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B o o ks '94
A reading list for book lovers seeking refuge from winter's blustery cold
WINTER READING FOR WOMEN
Coffee Will Make You Black, by April
Sinclair. Hyperion, 1994; $19.95. The author’s
gentle probing of sexuality and orientation make
this coming out novel either youth or adult
Street Fighter, A Lesbian Novel, by Red
Jordan Arobateau. Red Jordan Press (484 Lake
Park Ave„ Suite 228, Oakland, CA 94610),
1992; $10. This self-published writer (20-plus
books— romance to S/M sex) has a raw, power
ful talent and uses it to reveal the poetry and
anguish of working-class lesbian life. Violence.
Trees Call for What They Need, by Mel
issa Swasny. Spinsters, 1993; $9.95. A serious
novel chronicling the lives of three working-
class rural women, including a lesbian. Lots of
innocent truths about the patriarchy out of the
mouths of women who love men.
Before Our Eyes, by Joan Alden. Firebrand,
1994; $8.95. Quiet tale of a daughter and the
worlds that open for her when her mother comes
out. Surely one of the best of the year.
The Dyke and the Dybbuk. by Ellen Galford.
Seal, 1994; $10.95. A London lesbian cabby-
film reviewer and the lesbian demon who com
plicates her life. Light and fast paced.
Out on Main Street, by Shani Moo too.
PressGang, 1993;$ 12.95. Inspired by Mootoo’s
Indo-Trinidadian roots, these are stories of con
flict: racial, religious, family. Some lesbian sto
Latin Satins, by Terri de la Peña. Seal, 1994;
$10.95. One of those novels that, without lick-
by-lick sex or violence, keeps the reader reading
for hours with a glow of affection for the charac
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