
A revealing and timely look at the reality behind the down low phenomenon. This book discusses why black men are afraid to talk about their sexuality, why black women are caught in the middle, why the media got the story wrong, and why everybody is talking about the down low. Location: 903 Book Shelf.
Brandt, Kate. Happy Endings: Lesbian Writers Talk about Their Lives and Work. – The Naiad Press, c1993.
Keywords: Compilation, Lesbian, Non-fiction
Intimate portraits of lesbian writers whose books have shaped our lives. Reach into the soul of National Book Award nominee Dorothy Allison. Look behind the art of Lambda Award winners Jewelle Gomez, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Joan Nestle, and Katherine V. Forrest. Meet the chroniclers who powerfully convey our lives and culture: Carol Seajay, Sarah Schulman, Lee Lynch, France, Leslea Newman, Toni Armstrong Jr., Willyce Kim, Lisbet. Hear the deeply personal voices of the writers who have blessed us with the diversity of Lesbian life. Meet your all-time heroes close up. Discover the struggle and the triumph as these women strove to reach us with the books that nourish our lives. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Brecourt-Villars, Claudine. Petit glossaire raisonne de l’erotisme saphique. Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1980.
Keywords: Eroticism, Gay/Lesbian, Queer Glossary, French
A book composed of the different erotic and sexual terms within the gay/lesbian culture and community. This book is in French. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Brill, Stephanie, Rachel Pepper. Transgender Child, the: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. Cleis Press Inc., c2008.
Keywords: Transgender, Gender, Non-fiction, Guidebook
What do you do when your son insists on wearing a dress to school? Or when your toddler daughter’s first sentence is that she is a boy? Offering an extensive understanding of gender-variant and transgender youth, The Transgender Child answers these questions and more. Covering developmental, legal, medical, and school issues, this book is a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind guidebook for the unique challenges that thousands of families face raising children who step outside of the pink or blue box. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ed. Broe, Mary Lynn. Silence and Power: A Reevaluation of Djuna Barnes. Southern Illinois University Press. 1991.
Keywords: Women Writers, Literary Criticism
Roughly chronological, these essays explore Barnes’ early work in the New York newspaper world of the ‘teens, proceed through the 1954 publication of The Antiphon, and include several approaches to such works as Ryder, Ladies Almanack, and Nightwood. This judicious mix of essays—many of them illustrated by photographs and drawings—presents a comprehensive picture of the creative imagination of Djuna Barnes. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Bantam. 1981.
Keywords: Fiction, Women, England
Jane Eyre is the story of a small, plain-faced, intelligent, and passionate English orphan. Jane is abused by her aunt and cousin and then attends a harsh charity school. Through it all she remains strong and determinedly refuses to allow a cruel world to crush her independence or her strength of will. A masterful story of a woman's quest for freedom and love. Jane Eyre is partly autobiographical, and Charlotte Brontë filled it with social criticism and sinister Gothic elements. A must read for anyone wishing to celebrate the indomitable strength of will or encourage it in their growing children. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Brossard, Nicole. Lovhers. Translated by Barbara Godard- Guernica, c1980
A compilation of poetry by Nicole Brossard. Originally published in French, this book has been translated to English. Her work is considered to be one of the most significant in Quebec contemporary literature. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Broumas, Olga & Miller, Jane. Black Holes, Black Stockings. –Wesleyan University Press, c1985.
A compilation of poetry by two accomplished poets. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Brown, Judith. Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy. Oxford University Press, c1986.
Keywords: Religion, Lesbianism, Love, Biography, History, Drama
The discovery of the fascinating and richly documented story of Sister Benedetta Carlini, Abbess of the Convent of the Mother of God, by Judith Brown was an even of major historical importance. Not only is the story revealed in Immodest Acts that of the rise and fall of a powerful woman in a church community and a record of the life of a religious visionary, it is also one of the earliest documented cases of lesbianism in the modern Western history. Born of well-to-do parents, Benedetta Carlini entered the convent at the age of nine. At twenty-three, she began to have visions of both a religious and erotic nature. Benedetta was elected abbess largely because of these visions, but she later aroused suspicions by claiming to have had supernatural contacts with Christ. During the course of an investigation, church authorities not only found that she had faked her stigmata, but uncovered evidence of a lesbian affair with another nun. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Brown, Rita Mae. Venus Envy. Bantam Books, c1993.
Keywords: Fiction, Drama, Lesbian
At thirty-five, Mary Frazier Armstrong, called “Frazier” by friends and enemies alike, is a sophisticated green-eyes blonde with a thriving art gallery, a healthy blank balance, and an enviable social position. In fact, she has everything to live for, but she’s lying in a hospital bed with a morphine dirp in her arm and a life expectancy measured in hours. “Don’t die a strangers,” Mandy Eisenhart, her assistant at the gallery, says on her last hospital visit. “Tell the people you love who you are, or write them.” And so, as her last act here on earth, Frazier writes letters to her closest family and friends, telling them exactly what she thinks of them and, since she will be dead by the time they receive the letters, the truth about herself: she is gay. The letters are sent. Then the manure hits the fan in Charlottesville, Virginia, because Frazier Armstrong wakes up the next morning to hear her doctor explaining that it has all been a mistake. Frazier can look forward to a long, happy life. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Bryan, Sharon. Where We Stand: Women Poets on Literary Tradition. W. W. Norton & Company. 1994.
Keywords: Literature, Women, Writing
In this collection of essays, 21 contemporary women poets reflect on their particular relationship to literary tradition. The approaches taken are as diverse as the backgrounds of the authors who represent several generations of contemporary writers. They include Eavan Boland's essay in which she explores her roots as an Irish poet, Maxine Kumin's consideration of her generation's shaping context, and Amy Clampitt's account of her decision to become a poet. Other contributors include Dadeline DeFrees, Alicia Ostriker and Anne Stevenson. Despite the common threads in the experience of these women, there is no clear concensus: "Where We Stand" represents a plurality of voices, not a chorus. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth. Pocket Books. 1938.
Keywords: Fiction, China, Life, Destiny
In The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during this century. Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel -- beloved by millions of readers -- is a universal tale of the destiny of man. Location: Shelf 1, Yellow.
Edited By: Burns, Edward. Staying on Alone, Letters of Alice B. Toklas. Liveright W.W. Norton & Company c1973.
Keywords: Letters, History, Non-fiction
On tissue-thin paper in a tiny, often undecipherable hand, Alice Toklas described her daily life in Paris in absorbing detail, like a latter-day Madame de Sevigne. Here are shrewd, witty observations on some of the most interesting artists, musicians, and writers of the twentieth century: Thornton Wilder, Cal Van Vechten, Edith Sitwell, Anita Loos, Cecil Beaton, Janet Flanner, Bennett Cerf, among others. There are stories about Picasso, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Juan Gris, Cocteau, and Sartre- all revealing a sharp eye that was as much a part of Alice as her devotion to Gertrude and her passion for recipes and gardening. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Califia, Pat. Sapphistry, The Book of Lesbian Sexuality. The Naiad Press inc. c1980.
Keywords: Sexuality, Lesbian, Non-fiction, Exploration
Pat Califia’s approach to our sexuality is challenging, accepting, caring and practical. She blends specific information with a deep appreciation of the power of necessity of our sexual play. Lesbian sexuality is a full, diverse world where women please each other. Our sexuality shares our life. It changes with illness, it ages, it is a medium for theoretical as well as physical explorations. Our sexuality must be fully explored and Sapphistry helps us do this. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Cameron, Anne. The Journey. Spinsters/aunt lute c1986.
Keywords: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Lesbian
It’s the late 1800’s and the Canadian West- vast plains and mountains sprawling between two oceans. The truth is, it is not easy to move through it. Not if you are a woman and alone, not even two women who hook up to escape the violence of their pasts. Anne is fourteen years old and running from the beatings of her drunkard uncle. Sarah is tarred, feathered and running from the crazed vigilante sheriff who stung up her lover. This unlikely duo leads us episode by thrilling episode through the wild Canadian West as it really happened; past the hovels of the Chinese rail workers, through the surprising halls of Belle’s whorehouse and finally to the Pacific Ocean where the gruesome past catches up with both women. Their final triumph burns tears in our hearts. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Castro, Ginette, Translated by Elizabeth Loverde-Bagwell. American Feminism: A Contemporary History. New York University Press. 1990.
Keywords: Feminism, History
In this sweeping literary, cultural, and political history, French sociologist Ginette Castro vividly and dramatically tells the story of the contemporary women's movement in the United States. From the liberal feminists, like Betty Friedan, Mary Daly, and the members of NOW, to the radical feminists, including Kate Millett, Ti-Grace Atkinson, New York Radical Women, and Cell 16, Dr. Castro offers an enlivened yet balanced account of the many different ideological currents within the movement. Central to her contribution is the detailed reexamination of the role of the radical feminists, and her efforts to neutralize the sensationalism which has become attached to this segment of the movement. Captured here is the diversity of expression and yet the underlying unity, and potential for ideological synthesis in the American feminist movement. American Feminism makes an invaluable contribution to understanding the course of feminism in the United States and its radical roots. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Cather, Willa. My Antonia. Dover Publications. 1994.
Keywords: Women, Immigration, Frontier, Fiction
One of Cather's earliest novels — written in 1918 — is the story of Antonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. In quiet, probing depth, the story commemorates the spirit and courage of the immigrant pioneers whose persistence and strength helped to build America. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Charters, Ann. The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. Bedford/St. Martin's. 1987.
Keywords: Fiction, English, Writing
Ann Charters has an acute sense of which stories work most effectively in the classroom and knows that writers, not editors, have the most interesting and useful things to say about the making and the meaning of fiction. For those who want a smaller, less expensive anthology, the compact edition of The Story and Its Writer is the most comprehensive, diverse — the best-selling — introduction to fiction available, notable for its student appeal as well as its quality and range. To complement the stories, Charters includes her lasting innovation: an array of the writers’ own commentaries on the craft and traditions of fiction. For in-depth, illustrated studies of particular writers, her Casebooks provide unparalleled opportunities for discussion and writing. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Chiarella, Tom. Writing Dialogue: How to create memorable voices and fictional conversations that crackle with wit, tension and nuance. Story Press. 1998.
Keywords: Writing Fiction, Writing Dialogue, Writing
Whether you're writing an argument, a love scene, a powwow among sixth graders or scientists in a lab, this book demonstrates how to write dialogue that sounds authentic and original.
You'll learn ways to find ideas for literary discussions by tuning in to what you hear every day. You'll learn to use gestures instead of speech, to insert silences that are as effective as outbursts, to add shifts in tone, and other strategies for making conversations more compelling. Nuts and bolts are covered, too - formatting, punctuation, dialogue tags - everything you need to get your characters talking. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. Dover Publications. 1993.
Keywords: Fiction, Marriage, Infidelity, Love
First published in 1899, this novel shocked readers with its open sensuality and uninhibited treatment of marital infidelity. The poignant, lyrical story of a New Orleans wife who attempts to find love outside a stifling marriage, critics have praised it as a forerunner of the modern novel. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Clarke, Dorothy. Touch of Music. New Victoria Publishers Inc. c1991.
Keywords: Fiction, Drama, Romance, Lesbian
New in town, Roxanna and her daughter Melissa share a house owned by Becky, a well-known singer of women’s music, whose fame has gone to her head. In the beginning Roxanna and Becky are in constant conflict, denying their attraction to each other. But the life-threatening illness of Roxanna’s daughter breaks down the barrier between the two women. As they are drawn together, Roxanna and Becky discover that the differences between them are not important after all. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Clausen, Jan. The Prosperine Papers. The Crossing Press c1988.
Keywords: Fiction, Feminism, Lesbian, Drama, Adventure, Comedy
Dale McNab is having a rough year. A lesbian-feminist academic in her late thirties, she has just been denied tenure. She and her lover Linda, have been fighting about everything from non-monogamy to Linda’s teenage daughter. Her job search is getting nowhere. She is drinking too much. At this vulnerable moment, her life is indelibly marked by an encounter with two remarkable female “ancestors.” One, Rose Bright Schlaghoffer, is her ninety-year-old maternal grandmother, a strong willed Minnesotan from a poor farming background who followed a conventional path to upward mobility; the other, long-dead Prosperine Munkers, once Rose’s closest friend, was a lesbian radical and writer who reported on the IWW-led labor revolt on Minnesota’s Iron Range before the Frist World War. As Dale struggles with Rose for access to Prosperine’s unpublished papers, the novel’s humorous commentary on the foibles of a middle-class Protestant family becomes background to a literary detective story. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Clunis D. Merilee & Green G. Dorsey. Lesbian Couples. Seal Press c1988.
Keywords: Non-fiction, Lesbian, Relationships, Self-help
This is the first guide for lesbians that describes the pleasures and challenges of being part of a couple relationship. Beginning with isues of definition, the book charts the stages most couples go through: romance, conflict, commitment, collaboration. Some of the topics covered are common to all couples, such as working out issues of living arrangements, work, money and time; and others are specific to lesbian couples, such as coming out to family and friends, monogamy and non-monogamy, separateness and togetherness. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Cohn, Samuel. Gender, Race, and Discrimination at Work: Foundations of Social Inquiry. Westview Press. 1999.
Keywords: Discrimination, Work, Race, Gender, Workplace Inequalities
In Race and Gender Discrimination at Work Samuel Cohns provides a fascinating, unorthodox account of the causes of discrimination at work. The book is packed with statistics, yet witty; rigorous, yet light. Cohn introduces readers to the fundamental realities of race and gender barriers in the workplace, and he goes beyond these as well by introducing startling new reinterpretations. Cohn is tactful enough to appeal to the conservative student, but honest enough to appeal to the feminist student. In the first several chapters, Cohn provides a description of the historical and current states of race and gender inequality and explains how employers persist in seemingly irrational actions, even in the face of more profitable alternatives. Cohn then turns to an introduction of the five primary social and economic theories of wages: marginal productivity theory, human capital theory, dual sector theory, union strength theory, and internal labor market theory. He follows with a review of the implications for pay differentials between blacks and whites. In subsequent chapters, he explores racial and gendered theories of wages for employment and unemployment. Finally, Cohn concludes with a review of the trends and causes of white male exclusionary attitudes towards blacks and women. This book is ideal for gender courses at all levels. Cohn's compelling, non-standard reformulations of traditional explanations of workplace inequalities make the book important for all serious scholars of gender studies. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Conley, Ellen Alexander. The Chosen Shore: Stories of Immigrants. University of California Press. 2004.
Keywords: Immigration, Korea, Vietnam, Ghana, America, Oral History
A Korean street child is adopted into an upper-middle-class suburban home. A Vietnamese monk dishes up fast food to fund a spiritual center. A woman saves for a home back in Ghana, where she will never live. All are immigrants to the United States, known to most of their fellow Americans only as statistics. The stories that statistics can't tell unfold in this book, in which twenty-three recent immigrants recall navigating the paradoxes, pitfalls, and triumphs of becoming Americans. Candid, evocative, and richly detailed, their oral histories comprise a compelling portrait of the changing face of the American population. Location: Shelf 1, Orange.
Córdova, Jeanne. Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story. Multiple Dimensions c1990.
Keywords: Auto-biography, Religion, Lesbian
Cordova takes the reader behind the forbidden convent door for a revealing look at the joys and sorrows of Sisterhood. This compelling and sometimes shocking autobiography chronicles Cordova’s early life as a naïve young woman from the Republican suburbs of Southern California. Sent to the ghettos of Skid Row and Watts by Mother Superior, Cordova runs headlong into the chaos of inner city life, the social unrest of the 60’s, disillusionment with religious life and her own burgeoning sexuality. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Corea, Gena. The Invisible Epidemic: The Story of Woman and Aids . Harper Collins Publishers c1992.
Keywords: AIDS, Women, Non-fiction
This tells the dramatic, heartbreaking and often inspiring story of women and the AIDS epidemic, revealing the startling truths behind the statistics and the experiences of the many women at the forefront of AIDS activism, prevention, and caretaking. Tracing the chronology of what happened when a number of women across the country recognized the extent to which HIV/AIDS was endangering women and attempted to do something about it, Gena Corea exposes once and for all the “invisible” nature of women’s place in the AIDS crisis and confronts the inaccuracies behind the many long-held assumptions of the primarily male medical community, the media, and the often misinformed general public. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Crisp, Quentin. The Naked Civil Servant. Penguin Books c1968.
Keywords: Gay, Public Figure, Autobiography, Non-fiction, Comedy
“As soon as I stepped out of my mother’s womb… I realized that I had made a mistake,” Quentin Crisp declares, giving a small hint of the witty and wry approach he takes toward the life he describes with uninhibited exuberance in this classic autobiography, which is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Crisp not only came out as a gay man in 1931, when the slightest sign of homosexuality shocked public sensibilities, but he did so with grand and provocative flamboyance, determined to spread the message that homosexuality did not exclude him or anyone else from the human race. His hilarious descriptions of encounters with parents, friends, employers, soldiers and sailors, and the law reveal the strength and humor of an honest man, determined to face the world with the uncensored, unapologetic truth about himself. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Curb, Rosemary & Manahan, Nancy. Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence. The Naiad Press Inc. c1985.
Keywords: Religion, Lesbian, Non-fiction
In these unique and compelling revelations, both ex-nuns and present nuns unlock the most secret doors in their closed and mysterious communities. Under rigidly enforced rules of behavior, where women’s lives are consecrated and subjugated to the most scared of vows, where “particular friendships” are ruthlessly eradicated under pain of sin and expulsion, still the power of love manages to emerge and survive. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Curry, Hayden and Denis Clifford. Legal guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples. Nolo Press Self-Help Law Books- c1986
Keywords: Political, Law, Guidance
This practical book covers all important legal aspects of living together as a lesbian or gay couple such as buying property, relating to former spouses and children of former marriages, having children, adoption, estate planning and wills, living together contracts concerning income and property, and recent domestic partnership laws. This edition also has a new chapter concerning steps you can take to handle medical emergencies. Specifically, this involves preparing a durable power of attorney which allows you to give your partner authority to make financial and personal decisions if you should be unable to do so. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Davey, Frank. aka bpNichol: A Preliminary Biography. ECW Press. 2012.
Keywords: Biography, Poetry, Psychoanalysis
Written by one of his friends and confidants, a close reading of bpNichol’s poetry aka bpNichol is the biography of the major Canadian poet bpNichol, who was a practising lay psychoanalyst and vice-president of one of the largest and longest-lasting communes in North America for more than a decade. Though he died at the young age of 44, Barrie Nichol was internationally influential as a visual poet and sound poet. Nichol authored the multi-volume The Martyrology, one of the most substantial long poems of the 20th century; four novels; two musical comedies; six children’s books; hundreds of hand-drawn visual poems; and 10 episodes of Fraggle Rock. Written by Frank Davey, one of Barrie’s numerous literary collaborators, aka bpNichol reveals the close connections among Nichol’s various activities, and includes a close reading of Nichol’s poetry. Davey examines how the autobiographical inquiries and Freudian dream analyses linked with the young Nichol’s biographical self-awareness, ultimately producing a writer whose main psychoanalytic client had become his own writing, and who could explore its slips, accidental puns, “unintended” meanings, and implications for the communal future of the human species both in high literature and the comic forms of prime-time television. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
DeLauretis, Teresa. The Practice of Love: Lesbian Sexuality and Perverse Desire. Indiana University Press. 1994.
Keywords: Lesbian, Love, Psychoanalysis, Feminism, Sexuality
In an eccentric reading of Freud through Laplanche and the Lacanian and feminist revisions, Teresa de Lauretis delineates a model of "perverse" desire and a theory of lesbian sexuality. The Practice of Love discusses classic psychoanalytic narratives of female homosexuality, contemporary feminist writings on female sexuality, and the evolution of the original fantasies into cultural myths or public fantasies. Location: Shelf 2, White.
DeSimone, Suszanne, Cheryl Kilodavis. My Princess Boy. KD talent, c2009.
Keywords: Children, Gender, Expression, Acceptance
My Princess Boy is a nonfiction picture book about acceptance. This story was written to give children and adults a tool to talk about unconditional friendship. When the author felt her young son was going to be teased or bullied for wearing a dress to school, she spoke with his preschool teacher. She shared the fears with others and a plan was put in place to support him and others who express themselves differently. In light of many unthinkable outcomes of bullying, discussions about acceptance can help our world back to the basics- compassion. Location: 903 Book Shelf.
Dhalla, Ghalib Shiraz. The Two Krishnas. Magnus Books. 2011.
Keywords: Fiction, Gay Men, Marriage, Religion
In the tradition of A Fine Balance and The Namesake, The Two Krishnas is a sensual and searing look at infidelity and the nature of desire and faith. At the center of the novel is Pooja Kapoor, a betrayed wife and mother who is forced to question her faith and marriage when she discovers her banker husband, Rahul, has fallen in love with a young, male Muslim illegal immigrant who happens to be their son's age. Faced with the potential of losing faith in Rahul, divine intervention, and family, she is forced to confront painful truths about the past and the duality in God and husband. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Domitrz, Michael J. May I Kiss You?: A Candid Look at Dating, Communication, Respect, & Sexual Assault Awareness. Awareness Publications. 2003.
