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Smokey O, by Celia Cohen. Naiad, 1994;
$9.95. Lively addition to the lesbian sports genre
with spunky characters and girl’s baseball.
Sparks Might Fly, by Cris Newport. New
Victoria, 1994; $9.95. An inspiring novel about a
musician who confuses her passions in love and
Villanueva’s stories are now available in Jessie s
Song from Masquerade Books.
Thin Fire, by Nanci Little. Madwoman Press,
1993; $12.95. This dyke can write! A military
Every Woman’s Dream, by Lesl6a Newman.
New Victoria, 1994; $9.95. Welcome stories and
humor in this year of dreary messages about us
from the straight presses. What is it that makes
Newman feel lesbian right down to her semico
The Amazon Chronicles, by Jane E M.
Robinson. Clothespin Fever, 1994; $15.95.
Penthesilea is a tomboy dyke from 1240 B.C.
Enormous research went into this big, engrossing
Up, Up and Away, by Catherine Ennis. Na
iad, 1994; $9.95. A light romance with a lot of
charm. Tasty background of hot-air ballooning,
videography, and New Orleans.
We Came All the Way from Cuba So You
Could Dress Like This? by Achy Obejas. Cleis,
1994; $ 10.95. Smart,contemporary, bright slashes
of short stories, full of humor and brutal truths.
A Ship in the Harbor, by Mary Heron Dyer.
Paradigm, 1994; $8.95. Novel about a married
mother who comes out, in her 30s, fighting
Oregon’s anti-queer, anti-choice radicals.
art, loses both, and must find her way again.
Staying the Distance, by Franci McMahon.
Firebrand. 1994; $9.95. A gentle modern western
romance between a horse lover and a veterinar
Lesbian Adventure Stories, edited by Mara
Wild and Mikaya Heart. Tough Dove, 1994;
$11.95. Fresh, compelling stories from veteran
writers like Jane Fulcher to newer yarn-spinners
like Woody Blue.
Trouble and Her Friends, by Melissa Scott.
Tor. 1994, $22.95. For anyone interested in com
puters, sci fi and romance. Less violent than most
in the genre.
Chinagirls. by Chea Villanueva. Lezzies on
the Move Productions, 1991; $6.00. This tale of
working-class dykes in epistolary form is ethni
cally diverse; done in street vernacular.
D esert Y ears, by
Cynthia Rich. Spinsters,
1989; $7.95.1 was late dis
covering this lovely, re
laxed patchwork of the
dai ly life of a lesbian couple
living in a trailer in the
desert. Now I recommend
it to everyone I know, dyke
Just Lucky I Guess,
by Elaine Mikels. Desert
Crone Press, 1993; $ 12.95.
A self-published autobiog
raphy of an old lesbian who
has been an activist all her
life. Very open and posi
Out of the Class Clo
set: Lesbians Speak, ed
ited by Julia Penelope.
C ro ssin g P ress, 1994;
$16.95. A major work: es
says from real life. Very
readable; pioneering, di
W ord G aym es, by
Kathleen DeBold. Alyson,
1993; $8.95. Finally a
puzzle book for cultural
outsiders! For crossword,
o th er w o rd-gam e, and
Lesbians, edited by Juanita
Ramos. Routledge, 1994;
$14.95. Another major collection: oral histories,
essays, poems, short stories and art work by 47
women from 10 countries. Some in Spanish,
some in English.
The Me in the Mirror, by Connie Panzarino.
Seal, 1994; $12.95. The autobiography of a dy
namic lesbian and disability activist.
The Perennial Political Palate, The Third
Feminist Vegetarian Cookbook, by the Blood-
root Collective. Sanguinaria Publishing, 1993;
$16.95. I’ve long been a fan of these restaurant-
tested cookbooks. Recipes from knaidel soup to
risotto. Generously illustrated and liberally
sprinkled with quotations from women.
