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Lesbian Books for Spring: More Than 150 Fascinating Finds

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 Just for Fun!

Patti Smith’s Horses (33 1/3), Philip Shaw (Continuum)

Few lesbian music lovers aren’t familiar with Patti Smith, and her early landmark record, Horses. In this lovely vignette, British lit scholar Shaw details Smith’s early life and career with special emphasis on her underlying poetry and the artistic milieu that surrounded her.

Roller Derby: The History and All-Girl Revival of the Greatest Sport on Wheels, Catherine Mabe (Speck Press)

For all those women leading double lives—accountant by day, tough-ass hell on wheels roller derby queen by night—Roller Derby is a perfect gift. Thrill-seeking readers will find a great introduction to derby history from it’s early dance-a-thon days to the ‘70s RollerJam heights to it’s new punk-queer aesthetic in the modern revival. But there’s also player vignettes (from pioneers to modern chicks), rule breakdowns and slang jargon. And lots of pictures accompany Mabe’s  (aka Jayne Manslaughter of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls) semi-fanatical and always fun text.

America’s Next Top Model Fierce Guide to Life:  The Ultimate Source of Beauty, Fashion, and Model Behavior, J.E. Bright (Universe)

If your life is even more screwed up than those of the hot mess 20-something model-wannabes that populate America’s Next Top Model, this book is here to save the day. For Tyra fans and hot chicks alike, it'll provide all the empowering you-go-girl advice you crave (rizzoliusa.com).

Style Evolution:  How to Create Ageless Personal Style in Your 40s and Beyond, Kendall Far (Gotham Books)

Punctuated by lists, illustrations and tips, stylist to the stars Far provides advice for mid-life women; highlighting clothing and accessories best suited for for a range of body types (including women with curves). 

Geeky Dreamboats, Sarah O’Brien and Lacey Soslow (Quirk Books)

What is it about geeky yet dreamboaty guys that make them seem so lesbian like? This pocket book doesn’t answer that age-old question but it may revive some school girl crushes.

Curious George’s Dictionary, Editors of American Heritage Dictionaries (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Got a tyke around? This illustrated dictionary for beginning readers ages 4 to 6 (and perhaps stoned college students) offers up 600 different kid-centric words, sentence example and Curious George as a guide to help make learning fun.

Let’s Have a Dog Party!: 20 Tail-Wagging Celebrations to Share with Your Best Friend, Ingrid E Newkirk (Adams Media)

Fur babies are the new children, and since queers love to party, dog birthdays are a match made in Heaven. In Dog Party, PETA co-founder and president provides a detailed how-to for creating dog-focused celebrations, while Bill Maher offers his usual in the introduction.

A Unicorn is Born!, Trinie Dalton (Abrams Image)

Unicorn-obsessed Dalton creates a fictional realm where Unicorns are herbalists, magicians, astrologists and nature’s caretakers.  Including two pages of unicorn stickers and vivid four-color illustrations, the book hopes to touch the grade school girl in all of us. 

Fantasy 

Kushiel’s Mercy, Jacqueline Carey (Grand Central Publishing)

To gain the hand of his beloved Sidonie, Imriel is given the task of finding his renegade mother and bringing her to justice. Intrigue, sex and spells weave a story as unkind and complex as Dune—without any hint of its leaden self-importance. Carey’s skillful characterization makes this substantial fantasy a feast.

The High Priest and The Idol, Jane Fletcher (Bold Strokes Books)

Book four in the award-winning fantasy series, the Lyremouth Chronicles.  This time Jemeryl and Tevi’s relationship is put to the test when Jemeryl is sent on a dangerous mission.

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