Keywords: Dating, Communication, Sexual Assault
May I Kiss You? is an in-depth look at the realities of dating and intimacy. While most people simply "make their move" on a date, Mike Domitrz reveals why asking first makes all the difference. Domitrz's candid advice, real-life scenarios, and interactive exercises will revolutionize your approach to dating while adding romance, building respect, and heightening your awareness of sexual misconduct and assault. Students, parents, educators, and professionals are experiencing powerful success with this innovative, respectful, and fun approach to dating. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Ed. Donaldson, Abrams, Lewalski, David Smith, Adams, Logan, Lipking, Monk, Ford, Stillinger, Daiches and Stallworthy. The Norton Anthology of English Literature (5th and 6th Editions). W.W. Norton and Company. 1986.
Keywords: Anthology, English, Literature
The acclaimed Norton Anthology of English Literature, Major Authors Edition is now available in two paperbound volumes. Volume B begins with the writings of William Blake and continues through the Romantic Period, the Victorian Age, through to the Twentieth Century. This new Major Authors edition is a library between two covers—an indispensable addition to the family bookshelf. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Dreher, Sarah. Something Shady. New Victoria Publishers c1986.
Keywords: Mystery, Drama
A fog bound village, a strange disappearance, an unexplained death, and an old house where things go “bump” in the night. It all comes together in a suspicious “rest home” on the rocky coast of Maine. Stoner McTavish, masquerading as a mental patient, encounters mystery, terror, and some quirky characters. Will she discover what they did with Claire before the elegant Dr. Millicent Tunes uncovers Stoner’s true identity? What will she really find in her search for the missing nurse? There are those who don’t want to see her lifting the shade on Shady Acres. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Drummond, Mara. Transitions: A guide to Transitioning for Transsexuals and their Families. Library of Congress, c2009.
Keywords: Self-Help, Transgender, Gender, Transitioning
Having a gender identity that conflicts with one’s physical gender is a huge emotional burden. The anxiety, stress and depression that can result from having such a conflict can push a person to the point where everything in life that is held clear is risked to undertake one of the hardest challenges a human being can make transitioning from one gender to the other. If you have an incongruent gender identity and are considering a gender transition to bring peace to your life, Transitions will help you understand all of the implications of the journey you are about to undertake. Transitions will guide you through the transition process from end to end, teaching you how to come out to friends and family, maintain employment, manage transition finances, deal with sex and religion, plan your physical changes, pass and fit in as a member of your new gender and more. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ed. Duberman, Martin, Vicinu, Martha and Chauncey, George Jr. Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past. Plume. 1990.
Keywords: History, Gay, Lesbian, Gender, Sexuality
This richly revealing anthology brings together for the first time the vital new scholarly studies now lifting the veil from the gay and lesbian past. Such notable researchers as John Boswell, Shari Benstock, Jeffrey Weeks and John D'Emilio illuminate gay and lesbian life as it evolved in places as diverse as the Athens of Plato, Renaissance Italy, Victorian London, Jazz Age Harlem, Revolutionary Russia, Nazi Germany, Casto's Cuba - and peoples as varied as South African black miners, American Indians, Chinese courtiers, Japanese samurai, English schoolboys and girls, and urban working women. Gender and sexuality, repression and resistance, deviance and acceptance, identity and community - all are given a context in this fascinating work. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
DuPlessis, Rachel Blau. Writers Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of the Twentieth Century Women Writers. Indiana University Press. 1985.
Keywords: Women, Narrative Strategies, Gender, Women Writers
This book develops a fundamentally new concept for the interpretation and understanding of twentieth-century women writers. Rachel DuPlessis believes that these authors have created an array of narrative strategies to criticize and delegitimate traditional romance plots and other kinds of mythic narrative. The invention of these strategies, which would sever the narrative from conventional structures of fiction and consciousness about women, is what DuPlessis calls “writing beyond the ending.” The critique of romance and related narrative conventions is a way for women to delegitimate the sex-gender system manifested in the heterosexual couple, gender polarization, and separate spheres for men and women. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
DeShazer, Mary K. The Longman Anthology of Women’s Literature. Longman. 2000.
Keywords: Women, Literature, Women Writers, Global Perspectives
Throughout history, women around the world have struggled to have their voices heard and respected. The Longman Anthology of Women’s Literature introduces your students to phenomenal women whose words have spoken volumes. Offering women’s writings from the eighth century to the present, this global and multicultural anthology includes selections written in English by women from Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Croatia, Ghana, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Great Britain, and the United States using five themes that center around important topics for women writers – Finding a Voice, Writing the Body, Rethinking the Maternal, Identity and Difference, and Resistance and Transformation. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Ebert, Alan. The First Book in Which Homosexuals Speak for and about Themselves: The Homosexuals: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. c1976.
Keywords: Gay, Biography, Non-fiction
Seventeen homosexual men speak for themselves, freely and without fear of judgment. In these interviews, taut with drama and self-revelation, Alan Ebert enables each man to create his own individual self-portrait. What results is not a picture of “the homosexual” but not a medley of stories filled with humor, anger, love, tragedy, and pride, which in their cumulative impact explode the myths our society still holds about homosexuals. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ehrenreich, Barbara & English, Deirdre. Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers. The Feminist Press c1973.
Keywords: Women, Health, History, Non-fiction
Women have always been healers. They were the unlicensed doctors and anatomists of western history. They were abortionists, nurses and counselors. They were pharmacists, cultivating healing herbs and exchanging the secrets of their uses. They were midwives, travelling from home to home and village to village. For centuries women were doctors without degrees, barred from books and lectures, learning from each other, and passing on experience from neighbor to neighbor and mother to daughter. They were called “wise women” by the people, witches or charlatans by the authorities. Medicine is part of our heritage as women, our history, our birthright. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Emmerson, Pat. Raging Mother Mountain. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1989.
Keywords: Fiction, Lesbian, Romance, Comedy
Irene Aguilar, wending her way up the California coast, is haunted by the words of a song, and her yearning for the woman she envisions in that song. Irene knows the word lesbian, but cannot apply it to herself. In the town of Mobley, Oregon, Arliss Ellis, unable to face yet another day of knowing she is a lesbian trapped in the hideous mistake of her marriage, is getting drunk. Mary Margaret McGinniss, the town librarian, is about to begin another day of work, another day of remembering her beloved Evelyn. The startling Furosa Firechild has just breezed into homophobic Mobley. She is about to buy some land up on Raging Mother Mountain because she has a dream. An unquenchable dream called Wonderland. Brace yourself, reader, because all of these women are going to meet, and they are going to walk right into your heart. This is a richly humorous and action-filled story of lesbian love and life that you will forever cherish. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ennis, Catherine. To the Lightning. The Naiad Press Inc. c1988.
Keywords: Adventure, Lesbian, Fiction
Chris is a lonely lesbian on a longed for camping trip with that one special woman. The problem is, she does not know whether Merry returns any felling beyond simple friendship. Then the two of them are caught in a lightning storm of such ferocity that Chris loses consciousness, to awaken in a forested, uninhabited valley far removed from anything she or Merry have ever known before. They soon realize that they are stranded, cut off from civilization and rescue. Their survival in this primitive world will depend on the few supplies they have taken with them, along with whatever they can salvage from their storm-wrecked VW station wagon, and what they can devise with their won ingenuity. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ed. Ensler, Eve and Schrader, Stacey. Central Park: Childhood Sexual Abuse. Neword Productions, Inc. 1993.
Keywords: Childhood, Sexual Abuse, Aftermath of Abuse
This edition of Central Park is a collection of essays on childhood sexual abuse. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Ensler, Eve. The Vagina Monologues. Villard. 1998.
Keywords: Performance, Play, Women, Vagina
Eve Ensler's hilarious, eye-opening tour into the last frontier, the forbidden zone at the heart of every woman. Adapted from the award-winning one-woman show that's rocked audiences around the world, this groundbreaking book gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, and thoroughly human stories, transforming the question mark hovering over the female anatomy into a permanent victory sign. With laughter and compassion, Ensler transports her audiences to a world we've never dared to know, guaranteeing that no one who reads The Vagina Monologues will ever look at a woman's body the same way again. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Ensler, Eve. The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition. Villard. 2001.
Keywords: Performance, Play, Women, Vagina
"I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don't think about them. . . . So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues. I talked with over two hundred women. I talked to old women, young women, married women, single women, lesbians, college professors, actors, corporate professionals, sex workers, African American women, Hispanic women, Asian American women, Native American women, Caucasian women, Jewish women. At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn't stop them." So begins Eve Ensler's hilarious, eye-opening tour into the last frontier, the forbidden zone at the heart of every woman. Adapted from the award-winning one-woman show that's rocked audiences around the world, this groundbreaking book gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, and thoroughly human stories, transforming the question mark hovering over the female anatomy into a permanent victory sign. With laughter and compassion, Ensler transports her audiences to a world we've never dared to know, guaranteeing that no one who reads The Vagina Monologues will ever look at a woman's body the same way again. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Faber, Doris. The Life of Lorena Hickok E.R.’s Friend.William Morrow and Company, Inc. c1980.
Keywords: History, Lesbian, Biography, Non-fiction
This is the story of a little-known figure in history, Lorena Alice Hickok, and her extraordinary friendship with the most famous woman of the 20th century. Eleanor Roosevelt. A child of the prairie state, Hick, as she was known to her friends, was born into an emotionally and economically deprived family. It was through her own talent and determination that she rose to become one of the most eminent women journalists of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. Hick first met Eleanor Roosevelt as a reporter. Their professional relationship turned into an intimate friendship when Mrs. Roosevelt became the First Lady after the 1932 presidential election. For four years, Hick, unknown to most of the world, lived in the White House. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Faderman, Lillian. Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present. Penguin Books. 1995.
Keywords: Lesbianism, Lesbian History, Literature, Anthology
This is a literary anthology with each piece set in an historical and literary context that seeks to redefine four centuries of lesbian writing. From the verse of Sappho in 600BC to Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness" published in 1928, there is little women's writing that is recognised as "lesbian". A review of the shifting concept of "lesbian literature" is offered, followed by examples of six different genres - Romantic Friendship, Sexual Inversion, Exotic Inversion, Exotic and Evil Lesbians, Lesbian Encoding, Lesbian Feminism and Post-Lesbian Feminism. Works as diverse as Willa Cather's "My Antonia" and Virginia Woolf's "Orlando", poetry by Gertrude Stein and Amy Lowell, fiction by Carson McCullers, Helen Hulll and Alice Walker are examined here. In addition, writing by men who focused on women's relationship is included. This is Faderman's own personal search for a definition of lesbian literature. Location: Shelf 1, Orange.
Faderman, Lillian. Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love between Women from the Renaissance to the Present. William Morrow and Company, Inc. c1981.
Keywords: Women, Lesbian, Love, Non-fiction, Feminism
This book is a stimulating, provocative, and often persuasive examination of women’s emotional, sensual, and sexual relationships with each other. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, some never before published, Faderman has constructed a fascinating cultural history of women’s passionate friendships with each other. Literature, trial records, love letters, pornography, and the proclamations of “experts” across the centuries vividly illustrate the changing status and patterns of romantic friendship. She explores the elusive relation between female same-sex love and the continually shifting theories of female sexuality. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Farwell, Marilyn R. Heterosexual Plots and Lesbian Narratives. NYU Press. 1996.
Keywords: Lesbians, Literature, Narratives, Queer, Lesbian Writings
What is lesbian literature? Must it contain overtly lesbian characters, and portray them in a positive light? Must the author be overtly (or covertly) lesbian? Does there have to be a lesbian theme and must it be politically acceptable? Marilyn Farwell here examines the work of such writers as Adrienne Rich, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Jeanette Winterson, Gloria Naylor, and Marilyn Hacker to address these questions. Dividing their writings into two genres--the romantic story and the heroic, or quest, story, Farwell addresses some of the most problematic issues at the intersection of literature, sex, gender, and postmodernism. Illustrating how the generational conflict between the lesbian- feminists of twenty years ago and the queer theorists of today stokes the critical fires of contemporary lesbian and literary theory, Heterosexual Plots and Lesbian Narratives concludes by arguing for a broad and generous definition of lesbian writing. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Feinberg, Leslie. Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul. Beacon Press. 1997.
Keywords: Transgender History, Gender, History
Leslie Feinberg has been a leader in the transgender rights movement as long as such a movement has existed. This book is both deeply personal and widely researched. Feinberg examines perceptions of the body, the status of clothing, and the structures of societies that welcome or are threatened by gender variance. The portrait gallery that closes the book contains photographs and capsule biographies of contemporary transgendered people. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Fenelon, Fania. Playing for Time. Syracuse University Press. 1997.
Keywords: Women, Music, Holocaust
One of the few survivors of the women's orchestra in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination complex recalls her experiences, those of her fellow musicians, and the ironies and degradations of camp life. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Ferguson, Mary Anne. Images of Women in Literature. Cengage Learning. 1990.
Keywords: Women, Literature, Anthology
Images of Women in Literature is an anthology of literature short fiction, poetry, and drama by a broad range of female and male writers depicting the roles of women in literature. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Fetterly, Judith, and Pryse, Marjorie. American Women Regionalists 1850-1910. WW Norton & Co. 1995.
Keywords: Women, Writing, America, Anthology
Sixty-four stories and sketches by fourteen writers are brought together in this groundbreaking anthology to trace a tradition of women's writing in America. Crossing boundaries of region and ethnicity, these works are by writers popular in their time but neglected in the twentieth century. In American Women Regionalists readers will find writing that charts the imagination and talent of some of our most compelling voices. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Fields, Elysian. Homosexuality in Literature. c1974.
Keywords: Homosexuality, Literature, Gay, List
A compilation of titles of fiction, short stories, poetry, plays, films, letters, biographies, essays, memoirs, and studies that touch on homosexuality. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Fitch, Noel Riley. Anais: The Erotic Life of Anais Nin. Back Bay Books. 1994.
Keywords: Anais Nin, Biography, Paris, Literature
Anais Nin was the ultimate femme fatale, a passionate and mysterious woman, world famous for her extravagant sexual exploits, most notably her simultaneous affairs with Henry and June Miller and her bicoastal bigamous marriages. In the mid-1920s, eager to break the confines of American Victorianism both as an artist and as a woman, Nin traveled to Paris, where she fell in with the legendary artistic and literary circles of the Left Bank. "Nin's Diary", published over the years in numerous volumes, has been hailed as a breakthrough document by literary critics and feminists alike. Yet in the published diary, Nin did not lay bare her true self. She instead constructed a carefully stylized image of the woman the world knew as "Anais" while keeping her inner self hidden. In "Anais", biographer Noel Riley Fitch presents an honest portrait of Nin's passionate, tumultuous, and sometimes bitterly painful life. Fitch reveals, among other things that behind Nin's coquetry was the desperate yearning of an abused and abandoned child. This, the first biography of Nin, complements, corrects, and demystifies the image that Nin so artfully crafted in her diary. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Babylon Revisited and Other Stories. Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1960.
Keywords: Fiction, Short Stories, Adventure, Loss, Life
Written between 1920 and 1937, when F. Scott Fitzgerald was at the height of his creative powers, these ten lyric tales represent some of the author's finest fiction. In them, Fitzgerald creates vivid, timeless characters -- a dissatisfied southern belle seeking adventure in the north; the tragic hero of the title story who lost more than money in the stock market; giddy and dissipated young men and women of the interwar period. From the lazy town of Tarleton, Georgia, to the glittering cosmopolitan centers of New York and Paris, Fitzgerald brings the society of the "Lost Generation" to life in these masterfully crafted gems, showcasing the many gifts of one of our most popular writers. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1925.
Keywords: Fiction, America, 1920s, Jazz Age, Love
The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby's youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age. Considered Fitzgerald's best work, The Great Gatsby is a mystical, timeless story of integrity and cruelty, vision and despair. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Flagg, Fannie. Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Café. McGraw-Hill Book Company c1987.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Comedy, Drama, Fiction
It’s first the story of two women in the 1980’s, of grayheaded Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women, of the irrepressibly dare devilish tomboy Idgie in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a southern Café Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Flanagan, Connie and Schaum, Melita. Gender Images: Reading for Composition. Houghton Mifflin. 1992.
Keywords: Essays, Poetry, Fiction, Gender Studies
This book offers 75 selections - from personal and academic essays to poetry and fiction--that provoke critical thought on the complex field of contemporary gender studies. In addition, "Contexts" chapter introductions offer starting points for thinking and discussion. "Making Connections" end of chapter questions ask students to examine issues raised within a given chapter in light of larger, cross-chapter concerns. An Instructor's Resource Manual provides: Thematic Contents, Critical Thinking Paradigms, Teaching and Discussion Narrative for each selection, Supplemental Bibliography. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Foner, Nancy. From Ellis Island to JFK. Yale University Press. 2002.
Keywords: History, United States, Immigration
Two great waves of immigration -- one at the start of the twentieth century and another in its final decades -- transformed the history and personality of New York City. This book, the first in-depth comparison of New York's two most recent immigration eras, reassesses the myths that surround both sets of immigrants. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Forrest, Katherine. Amateur City. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1984.
Keywords: Lesbian, Mystery, Fiction
Ellen O’Neil has antagonized her lover by taking a job in a Los Angeles high-rise office building, only to find herself sole witness to events surrounding a baffling murder. LAPD Detective Kate Delafield, though and demanding leader of the homicide investigation team, soon discovers strong motives for the killing of Fergus Parker in an office united in its hatred of the murdered man. And with her own personal life in crisis, she finds her path increasingly intersecting with that of Ellen O’Neil. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Forrest, Katherine. Dreams and Swords. The Naiad Press, Inc. C1987.
Keywords: Erotica, Mystery, Lesbian, Fiction
A lesbian couple must decide whether to risk their only child in the most daring and unprecedented of experiments. When LAPD homicide detective Kate Delafield visits long-time lesbian friend Jessie Graham, now Sheriff of a California seaside town, Kate immediately becomes embroiled in an inexplicable disappearance that Jessie suspects is murder. Joan Bronson Randall is a lesbian helplessly trapped in a sham marriage, but now Joan’s father lies dying in a hospital and inexorable events are set into motion. In a talk of ultimate, chilling horror, a woman awakens in a white room in a place of endless corridors and soon learns where she is and why she is there. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Forrest, Katherine & Grier, Barbara. The Erotic Naiad: Love Stories by Naiad Press Authors. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1992.
Keywords: Erotica, Lesbian, Short Stories, Romance, Fantasy
Stories you will savor, stories of love and desire, romance and passion, from the Naiad Press authors. Such as the incomparable Isabel Miller. Enjoy her intricate tale of women who journey beyond fantasy and illusion to the essential nature of butch and femme. Meet Wilma, in Penny Hayes’ story of an older woman whose vengeance on her husband takes an astonishing turn in the bed of a lesbian, and Shelley, in Jackie Calhoun’s tale of the initiation of a married woman. And Lee Lynch’s “city Slicker,” who is given a chance to revise her past, and to change her future. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Foster, Jeannette. Lesbian Literature: Sex Variant Women in Literature. Independent Women Books c1972.
Keywords: Literature, List, Books
Old, rare and out-of-print fiction, biography, poetry and drama about Lesbians and other independent women. A list of Lesbian Literature. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Frank, Francine and Anshen, Frank. Language and the Sexes. State University of New York Press. 1985.
Keywords: Language, Sexism, Culture
From the Back Cover: In a highly readable and lively text, the authors explore the way language mirrors our cultural assumptions, especially those concerned with gender distinctions. Focusing on contemporary issues, they draw on their knowledge of sociolinguistics and other languages to illustrate how sexism may be hidden by habits of language. In making the reader aware of these, they suggest options for change. Language And The Sexes synthesizes a wide range of up-to-date information and research under several topics: naming, stereotypes of language behavior, the politics of conversation, forms of address, asymmetry in vocabulary, and possibilities of reform. The book concludes with suggested projects related to these topics, guidelines for non-discriminatory language use, and an extensive bibliography. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Friday, Nancy. My Secret Garden: Women’s Sexual Fantasies. Pocket Books New York c1973.
Keywords: Erotica, Women, Short Stories
Painfully personal, unabashedly erotic, and a milestone in sex. A plethora of sexual fantasies from the eyes of many different women. Some fantasies are romantic, some rough. You will blush, your pulse will race and you will start feeling guilty. Unquestionably erotic! Location: Main Book Shelf.
Friedman, Susan Stanford. Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H.D. Indiana University Press. 1987.
Keywords: Poetry, Feminism, History
This book is a major study of the work of poet Hilda Doolittle. This is the first book-length study to approach H.D. from a feminist perspective. Psyche Reborn is a valuable book not only for H.D. specialists but also for those interested in twentieth-century intellectual history. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Fulghum, Robert. All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things. Ivy Books c1986.
Keywords: Memoir, Gay, Non-fiction, Comdey
Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learning in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sand pile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned: Share Everything. Play Fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you are sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Fulghum, Robert. It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It. Ivy Books c1988.
Keywords: Memoir, Gay, Non-fiction, Comedy
Show-and-tell was the very best part of school for me, both as a student and as a teacher. As a kid, I put more into getting ready for my turn to present that I put into the rest of my homework. Show-and-tell was real in a way that much of what I learned in school was not. It was education that came out of my life experience. As a teacher, I was always surprised by what I learned from these amateur hours. As a kid I was unsure I knew well would reach down into a paper bag he carried and fish out some odd-shaped treasure and attach meaning to it beyond my most extravagant expectation. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Gaillard, Dawson and Mosier, John. Women & Men Together: An Anthology of Short Fiction. Houghton Mifflin. 1978.
Keywords: Fiction, Short Stories, Men, Women
An anthology of short fiction from a variety of disciplines regarding men and women. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Gaillard, Dawson and Mosier, John. Women & Men Together: An Anthology of Short Fiction Instructor’s Manual. Houghton Mifflin. 1978.
