Lesbian Books for Spring: More Than 150 Fascinating Finds
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Health, Mind and Body
Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20’s and 30’s, Kairol Rosenthal (Wiley)
About 70,000 young adults (in their 20s and 30s) are diagnosed with cancer in the US every year. Survivor Rosenthal spoke with 25 others across the country who share their experiences and offer advice on surviving college, lowered sex drives, intermittent employment, unreliable insurance, having children and facing end of life issues.
Cleaning Up: How I Gave Up Drinking and Lived, Tania Clyde (Serpent’s Tail)
Writing about her 23-year affair with the bottle, novelist and Time Out’s sex columnist Clyde also examines why women drink, provides advice on how to stop and offers numerous lists including 11 excuses and 12 benefits of giving up alcohol for good.
Reflexology for Women’s Health, Ann Gillanders (Ulysses Press)
How-to book teaches techniques for manipulating and massaging feet to relieve stress and physical illness. Learn to treat heavy periods, infertility, pain, acne and osteoporosis.
How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer and Healthier, Jan Garavaglia (Crown)
At first it may seem counter intuitive to take medical advice from someone like Dr. G who works with stiffs for a living, but she’s learned a lot about what kills people as a medical examiner and she shares that knowledge with humor.
Moving on After Childhood Sexual Abuse: Understanding the Effects and Preparing for Therapy, Jonathan Willows (Routledge)
Self-help guide assists survivors of childhood sexual abuse to understand the impact that experience has on their adult lives and consider therapeutic assistance of a mental health professional. The books helps survivors make informed choices about such treatment.
Easy Reflexology: Any Age, any place, anytime, Pauline Willis (Red Wheel)
This pocket sized book demonstrates how to use massage techniques on feet to relieve issues throughout the body.
Where All Our Journeys End: Searching for the Beloved in Everyday Life, C. Lynn Anderson (Dog Ear Publishing)
Lesbian social worker Anderson explores the need to connect with the Divine—the ultimate destination where all our journeys end. She provides a blueprint for how connections with the natural world and the creative spirit can heal emotional wounds.
Developing Partnerships: Gender, Sexuality and the Reformed World Bank, Kate Bedford (University of Minnesota Press)
This multilayered critique reveals how the World Bank encourages gender norms through its policies, and illustrates how financial institutions play significant roles in global enforcement of gender and familial expectations.
Strange Bedfellows: The Surprising Connection Between Sex, Evolution and Monogamy, David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton (Bellevue Literary Press)
In this follow up to their book The Myth of Monogamy (in which they demonstrated how rare monogamy is in nature), this husband (an evolutionary biologist) and wife (psychiatrist) team up to examine how biology promotes monogamy in some species.
If I’d Known Then: Women in Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves, Ed. Ellyn Spragins (DaCapo Press)
Though this book is more slender than you’d expect from the names on the cover—contributors range from musician Natasha Bedingfield to Olympic gold medalist Julie Foundy—but it’s a lovely gift for a younger woman and several pieces offer little tidbits that will make you nod, or cringe, in recognition. You’ll enjoy Jessica Alba’s “adults aren’t always right” to Sonya Kitchell’s very wise essay, with this adage: “What you don’t have will allow you to become something that would have been impossible.” Best yet, a one-pager from queer comic artist Ariel Shrag on believing in her dreams.
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