Lesbians at Midlife: The Creative Transi
tion, edited by Barbara Sang, Joyce Washow and
Adrienne J. Smith. Spinsters, 1991; $12.95.
There’s little out there for lesbians retiring from
Gay and Lesbian States, A Pocket Guide of
Facts and Figures, edited by Bennett L. Singer
and David Deschamps. New Press, 1994; $5.95.
Useful and quirky data about u, as a people.
being young and hip. This book is a great service.
The Straight Woman’s Guide to Lesbian
ism, by Mikaya Heart. Tough Dove, 1994; $5.95.
We recommended this one to our questioning
friend. Contains some real basic cultural infor
Out for Office, edited by Kathleen DeBold.
Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, 1994; $12.95.
How to get queers into elected office by those
who’ve succeeded. Includes resources.
Two Teenagers in Twenty, Writings by
Gay and Lesbian Youth, edited by Ann Heron.
Alyson, 1994; $17.95. Revised to include a new
wave of young voices.
(■rowing up Gay/Growing up Lesbian, A
Literary Anthology, edited by Bennett L. Singer.
The New Press, 1994; $9.95. Fiction and nonfic
tion work by Kitty Tsui, Pat Parker, Radclyffe
Hall, many more.
Putting O ut edited by Edisol W. Dotson.
Cleis, 1994; $ 12.95. Third edition of a book that
has helped me stay in print.
One Million Strong, by Cece Cox, Lisa Means
and Lisa Pope. Alyson, 1993; $17.95. The 1993
March on Washington coffee table book. Black
and white photos.
Long Road to Freedom, The Advocate His
tory of the Gay and Lesbian Movement edited
by Mark Thompson. St. Martin’s, 1994; $40. Our
history in photojournalism and Advocate articles
Happily Ever After, by Stacy Chandler.
Speculators Inc., 1993; $10. A wonderfully silly
how-to book which will guide you and your S.O.
to contented coupledom— laughing all the way.
If you ever feel down, pick this up. Chandler’s
better than a therapist.
Stay Tooned, by Rhonda Dicksion. Naiad,
1993; $9.95. More cartoons from the very tooned-
in author of The Lesbian Survival Manual.
Rubyfruit Mountain by Andrea Natalie.
Cleis, 1993; $9.95. Another riot from the Stone
wall riots cartoonist.
Hey Mom, Guess What! by Shelly Roberts
and Melissa K. Sweeney. Paradigm, 1993; $8.95.
As my partner said, “This book is more than
funny. It’s important.” How to come out to your
A Small Sacrifice, by Ellen Hart. Seal, 1994;
$20.95. This year’s Jane Lawless mystery— and
Nun in the Closet, by Joanna Michaels. New
Victoria, 1994; $9.95. A solid first mystery about
nuns, closets, sinister religious figures, a million
dollars, and passion.
Keeping Secrets, by Penny Mickelbury. Na
iad, 1994; $9.95. Darned good police procedural.
Black reporter, white cop, gay murders.
The Lessons, by Melanie McAllester. Spin
sters Ink, 1994; $9.95. She’s got the rhythm of a
cop book down and fills it with suspense.
Second Guess, by Rose Beecham. Naiad,
1994; $9.95. Set in intriguing Wellington, New
Zealand, this rudimentary, entertaining mystery
is peopled with deftly portrayed suspects and
A lternatives for W omen with E ndo
metriosis, A Guide for Women by Women, by
Ruth Carol. Third Side Press, 1994; $12.95.
Chronic Fatigue and Tiredness, by Susan
M. Lark, M.D. Westchester Publishing Co., 1993;
Another Wilderness, New Outdoor Writ
Verbal Abuse Survivors Speak Out on Re
ing by Women, edited by Susan Fox Rogers. I lationship and Recovery, by Patricia Evans.
Seal, 1994; $14.95. For women who love the
Bob Adams Inc., 1993; $9.95.
outdoors— or love reading about women adven
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