Keywords: Instructors Manual, Writing, Anthology
Instructors manual to go along with Women & Men Together. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Galford, Ellen. The Fires of Bride. Firebrand Books c1988.
Keywords: Fiction, Lesbian
Set on a remote Scottish island with a rambling castle and a ruined monastery harking back to more matriarchal times. Maria, a visiting artist from the mainland, arrives and is quickly seduced by the island’s strange charm. Is it her affair with Catriona, clan chief, doctor, and witch, that makes it impossible for her to leave? Or is it the inspiration of a place where women have, since Viking times, fought off male marauders? Location: Main Book Shelf.
Gates, Henry Louis Jr. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man. Vintage. 1998.
Keywords: Black Men, Writing, Politics, Entertainment, Dance, AIDS, Religion
James Baldwin, Colin Powell, Harry Belafonte, Bill T. Jones, Louis Farrakhan, Anatole Broyard, Albert Murray -- all these men came from modest circumstances and all achieved preeminence. They are people, Gates writes, "who have shaped the world as much as they were shaped by it, who gave as good as they got." Three are writers -- James Baldwin, who was once regarded as the intellectual spokesman for the black community; Anatole Broyard, who chose to hide his black heritage so as to be seen as a writer on his own terms; and Albert Murray, who rose to the pinnacle of literary criticism. There is the general-turned-political-figure Colin Powell, who discusses his interactions with three United States presidents; there is Harry Belafonte, the entertainer whose career has been distinct from his fervent activism; there is Bill T. Jones, dancer and choreographer, whose fierce courage and creativity have continued in the shadow of AIDS; and there is Louis Farrakhan, the controversial religious leader. These men and others speak of their lives with candor and intimacy, and what emerges from this portfolio of influential men is a strikingly varied and profound set of ideas about what it means to be a black man in America today. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
Gearhart, Sally Miller. The Wanderground: Stories of the Hill Women. Persephone Press. 1978.
Keywords: Fiction, Women, Feminism
This is the fantastic story of a group of women who have designed a world of peace and preserved a rich heritage of memory that ultimately changes the world they live in. In the futuristic Wanderground, men remain in the cities, while many women who have been persecuted flee to the hills. There they share their stories of survival, remembrance, and self-discovery. Years later, expressing their freedom in unique ways, the hill women have gained telepathic abilities and flying techniques, while women in the cities still struggle for enlightenment. Not only are readers led to marvel at these "supernatural" abilities, they are led to examine their own views on womanhood and how women are similar to and different from men. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
Gelder, Lindsy Van. The Girls Next Door: Into the Heart of Lesbian American. Simon & Schuster c 1996.
Keywords: Lesbian, Interview, Non-fiction
In a provocative study of lesbian America, two journalists draw on more than one hundred interviews with women around the U.S. to examine the manners, mores, institutions, attitudes, beliefs, and lifestyles of lesbians throughout the country. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Gershick, Zsa Zsa. Gay Old Girls. Alyson Publications Inc.
Keywords: History, Biography, Oral History, Non-fiction, Lesbian
What would it have been like to be a lesbian in 1920s Alabama? 1940s New York? 1950’s Texas? In this lively and fascinating oral history, Gershick introduces us to nine remarkable women ranging in age from 60 to 85, who open their memoires and provide unforgettable glimpses of the daring pioneers who paved the way for gay liberation. The women ofGay Old Girls often lived their lives in secret or were openly despised as deviants, but all survived and many thrived either then or later. Black and white portraits and archival photography illuminate many of these glimpses into hidden lives from long ago, but it is the words of these women themselves that make Gay Old Girls an important and significant contribution to lesbian heritage. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Modern Language Association. 2009.
Keywords: Writing, MLA Handbook
The MLA Handbook is published by the Modern Language Association, the authority on MLA documentation style. Widely adopted in high schools, colleges, and publishing houses, the MLA Handbook treats every aspect of research writing, from selecting a topic to submitting the completed paper. The expanded, revised, and redesigned sixth edition of the Handbook is a complete, up-to-date guide to documentation style and online research. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
Gibson, Andrea. Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns. Write Bloody Publishing, c2008.
Keywords: Poetry, Lesbian
Andrea Gibson’s dynamic and timely new book is an energetic collection of stirring and introspective poetry. Hauntingly vivid, the poems voyage through powerful ranges, from a soldier’s lingering psychological wounds, to the curious questions of school children on the meaning of ‘hate’, to a lover’s witty and vibrant description of longing. Gibson’s poems deconstruct the current political climate through stunning imagery and careful crafting. With the same velocity, the poignant and vacillating love poems within are queally capable of sweeping the air out of the room. This book has a bold and unforgettable internal voice that is rich with the kind of questioning that inspires action. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Gilbert, Sandra M. and Gubar, Susan. The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women. W.W. Norton & Company. 1985.
Keywords: Women, Literature, English, Women Writers
This volume is dedicated to exploring the history of English-speaking women's involvement in the literary world, the traditions of which women writers have been a part, and the experiences women share. Location: Shelf 1, Yellow.
Ed. Gilbert, Sandra M. and Gubar, Susan. The Norton Anthology: Literature by Women Second Edition. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. 1996.
Keywords: Anthology, Women, Literature
Long the standard teaching anthology, the landmark Norton Anthology of Literature by Women has introduced generations of readers to the rich variety of women’s writing in English. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. Herland: A Lost Feminist Utopian Novel. Pantheon. 1979.
Keywords: Gender Roles, Feminism, Utopian Novel
On the eve of World War I, an all-female society is discovered somewhere in the distant reaches of the earth by three male explorers who are now forced to re-examine their assumptions about women's roles in society. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Glasgow, Joanne. Your John: The Love Letters of Radclyffe Hall. NYU Press. 1999.
Keywords: Lesbians, Relationships, Love, Love Letters
Your John is a selection of Hall's love letters to Evguenia Souline, a White Russian èmigrè with whom Hall fell completely and passionately in love in the summer of 1934. Written between this first meeting and the onset of Hall's last illness in 1942, these letters detail Hall's growing obsession, the pain to her life partner Una Troubridge of this betrayal, and the poignant hopelessness of a happy resolution for any of the three women. It was ultimately this relationship, Glasgow argues, which tragically precipitated the decline in Hall's creative work and her health. The letters also provide important new information about her views on lesbianism and take us well beyond the artistic limits she imposed on the characters in The Well of Loneliness. They shed light on her views on religion, politics, war, and the literary and artistic scene. Illuminating both the nature of her relationships and her views on the current politics of the time, Your John will greatly extend the range of our knowledge about Radclyffe Hall. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Glass, Julia. Three Junes. Anchor Books c2003.
Keywords: Romance, Family, Love, Fiction
Set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, Three Junes traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longing, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Glassgold, Judith, and Suzanne Iasenza. Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave. Harrington Park Press c2004.
Keywords: Feminism, Lesbian, Non-fiction
This book examines recent changes in psychoanalysis that have opened the door for new perspectives on same-sex desire. Authors from a variety of disciplines and theoretical orientations combine feminism with psychoanalytic and postmodern theories to celebrate diversity in gender and sexual experience. This collection of lesbian-affirmative writings addresses transference and countertransference, gender subjectivities, privilege and racism, therapist homophobia, and violence in lesbian relationships. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Gordon, Mary. The Shadow Man: A Daughter’s Search for Her Father. Vintage. 1997.
Keywords: Memoir, Women, Father-Daughter Relationship
In The Shadow Man, the bestselling author of Final Payments and The Company of Women elevates the memoir into an uncompromising and unforgettable art form as she seeks to learn the truth about her lost father. 20 photos. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Goreski, Brad. Born to be Brad. ItBooks, 2012.
Keywords: Gay, Style, Memoir, Non-Fiction
Fans know Brad Goreski as the fun-loving bow-tie-wearing celebrity stylist. They have watched the reality star climb his way through the ranks of the fashion world, as he transformed himself from an assistant stylist into a full-fledged style icon. Along the way, they have experienced his near-fashion disaster and red-carpet victories. Brad reveals the moving story of his road to success, and offers a glimpse into his world today, filled with insider access to the countless red carpets and awards shows he has worked across the globe. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Grahn, Judy. The Judy Grahn Reader. Aunt Lute Books c2009.
Keywords: Poetry, Non-fiction, Fiction, Compellation, Feminism
This book contains work from every phase of Judy Grahn’s career, including poems from all of her major poetry collections; a number of her groundbreaking essays; as well as selected fiction and the full-length play, The Queen of Swords. Gathering together the varying strands of Grahn’s work together in this book makes visible the tremendous scope of her contribution as a feminist thinker, activist, and literary artist. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Grier, Barbara. The Lesbian in Literature. The Naiad Press Inc. c1981.
Keywords: Collection, List, Lesbian
A collection of poems, literature, stories, books that have lesbian themes or lesbian story lines. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Gutkind, Lee. In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction. W. W. Norton & Company. 2004.
Keywords: Nonfiction, English, Writing, Creative Nonfiction
Creative nonfiction, also known as narrative nonfiction, liberated journalism by inviting writers to dramatize, interpret, speculate, and even re-create their subjects. Lee Gutkind collects twenty-five essays that flourished in this new turf, all originally published in the groundbreaking journal he founded, Creative Nonfiction, now in its tenth anniversary year. Many of the writers here are crossing genres—from poetry to fiction to nonfiction. Annie Dillard provides the introduction, while Gutkind discusses the creative and ethical parameters of this new genre. The selections themselves are broad and fascinating. Lauren Slater is a therapist in the institution where she was once a patient. John Edgar Wideman reacts passionately to the unjust murder of Emmett Till. Charles Simic contemplates raucous gatherings at his Uncle Boris's apartment, while John McPhee creates a rare, personal, album quilt of his own life. Terry Tempest Williams speaks on the decline of the prairie dog, and Madison Smartt Bell invades Haiti. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Hacker, Diana. The Bedford Handbook for Writers. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press. 1994.
Keywords: Writing Handbook
The Bedford Handbook carries on the Hacker tradition by responding to student writers’ needs and to the way students need their handbook to work. Still a full-size handbook that doubles as a reference, the Handbook features clear, straightforward advice, hand-edited sentences, a user-friendly index, and a handy format. The eighth edition combines classic Hacker usability with a next-generation focus on academic writing and research and new navigation that helps students pull together advice and models for each assignment. Developed with the help of students and teachers at more than 35 colleges and universities, the new edition reflects the ways students write and revise in their composition course and beyond. What’s more, The Bedford Handbook remains a portable size; it’s still a comprehensive reference that’s as easy to consult as it is to carry. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Hacker, Diana. Rules for Writers. Bedford/St. Martin's. 2011.
Keywords: Writing, Writing Guide
Rules for Writers is a college writer’s companion that covers writing, grammar, research, and documentation in an extremely affordable and portable spiral-bound format. From the best-selling family of handbooks, Rules has consistently been the best value for college writers. Now it’s even more so. The Seventh Edition actually teaches students how to make better use of their handbook. With new material about how to integrate the handbook into lessons and class activities, Rules for Writers is an even more useful tool for instructors. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual. Bedford/St. Martin's. 2011.
Keywords: Writing, Writers Guide, Research
Used by nearly a quarter million students each year, A Pocket Style Manual is a straightforward, inexpensive quick reference, with content flexible enough to suit the needs of writers in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, health professions, business, fine arts, education, and beyond. Its slim format, brief length, and spiral binding make it easy for students to keep A Pocket Style Manual with them for every writing assignment, in any class. With its signature Hacker handbook quick-reference features—hand-edited sentences, color-coded documentation coverage, user-friendly index entries, and a clean, uncluttered design—A Pocket Style Manual has always provided fast, effective answers to writing and research questions. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Hackett, Robin. Sapphic Primitivism: Productions of Race, Class, and Sexuality in Key Works of Modern Fiction. Rutgers University. 2004.
Keywords: Race, Class, Sexuality, Women, Lesbian
Sapphic Primitivism exposes the ways that several classes of identification were intertwined with the development of homosexual identities at the turn of the century. "Sapphic primitivism" as a concept is not, however, a means of disguising lesbian content. Rather, it is an aesthetic displacement device that simultaneously exposes lesbianism and exploits modern, primitivist modes of self-representation. Hackett provides a major contribution to literary studies and identity theory with revelations of the mutual interests of those who study early twentieth century constructions of race and sexuality, and twenty-first-century feminists doing antiracist and queer work. Location: Shelf 1, Yellow.
Hall, Radclyffe. Adam’s Breed. Penguin Books c1986.
Keywords: Fiction, Gay, Drama, Conflict
Illegitimate and orphaned, Gian-Luca is brought up by his Italian grandparents in their prosperous salumeria in Old Compton Street, Soho. Here, surrounded by plenty- by bottles of Chianti in straw petticoats, by pasta and garlic, strings of sausages and jars of dark olives- he lacks that more important sustenance, of the soul. A stranger in the land of his birth, denied religious identity and human love, Gian-Luca grows to maturity seeking to resolve a terrible conflict between the needs of his spirit and the demands of the material world. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Hall, Radclyffe. The Well of Loneliness: The Classic Novel of Lesbian Love. Corgi Books c1968.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance
The book tells the story of Stephen Gordon, a sensitive girl whose parents ardently desired a son in her place. How Stephen developed a natural tendency towards masculinity, her tortured adolescence and finally the love that the world condemned, is the theme of this extraordinary novel. This story has been denounced as immoral and praised as a remarkably perceptive work. It is now regarded as the classic novel of lesbian love. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Hall, Radclyffe. The Well of Loneliness: A 1920s Classic of Lesbian Fiction. Anchor Books. 1990.
Keywords: Lesbian, Love, Fiction
First published in 1928, this timeless portrayal of lesbian love is now a classic. The thinly disguised story of Hall's own life, it was banned outright upon publication and almost ruined her literary career. Location: Shelft 2, Gray.
Halpern, Daniel. Our Private Lives: Journals, Notebooks, and Diaries. Harper Collins Publishers. 1998.
Keywords: Journals, Life, Creative Writing, Writing
Journals and diaries are the most intimate form of writing, their power drawn from the spontaneity of human experience and solitary interpretation But by definition, these wellsprings of self-reflection are meant for the writer's eye alone, depriving the reading public of insight into a crucial step in the creative process. This invaluable anthology, reissued by Ecco, gathers the private thoughts of many of the most praised writers of our time, and exposes the write fly sensibility at its purest, freshest, and least constrained. Paul Bowies observes the daily violence in his quarter of Tangier. Lawrence Durrell muses on the orgasm -- the hearts pacemaker. Dmitri Nabokov records his vigil at his father's dead. And Edna O'Brien gossips snidely about the literary gossips of London. Witty, eloquent, sardonic, or pleasantly mundane, these forty selections pierce the writers' solitude and allow us to enter their very private world. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun: The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. Vintage. 1995.
Keywords: Black Family Life, City Life, Race, Social Injustice, Theater, Play
By the time of her death thirty years ago, at the tragically young age of thirty-four, Lorraine Hansberry had created two electrifying masterpieces of the American theater. With A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry gave this country its most movingly authentic portrayal of black family life in the inner city. Barely five years later, with The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Hansberry gave us an unforgettable portrait of a man struggling with his individual fate in an age of racial and social injustice. These two plays remain milestones in the American theater, remarkable not only for their historical value but for their continued ability to engage the imagination and the heart. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Edited By: Hardy Jan. Wanting Women: an Anthology of Erotic Lesbian Poetry. Sidewalk Revolution Press c1990.
Keywords: Lesbian, Erotic, Poetry
Forty-three lesbian poets explore the erotic, with styles and subjects ranging from formal structure to free verse, from whimsical fantasies to serious questions, from delicate suggestions to rowdy, outspoken lust. Loving with all the pride and courage we can find, we find each other- and what a gift we are. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Hart, Linda. Making a Spectacle: Feminist Essays of Contemporary Women’s Theatre. University of Michigan Press. 1989.
Keywords: Feminism, Theory, Women, Women’s Studies, Literature
The first scholarly collection to discuss the intersection of feminism and dramatic theory. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Ed. Hastie, Amelie, Joyrich, Lynne, Penley, Constance, Torres, Sasha, White, Patricia and Willis, Sharon. Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. Duke University Press. 2003.
Keywords: Feminism, Culture, Media Studies, Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality
Camera Obscura provides a forum for scholarship and debate on feminism, culture, and media studies. The journal encourages contributions in areas such as the conjunctions of gender, race, class, and sexuality with audiovisual culture; new histories and theories of film, television, video, and digital media; and politically engaged approaches to a range of media practices. Location: Shelf 1, Yellow.
Hatfield, Lee. Breakfast in Mycenae. Clarke & Way, Inc. c1961.
“Poets have always delighted as much in platitudes concerning poetry as in those concerning women. My opening platitude is therefore an inevitable synthesis. More seriously, the poetic experience- at least as I suffer it- is itself an inevitable synthesis. I have never made a single poem from a single source.” Lee Hatfield. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Hayes, Penny. Kathleen O’ Donald. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1994.
Keywords: Historical Fiction, Lesbian
Filled with dreams of a golden future, Kathleen has left her native Ireland for the promise of America. But never has she dreamed of the arduous trip she will make across the Atlantic, nor of the hazards she will face passing through immigration on Ellis Island. Nor that she will be forced to befriend Rose Steward, immigrant from her country’s most hated enemy, England. Never has she dreamed of the rough and tumble of New York City, nor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, where she will find employment. Her path will once again intersect with that of Rose Stewart, this time to result in much, much more that a forced friendship of convenience. And this time both women will find themselves engulfed in a drama that will change history. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Hayes, Penny. Yellowthroat. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1988.
Keywords: Lesbian, Fiction, Drama
The time is the gold rush days in New Mexico Territory. Embittered Margarita Sanchez has sworn to avenge the racist lynching of her Anglo husband and the loss of the ranch they had built together. Accompanied by three male companions, she ruthlessly extracts her revenge in a series of stagecoach robberies. Then a gang member is critically wounded during a bank holdup, and Margarita is forced to take Julia Blake hostage, bringing her back to the gang’s camp. Once more Margarita’s life undergoes drastic changes. Because amid a growing emotional attachment to Julia Blake, she has discovered the unthinkable: a sexual attraction to another woman. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Hellman, Lillian. Pentimento. Back Bay Books. 2000.
Keywords: Memoir, Friendship, Childhood
In this widely praised follow-up to her National Book Award-winning first volume of memoirs, An Unfinished Woman, the legendary playwright Lillian Hellman looks back at some of the people who, wittingly or unwittingly, exerted profound influence on her development as a woman and a writer. The portraits include Hellman's recollection of a lifelong friendship that began in childhood, reminiscences that formed the basis of the Academy Award-winning film Julia. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Hemingway, Ernest. A Moveable Feast. Scribner. 1996.
Keywords: Memoir, Ernest Hemingway, Paris, 1920s
A Moveable Feast is a memoir by American author Ernest Hemingway about his years in Paris as part of the expatriate writers in the 1920s. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Heresies Magazine Issue #6: On Women and Violence. Heresies Collective. 1978.
Keywords: Feminism, Women, Violence
A magazine created by the Heresies Collective writing on different women’s issues. This issue focuses on Women and Violence. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Herron, Jerry. Discoveries: 50 Stories of the Quest. Oxford University Press, USA. 1992.
Keywords: Fiction, English, Anthology
Reflecting today's growing emphasis on multiculturalism, the second edition of this remarkably successful anthology offers twelve additional contributions from the new generation of writers currently revitalizing the short story form, including Amy Tan, Bharati Mukherjee, R.K. Narayan, Stephen Milhauser, Ellen Gilchrist, and Patrick McGrath. Organized around the successive stages of humanity's most durable myth, the hero's quest narrative pattern delineated by renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell, this edition offers a summary and explication of Campbell's analysis of the quest motif, a new biographical introduction to Campbell's life and work, and a section of concise biographical entries on each of the fifty authors. As in the earlier edition, the quality and quantity of the selections give instructors the freedom to present the stories in whatever order and structure they choose. For those who wish to take advantage of the anthology's thematic organization, the editors provide questions for discussion and possible writing assignments that do not sacrifice the comprehensive diversity of the selections or their identity as distinctive works of literature open to various interpretations. A highly accessible introduction to the technical aspects of the close analysis of fiction, this text also offers a number of special features: two supplementary tables of contents, one organized by alternate themes, and one by the traditional elements of fiction; an introductory essay defining those technical elements and including a sample analysis of one the stories in the anthology; and a glossary of critical terms. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Highsmith, Patricia. The Price of Salt. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1999.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Fiction
Nineteen year-old Therese is engaged to be married. Elegant, sophisticated carol is married and has a child. In a New York City department store, Therese looks up from her work to meet Carol’s gray eyed gaze. From that moment on, the lives of the two women veer irrevocable off course. So beings the eloquent, compellingly beautiful love story of Therese and Carol. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Highsmith, Patricia (writing as Claire Morgan). The Price of Salt. W. W. Norton & Company. 2004.
Keywords: Lesbian, Love, Adventure, Fiction
The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose salvation arrives one day in the form of Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
Hite, Shere. The Hite Report on the Family: Growing Up Under Patriarchy. Grove Press. 1996.
Keywords: Family Life, Research, Change, Patriarchy
In this major study, groundbreaking researcher Shere Hite challenges established views on the family, arguing that it is not collapsing--as advocates of traditional "family values" would have us believe--but instead shifting from a rigid, patriarchal formula to increasingly egalitarian, custom-tailored variations. "Revealing and moving reflections on family life.” Location: Shelf 2, White.
