Lesbian Books for Spring: More Than 150 Fascinating Finds
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Memoirs and Non-Fiction
I Lick My Cheese: And Other Real Notes From the Roommate Frontlines, Oonagh O’Hagan (Abrams Image)
O’Hagan provides pithy commentary to accompany photographs of real-life, hand-written notes between roommates covering all elements of co-habitation—from stealing your drugs to putting pee in the fridge.
Buffalo Girl: A Memoir, Laura Pedersen (Fulcrum Books)
Writer for The New York Times and author of eight books, Pedersen was once honored as Ten Outstanding Young Americans by President Clinton. Growing up in Buffalo, New York, Laura was a wild child, skipping school to play poker, bet on horses and trade stocks—which led to an illustrious career on Wall Street, where she became youngest person to have a seat on the American Stock Exchange and a millionaire by 21. Like the best memoirs, hers also provides a vivid social history of the 1970s, but at times it verges on I Love the Seventies, mentioning all the right pop icons (Shawn Cassidy, Tiger Beat, etc).
29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life, Cami Walker (Da Capo Press)
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Walker took the advice of a South African medicine woman and gave away 29 gifts in 29 days as a way to take her focus off the negativity and pain and focus on others. Walker has since launched the 29-Day Giving Challenge and continues her own giving cycle each month. This inspirational memoir includes stories of other givers and offers tips for those wanting to do the same.
Trailer Trashed: My Dubious Efforts Toward Upward Mobility, Hollis Gillespie (Skirt!)
In this collection of autobiographical essays Gillespie (author of memoirs Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch and Confessions of a Recovering Slut) shares her experiences as a single mom living in a trailer and trying to escape the hilariously depressing roots from which she sprang.
Sick Girl, Amy Silverstein (Grove Press)
Reprint of her award winning memoir, chronicling her journey from 24-year-old law student, to sick girl given 10-years to live, to recovering heart implant recipient. Includes new afterword by Silverstein.
Diary of an Exercise Addict, Peach Friedman (GPP Life)
Exercise is healthy-until it takes over your life and becomes a compulsion. Friedman’s memoir of life as a exercise bulimic exposes the impact of the disease and how it can take over one’s life.
Prophet’s Daughter: My Life with Elizabeth Clare Prophet Inside the Church Universal and Triumphant, Erin Prophet (Lyons Press)
This memoir describes Prophet’s life in the shadow and influence of her mother, “Guru Ma” and the new age sect she founded—and led into underground bunkers after apocalyptic prophesies. Prophet examines group think, the corruption of power, the future of religion and the impact of having one’s faith shattered.
Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, A Concert, and A Life, Elliot Tiber (Square One Publishers)
Gay author Elliot Tiber has written and produced numerous award-winning plays and musical comedies for theater, television and film. In this memoir he recalls the summer of ‘69 when he witnessed the Stonewall Riots and then made history himself by providing a venue for Woodstock near his parents’ upstate New York motel.
My Life as a Porn Star, Bobby Blake (Running Press)
From his years as a sickly child in Memphis to being paid thousands to sleep with celebrities, politicians and famous athletes, Bobby Blake, the most successful African-American gay male porn star in history, lays it all bare in his juicy memoir. He doesn’t name names but includes plenty of scandalous, nasty details about the industry and the eventual emptiness that accompanies a life in it.
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