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Lesbian Books for Spring: More Than 150 Fascinating Finds

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Made for Each Other:  The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond, Meg Daley Olmert (Da Capo Press)

Daley draws from a rich array of fields to uncover the biological components that made human-animal bonds possible and paved the way for millions of household pets.

The Peep Diaries:  How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors, Hal Niedzviecki (City Lights Publishers)

Social critic Niedzviecki (Hello I’m Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity) dives into social networking sites, spies on his neighbors and tries out for reality TV. Part travelogue, part social history, part diary, explore the emerging fascination with watching ourselves and others and reflects on the implications on entertainment, society, politics and sex.

Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of the Two Sexes, Gerald Callahan (Chicago Review Press)

Through the examination of intersex conditions, Callahan demonstrates what makes someone male or female is not always clear nor is sex always an either-or boy-girl proposition.

Next Wave Cultures, Anita Harris (Routledge)

In this interdisciplinary look at young women’s lives and modern activism—especially the rather disorganized specter of contemporary feminism—Harris and other emerging scholars argue that young women today have new ways of challenging politics and anti-female cultural issues that are tied to their own identity formation (around class, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc). That they those new ways don’t resemble old school feminism does seem to challenge traditional paradigms, some of the scholars seem to say, but they deserve to be equally recognized for their transformative abilities.

Dr. Mary’s Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics, Edward T. Haslam (Trine Day)

Yes, that title is for real, and yes, it really does tie the JFK assassination to the AIDS virus through a series of top secret government experiments. Get the eye-rolling out of your system and then crack open this addictive, meticulously researched book. You may not embrace Haslam’s theories in total—much of it is anecdotal, but if you’ve ever found yourself arching an eyebrow at the accepted verbiage behind the global AIDS epidemic, Haslam’s book is a must-read.

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