Edited By: Holmes, Sarah. Testimonies: A collection of Lesbian Coming Out Stories. Alyson Publications, Inc. c1988.
Keywords: Lesbian, Short Stories, Non-fiction
A new collection of lesbian coming out stories in which women of different races and backgrounds describe the excitement, passion, and conflict of their self-discovery. These stories portray the process of forming a lesbian identity and relationships, gathering sexual experience, telling families and co-workers, discovering the lesbian community, and developing a political awareness of their sexuality. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Horner, Winifred Bryan. Life Writing. Longman. 1996.
Keywords: Writing, Life, Culture, History
In readings that move from personal diaries and personal letters through autobiography and biography that assumes a public readership, and finally to the essay, the reader is led through an ever-widening audience. Starting with pieces that draw entirely on the writer's life to biography requiring research into another person's life, the reader moves from subjective to objective experience and finally to the essay that attempts to put that experience into a larger context. The selections are followed by "Musings" which suggest features of the writing that the reader might imitate and recommendations for writing. "Connections" presents ways in which individual pieces might be paired with others to make interesting comparisons and to generate other writing ideas. A range of familiar and unfamiliar selections are organized from the subjective to the objective and become increasingly difficult. They present a wide range of writing styles to allow readers to become comfortable with many styles. In addition, these selections represent a variety of cultures and historical periods to give readers an appreciation of other cultures and a sense of history. A valuable book for any reader who wishes to improve their writing skills by reading a variety of selections by a range of writers. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Hull R., Helen. Last September. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1988.
Keywords: Fiction, Romance, Lesbian
Seven luminous, insightful stories form the crucible in which adolescent Cynthia Bates, growing up in early 20th century America, learns the fragility of romantic illusion, the limitations of her life both as a woman and as a woman drawn to other women, and the potential within her to alter the shape of those barriers. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Harper & Row Publishers. 1990.
Keywords: Fiction, Women, Black Women, Marriage, Love
First published in 1937, Their Eyes Were Watching God is Zora Neal Hurston’s most highly acclaimed novel. A classic of black literature, it tells with haunting sympathy and piercing immediacy the story of Janie Crawford’s evolving selfhood through trhee marriages. Fair-skinned, long haired, dreamy as a child, Janie grows up expecting better treatment than she gets until she meets Tea Cake, a younger man who engages her heart and spirit in equal measure and gives her the chance to enjoy life without being one man’s mule or another man’s adornment. It is a tribute to the author’s wisdom that though her story does not end happily, it does draw to a satisfying conclusion. Janie is one black woman who doesn’t have to live lost in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, for Janie and the reader have learned “two things everybody’s got tuh to do fuh they-selves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin’ fuh themselves.” Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Hussey, Mark. Masculinities: Interdisciplinary Readings. Pearson. 2002.
Keywords: Masculinity, United States, Gender, Race, Roles
This collection of up-to-date articles and short fiction from a wide range of sources and disciplines, including sociology, medicine, history, philosophy, education, cultural studies, and biology, gives the reader perspective on the meaning of masculinity in the contemporary USA. The readings are divided into broad categories which include: the social construction of gender; growing up; playing games; husbands, sons, and fathers; working lives; sex, love, and power; black masculinities; war and soldiers; and the future of masculinity in society. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Ed. Hussey, Mark and Neverow-Turk, Vara. Virginia Woolf: Themes and Variations. University Publishing Association. 1993.
Keywords: Virginia Woolf, Women, Literature
Virginia Woolf: modernist, novelist, and critic. Virginia Woolf: diarist, feminist, sapphist, and socialist. Virginia Woolf: pacifist, incest survivor, and activist. Virginia Woolf: 'Invalid Lady of Bloomsbury', 'madwoman', and foremother of women's studies. Impossible to categorize, Virginia Woolf is one of the major figures of the 20th century. These papers from the Second Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, held in New Haven in June 1992, demonstrate the breadth of current scholarship on the writings, life, and affiliations of Virginia Woolf and reflect her eclectic spirit and wide influence. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Ed. Hussey, Mark and Neverow-Turk, Vara. Virginia Woolf Miscellanies: Proceedings of the First Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. University Publishing Association. 1992.
Keywords: Virginia Woolf, 20th Century Literature
Virginia Woolf Miscellanies comprises the latest research on Virginia Woolf's life and work by prominent scholars and authors in the field of twentieth-century literature. Presented as a compilation of papers and abstracts from the First Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, this collection yields the most recent opinions and discoveries concerning Woolf, from current analyses of her most celebrated works to new biographical interpretations. Among the topics addressed are Woolf and Mourning; Woolf and Pedagogy, Experimentalist Contemporaries; Lesbian Myth and Ritual; Feminism; Woolf and her Audience; Woolf as "Landscape Artist" and Cultural Historian. A list of over sixty contributors includes works by Carol Ascher, Pamela Caughie, Louise DeSalvo, Evelyn Haller, Jane Lazarre, Jane Lilienfield, Roger Poole, Jean Moorcraft Wilson, Alex Zwerdling and many others. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. Dover Publications. 1992.
Keywords: Fiction, Marriage, Drama, Play
One of the best-known, most frequently performed of modern plays, displaying Ibsen's genius for realistic prose drama. A classic expression of women's rights, the play builds to a climax in which the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in "a doll's house." Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Ibsen, Henrik. Hedda Gabler. Dover Publications. 1990.
Keywords: Fiction, Play, Marriage, Women, Drama
"Hedda Gabler" is one of Henrik Ibsen's greatest dramas. It is the story of its title character, Hedda, a self-centered manipulative woman who has grown tired of her marriage. To escape her boredom she begins to meddle in the lives of others with truly tragic results. Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" is a monumental achievement in dramatic tragedy. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Jacobs, Harriet A. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Harvard University Press. 1987.
Keywords: Biography, Slavery, African American, Black, Women
This autobiographical account by a former slave is one of the few extant narratives written by a woman. Written and published in 1861, it delivers a powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life. Jacobs speaks frankly of her master's abuse and her eventual escape, in a tale of dauntless spirit and faith. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Dover Publications. 2001.
Keywords: Autobiography, Slavery, Women
This autobiographical account by a former slave is one of the few extant narratives written by a woman. Written and published in 1861, it delivers a powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life. Jacobs speaks frankly of her master's abuse and her eventual escape, in a tale of dauntless spirit and faith. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
Jay, Karla. The Amazon and the Page: Natalie Clifford Barney and Renée Vivien. Indiana University Press c1988.
Keywords: Feminism, Biography, Non-fiction
The Amazon and the Page looks at the lives of two French writers, Natalie Clifford Barney and Renee Vivien, describes their relationship, and discusses their major works. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Jay, Karla. TWO COPIES OF Dyke Life: From Growing Up to Growing Old, A Celebration of the Lesbian Experience. BasicBooks c1995.
Keywords: Anthology, Lesbian, Short Essays
A mix of the serious and the irreverent, this wide-ranging book provides a comprehensive view of the many rites and phases of lesbian life. Karla Jay, one of the lesbian movement’s best-known writers and activists, has brought together essays by a fascinating group of lesbian and bisexual women of different ages, races, and classes. Beyond providing a sweeping view of the lesbian community, this anthology takes the position that the lives of lesbians are in most ways not like those of gay men or heterosexual women. Jay has included essays focusing on specific issues and patterns unique to the lesbian community, such as two women raising children, sexual practices, and the higher incidence of certain illnesses among lesbians, as well as lesbian attitudes toward work, aging and relationships. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Jay, Karla & Young, Allen. The Gay Report: Lesbians and Gay Men Speak Out About Sexual Experiences & Lifestyles. Summit Books c1977.
Keywords: Lesbian, Gay, Non-fiction
The Gay Report contains the results of the first comprehensive survey of the homosexual community. In 1977, Karla Jay and Allen Young distributed several hundred thousand copies of their survey to lesbians and gay men. There answers reveal frank details about their childhoods, growth and coming out; their most pleasing sexual experiences; their relationships with lovers, families, husbands or wives, and children; their hangups; fantasies and masturbation practices; oppression, politics, hopes and dreams and more. The testimonies in this book will make readers of whatever sexuality understand their own lives and experiences and come to know what it feels like to be considered “different” because of sexual orientation. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Jay, Karla & Young, Allen. The Perceptive Voices of Outspoken Lesbians and Gay Men: Lavender Culture. A Jove/HBJ Book c1978.
Keywords: Anthology, Gay, Lesbian, Culture
This is one of the first books to explore in-depth lesbian and gay creativity- language, literature, theater, graphic arts, poetry, dance, music. In contains a wide-ranging collection of articles about the way gay people live: sex, bars, baths, clothing, the politics of sado-masochism, the gay male and lesbian movements, economics, aging and race. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Jay, Karla. Lesbian Erotics. New York University Press c1995.
Keywords: Lesbian, Erotica, Short Stories, Fiction
Karla Jay is one of the authentic pioneers of lesbian studies. Here she brings together 16 essays on the once-taboo, now gloriously ‘speakable’ subject of lesbian sexuality. Illuminating, often funny, full of thought and emotion and a continuous speculative intellectual energy, the essays tell a fascinating collective story about lesbian desires, past and present, and the controversial places of female homosexuality in modern society. Both spicy and thoughtful, this indispensable new collection shows just how various and vibrant is lesbian thinking these days about sexuality. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Jay, Karla & Glasgow, Joanne. TWO COPIES OF Lesbian Texts and Contexts. New York University Press c1990.
Keywords: Lesbian, Literature
Lesbian writers include some of the most innovative and adventurous writers of this century, but only recently have they been given their due attention in terms of critical study. This book is the first anthology to discuss the subject of lesbianism as it relates to the critical interaction among readers, writers, and literary critics. It explores lesbian texts in terms of identification, meaning, and interpretation, and examines the complex entanglements of identity, voice, inter-subjectivity, textualities, and sexualities. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Jay, Karla & Young, Allen. Out of the Closets: Voices of Gay Liberation. New York University Press c1972, 1977.
Keywords: History, Gay
Filled with Joyous self-affirmation, angry manifestos, and searching personal reflections, this classic work provides a close look at the individuals and ideologies of this important social movement. In the tradition of Sisterhood is Powerful, Out of the Closets presents, in their own words, the views, values attitudes, aspirations, and circumstances of the early generation of gay and lesbian liberationists. Highlighting both how much and how little has changed since Stonewall, this work is essential reading for anyone concerned with the history of sexuality and the legal and social status of lesbians and gays in contemporary America. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Jay, Karla. Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation. BasicBooks c1999.
Keywords: Memoir, Lesbian, Activism, Political
Karla Jay's memoir of an age whose tumultuous social and political movements fundamentally reshaped American culture takes readers from her early days in the 1968 Columbia Universitystudent riots to her post-college involvement in New York radical women's groups and the New York Gay Liberation Front. In Southern California in the early 70s, she continued in the battle for gay civil rights and helped to organize the takeover of "The Ladies' Home Journal" and "ogle-in" - where women staked out Wall Street and whistled at the men. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Johanna, H.H. Romancing the Dream. Rising Tide Press c1991.
Keywords: Romance, Erotic, Lesbian, Fiction
This imaginative tale begins when Jacqui St. John leaves northern California looking for a new home, and cruises into the seemingly ordinary town of Kulshan. Seeing the lilac bushes blooming along the roadside, she suddenly remembers the recurring dream that has been tantalizing her for months, a dream of a house full of women, radiating warmth and welcome, and of one special woman dressed in silk and leather. But why has Jacqui, like so many other women, been drawn to this town? And what is the secret of the women of Kulshan? Location: Main Book Shelf.
Johnson, Colin R. Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America. Temple University Press. 2013.
Keywords: Lesbian, Gay, History, Rural, Sexuality, Gender
Most studies of lesbian and gay history focus on urban environments. Yet gender and sexual diversity were anything but rare in nonmetropolitan areas in the first half of the twentieth century. Just Queer Folks explores the seldom-discussed history of same-sex intimacy and gender nonconformity in rural and small-town America during a period when the now familiar concepts of heterosexuality and homosexuality were only just beginning to take shape. Eschewing the notion that identity is always the best measure of what can be known about gender and sexuality, Colin R. Johnson argues instead for a queer historicist approach. In so doing, he uncovers a startlingly unruly rural past in which small-town eccentrics, "mannish" farm women, and cross-dressing Civilian Conservation Corps enrolees were often just queer folks so far as their neighbours were concerned. Written with wit and verve, Just Queer Folks upsets a whole host of contemporary commonplaces, including the notion that queer history is always urban history. Colin R. Johnson is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor of American Studies, History, and Human Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Johnson E., Susan. Staying Power: Long Term Lesbian Couples. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1990.
Keywords: Lesbian, Couples, Non-fiction, Relationships
A study of long term lesbian couples. The study group is 108 couples who have been together ten years or more. Seven couples are profiled, from Pat and Anna, together 52 years, to Deborah and Kathy, together 13 years. In direct quotes from detailed interviews, all of the women talk about themselves. You will learn the nature of commitment for these couples. What they have in common and their differences. Their sexuality: the frequency, the quality and quantity; the question of monogamy and non-monogamy. The time they spend together and apart. You will learn about the problems which have most severely tested their relationships. The support systems which have helped sustain them: children, families, and friendships. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Jones, D.J.H. Murder at the MLA. University of Georgia Press. 1993.
Keywords: Fiction, Murder Mystery
As a Chicago homicide detective, Boaz Dixon has just about seen it all--or so he thinks until corpses begin accumulating at the Hotel Fairfax during the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association. The investigation takes him into a world unlike any he has ever encountered--the byzantine milieu of the contemporary academy, with its arcane jargon, endless posturings, power struggles, and puzzling factionalisms.
To get to the bottom of these murders, Boaz decides to enlist some assistance. Enter Nancy Cook, a bright and resourceful assistant prof from Yale, whom Boaz quickly recruits as his guide and translator. With Nancy inserting her specific slant on things, Boaz and his fellow cops can confront the baffling questions in the case. Why had the Wellesley department chair, Susan Engleton, collapsed in her hotel suite, her skirt up and a run in her stocking, never to preside over hiring interviews for her school again? And Michael Alcott, the University of Arizona's formidable purveyor of the latest trends in critical theory: why had his body plummeted ten floors to the atrium lobby, there to lie for hours and spoil a pretty patch of terrazzo? Was this the work of a disgruntled hotel staff member, out to get even with his employer? Or could the culprit--or culprits--come from the ranks of the assembled academics? And, the most disturbing question of all: will the mayhem continue? Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Journal of the History of Sexuality. The University of Chicago Press.1993.
Keywords: History, Sexuality, Gender
The Journal of the History of Sexuality spans geographic and temporal boundaries, providing a much-needed forum for historical, critical, and theoretical research in its field. Its cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary character brings together original articles and critical reviews from historians, social scientists, and humanities scholars worldwide. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
Journal of the History of Sexuality. University of Texas Press. 2001.
Keywords: History, Sexuality, Gender
The Journal of the History of Sexuality spans geographic and temporal boundaries, providing a much-needed forum for historical, critical, and theoretical research in its field. Its cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary character brings together original articles and critical reviews from historians, social scientists, and humanities scholars worldwide. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
Kallmaker, Karin. Paperback Romance. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1992.
Keywords: Romance, Fiction, Lesbian, Erotica
Literary agent Alison has been in love with her favorite author/client for years. Not that paperback romance writer Carolyn has ever noticed. She sees Alison as a close, loyal friend; she has never questioned society’s conventions. When Alison negotiates a lucrative contract for her, Carolyn seizes the unexpectedly large advance to fulfill a passion of her own. Beginning in Paris, scene of her brief, calamitous marriage, she will immerse herself in great music from the world’s great orchestras. Paris brings a dramatic encounter with Nicolas Frost, the remote driven young conductor who is creating a reputation for musical brilliance. When the smitten Carolyn discovers the conductor’s masquerade, she is suddenly faced with the true nature of her powerful attraction to Nick. Meanwhile, Alison has found her own consolation. But does sweet, passionate Samantha have any chance of winning Alison’s affections away from Carolyn? Can there be any future for Nick and Carolyn? Location: Main Book Shelf.
Karlsen, Carol F. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England. W. W. Norton & Company. 1998.
Keywords: Women, Gender, Witchcraft, History
Confessing to "Familiarity with the Devils," Mary Johnson, a servant, was executed by Connecticut officials in 1648. A wealthy Boston widow, Ann Hibbens, was hanged in 1656 for casting spells on her neighbors. In 1662, Ann Cole was "taken with very strange Fits" and fueled an outbreak of witchcraft accusations in Hartford a generation before the notorious events in Salem took place. More than three hundred years later the question still haunts us: Why were these and other women likely witches? Why were they vulnerable to accusations of witchcraft? In this work Carol Karlsen reveals the social construction of witchcraft in seventeenth-century New England and illuminates the larger contours of gender relations in that society. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Katz, Jonathan. TWO COPIES OF Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. Avon Books c1976.
Keywords: Gay, Lesbian, History, Non-fiction,
This work brings together for the first time a large group of historical chronicles of American Lesbian and Gay life, coupled with the heterosexual attitudes of the era. Intended for an audience of all sexual persuasions, these selections reflect a new, historical view of this once-silent, invisible minority and a dramatic reappraisal of American life, from Alexander Hamilton’s love letters to John Laurens, to the forgotten autobiography and insane asylum records of a feminist transvestite of the 19th century, to lesbianism in the life of blues great Bessie Smith and to present in1976 report of the first Gay liberation organization of American Indians. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Katz Ned, Jonathan. Gay/Lesbian Almanac. Harper & Tow, Publishers c1983.
Keywords: Gay, Lesbian, History, Sociology, Non-fiction
This volume presents the documents of two sexual worlds, the world of the early American colonies and that of the early modern United States. Here the colonial “Age of Sodomitical Sin, 1607-1740” is contrasted with the modern world witnessing “The Invention of the Homosexual, 1880-1950.” Here the “homosexual” and “heterosexual” appear as creations of a particular historical society. Chronologically interweaving personal testimony and news reports, diaries and medical case records, letters, trial testimony, laws, fiction, songs, cartoons, and reviews of books, movies, and plays, Katz sketches in the contours of lesbian and gay American history in two formative periods. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Keen, Lisa. Out Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know about their Legal Rights. Beacon Press c2007.
Keywords: Coming Out, Law, Rights, Help
Out Law lays out the basics about laws that impact LGBT youth and tells you what your rights are, how to exercise them, and when and where to seek help. Can a high school principle make you cover up your “gay pride” T-shirt? What can you do if school officials say your gay/straight alliance can’t meet on school ground? Location: Main Book Shelf.
Kennedy, Evelyn. Cherished Love. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1988.
Keywords: Erotica, Lesbian, Romance, Fiction
Stunned and grief-stricken over the accidental death of her lover, Dr. Megan McKenzie has invested her entire emotional life in the practice of medicine. She is not the least interested in taking telephone calls from a persistent attorney attempting to handle the neglected business affairs of her dead lover. Attorney Randal Grayson cannot understand how anyone could be so indifferent to the details of a million-dollar estate. Then she meets Megan, and when she learns of the warmth and closeness Megan shared with her lesbian lover, Randall has only her own cold, impersonal marriage to compare. Soon she discovers a new depth of passion within herself, and all the erotic pleasures to be had in the arms of Megan. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Kennedy, Evelyn. Of Love and Glory. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1989.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Drama, War, Erotica, Fiction
It is 1943 in blitz-torn England. Lieutenant Jennifer Kincade is on her first assignment as a US Army nurse, newly married to a man-she isn’t sure she loves. Then she meets sexy, charming Maggie Conover in a London bomb shelter. Maggie, a journalist-adventurer covering the war for American newspapers, is irresistibly drawn to the beautiful, dark-haired Jenny. Jenny unable to fathom her attraction to the free-spirited Maggie, follows the road her curiosity takes her into an eroticism she has never known before. David, Jenny’s husband, does not want her to be a nurse, does not want her with him in England and so close to the war. And he does not want her anywhere near Maggie Conover. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Kennedy, Evelyn. To Love Again. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1991.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Fiction, Erotica
Karen Wainwright, married and the mother of two teenagers, reenters the nursing profession by taking a job at a women’s clinic. Her first day on the job is unusual, to say the least. Caught in a cross-fire created by anti-abortion forces, she is arrested, along with clinic director Dr. Joanna Jordon, and taken to jail. To the horror of friends and family, Karen’s arrest is recorded b television cameras. Quit immediately, orders husband Phillip, but Karen refuses. Joanna is undergoing her own conflicts with long-term partner Vicki, who has lost patience with Joanna’s pro-choice activism and its perilous presence in their lives. Friendship between Karen and Joanna becomes passionate attraction. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Kessleman, Amy, McNair, Lily D. and Schniedewind, Nancy. Women Images and Realities: A Multicultural Anthology. McGraw-Hill. 2011.
Keywords: Women’s Lives
Women: Images and Realities: A Multicultural Anthology is a unique introduction to feminism and women’s studies. This best-selling text presents a multidisciplinary collection of academic essays and analyses, personal narratives, and fiction and poetry about women’s lives. The selections illustrate the variety of women’s experiences, primarily in the United States, considering both commonalities and differences among women and appreciating women’s diverse approaches to living and changing. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Kilmer-Purcell, Josh. The Bucolic Plague. Harper Perennial, c2010.
Keywords: Memoir, Comedy, Gay, Non-fiction
A happy series of accidents and a doughnut-laden escape upstate take Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner, Brent Ridge, to the doorstep of the magnificent (and fabulously for sale) Beekman Mansion. And so begins their transformation from uptight urbanites into the two-hundred-year-old-mansion-owning Beekman Boys. Suddenly Josh- a full-time New Yorker with a successful advertising career- and Brent find themselves weekend farmers, surrounded by nature’s bounty and an eclectic cast: roosters who double as a wedding cover band; Bubby, the bionic cat; and a herd of goats, courtesy fo their new caretaker, Farmer John. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Kim, Willyce. Dancer Dawkins and the California Kid. Alyson Publications, Inc. c1985.
Keywords: Lesbian, Comedy, Adventure, Erotica
Dancer Dawkins views life best form behind a pile of hotcakes. But her lover, Jessica Riggins, has fallen into the clutches of Fatin Satin Aspen, the insidious leader of Violia Vincente’s Venerable Brigade. Something has to be done. Meanwhile, Little Willie Guthrie of Bangor, Maine renames herself The California Kid, stocks up on Rubbles Dubble bubble gum and her father’s best Havana cigars and heads west. When this crew collides in San Francisco, what can be expected? Just about anything. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible. Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 2008.
Keywords: Fiction, Family, Religion
The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Kitzinger, Celia and Perkins, Rachel. Changing our Minds: Lesbian Feminism and Psychology. NYU Press. 1993.
Keywords: Lesbian, Feminism, Lesbian-Feminism, Psychology, Mental Health, Therapy Alternatives
Women today are being instructed on how they can raise their self-esteem, love their inner child, survive their toxic families, overcome codependency, and experience a revolution from within. By holding up the ideal of a pure and happy inner core, psychotherapists refuse to acknowledge that a certain degree of unhappiness or dissatisfaction is a routine part of life and not necessarily a cause for therapy. Lesbians specifically are now guided to define themselves according to their frailties, inadequacies, and insecurities. An incisive critique of contemporary feminist psychology and therapy, Changing our Minds argues not just that the current practice of psychology is flawed, but that the whole idea of psychology runs counter to many tenets of lesbian feminist politics. Recognizing that many lesbians do feel unhappy and experience a range of problems that detract from their well-being, Changing Our Minds makes positive, prescriptive suggestions for non-psychological ways of understanding and dealing with emotional distress. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Klaich, Dolores. Woman Plus Woman. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1989.
Keywords: Lesbian, Non-fiction, Contemporary
Writing with charm, wit, and intelligence, Dolores Klaich discusses the lives and loves of a representative group of distinguished lesbians including, Sappho, Colette, Renee Vivien, Natalie Clifford Barney, Romaine Brooks, Radclyffe Hall, Gertrude Stein. She weaves the lives of dozens of contemporary lesbians into her narrative by way of in depth interviews and excepts from a comprehensive questionnaire that was widely distributed in both the public and private lesbian communities of the early 1970’s. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Klaich, Dolores. Heavy Gilt. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1988.
Keywords: Gay, Lesbian, Mystery, Adventure, Drama, Fiction
Guess who is coming to dinner at Hilary and Dru’s restored Victorian home? A most attractive mystery writer and her vexatious weekend lover. Their house guest, a world-famous novelist. Two partners who own a bookstore and quietly publish lesbian and gay poetry and their startling houseguest, who is well along in the process of turning himself into herself. Sarah and Farnsworth Lightfood, eccentric fifty-year old twins. Hilary’s homophobic brother Malcolm and his wife Maggie. And Dru’s younger sister Bettina, a notorious lesbian-feminist writer infatuated with the attractive mystery writer, and blithely confident that a little consciousness raising would flush all of these politically incorrect folk right out of their various and silly closets. But then, during the dinner party, homophobic Malcolm Vanishes. Enter beauteous private detective Tyler Divine, who has much to sort through: suspicious goings-on and numerous suspects and her own attraction to the alluring mystery writer. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Kleinberg, Symour. The Other Persuasion: Short Fiction About Gay Men and Women. Vintage books, c1977.
Keywords: Fiction, Short Stories, Gay, Lesbian
The editor, teacher of English literature at Long Island University and a founding member of the Gay Academic Union, has chosen 24 stories that treat the experience of homosexuals in serious ways. The writers are both straight and gay and the stories range in time from Proust's ""Before Dark"" of 1893 to Janice Rule's ""Middle Children"" of 1975. Neither apologetic nor propaganda, the book is for the questioning reader determined to explore the full spectrum of the human condition. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Klosko, George and Klosko Margaret. The Struggle for Women’s Rights: Theoretical and Historical Sources. Pearson. 2009.
Keywords: Women, Suffrage, Feminism, History
This book presents theoretical and historical sources focusing on a single issue, the struggle for women's suffrage. It explores women's nature and discusses how different views of women's nature have direct implications concerning public policies. The book's narrow focus allows one to follow different lines of argument directed at a single issue, as opposed to a set of widely different debates, as are common in most other collections. Selections present clear accounts of different conceptions of women's nature and their practical implications providing historical, as well as, theoretical insights. Presents historical and theoretical sources, including substantial selections from the important theoretical works of J.S. Mill and Mary Wolstonecraft. Includes sources from both the U.S. and Britain. Includes substantial selections from anti-suffrage sources— he only book to feature an in-depth debate on one of the most important issue of the Women's Movement: the right to vote; enables readers to trace the practical implications of widely different conceptions of women's nature. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Kolander, Cheryl A., Ballard, Danny J., and Chandler, Cynthia K. Contemporary Women’s Health: Issues for Today and the Future. McGraw Hill. 1995.
Keywords: Women’s Health, Lifestyle, Relationships
Contemporary Women's Health provides a balanced, comprehensive understanding of the health issues affecting women. Health information is presented within the context of the social and political forces affecting women of all ages, races, and ethnicities. Prevention, health promotion and becoming a wise health care consumer are emphasized throughout the text, while the impact of lifestyle issues and relationships throughout the lifespan on women's health are explored. Location: Shelf 1, Orange.
Kolmar, Wendy, and Bartkowski, Frances. Feminist Theory: A Reader. Mayfield Publishing Company. 2000.
Keywords: Feminism, Theory
Feminist Theory: A Reader represents the history, intellectual breadth, and diversity of feminist theory. The selections are organized into six historical periods from the 18th century to the late 2000s and include key feminist manifestos to help readers see the link between feminist theory and application. The collection presents feminist through from its inception as the province of women of different races, classes, nationalities, and sexualities in order to demonstrate the continuity in feminist theory discussions. A lexicon of the debates- clear, concise explanations of twelve key concepts that characterize the development of feminist thought since its inception- provides a vocabulary of important feminist theory terms and puts that vocabulary in context. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Kouloub, Out El. Ramza. Translated by Nayra Atiya. Syracuse University Press c1994.
Keywords: Foreign, Women, Oppression, Rebellion, Drama, Feminism
The story of one woman’s rebellion against her life in the harem of a wealthy Egyptian family at the turn of the century. Although she flourishes in this world, secure, in the safety it provides, she comes to despise its constraints. In describing her growing awareness of the life o women in her elite milieu, Ramza paints an intimate portrait of harem life, including the methods employed by the wives and concubines to ensure the power they seek for themselves and their children. Ramza is drawn to books, music, and eventually to the men’s quarter. She dares to express her physical, social, and sexual repression. A dramatization of a piece of Egyptian feminine and feminist history set at a time when Egyptian women were struggling to come forward. It was originally published in France in 1958. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Kramarae, Cheris & Treichler A., Paula. A Feminist Dictionary. Pandora Press c1985.
Keywords: Dictionary, Feminism
This is a dictionary with a difference. It places women at the center of language and uses definition and quotation to take us on a fascinating journey through the development and use of the English language from diverse feminist perspectives. A feminist dictionary illustrates women’s linguistic contributions: the ways in which women have sought to describe, reflect upon and theorize about women, language, and the rest of the world. This is a unique source book that will serve as a valuable work of reference for many years to come. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Kupperberg, Pual. Kevin. Grosset & Dunlap. 2013.
Keywords: Gay, Self-Discovery, Coming of Age, Comic Book
Kevin Keller is the first openly gay character in the history of Archie Comics and currently stars in his own best-selling series of comic books. In this special paper-over-board novel, we focus on Kevin’s early, awkward years and the struggles and joys of his inspirational road to self-discovery. This sweet and funny coming-of-age story features a strong anti-bullying message and is a perfect gift for Archie fans, parents, and anyone who has—or is—struggling to find their place. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Lachgar, Lina. Album Colette. Henri Veyrier, 1983.
Keywords: Art, History, French
A compilation of photos and queer art by and featuring Colette. This book is written in French. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Laing, R.D. The Divided Self: An existential study in sanity and madness. Penguin books c1960.
Keywords: Psychology, Schizophrenia, Health
Dr. Laing’s first purpose is to make madness and the process of going mad comprehensible. In this, with case studies of schizophrenic patients, he succeeds brilliantly, but he does more: through a vision of sanity and madness as ‘degrees of conjunction and disjunction between two persons where the one is sane by common consent’ he offers a rich existential analysis of personal alienation. The outsider, estranged from himself and society, cannot experience either himself or others as ‘real’. He invents a false self and with it he confronts both the outside world and his own despair. The disintegration of his real self keeps pace with the growing unreality of his false self until, in the extremes of schizophrenic breakdown, the whole personality disintegrates. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Laity, Cassandra. H.D. Paint it Today. New York University Press c1992.
Keywords: Lesbian, Erotica
This novel, a never before published roman a clef by the famous Imagist writer, H.D., that explores H.D.’s love for women, is a lyrical recreation of the love and loss of her friend and first love, Frances Gregg, and of her later meeting with Bryher (Winifred Ellerman) who was to become H.D.’s lifelong companion. Spanning the years from H.D.’s childhood in Pennsylvania to the brith of her daughter, Perdita, in 1919, this turbulent love story is set against the backdrop of World War I, H.D.’s involvement in early twentieth-century London literary circles, her brief engagement to American poet Ezra Pound, and her shattered marriage to British novelist Richard Aldington. Paint It Today is H.D.’s most ‘lesbian’ novel, a modern, homoerotic tale of passage which focuses almost entirely on a young heroine’s search for the “sister love” which would empower her spiritually, sexually, and creatively. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Lang, Elizabeth. Anna’s Country: A Lesbian Love Story. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1981.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Fiction
Here is a major novel of lesbian life. Anna’s journey from suburban housewife to loving lesbian woman is one of the true and important stories of our times. Anna’s Country is a tender, clear-eyed hopeful book about women’s love and women’s passion. It reminds us as well of the rewards of courage and personal growth and the penalties of fear and psychological rigidity. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Lapidus, Jacqueline. TWO COPIES OF Ready to Survive. Hanging Loose Books c1975.
Keywords: Poetry, Political
Her poetry recreates the experience of the contemporary expatriate- in exile from her own country, in political exile from her second country, in love with an exile, in love itself as a kind of alienation. Her poetry is strong, intelligent and often quite witty, a poetry of a woman becoming always more conscious of herself, her mind, her life, her body, her politics. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Lapidus, Jacqueline. TWO COPIES OF Starting Over. Out & Out Books c1977.
In these poems, suffering, anger, and hope are weaved together into a tapestry of change. Change is not innocent, as we want to believe. Instead, as in these poems, she is a gnarled woman, old beyond her years- rebellion burns cold within her, she has lost too much to dance with her feet off the ground, her anger is dispassionate, and her transforming principles are love without sentimentality and freedom without romance. Lapidus is the poet who mourns her bitter defeats, celebrates her resolute victories, paints her marked face on the bedrock of our age. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Lapidus, Jacqueline. Ultimate Conspiracy. Lynx Publications c1980/1987.
Complex, savory, specific, these poems render the interpenetration of quotidian and extraordinary on three continents, and create their own world, generous, unpredictable, matrifocal, polyglot, resonant with secrets and silences as the author recounts its infinite variety. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Levine, Helane Keating and Levy, Walter. Lives Through Literature: A Thematic Anthology. Prentice Hall. 1995.
Keywords: Anthology, Gender, Relationships
This culturally diverse, gender-balanced anthology is organized by seven types of human relationships: Parents and Children, Sisters and Brothers, Women and Men in Love, Wives and Husbands, Friends and Enemies, Students and Teachers, and People Alone. Within each category, readings are also grouped by subthemes and subject clusters—often based on essential mythical or biblical themes. The text also features four example-filled chapters on reading skills, critical analysis, and writing about literature. For anyone—regardless of age, culture, or gender—in need of a catalyst to generate dynamic literary discussion and stimulating writing topics. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Lin, Ngeo Boon. Gay is Okay!: A Christian Perspective. Gerakbudaya Enterprise. 2013.
Key Words: Religion, Christianity, Gay, LGBT
Is it right for Christians to condemn homosexuality? Is it possible to be gay and Christian? Is gay Christian an oxymoron? In this book, Gay is Okay!: A Christian Perspective, the author as a Christian theologian and a pastor provides a concise and yet profound analysis, as well as alternative scriptural interpretations of history criticism of the story of Sodom in Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22; 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, and Timothy 1:9-10. According to the author, these are the biblical verses, which have been wrongly employed and misused by many Christians to condemn gays and lesbians, and argues forcefully that gay is okay and that Christian Churches should embrace LGBT people. The major objective of this book is to look at what the biblical authors were really rejecting by scrutinizing the historical context in which the biblical texts were written. The author also believes in the separation of religion and state, he argues for it in the first part of this book and asserts that even if Christianity were to condemn homosexuality, no one, including Christians, should make any laws to discriminate against gay people due to religious reasons. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Lott, Bernice. Women’s Lives: Themes and Variations in Gender Learning. Brooks/Cole Publishing Company. 1993.
Keywords: Gender, Ethnicity, Social Class, American Women, Life Stages, Parents, Schools, Mass Media, Employers, Religion, Politics
Drawing material from two interrelated perspectives - social psychology and feminism, this book examines the lives of contemporary American women from pre-birth through old age, taking into account the influence of parents, schools, the mass media, employers, religious and political institutions, and the law. The author presents literature that focuses on the social construction of gender and within-gender variations associated with ethnicity, social class and other social categories. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Ludwig, Richard M. and Perry, Marvin B. Jr. 9 Short Novels. D. C. Heath & Co. 1965
Keywords: Short Stories, Novels, Fiction
A collection of short novels including The Crazy Hunter, Metamorphosis, Tonio Kroger, Madam de Mauves, The Mysterious Stranger, The Bear Noon Wine, Heart of Darkness, and The Red Badge of Courage. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Lynch, Lee. The Amazon Trail. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1988.
Keywords: Lesbian, Non-Fiction
Lee covers the lesbian and gay scene from coast to coast, from inside our bookstores to inside our bars, from campfire to coven to careers, into and out fo love. Growing up lesbian and being openly and proudly lesbian for thirty years and the rich perspective that comes from “the good life”; just one of the many section of this delightful, sobering, fascinating and enriching collection. Follow Lee from “The Good Life” through “Gay Lit,” “Portraits,” Gay Rites” and “The Geography of Gay,” into adventures as diverse as the secret haunts of famous writers to the food dubbed “Lesbian Stew” recommended for the temporarily bereft, from exploration of a notorious bar to learning to live soberly. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Lyons, Robert. Autobiography: A Reader for Writers. Oxford University Press, USA. 1984.
Keywords: Anthology, Autobiography, Writing
Anthology of autobiographical writings, including letters by Margaret Mead, and other writings by Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, etc. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Madden, David. A Pocketful of Prose: Vintage Short Fiction. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers. 1992.
Keywords: Fiction, Anthology, Women
An inexpensive and concise alternative to traditional fiction anthologies, A POCKETFUL OF PROSE: VINTAGE SHORT FICTION contains 18 stories that research reveals to be among the most commonly studied in classes around the country. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Madden, David. A Pocketful of Prose: Vintage Short Fiction Volume II. Wadsworth Publishing Company. 1995.
Keywords: Anthology, Fiction, Prose, Short Stories
Volume II of A POCKETFUL OF PROSE: VINTAGE SHORT FICTION contains additional stories that research reveals to be among the most commonly studied in classes around the country. Like Volume I, this anthology is aimed at satisfying the need for a concise, quality collection that students will find inexpensive and that instructors will enjoy teaching. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Madison, D. Soyini. The Woman That I Am: The Literature and Culture of Contemporary Women of Color. St. Martin's Griffin. 1997.
Keywords: American Women of Color, Writing, Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Autobiography, Culture Criticism
Selected to represent a diversity of voices, styles, and genres, The Woman That I Am gathers 126 works of contemporary fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, and culture criticism by American women of color—African American, Asian American, Latina American, and Native American. This collection includes writings by new voices, as well as by Alice Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maxine Hong Kingston, Louise Erdrich, Paule Marshall, Amy Tan, Toni Morrison, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Leslie Marmon Silko, Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, June Jordan, Lucille Clifton, Ntozake Shange, Nikki Giovanni, and others. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Martin, Michelle. Pembroke Park. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1986.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Drama, Erotic
When Lady Joanna Sinclair meets Lady Diana March on horseback and clad in male attire, she is outraged. Such bizarre behavior is simply unacceptable in Herefordshire. But she is irresistibly drawn to the headstrong Diana, whose eccentricity cloaks a mysterious darkness in her past. Joana learns that Diana’s coterie of ‘unusual’ friends has among them her own brother-in-law, who is in headlong pursuit of the beautiful and elusive Geoffrey. Under Diana’s influence, falling ever more deeply in love with her, Joanna asserts her independence from her brother, the arrogant and overbearing Hugo, who vows to subdue both of these defiant women. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Maupin, Armistead. Further Tales of the City. Harper Perennial c1982.
Keywords: Romance, Drama, Gay, Comedy
The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement, Michael Tolliver looks for love at the national Gay Rodeo, DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track a charismatic psychopath across Alaska and society columnist Prue Giroux loses her heart to a derelict living in a San Francisco park. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Maupin, Armistead. More Tales of the City. Harper Perennial c1980.
Keywords: Drama, Comedy, Gay
The divinely human comedy that began with Tales of the City rolls recklessly along as Michael Tolliver pursues his favorite gynecologist, Mona Ramsey uncovers her roots in a desert whorehouse, and Mary Ann Singleton finds love at sea with the amnesiac of her dreams. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Maupin, Armistead. Tales of the City. Harper Perennial c1978.
Keywords: Comedy, Gay
Few works of fiction have captured the carefree chaos of the seventies as hilariously or as truthfully as Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Originally published as a daily newspaper serial in 1976, Maupin’s groundbreaking comedy of manners went on to become six bestselling novels that have beguiled readers worldwide with their wryly inclusive vision of humankind. Location: Main Book Shelf.
McCarthy, Mary. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers. 1957.
Keywords: Autobiography, Childhood, Religion, Catholicism
Memories of a Catholic Girlhood is the autobiography of Mary McCarthy that was published in 1957. The book chronicles McCarthy's childhood including her being orphaned, having an abusive great uncle, and losing her Catholic faith. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
McConnell P., Vicki. Mrs. Porter’s Letter. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1986.
Keywords: Lesbian, Mystery
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McConnell P., Vicki. Double Daughter. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1988.
Keywords: Lesbian, Drama, Mystery
Denver- the city of Journalist-Detective Nyla Wade’s past, the city where she formed her youthful dreams. Nyla has returned to where her heart lies, only to discover clouds of menace hanging over the lives of gay friends old and new. Outlaw Lez Teachers and other hate messages become terrible reality when lesbian teacher Pat Stevens is ruthlessly assaulted. And when another gay teacher is attacked, when vicious vandalism occurs, Nyla Wade goes after the hate group responsible with all the resources at her command. On friend lies in a death-like come; another is marked for certain violence. When Nyla finally uncovers the truth about the campaign of hate she finds herself in the greatest peril of her life. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: McEwen, Christian. Naming The Waves: Contemporary Lesbian Poetry. The Crossing Press c1989.
Keywords: Poetry, Lesbian
Love and desire, childhood and children, the value of sisterhood, self-identity and racism, day-to-day pleasures and sorrows, the reality of lesbian oppression and defiance of that oppression: these are some of the themes in this collection of contemporary lesbian poetry by more than 70 poets from both sides of the Atlantic. Location: Main Book Shelf.
McHugh, Erin. The L Life: Extraordinary Lesbians Making a Difference. Stewart, Tabori and Chang. 2011.
Keywords: Lesbian, Women, Life
There have been few cultural touchstones to open people’s eyes to everyday lesbian life—until now. Through fascinating interviews and stunning portrait photography, The L Life introduces us to the women who are changing our view of the world. This candid collection is a celebration of real women, alongside headline-makers such as breast cancer researcher and bestselling author Dr. Susan Love; groundbreaking authors Alison Bechdel and Ann Bannon; entertainers such as actress Jane Lynch and comedian Kate Clinton; Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and longtime activist Phyllis Lyon; award-winning film producer Christine Vachon; and many more. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
McKay, Claude. Selected Poems. Dover Publications. 1999.
Keywords: Jamaica, Harlem Renaissance, Poetry
Jamaican-American poet Claude McKay (1889–1948) came to the U.S. in 1912 and became an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Location: Shelf 1, Yellow.
McNally, Terrence. Love! Valour! Compassion! Penguin Group, c1995.
Keywords: Gay, Drag, Cross-dressing, Dance, Play
Beautifully written, moving, and very funny, Love! Vlaour! Compassion! Gathers together eight gay men at the upstate New York summer house of a celbrated dancer-choreography who fears he is losing his creativity and possibly his lover. Infidelity, flirtations, soul-searching, AIDS, truth-telling, and skinny-dipping mix monumental questions about life and death with a wacky dress rehearsal for Swan Lake performed in drag. Location: Main Book Shelf.
McNally, Terrance. A Perfect Ganesh. A Plume Book, c1994.
Keywords: Adventure, Drama
The play follows the life of two very rich, middle-aged women, Margaret Civil and Katherine Brynne, who struggle with the concept of inner peace. On their journey for inner peace, Katherine and Margaret travel to India instead of to the Caribbean Resorts. They travel to India as a way of healing from the deaths of their sons. While in India, they meet an Indian god by the name of Ganesha meaning "wisdom." This Ganesha happens to be their tour guide. However, Ganesha is not just one person, but is able to change form. With Ganesha as their tour guide, their journey comes to find many twists and turns. In one such twist, Katherine is convinced that she is to kiss a leper. However, this is not so. She learns a valuable lesson from meeting this leper. Instead of kissing him like she though she needed to, she gave him money. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited by: Melia, Paul. David Hockney. Manchester University Press. c1995.
Keywords: Art, Gay
David Hockney is one of the most widely discussed artists of his generation. Drawing on recent research, this book advances the critical debates on his work. By offering a wide range of approaches, in analyses the key themes and moments in the artist’s career from 1959 to 1994. Topics discussed include- Hockney’s Place in Swinging London, Images of Southern California, Photo-collages, landscapes, portraiture, theatrical manipulations of the spectator, recent paintings, and opera designs. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Miller, Isabel. A Dooryard Full of Flowers: and Other Short Pieces. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1993.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance
The beautiful continuation of Isabel Miller’s acclaimed all-time classic, Patience and Sarah. Glimpse these two beloved women in their “slow ardent, exalted life together” as you rejoin them in a segment from the never completed second novel of their lives. A married women who falls in love with her mother-in-law. Tildy, who is visited by a young pregnant girl wanting something Tildy is determined not to give. A woman in the post-world war II Navy, who is certain that this time she will not fall in love with a new woman bunkmate. Teenager Robin, who knows so much more than either her lesbian mother or her newly remarried father dream she knows. A young woman who comes under the scrutiny of a government security check, with both expected and unexpected results. Lucille, who meets the woman she has written to for years and finds surprise answers to questions about both of their lives. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Miller, Isabel. Patience & Sarah. Ballantine Books c1969.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Drama
Early in the nineteenth century, in a puritanical New England town, two women did something unspeakable, something unheard of- they fell in love with each other. With nothing and no one to guide or support them, Patience and Sarah tried to follow their hearts. When family pressures separated them, the two women dreamed of leaving their homes, of being together. Defying society and history, they bought a farm and discovered they could live together, away from a world that had put limits on them and their love. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Mohr, Nicholasa. El Bronx Remembered: A Novella and Stories. Harper Collins. 1975.
Keywords: New York City, South Bronx, Family, Life, Coming of Age, American Dream, Immigration
In a city called New York, in a neighborhood called El Bronx - The Fernandex children own a very special pet: A white hen named after their favorite Hollywood movie star, a new girl comes to school - a gypsy child who can read palms and foretell the future, and a young boy must face the humiliation of wearing his uncle's orange roach-killer shoes to his high school graduation. In the South Bronx - or El Bronx, as it's known to the people who live there - anything can happen. A migrant "fresh off the boat" from Puerto Rico can be somebody on the mainland, pursue the American Dream ... and maybe even make it come true. Here are stories that capture the flavor and beat of El Bronx in its heyday, from 1946-1956. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
More, Meredith. October Obsession. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1988.
Keywords: Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Lesbian
Laura Westmoreland has come to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to assist Sheriff Bill Tate in his search for her cherished Aunt Josie, who has vanished from the seaside cottage in which she has lived alone for decades. Seeking out any clue, Laura sifts thought the contents of Josie’s rustic cottage, and discovers a diary- an astonishing document unveiling Josie’s rich, secret, and fantastic lesbian life. Josie has for years loved and been loved by a golden, mythical being named Selene who, during the fullness of the moon each October, joined Josie for the passionate consummation of their love, a love which over the decades has been tested by assaults from hurricanes, illness, and the hostility of the entire exterior world. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Morgan, Claire. The Price of Salt. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1986.
Keywords: Lesbian, Drama, Romance, Fiction
The novel's two main characters are Therese Belivet, a lonely young woman, and Carol Aird, an elegant stranger Therese encounters one day at her temporary job in a New York department store. Therese is just starting out her adult life in Manhattan and looking for her chance to break through into her dream job as a theater set designer. Therese was semi-abandoned as a small girl by her widowed mother, who sent Therese to an Episcopalian boarding school. She is dating a young man, Richard, whom she does not love and does not want to have sex with. The women are unaware that Carol's husband has hired a private investigator to follow them and collect any evidence that would incriminate Carol as a homosexual in the upcoming custody hearings. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Morse, Carl & Larkin, Joan. Gay & Lesbian Poetry in Our Time: An Anthology. St. Martin’s Press c1988.
Keywords: Gay, Lesbian, Poetry, Anthology
This anthology combines almost 100 great poets and touches on an expansive range of interesting topics. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Mukherjee, Bharati. Jasmine. Grove Press. 1999.
Keywords: Immigration, India, America, Women
When Jasmine is suddenly widowed at seventeen, she seems fated to a life of quiet isolation in the small Indian village where she was born. But the force of Jasmine's desires propels her explosively into a larger, more dangerous, and ultimately more life-giving world. In just a few years, Jasmine becomes Jane Ripplemeyer, happily pregnant by a middle-aged Iowa banker and the adoptive mother of a Vietnamese refugee. Jasmine's metamorphosis, with its shocking upheavals and its slow evolutionary steps, illuminates the making of an American mind; but even more powerfully, her story depicts the shifting contours of an America being transformed by her and others like her -- our new neighbors, friends, and lovers. In Jasmine, Bharati Mukherjee has created a heroine as exotic and unexpected as the many worlds in which she lives. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Murphy A., Patricia. We Walk the Back of the Tiger. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1988.
Keywords: Drama, Mystery, Lesbian, Fiction
It is 1974 in the California coastal town of Santa Clarinda. With the women’s movement beginning to erupt all around her, Cara Doherty becomes the administrator of the university’s fledgling Women’s center. Neil Norma, 18 years old, is pumping gas and dealing drugs in Sana Clarinda. A customer gives Neil a gun for drugs, and Neil exults in his newfound power, an unimagined power that can make his most cherished fantasies real. Marti McDavid is a new divorcee, new to the women’s movement, new to her love for Cara. She is not new to drugs. She is a customer of Neil’s. Young women vanish from the streets of Santa Clarinda and the lives of Cara, Marti and Neil explode in the evens that transform their lives and galvanize the entire city. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Murphy A., Patricia. Searching For Spring. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1987.
Keywords: Comedy, Drama, Fiction
Annie Malloy does not know that within her lies a hidden core of pure fury. Nor does she realize the strength she possesses, nor her capacity to act. Annie has accepted her lesbian identity yet cannot seem to assemble the scattered pieces of her life. Then, at a fateful reunion with her four sisters, she discovers that the secret ugliness in her childhood is not confined solely to her. It is in seeking a therapist for one of her nieces that Annie learns she must first examine her own life. And so she becomes embroiled in group therapy with five other incest victims who will not allow her to hide anywhere. As Annie unearths her rage, she unleashes her strength. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Myron, Nancy & Bunch, Charlotte. Lesbianism and the Women’s Movement. Diana Press c1975.
Keywords: Lesbian, Essay, Feminism, Political
This collection of articles presents part of that history: A segment reflected through The Furies, a lesbian-feminist collective and newspaper in Washington DC. Written over a two-year period, the articles were authored by members of the collective and/or appeared in the newspaper. Each article discusses different questions raised by lesbian-feminist politics: heterosexual privilege, lesbian separatism, bisexuality, etc. The importance of these issues in the on-going debate over lesbianism and feminism makes this book much more than an historical relic. It is grist for the political mill. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Nestle, Joan. Restricted Country. Firebrand Books c1987.
Keywords: Feminism, Lesbianism, History, Non-fiction
From the fevered interiors of 1950’s butch-femme bars, through the fervor of the Selma-Montgomery Civil Rights march, to the hotheaded feminist sex wars of today, the cofounder of Lesbian Herstory Archives presents it like she lives it- fully engaged with her mind, her heart, and her body. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Newton, Esther and Walton, Shirley. Womenfriends: Our Journal. Friends Press. 1978.
Keywords: Women, Journal, Friends
Womenfriends: Our Journal is a joint journal between two old friends. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Ng, Vivien. Madness in Late Imperial China: From Illness to Deviance. University of Oklahoma Press. 1990.
Keywords: China, History, Mental Health
In the eighteenth century Chinese law enforcement officials for the first time perceived madness as a pressing problem. Laws were enacted to isolate the insane from the rest of society and to punish their violent acts. Madness had been recognized as an illness as early as the first century A.D., but in Qing China after 1731 it was punished as a form of criminal deviance. Families had to report to local officials the illness of a relative and participate in a mandatory registration-and-confinement program. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Nonas, Elisabeth. TWO COPIES OF For Keeps. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1985.
Keywords: Lesbian, Erotic, Romance
Kate’s lover has left her. The television moive based on her script has been placed on hold. And now she is on a chaotic path that leads her to the enigmatic Hilary, to the delicious Nicky, to the dazzling and frightening Lauren. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Nonas, Elisabeth. A Room Full of Women. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1990.
Keywords: Lesbian, Drama, Romance, Fiction
Unlike her friends, advertising designer Blair Wilder revels in her freedom, disdaining a permanent lesbian relationship. Real estate attorney Natalie Bazarian, as she approaches forty, envies Blair’s freedom. Yet she herself is the envy of her friends over her ten-year relationship with film editor Annie Weiss. However, all is not fun and games in Blair’s bachelor existence. The mother who repudiated Blair for her lesbian lifestyle continues to haunt her life. Next door neighbor Ted grows ever weaker in his battle with AIDS. And new love interest Roxanne awakens to many echoes of a lost relationship. For Natalie, young, idealistic Maggie has come into her life, and Natalie is seriously questioning everything: her career, the unremitting pressure of being a role model for her community of friends, and most of all her relationship with Annie. Location: Main Book Shelf.
N.S.B. Figuring it Out. c2006.
Keywords: Lesbian, Coming Out, Memoir, Diary
A lesbian's personal story of recognizing and accepting her sexual orientation and coming out as gay - as expressed in her journals and other writing over the course of 9 years. An attempt to expose the internal struggle a person must go through - the inner monologue as it progresses from a subconscious knowledge of a difference, to consciousness and all of the phases that make up the journey to living the truth. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Nugent, Beth. City of Boys. Alfred A. Knopf c1992.
Keywords: Short Stories, Fiction, Lesbian, Romance, Drama
A collection of short stories. In the title story, “City of Boys,” a small town girl flees home and domineering mother. She is almost immediately picked up off the streets of New York City by an older woman with whom she has an obsessive love affair. During the summer of “Locuasts,” Susan, not quite sixteen, envies her Cousin Francine’s sex appeal while she herself carefully maneuvers to avoid the attentions of her middle-aged uncle. And more. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Nutter, Chris. Way out, the: Gay Man’s guide to Freedom no Matter if You’re in Denial, Closeted, Half In, Half Out, Just Out or Been around the Block. Health Communications, c2006.
Keywords: Gay, Men, Coming Out, Memoir, Non-fiction
Christopher Lee Nutter came out of the closet in 1994 with a bang in a brutally honest essay for Details magazine, thrusting him into the spotlight as an unofficial mentor for gay men across the country. Twelve years later in this edgy memoir, Nutter chronicles his journey from closeted Southern boy to gay New York bartender and party boy, sharing everything he has learned about how gay men are taught to see themselves in a fundamentally destructive way. Assaulted with programming from the ‘gay’ and ‘straight’ worlds alike, gay men are left to ask themselves, am I the coolest, sexiest, trendiest thing ever, or an illegitimate cancer on society? Nutter contests that gay men are neither, but rather conscious beings on the path to realizing that they have the power to create their likes according to their own will rather than the will of the world, or the illusion of their fears. Location: Book Shelf 903.
Nye, Jr. S., Joseph. Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History. Longman c2003.
Keywords: Political, Conflict, Non-fiction, International
Understanding International Conflicts balances history and theory to give students of international politics and framework for analyzing the past and using it to understand the issues confronting use today. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ochs, Robyn and Rowley, Sarah E. Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World. Bisexual Resource Center. 2009.
Keywords: Bisexuality, Community, Relationships, Politics, Identity, Anthology
Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, Second Edition, edited by Robyn Ochs and Sarah Rowley, is the broadest single collection of bisexual literature available today. Getting Bi collects 220 essays from around the world that explore bisexual identity. Topics include coming out, relationships, politics, community, and more. The book also addresses the intersection of bisexuality with race, class, ethnicity, gender identity, disability and national identity. Authors from 42 countries discuss bisexuality from personal perspectives and their own cultural contexts providing insight into societal views on bisexuality from countries ranging from Colombia to China. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
O’Donnell, Mary, Pollock, Kater, Leoffler, Val & Saunders, Ziessel. Lesbian Health Matters! . Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center c1979.
Keywords: Lesbian, Health, Self-help
This booklet touches upon specific aspects of our society that, for lesbians, make having healthy bodies and minds an even harder struggle. During the process of bringing about change in our society lesbians need to keep in mind that we’ve got to take care of, and bring about change in, ourselves, our sisters and our families, while at the same time confronting the larger issues that are making us sick. We need to develop the balance between being strong enough to fight social injustices and lesbian oppression, and gentle enough to nurture our bodies, our minds, and each other. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Orend, Brian. Human Rights Concept and Context. Broadview Press c2002.
Keywords: Political, Legal
What are human rights? What justifies us in believing we have them? What are rights-holders and duty-bearers? Who should bear the costs and responsibilities for making human rights real? Why have some criticized the human rights perspective> And how can those supportive of human rights best respond? These and other conceptual issues are discussed in full in the first part of this book. The second part offers a detailed account of how the human rights idea came to be such a powerful force in the contemporary world; it traces the evolution of human rights from their origins to their present position in our daily lives, in political struggles, and in both national and international law. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Pass, Gail. Surviving Sisters. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1989.
Keywords: Lesbian, Erotic, Drama, War
Irena Lampros has lost two brothers, one to death in Vietnam, one to sanctuary and then death in Canada. Constantine, the tyrannical patriarch of her family, considers one son a hero, the other a disgrace. Alexandra, Irena’s sister, wages an enraged and lethal war of attrition against Caonstantine, demanding honor for both her brothers. Young Irena, drawn into the deepening tragedy of this family battle, is herself soon transformed into a militant and implacable avenger. Amid this strife, she becomes research assistant to archeologist Maggie Leland. The formidable, seemingly self-contained Leland is assembling artifacts traceable to an ancient earth goddess. When Irena confronts her passion for this intimidating woman, a different emotional war breaks out on a wholly new front. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Penelope, Julia and Wolfe J., Susan. The Original Coming Out Stories. The Crossing Press c1980.
Keywords: Coming Out, Lesbian, Non-fiction
For many lesbians, the process of coming out remains an intensely emotional and often painful experience, even in the 1980’s. The stories of the first edition recorded the struggle of contributors to name their lesbian identity, a process that often preceded by years their decision to act on their love for women. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ed. Perkins Barbara, Warhol, Robyn, and Perkins George. Women’s Work: An Anthology of American Literature. McGraw-Hill. 1993.
Keywords: Women, Literature, Writing
This exciting anthology offers virtually the entire collection of literature by American women and is by far the widest ranging and most diverse. Arranged chronologically, it includes a broad range of selections including fiction, poetry, essays, diaries, letters, autobiographies, oratory, and journalism, spanning the colonial days to the present. These writers represent women's writing at its highest level of accomplishment. Location: Shelf 2, Purple.
Piercy, Marge. Circles On The Water. Alfred A. Knopf Inc. c1982.
Marge Piercy writes about her poetry selected for “Circles on the Water.” “Usually the voice of the poem is mine. The experiences, however, are not always mine, and although my major impulse to autobiography has played itself out in poems rather than novels, I have never made a distinction between working up my own experience and other people’s. I imagine that I speak for a constituency, living and dead, and that I give utterance to energy, insight, words flowing from many lives. I have always desired that my poems work for others, be useful.” Location: Main Book Shelf.
Plant, Richard. The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals. Henry Holt and Company, Inc. c1986.
Keywords: War, Non-fiction, Gay, Rights, Politics
This is the first comprehensive book to appear in English on the fate of homosexuals in Nazi Germany. The author, a refugee from Nazi Germany, examines the climate and conditions that gave rise to the vicious campaign against Germany’s gays, directed by Himmler and his SS, a war that resulted in tens of thousands of arrests and thousands of deaths. In this Nazi Crusade, homosexual prisoners were confined to death camps where, forced to wear pink triangles, they constituted the lowest rung in the camp hierarchy. The horror of camp life is revealed through diaries, documents never before translated from the German, and interviews with and letters from survivors. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Pollack, Sandra and Knight D., Denise. Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States. Greenwood Press c1993.
Keywords: Lesbian, Non-fiction, Historical, Biographical
The first comprehensive biographical, critical, and bibliographical source on lesbian writers. This reference book features essays on 100 contemporary writers of poetry, fiction, and drama in the United States. Many had written as self-identified lesbians at some point during the 1970-1992 period of coverage. Each essay comprises a biography, with personal history often derived from interviews, an analysis of major works and themes, an overview of the critical reception, and bibliographies of primary works and of critical studies and reviews. The volume introduction, by Tucker P. Farley, situates contemporary lesbian literature in its historical and political contexts. Appendices list publishers of lesbian writers and periodicals featuring lesbian writing. An extensive bibliography provides nonfiction resources focusing on lesbian issues, including works in psychology, sexuality, parenting, health, history, and theory, as well as literature. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Portes, Alejandro and Rumbaut, Ruben C. Immigrant America: A Portrait. University of California Press. 2006.
Keywords: Immigration, Economics, Politics
Recognized for its superb portrayal of immigration and immigrant lives in the United States, this book probes the dynamics of immigrant politics, examining questions of identity and loyalty among newcomers, and explores the psychological consequences of varying modes of migration and acculturation. The authors look at patterns of settlement in urban America, discuss the problems of English-language acquisition and bilingual education, explain how immigrants incorporate themselves into the American economy, and examine the trajectories of their children from adolescence to early adulthood. With a vital new chapter on religion—and fresh analyses of topics ranging from patterns of incarceration to the mobility of the second generation and the unintended consequences of public policies—this updated edition is indispensable for framing and informing issues that promise to be even more hotly and urgently contested as the subject moves to the center of national debate. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Potter, Clare. The Lesbian Periodicals Index. Naiab Press, c 1986.
Keywords: Lesbian, Literature, Periodicals
An index of Lesbian writing and more. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Pratt Bruce, Minnie. Crime Against Nature. Firebrand Books c1990.
Keywords: Lesbian, Poetry, Drama
In spare and forceful language Minnie Bruce Pratt tells a moving story of loss and recuperation, discovering linkages between her own disenfranchisement and the condition of other minorities. She makes it plain, in this masterful sequence of poems, that the real crime against nature is violence and oppression. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Pratt Bruce, Minnie. We Say We Love Each Other. Spinsters Ink c1985.
Keywords: Lesbian, Poetry
These poems- sensual, fierce, accurate- touch me in many familiar places. Yet, they are also feel new and original, a poetry perhaps only possible now, in this very decade. Her poems about the south, her childhood, the love between women are wonderfully detailed, precise, evocative and wise. She is a poet of clear expression. Her voice is powerful. Her song true. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Princeton Review. The Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life. Princeton Review, c2011.
Keywords: Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual, College, Self-help
A comprehensive resource for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender students and their allies. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Purves, Alan C., Quattrini, Joseph A. and Sullivan, Christine I. Creating the Writing Portfolio. NTC Publishing Group. 1995.
Keywords: Writing, Education, Professional Development
English students writing guide. Location: Shelf 1, Yellow.
Ramstetter, Victoria. The Marquise and the Novice: A Lesbian Gothic Novel. The Naiad Press Inc. c1983.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Erotic
In a sumptuous chateau in nineteenth century provincial France, an innocent Irish girl, fresh from convent restraints but prepared to return to take religious vows, meets a beautiful, wealthy, sophisticated older woman, a widow whose son she is to tutor. What could be more deliciously titillating than the erotic encounter of young red-haired Kathleen Thorn, aching with repressed sensuality and the Marquise Anneliese de Rochelle, the dark Lesbian noble woman whose raven tresses whip wildly in the wind as she gallops off to a rendezvous in riding attire? Location: Main Book Shelf.
Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. Signet. c1957.
Keywords: Mystery, Fantasy
The astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world- and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is unlike any other book you have every read. It is a mystery story, not about the murder of a man’s body, but about the murder- and rebirth- of a man’s spirit. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Read, Kirk. How I Learned to Snap: A Small Town Coming-Out and Coming-of-Age Story. Hill Street Press, c2001.
Keywords: Memoir, Gay, Coming Out, Non-fiction
With bold Southern humor, journalist and performer Kirk Read takes readers on a guided tour of his precocious and courageous adolescence. Recalling his years as an openly gay high school student, Read describes how he navigated the hallways with his sense of humor and dignity intact. He fondly recalls his initiations into sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, as well as his "shy as neon" acts of rabble rousing during high school. How I Learned to Snap is a refreshingly victim-free story in which queer teenagers are creative, resilient, and ultimately heroic. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Reti, Irene and Sien, Shoney. Cats (and their Dykes). Herbooks c1991.
Keywords: Cats, Lesbian
Stories, poems, photographs, essays, political analysis, love stories. There is something between cats and women that is not based on domination or condescending adoration. There is something the cat is trying to tell us, if we would only listen. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Rich, Adrienne. On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978. W. W. Norton & Company. 1995.
Keywords: Prose Writing, Politics, Language, Scholarship, Racism, History, Motherhood
In this collection of prose writings, one of America's foremost poets and feminist theorists reflects upon themes that have shaped her life and work. At issue are the politics of language; the uses of scholarship; and the topics of racism, history, and motherhood among others called forth by Rich as "part of the effort to define a female consciousness which is political, aesthetic, and erotic, and which refuses to be included or contained in the culture of passivity." Location: Shelf 2, White.
Richardson, Laurel and Taylor, Verta. Feminist Frontiers III. Mcgraw-Hill College. 1993.
Keywords: Feminism, Writing, Women
This third edition combines classical and contemporary feminist writings on a range of women's issues. Special attempts have been made to reflect women's diversity as well as similarities in a variety of areas, including race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age. It offers feminist analyses of the sources and consequences of gender inequality and introduces students to feminist theory and methodology. While its primary use is in courses on women's studies, sociology of women, sociology of gender/sex roles, and psychology of women, it should also be suitable for courses on women and feminist issues taught in a wide variety of disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate level. It is designed both as a main text and as a supplementary reader. This third edition includes new sections on feminist research perspectives and methodology, and the state and international politics. Taylor's article on the future of feminism now traces the women's movement up to the present and incorporates lesbian feminism and post-feminism debates. Also, the section on work and families has been split into separate sections. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Richie, Eugene. Island Light. Painted Leaf Press. 1998.
Keywords: Poetry, Relationships, Family, Life
A collection of poems that cover a variety of topics ranging from companionship, family romance, loved objects, rain, the promise of sleep, rude awakenings, and the machinery of life. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
Robertson, William. K.D. Lang: Carrying the Torch. ECW Press c1992.
Keywords: Biography, Non-fiction, Lesbian
Canadian born K.D. Lang sent shock waves through the music establishment by playing country music while dressed something like a punk rocker and claiming to be the reincarnation of the late country music star Patsy Cline. Since the release of her first album, A Truly Western Experience, in 1984, Lang has galvanized listeners and the media alike with her amazing voice while battling for a place in the music industry and fighting off prejudice against her unique appearance and attitude. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Rossi, Alice S. The Feminist Papers: From Adams to de Beauvoir. Northeastern University Press. 1988.
Keywords: Feminism, Writing, History
Here are, as Alice Rossi claims in her well-written preface, 'the essential works of feminism, ' published over a period of 200 years. Her introductions to each section are informative and written with nonpolemical grace. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Ed. Rothblum, Esther D. Journal of Lesbian Studies. The Hawthorn Press, Inc. 1999.
Keywords: Lesbian Studies, Lesbian, History, Literature, Social Sciences, Politics
Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Ed. Speare, Morris Edmund. A Pocketbook of Short Stories: A Distinguished anthology of masterpieces by the greatest Continental, English and American Writers. Washington Square Press. 1959.
Keywords: Short Stories, Writing
A collection of 22 short stories by 22 masters of the short story: Ernest Hemingway; Stephen Vincent Benét; Dorothy Parker; Willa Cather; Sherwood Anderson; Katherine Mansfield; Thomas Mann; W. Somerset Maugham; Ring Lardner; Ivan Bunin; Saki (H.H. Munro); W.W. Jacobs; O. Henry; Anton P. Chekhov; Robert Louis Stevenson; Guy de Maupassant; Anatole France; Mark Twain; Bret Harte; Leo N. Tolstoi; Edgar Allan Poe; Honoré de Balzac. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Ed. Stelboum, Judith P. Journal of Lesbian Studies Edition III. The Hawthorn Press, Inc. 1997.
Keywords: Polyamory, Open Relationships, Non-Monogamy, Casual Sex, Lesbian
This issue contains a collection of essays pertaining to open relationships, non-monogamy, and casual sex in lesbian relationships. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Ed. Ruiz, Vicki L. and Dubois, Ellen Carol. Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in US Women’s History. Routledge. 1994.
Keywords: History, Women, United States, Feminism
Unequal Sisters has become a beloved and classic reader in American Women’s History. It provides an unparalleled resource for understanding women’s history in the United States today. When it was first published in 1990, it revolutionized the field with its broad multicultural approach, and continued, through its next two editions, to emphasize feminist perspectives on race, ethnicity, region, and sexuality. This classic work is in its fourth edition, and has incorporated the feedback of end-users in the field, to make it the most user-friendly version to date. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Rule, Jane. Memory Board. The Naiad Press, Inc. 1987.
Keywords: Drama, Lesbian
For forty years David Crown has kept his twin sister Diana a secret. Until his wife’s death, not even his children have known about Diana and her lifetime companion Constance. But now David seeks to bridge over those years and recapture the closeness of childhood, to become part of Diana’s life, to have her be a major part of his. For the independent, irascible Diana, the overtures from her brother are an unwelcome intrusion. Retired from her medical practice, she spends her days fully occupied with Constance, for whom memory is increasingly a sometime thing. David, growing ever more fond of the enchanting Constance, struggles to win her trust, and Diana is inexorably drawn into the event and drama of David’s family life. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Rule, Jane. This is Not For You. The Naiad Press, Inc. 1988.
Keywords: Lesbian, Fiction, Romance
This Is Not For You, perhaps Jane Rule’s most self-consciously literary and philosophical novel, tells the story of a young woman in the late 1950s and early 1960s as she negotiates her lesbian sexuality. This epistolary lament - an unsent letter to a lover who was never quite a lover - depicts New York and London and a group of friends as they search, sometimes in vain, for a sustaining love in a time of strict societal constraints. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Edited By: Ruitenbeek M., Hendrik. The Problem Of Homosexuality In Modern Society. E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. c1963.
Keywords: Gay, Anthology
It is the consensus of both psychoanalysts and sociologists that homosexuality is apparently increasing in contemporary society. The reasons why this should be so are not easily discovered. In an attempt to provide information generally inaccessible to the lay reader, this splendid anthology of sixteen essays by outstanding students of the subject probes deeply into this enigma by presenting a psychoanalytic discussion of the genesis and treatment of homosexuality from many important and differing points of view, and by including several essays which examine the topic purely as a sociological phenomenon. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Ruth, Sheila. Issues in Feminism: An Introduction to Women’s Studies. Mayfield Publishing Company. 2000.
Keywords: Feminism, Women, Women’s Studies
This best-selling text-reader offers 65 interdisciplinary readings drawn from work in the humanities and the social sciences. Classic and contemporary selections represent both feminist and anti-feminist viewpoints in an examination of women’s lives and the ways in which women can effect alternatives to traditional gender roles. Extensive chapter introductions place selections in context, define and explain concepts and terminology, and provide a cohesive framework for the collection. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Sagan, Eli. Freud, Women, and Morality: The Psychology of Good and Evil. Basic Books. 1989.
Keywords: Psychoanalysis, Freud, Morality
A provocative psychoanalytic explanation of moral and immoral behavior which daringly argues that the Freudian theory of morality is fundamentally flawed. Location: Shelf 2, Gray.
Sanchez, Alex. So Hard to Say. Simon Pulse, c2004.
Keywords: Fiction, Teen, Gay, Romance, High School
When Frederick shows up at school, Xio is thrilled. The new boy is shy, cute, and definitely good boyfriend material. Before long, she pulls him into her lively circle of friends. Frederick knows he should be flattered by Xio’s attention. After all, she’s popular, pretty, and a lot of fun. So why can’t he stop thinking about Victor, the captain of the soccer team, instead? Location: Main Book Shelf.
Sands, Regine. Travels with Diana Hunter. Lace Publications c1986.
Keywords: Lesbian, Erotic, Romance, Comedy
When 18 year old Diana Hunter runs away from her hometown of Lubbock, Texas, she begins an unparalleled odyssey of love, lust, and humor that spans almost twenty years. The array of women drawn to Diana’s wit and body is only overshadowed by Diana’s own versatile capacity for meeting their amorous needs. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Sapiro, Virginia. Women in American Society: An Introduction to Women’s Studies. Mayfield Publishing. 1999.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Gender, Sociology, Political Science, Education, History
This interdisciplinary social science introduction to women's studies textbook (not a reader) provides a comprehensive investigation of the effects of gender on women's lives the United States. The text integrates the latest scholarship and research from a wide variety of disciplines including sociology, psychology, political science, education, history, economics, law, mass communications, and the health sciences. Location: Shelf 1, Yellow.
Sarton, May. Joanna and Ulysses. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. c1987.
Keywords: Romance, Comedy
For Joanna the month’s holiday was to be an escape, a chance to paint and think and release the bitter memories of the war in Greece and of her mother’s death. She had chosen the dazzling island of Santorini, remote and inaccessible as her own heart. The holiday was to be a solitary experience. But that was before Joanna met Ulysses, the mistreated little donkey. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Sarton, May. Miss Pickthorn and Mr. Hare. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. c1966.
Miss Jane Pickthorn, known to her neighbors in the small New England village as the ‘Maiden Porcupine,” is highly annoyed when someone moves into the tumbledown henhouse across the road. The fact that the new tenant is the quiet and shy Mr. Hare means nothing to her. He is an intruder and interferes with her solitary round of daily pleasures. As these enjoyments consist in reading Latin verse and eating McIntosh apples, the Village Selectmen are less than receptive to her demand that they abate the nuisance of Mr. Hare. He is, they point out, unobtrusive. He may, if the henhouse proves winter proof, become a taxpayer and add to the village revenues. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Schechter, Harold and Semeiks, Jonna Gormely. Discoveries: 50 Stories of the Quest. Oxford University Press, USA. 1992.
Keywords: Multiculturalism, Writing
Reflecting today's growing emphasis on multiculturalism, the second edition of this remarkably successful anthology offers twelve additional contributions from the new generation of writers currently revitalizing the short story form, including Amy Tan, Bharati Mukherjee, R.K. Narayan, Stephen Milhauser, Ellen Gilchrist, and Patrick McGrath. Organized around the successive stages of humanity's most durable myth, the hero's quest narrative pattern delineated by renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell, this edition offers a summary and explication of Campbell's analysis of the quest motif, a new biographical introduction to Campbell's life and work, and a section of concise biographical entries on each of the fifty authors. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Schlessinger, Yaffa A. An Interview with My Grandparent: A Sociological Examination. McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing. 1997.
Keywords: Students, Essays, Economic Hardship, Family, Love, Human Diversity, Immigration
A moving collection of student essays about political and economic hardships, family turmoil, and love. Written by the diverse student population of Hunter College at the City University of New York with introductory essays by the author. This book is intended as a supplement to introductory sociology, marriage and family, human diversity, or immigration courses. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Schuster, Charles I. and Van Pelt, William V. Speculations: Readings in Culture, Identity, and Values. Longman. 1996.
Keywords: American Life, Culture, Affirmative Action, Children, Media, LGBT Rights, Date Rape, Family Values, Writing
Representing the diversity of American intellectual life, this collection of readings by some of today's most prominent authors focuses on contemporary issues and grows out of a multiculturalist approach, with selections that examine, analyze, and question today's culture and cultural events. Covers topics including affirmative action, children and the media, gay/lesbian rights, date rape, and family values. For those interested in composition. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Scoppettone, Sandra. TWO COPIES OF: Everything You Have is Mine. Ballantine Books c1991.
Keywords: Fiction, Mystery, Drama, Lesbian
Lauren Laurano is surely not the first gay P.I. in New York City, but she is in a class by herself. Smart, stylish, and self-determined, she lives with her longtime lover, Kip, in a Greenwich Village brownstone. Their lives together usually simmer along nicely- except when Lauren becomes obsessed with a case. Lovely, shy Lake Huron has been raped and reuses to talk to the police. Her older half-sister, Ursula, brings in Lauren, who seems to win the young woman’s trust. Before she can tell Lauren everything, Lake is found dead, leaving Lauren to decipher a 21st century clue and a dysfunctional family tree that a good, stiff wind could blow to bits. The closer Lauren gets to the truth, the more her own life is endangered- by a past that cannot stay buried and fragile questions that have no easy answers. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Scopperttone, Sandra. Happy Endings Are All Alike. Alyson Publications, Inc. c1978.
Keywords: Fiction, Romance, Lesbian, Drama
It was their last summer before college, and Jaret and Peggy were in love. But as Jaret said “it always seems as if when something great happens, then something lousy happens soon after.” Soon her worst fears turned into brute reality. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Scott, Bonnie Kime. Joyce and Feminism. Indiana University Press. 1984.
Keywords: James Joyce, Feminism, Literature, Women
This consideration of a male author in feminist terms represents an important development in both Joyce studies and feminist criticism. Scott asserts that a new feminist consciousness will facilitate fresh discoveries in Joyce, Shifting from contexts, to individuals, to texts, she provides the reader with a re-visitation of women and Joyce. She develops a feminist framework for approaching Joyce, which allows for the mutual communication of conventional and feminist critics, In Joyce and Feminism, Scott demonstrates Joyce’s need for and use of women in the creation and publication of his work. She evaluates his sensitivity to the problems of real women in life and fiction and discusses the evolution of his work from early, realistic depictions to late recreations of the goddess. Location: Shelf 2, Purple.
Sewell, Richard H. A House Divided: Sectionalism and Civil War 1848-1865. Johns Hopkins University Press, c1988.
Keywords: History, Slavery, War, Non-fiction
What caused the Civil War? Perhaps no question in American History has attracted more interest or sparked more debate. While recognizing the impact of other political disputes and of such concerns as temperance and nativism, Richard Sewell refocuses attention on slavery as the root of sectionalism and ultimately, the war.A House Divided traces the growth of bitter sectional discord in the years after 1848, when the acquisition of new American territories rekindled old controversies over the expansion of slavery. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Sexton, Anne. The Complete Poems. Houghton Mifflin Company c1981.
Keywords: Poetry, Lesbian
The stuff of Anne’s life, mercilessly dissected, is here in poems. Of all the confessional poets, none has had quite Sexton’s courage to make a clean breast of it. She drew her poems from a great depth in herself, and they continue to stir us. Her voice remains a distinctive one in American poetry of the past half century. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Sexton, Anne. The Complete Poems. Mariner Books. 1999.
Keywords: Poetry, Men, Women, Life
From the joy and anguish of her own experience, Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women. This book comprises Sexton's ten volumes of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Live or Die, as well as seven poems from her last years. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Shaw, Susan M. and Lee, Janet. Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions. Mayfield Publishing Company. 2001.
Keywords: Feminism, Women’s Studies
As a leading introductory women’s studies reader, Shaw and Lee’s Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions offers an excellent balance of classic, conceptual, and experiential selections including new contemporary readings. This student-friendly text provides short and accessible readings reflecting the diversity of women’s experiences. With each new edition, the authors keep the framework essays and selections of readings fresh and interesting for students. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Shockley Allen, Ann. Loving Her. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1987.
Keywords: Fiction, Lesbian, Romance, Drama
Terry is a wealthy and successful writer. Renay is a pianist at a supper club. Terry is white; Renay is black. Forced by pregnancy to marry the irresponsible abusive Perry lee, Renay is struggling for economic and spiritual survival. When she finally flees with her young daughter, Terry offers protection and a love beyond all Renay’s erotic imaginings. Terry’s wealth and her loving arms are fragile protection against the turbulence of the world that confront their love and against Perry Lee’s murderous rage that Renay would leave him for a ‘bulldagger”. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Sigal, Pete. Infamous Desire: Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America. University of Chicago Press, c2003.
Keywords: Essays, History, Latin America, Gay, Homosexuality, Non-Fiction
What did it mean to be a man in colonial Latin America? More specifically what did indigenous and Iberian groups think of men who had sexual relations with other men? Providing comprehensive analyses of how male homosexuality’s were represented in areas under Portuguese and Spanish control, Infamous Desire is the first book-length attempt to answer such questions. In a study that will be indispensable for anyone studying sexuality in colonial Latin America, seven esteemed contributors view sodomy through the lends of desire and power, relating to male homosexual behavior to broader gender systems that defined masculinity and femininity. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Signs Journal of Women in Culture and Society The Lesbian Issue. University of Chicago Press. 1984.
Keywords: Lesbian, Women, Gender
Recognized as the leading international journal in women’s and gender studies, Signs is at the forefront of new directions in feminist scholarship. Challenging the boundaries of knowledge concerning women’s and men’s lives in diverse regions of the globe, Signs publishes scholarship that raises new questions and develops innovative approaches to our understanding of the past and present. This issue focuses on lesbian issues. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Simon, Linda. The Biography of Alice B. Toklas. Avon Books c1977.
Keywords: Biography, Non-fiction, Lesbian
She was a cook, critic, publisher, lover, and muse to one of the most celebrated women of letters in this century. This first biography of Gertrude Stein’s companion, Alice B. Toklas, takes us from her childhood in San Francisco through her instant attraction and forty year devotion to the woman she believed to be a genius. Toklas emerges as a formidable personality, choosing and rejecting Gertrude’s friends from their brilliant coterie: Hemingway, Pound, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Matisse, and many more. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Smith, Artemis. Hark The Pterodactyl. Vague Press c1963.
The poems and pieces in this collection are from her “notes and diary 1960-63,” Out of which her first surrealist novel emerged. Part of this period was spent touring fifteen European cities on a bicycle. An ardent disciple of Gertrude Stein and EE Cummings, her own work is marked by a sharp return to realism within a framework of ambiguity often recalling works of Rousseau and Dali. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Soble, Alan. The Philosophy of Sex and Love. Paragon House, c1998.
Keywords: Non-fiction, Love, Philosophy, Sexuality
Alan Soble’s book is a wonderfully rich, engaging, humane, witty, literate, but above all, philosophy rigorous study of love and sex. It offers an impeccably fair-minded and comprehensive guide to what is now an extensive and very varied philosophical literature on these subjects. Soble provides a judicious and intelligent appraisal of the many claims made about gender, sexual perversion, marriage, and eternal love by a long and not always distinguished line of conservatives, liberals, and feminists, without losing either his sense of balance or of humor. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Speare, M. Edmund. A Pocket Book of Short Stories. Pocket Books, Inc. 1953.
Keywords: Short Stories
A collection of classic short stories includes works by Hemingway, Maugham, Mann, Tolstoi, Poe, and Balzac. Location: Shelf 2, Purple.
Stein, Gertrude. Fernhurst, Q.E.D., and Other Early Writings. Liveright c1971.
Keywords: Fiction, Short Stories, Lesbian
Gertrude Stein began the creative work that was to earn her the reputation as one of the most original writers of this century with the three pieces of this volume. Fernhurst, a fictional episode based on a Bryn Mawr scandal of the early 1900’s, explores the labyrinth of love between man and woman and between woman and woman. Q.E.D finalizes an early Stein romance- an affair complicated by her frustrated attempt to fathom the soul of the woman she loved, and doomed finally by the existence of a rival. The third selection is an unpublished early draft of The Making of Americans, which records Stein’s struggle toward maturity as a person and as an artist. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Stein, Gertrude. Paris France. Liveright. 1970.
Keywords: Gertrude Stein, France, Memoir
Paris Franceis a memoir written in a “stream of consciousness” style. It is interpreted as Gertrude Stein’s personal view of France as a country, and the French people. She observes the French eating, drinking, crossing the street, and carrying out their day in no other way that deviates from their "french-ness". The word "French" quickly becomes a state of being or state of existence. A noun and an adjective. Throughout the novel, the idea of being French in France is communicated to the reader in a raw, confident, matter of fact way. Because of this, some critics believe the novel was not meant to be written as a completely accurate view of the French culture. Stein refers often to fashion, autonomy, logic, tradition and civilization as crucial parts of the French state of being, any straying of which would be straying from being French, regardless of actual nationality. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Stein Gertrude. Picasso: The Complete Writings. Beacon Press. 1970.
Keywords: Memoir, Art
Intimate, revealing memoir of Picasso as man and artist by influential literary figure. Highly readable amalgam of biographical fact, artistic and aesthetic comments: Picasso as founder of Cubism, associate of Apollinaire, Braque, Derain, other notables; titanic, creative spirit. One of Stein's most accessible works. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Vintage. 1933.
Keywords: Autobiography, Biography, Lesbians, Writing
Largely to amuse herself, [Gertrude Stein] wrote The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas in 1932 using as a sounding board her companion Miss Toklas, who had been with her for twenty-five years. It has been said that the writing takes on very much Miss Toklas' conversational style, and while this is true the style is still a variant of Miss Stein's conversation style. She usually insisted that writing is an entirely different thing from talking, and it is part of the miracle of this little scheme of objectification that she could by way of imitating Miss Toklas put in writing something of her own beautiful conversation. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Stein, Gertrude. 3 Lives. Vintage. 1936.
Keywords: Women, Stories
Consists of three character studies of women; "The Good Anna"--a kind but domineering German servingwoman; "Melanctha"--an uneducated but sensitive black girl; "The Gentle Lena"--a pathetically feebleminded young German maid.
The unforgettable stories of three women, told with poignancy and compassion by one of the most important writers of our century. Location: Shelf 1, Yellow.
Stein, Gertrude. Three Lives. New American Library c1985.
Keywords: Fiction, Stories, Romance, Sexuality, Lesbian
Gertrude Stein’s first significant work presents extraordinary psychological portraits of three women. “The Good Anna” is the story of a kindly but domineering German serving woman. “The Gentle Lena” tells of a passive German girl who apathetically endures her miserable life until she dies in childbirth. These two stark stories contrast sharply with the third, “Melanctha” the passionate depiction of a young black woman’s sexual searching and tragic love affair. Gertrude Stein claimed that the book’s style was influenced by the Cezanne portrait under which she sat while writing. The repetitive sentences, juxtaposition of sounds, and simple language follow her famous method of composition: “to begin again and again,” to “use everything,” and to maintain a “continuous present.” Location: Main Book Shelf.
Stevenson, Sylvia. Surplus. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1986.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Fiction
Often the road to heaven on earth, which some call happiness and some mirage, is a tangled pathway, broadening slowly as it winds along, till at last the haven is in sight. But now and again, there is no road at all. One step out of the thicket, and there are the white walls and golden turrets, so near that they dazzle you. So it was for Sally Wraith. She came out that June morning, expecting simply to give a message to a friend of Miss Landison’s. And that morning she first met Averil. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Stewart-Park, Angela and Cassidy, Jules. We’re Here: Conversations with Lesbian Women. Quartet Books Limited c1977.
Keywords: Lesbian, Sociology, Non-fiction, Interviews
Countless volumes have been written about ‘lesbians’ for male sexual titillation, so it is important that there should be a book which presents ordinary lesbians to the world in an open and honest way. Here are women of various ages and backgrounds talking about themselves, their preference for other women, about the Women’s Movement, the pressures of society, and about their particular problems and the decisions they have had to make. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Strieber, Whitley. The Hunger. Pocket Books c1981.
Keywords: Mystery, Drama, Lesbian, Fiction
She knows the uses of the dark and the purpose of her own maddening beauty. She has taken many lovers to share unheard of ecstasies, undreamed of terrors. She will take another now. No one can resist her ultimate embrace. No man, no woman, is safe from the Hunger. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Stryker, Susan. Transgender History. Seal Studies, c2008.
Keywords: Transgender, History, Non-fiction
This book covers American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today. From the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II to trans radicalism and social change in the ‘60s and ‘70s to the gender issues witnessed throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s, this introductory text will give you a foundation for understanding the developments, changes, strides, and setbacks of trans studies and the trans community in the United States. Location: Book Shelf 903.
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. Ivy Books. 1989.
Keywords: Chinese, Women, Immigrants, Stories, Family
Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue.
With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery. Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Taylor Ortiz, Sheila. Spring Forward Fall Back. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1985.
Keywords: Lesbian, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction
This story focuses on two women, separated by twenty-six miles of ocean, whose lives are passing through distinct crises. Elizabeth Rivers, 17, gradually falls in love with her English teacher, must at summer’s close, sever herself from her lover, family, and home on Catalina Island to begin the next passage of her life. On the California mainland, at the same point in time, Marci Tyson, 29 and pregnant, buys her own house, leaves her husband and has a child. Ten years later, in a bar called the Daily Plant, two women meet and eventually fall in love, discover that their individual striving has always been a part of the same cyclic and mythic movement of time. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Taylor, Valerie. A Novel of Lesbian Love: Journey to Fulfillment. A Volute Book c1982.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Fiction, Series
Erika Frohmann, Jewish survivor of a Nazi concentration camp, relocated in the United States, meets Marilyn- her first serious woman lover. A welcome and nicely written piece, with an appealing fictional lesbian character. #1 in the Erika Forhmann series. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Taylor, Valerie. Prism. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1982.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Fiction
Who said “life beings at 40?” For Eldora it began at 60, when she met Ann, a closeted lesbian who had retired from her job and traded the hustle of big city life for the solitude of a small town to live out her remaining years. In her previous novels Valerie Taylor described what it was like in our youth and middle years. Now she brings us a tender story of two “mature” women who discover that love and sex and dreams are not just for the young. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Taylor, Valerie. Return to Lesbos. A Naiad Press, c1982.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Fiction, Series
After years of denying her Lesbianism, Frances Ollenfield takes the steps that will lead her to Erika Frohmann, and the beginnings of their life together. #3 in the Erika Frohmann series. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Taylor, Valerie. Ripening. Banned Books c1988.
Keywords: Lesbian, Romance, Fiction, Series
In what Valerie Taylor calls ‘the conclusion of the Erika Frohmann series,’ we follow the lives of Erika and Frances from the late sixties to the eighties. The tears, the laughter, the setbacks, and the small triumphs, all these combine to create a feeling of strength and unity as their relationship spans more than two decades. The novel is written through the eyes of two women who have seen many changes over the years and have always relied on the one constant in their lives, each other. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Taylor, Valerie. A World Without Men. The Naiad Press, Inc. c1982.
Keywords: Romance, Lesbian, Fiction, Series
Erika becomes involved with Kate in the second book of her continuing adventures as a lesbian. #2 in the Erika Frohmann series. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Thompson, Karen and Andrzejewski, Julie. Why Can’t Sharon Kowalski Come Home? Spinsters/Aunte Lute Book Company c1988.
Keywords: Non-fiction, Homophobia, Biography, Political, Lesbian
In 1983, Sharon Kowalski was seriously injured when her car was struck by a drunk driver, leaving her unable to move or to communicate in traditional ways. Karen, her lover of four years, was by Sharon’s side constantly, helping her in the arduous fight to regain basic life-skills. In 1985, the court awarded Sharon’s father sole guardianship, and within 24 hours, he denied Karen visitation rights. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Tibbetts, Charlene and Tibbetts, Arn. Strategies: A Rhetoric and Reader with Handbook. Longman. 1997.
Keywords: English, Writing, Rhetoric
Strategies is the only rhetoric/reader/handbook to include a full discussion of the writer's stance and ethics in writing and reading. Providing practical solutions to students' writing problems, the text includes dozens of examples of student writing, as well as many short pieces by professionals. Divided into three parts, the rhetoric provides writing strategies along with some suggestions about the ethics of composition; the reader supplies rhetorically-organized examples of writers working at their craft; and the handbook gives standard advice on grammar and usage. Location: Shelf 2, Purple.
Toklas B., Alice. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book. Harper & Row, Publishers c1984.
Keywords: Food, Lesbian, Auto-Biographical, Non-fiction
Alice Babette Toklas was born in San Francisco and moved in 1907 to France, where she and Gertrude Stein presided over what was perhaps the most famous salon of the century, frequented by Ernest Hemmingway, Alfred North Whitehead, F. Scott Fitzgerald and more. Through many rich years, two world wars, the two led an extraordinary life, and its flavor is fully captured in this very special cookbook. Filled with marvelous stories and forthright opinion on matters of gastronomy and art, this book recounts the comings and goings of this brilliant American pair and the splendid meals they shared. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Toklas, Alice B. What is Remembered. North Point Press. 1985.
Keywords: Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein, Memoir
This is Alice B. Toklas’ only account of her life with Gertrude Stein. In an anecdotal, matter of fact, and witty style, Ms. Toklas vividly portrays a relationship that spanned two World Wars and included friendships with some of the most celebrated literary and artistic figures of their time. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Torres, Lourdes. Tortilleras: Hispanic and U.S. Latina Lesbian Expression, Inmaculada Perpetusa-Seva. Temple University Press, c2003.
Keywords: Lesbian, Culture, Hispanic, Latina, Anthology
The first anthology to focus exclusively on queer reading of Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latina lesbian literature and culture, Tortilleras interrogates issues of gender, national identity, race, ethnicity, and class to show the impossibility of projecting a singular Hispanic and Latina lesbian. Examining carefully the works of a range of lesbian writers and performance artists, including Carmelita Tropicana and Christina Peri Rossi, among others, Tortelleras creates a picture of the complicated and multi-textured contributions of Latina and Hispanic lesbians to literature and culture. More than simply describing this sphere of creativity, the contributors also recover from history the long veiled existence of this world, exposing its roots and its impact on lesbian culture, and making the power of lesbian performance and literature visible. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Trager, James. The Women’s Chronology: A Year-By-Year Record, From Prehistory to the Present. Henry Holt & Company c1994.
Keywords: Women, History/Herstory
These chronicles aim in some small measure to correct a historical oversight and to provide a compact overview of women in history. Designed as a handy desk reference, the chronology relates events as they happened, giving precise dates and details wherever possible, to record landmarks in the rise of women through the years. It integrates all facets of women’s role, how women have been treated, the developments that have most affect them, what women have achieved, what some of them have said and what has been said about them. Location: Main Book Shelf.
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and United Nations Non-Government Liaison Service (UN/NGLS). Putting Gender on the Agenda: A Guide to Participating in UN World Conferences. United Nations. 1995.
Keywords: Gender, United Nations, Women
United Nations World Conferences: setting a global agenda; The process from the initial idea to the UN World Conference; NGO activities and strategies to influence the negotiating process; Working on a Conference at the national and regional levels. Location: Shelf 2, Purple.
Van Buuren, Hanneke. The Last Five Years of Women’s Emancipation in the Netherlands.
Keywords: Women, Emancipation, Law, Political
In the Netherlands, as in other countries this second emancipation wave came not altogether unexpectedly. Round about 1840 feminism made a hesitant start in the circles of protestant women from the “revival” movement, who exhorted to a strict religious experience based on sentiment. For Dutch men it is not uncommon to speak depreciatively toward women. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Van Dyke, Annette. The Search for a Woman-Centered Spirituality. NYU Press. 1992.
Keywords: Lesbian Activism, Feminist Activism, Spirituality, Goddess Figure, Women’s Spirituality, Culture
Alongside the boom in feminist and lesbian scholarship and activism of the last twenty years, there has evolved a distinctive spiritual tradition focused on and revolving around women. This spirituality finds its roots in a number of different traditions, including the Native American, African American, and Euro American traditions. Central to these disparate traditions is the focus on a goddess figure, the centrality of the female principle, and the mending of the separation between mind and body. Location: Shelf 1, Purple.
Edited By: Vida, Ginny. Our Right to Love: A Lesbian Resource Book. Prentice-Hall, Inc. c1978.
Keywords: Women, Lesbian, Feminism, History, Political
Reflecting on growing awareness of the special concerns of lesbians, this ambitious project embodies the spirit of the basic human rights issues of all women and presents an explosive, stimulating exploration of the nature and scope of lesbian life-styles. Our Right to Love succeeds in erasing the myths, the stereotypes, and misjudgments concerning female homosexuality. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Vivien, Renée. The Woman of the Wolf and other stories. The Gay Press c1980.
Keywords: Poems, Short Stories, Fiction, Lesbian
Written in 1904, this book combines powerful characters and exciting narratives with the poetic clarity of style and vision so apparent in all of Vivien’s other books. Part of the glittering set of American expatriate lesbians who gathered about Natalie Barney, Vivien’s life and work are the stuff legends are made of. Vivien manages to touch on all the themes and ideas that obsessed her throughout her short life. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Walker, Alice and Parmar, Pratibha. Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women. Harcourt. 1993.
Keywords: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Sex, Women
Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar expose the secret of female genital mutilation, a practice that affects one hundred million of the world’s women. Location: Shelf 2, Purple.
Walker, Lisa. Looking Like What You Are: Sexual Style, Race, and Lesbian Identity. NYU Press. 2001.
Keywords: Lesbian Feminism, Lesbian, Looks, Bodies, Physical Appearance
Looks can be deceiving, and in a society where one's status and access to opportunity are largely attendant on physical appearance, the issue of how difference is constructed and interpreted, embraced or effaced, is of tremendous import. Lisa Walker examines this issue with a focus on the questions of what it means to look like a lesbian, and what it means to be a lesbian but not to look like one. She analyzes the historical production of the lesbian body as marked, and studies how lesbians have used the frequent analogy between racial difference and sexual orientation to craft, emphasize, or deny physical difference. In particular, she explores the implications of a predominantly visible model of sexual identity for the feminine lesbian, who is both marked and unmarked, desired and disavowed. Walker's textual analysis cuts across a variety of genres, including modernist fiction such as The Well of Loneliness and Wide Sargasso Sea, pulp fiction of the Harlem Renaissance, the 1950s and the 1960s, post-modern literature as Michelle Cliff's Abeng, and queer theory. In the book's final chapter, "How to Recognize a Lesbian," Walker argues that strategies of visibility are at times deconstructed, at times reinscribed within contemporary lesbian-feminist theory. Location: Shelf 2, Purple.
Warner, Marina. Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism. University of California Press. 1999.
Keywords: History, Women, Joan of Arc, France
Joan has a unique role in Western imagination--she is one of the few true female heroes. Marina Warner uses her superb historical and literary skills to move beyond conventional biography and to capture the essence of Joan of Arc, both as she lived in her own time and as she has "grown" in the human imagination over the five centuries since her death. She has examined the court documents from Joan of Arc's 1431 Inquisition trial for heresy and woven the facts together with an analysis of the histories, biographies, plays, and paintings and sculptures that have appeared over time to honor this heroine and symbol of France's nationhood. Warner shows how the few facts that are known about the woman Joan have been shaped to suit the aims of those who have chosen her as their hero. The book places Joan in the context of the mythology of the female hero and takes note of her historical antecedents, both pagan and Christian and the role she has played up to the present as the embodiment of an ideal, whether as Amazon, saint, child of nature, or personification of virtue. Location: Shelf 1, Orange.
Waters, Sarah. Fingersmith. Riverhead Books, c2002.
Keywords: Adventure, Drama, Fiction
Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a "baby farmer," who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home. One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum. With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways...But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Waters, Sarah. Tipping the Velvet. Riverhead Books, c1998.
Keywords: Erotica, Lesbian, Romance, Drama, Gender Queer, Fiction
"Lavishly crammed with the songs, smells, and costumes of late Victorian England" (The Daily Telegraph), this delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of Nan King, who begins life as an oyster girl in the provincial seaside town of Whitstable and whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer named Miss Kitty Butler. When Kitty is called up to London for an engagement on "Grease Paint Avenue, " Nan follows as her dresser and secret lover, and, soon after, dons trousers herself and joins the act. In time, Kitty breaks her heart, and Nan assumes the guise of butch roue to commence her own thrilling and varied sexual education—a sort of Moll Flanders in drag—finally finding friendship and true love in the most unexpected places. Drawing comparison to the work of Jeanette Winterson, Sarah Waters' novel is a feast for the senses—an erotic, lushly detailed historical novel that bursts with life and dazzlingly casts the turn of the century in a different light. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth. W.W. Norton Company and Inc. 1990.
Keywords: Fiction, New York City, Women
Wharton's first literary success, set amid fashionable New York society, reveals the hypocrisy and destructive effects of the city's social circle on the character of Lily Bart. Impoverished but well-born, Lily must secure her future by acquiring a wealthy husband; but her downfall — initiated by a romantic indiscretion — results in gambling debts and social disasters. Location: Shelf 2, White.
White, Antonia. The Lost Traveller. Dial Press. 1950.
Keywords: Coming of Age, World War I, Adolescence, Change
A brilliant portrait of a young girl's coming of age, The Lost Traveller tells of Clara, the beloved daughter of a devoted though authoritarian father and an imperious mother. In this devout Catholic family, father and daughter conduct an intense relationship that seems at odds with their faith and with the need for Clara to become a woman. Set against the backdrop of the First World War, Clara experiences the vagaries of adolescence and, faced with the first tragedy of her adult life, she realizes that neither parents nor faith can protect her from change. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Wickham, Ken N. Other Genders, the: Androgyne, Genderqueer, Non-Binary, Gender Variant.
Keywords: Gender, Non- Binary, Non-fiction
This book tries to introduce this seldom talked about subject of other genders. It tries to present some basic information concerning those that identify as non-binary. Basic analysis is given towards several surveys and polls. Aspects of gender are shown in different gender varieties, other than male and female. The challenges that non-binary genders face are revealed. Arguments for those that oppose non-binary gender are presented. Location: Main Book Shelf.
William, Walters L. The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture. Beacon Press. 1992.
Keywords: Two-Spirit, Native American, Sexuality, Gender
An anthropological study of Two-Spirit persons in Native American culture. Location: Shelf 2, White.
Wilson, Harriet. Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black. Vintage. 1983.
Keywords: Anthology, Literature
This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare s finesse to Oscar Wilde s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library. Location: Shelf 1, Red.
Witt, Lynn, Sherry Thomas and Eric Marcus. Out in All Directions: The Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America. Wright Creative Associates, c1995.
Keywords: Gay, Lesbian, Almanac
This book takes the mystery out of gay and lesbian history, lifts the lid off pink politics, and paints the town lavender with hundreds of lively articles and intriguing facts covering every aspect of gay life, culture, and community. From debunking myths to creating family, from fighting for rights to battling AIDS, from showbiz superstars to military heroes, dozens of notable contributors come out in all directions, providing both a useful guide to issues and resources and an entertaining and informative mirror of the American lesbian and gay experience. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Winterson, Jeanette. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. The Atlantic Monthly Press c1985.
Keywords: Memoir, Lesbian, Religion, Non-fiction
Adopted into an evangelical household in the dour industrial Midlands- where the heathen are everywhere, especially next door- Jeanette cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is on of God’s elect. She knows all the verses to “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and very little about the world. Although never exactly lamblike, Jeanette embroiders grim religious mottoes and shakes her little tambourine for Jesus like a good missionary-to-be. But a this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles. Her mother, the pastor, and the flock go to work on Jeanette’s demons, denouncing her as someone “to whom it is impossible to speak the truth”. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Wollstonecraft, Mary. Maria: or The Wrongs of Woman. W.W. Norton & Company. 1975.
Keywords: Fiction, Women, Women’s Rights, Marriage Laws, England, History
In Maria, Wollstonecraft pursues in fictional form themes set forth in 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.' Her story of a woman incarcerated in a madhouse by her abusive husband dramatizes the effect of the English marriage laws, which made women virtually the property of their husbands. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1956.
Keywords: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy
'Orlando' is a historical fantasy in which the eponymous hero remains alive for over three centuries, but ages physically just 36 years. Over this huge span of time, Orlando has many strange adventures, chief among them being his sex-change from a man to a woman. Woolf uses this bizarre and intriguing notion to examine many aspects of human existence: the difference between fact and imagination; the utility of poetry and art; how humans conform to whatever civilization of group they find themselves in; and (a central theme of the book) the gender roles which society imposes so unjustly upon men and women, when - in Woolf's view - the two sexes have in reality very similar dreams and aspirations. Location: Shelf 1, Yellow.
Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. Granada Publishing. 1977.
Keywords: Fiction, Family Life, Men, Women
The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and women. Location: Shelf 2, Black.
Wright, Bil. Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy. Simon & Schuster Books. 2012.
Keywords: Fiction, Makeup, Men
Carlos Duarte knows that he’s fabulous. He’s got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody’s business. He may only be in high school, but when he lands the job of his dreams—makeup artist at the FeatureFace counter in Macy’s—he's sure that he’s finally on his way to great things. But the makeup artist world is competitive and cutthroat, and for Carlos to reach his dreams, he'll have to believe in himself more than ever. Location: Shelf 1, Yellow.
Ed. Wynn, Ellen. The Short Story: 25 Masterpieces. St. Martin's Press. 1979.
Keywords: Short Stories, Fiction
Location: Shelf 1, Blue.
Yezierska, Anzia. Hungry Hearts. Penguin Classics. 1997.
Keywords: Immigration, Jewish, Russia, United States, Work Life, Women, Marriage, Wives
Anzia Yezierska (1880-1970) was a novelist born in the Russian Empire and immigrated to New York City. She ran away to the circus when she was 12 years old. Her family immigrated to America in 1890. After just two years in an elementary school, Anzia began working in sweatshops, factories, and as a domestic. Yezierska turned to writing around 1912. She wrote about the struggles of Jewish and later Puerto Rican immigrants in New York’s Lower East Side. Turmoil in her personal life prompted her to write stories focused on problems faced by wives. Yezierska’s early fiction was released as a book titled Hungry Hearts in 1920. Location: Shelf 1, Green.
Zanger, Molleen. The Year Seven. The Naiad Press, Inc. 1993.
Keywords: Drama, Adventure, Fiction, Fantasy, Lesbian
It is an ordinary evening in July. Vic sits in front of her television set: “One minute Connie Chung was smiling her elegant understated smile and promising to be back in a moment, and then the TV went out…” A power shortage, Vic is sure. But when she awakens the next morning, the world of human and animal life as she knows it has come to an end. Stunned, grieving, incredulous, she locates a survivor. Nance too is dazed by the catastrophe, but stubbornly determined to continue her life by the strait-laced rules she has always known. Vic discovers a small band of female survivors. Among them is BJ, resilient and confident that she can provide some order and leadership, and willing to wait for Vic to deal with her sexual obsession with Nancy. Location: Main Book Shelf.
Zimet, Jaye. Strange Sisters. Studio. 1999.
Keywords: Pulp Fiction, Lesbians
Strange Sisters is a collection of the cover art of these wildly wicked pulp novels. The women who writhe across the covers of books such as Strange Lust ("She Wanted a Woman--Then She Met Another Woman Obsessed by the Same Burning Hunger") and Women's Barracks ("The Frank Autobiography of a French Girl Soldier") sizzle with sexual energy and freedom--in a high-camp defiance of the prudish, conservative 1950s. Bold, kitschy-colorful, and fraught with sexual tension, the covers of Strange Sisters are a siren call to the retro-groovin' man, or woman, in your life. Location: Shelf 1, Orange.