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Volume 1 Number 3
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Find of the Month
Help! I’m trapped in 1962 on a Canadian Air Force base! Actor/playwright/novelist
Ann-Marie MacDonald’s wonderful, morally complex 700+ page novel,
The Way the Crow Flies, brings some of the “bad things that
happened to little girls in the sixties” (The Advocate) into
the light of day and demands – via the character who grows up to
be an out lesbian stand-up comedienne – explanations. No, I take
it back: I'm not“trapped” – just caught up in it. It’s a delicious
novel and it’s a hard choice whether to devour it all at once or
stretch it out as long as possible.
Canadian media is often gutsier than the American media, and
MacDonald is a Canadian literary hero. Her first novel, Fall
on Your Knees, addressed incest so brilliantly that it was
an Oprah Book Club selection, then was translated and published
in 23 languages. Her most popular play, Goodnight Desdemona
(Good Morning, Juliet), was produced in 50 venues. Her acting
career includes a nomination for a Genie for her role as the curator’s
girlfriend in I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, but lesbian
bibliophiles may remember her best as the lesbian feminist bookseller
in Better than Chocolate. She and her partner, stage director
Alisa Palmer, were among the first to marry under Canada’s gaily-revised
marriage laws and they’ve recently adopted a baby girl. Publishers
Weekly describes MacDonald as “Like Hepburn…one of those women
who makes menswear look crisp and elegant,” and as wearing “a
neat, tweedy bowler.” I can hardly wait to see the rest of the
reviews roll in.
The Way the Crow Flies, HarperCollins, $26.95; Fall
on Your Knees, Scribner, $14.
Short on time, but needing a little levity and a laugh to get you
through the holiday stresses? Turn to Ellen Degeneres’ The Funny
Thing Is… It, like anything Ellen, is alternately funny and
poignant, and it reads well in small bits. Ellen, ever a friend
to booksellers, performed excerpts from the manuscript in progress
as a benefit for ABFFE (American Booksellers Foundation for Freedom
of Expression) last spring at the American Booksellers Association
meetings. Simon & Schuster, $23: audio – which might be even
better than the book – is $26 for the cassette (abridged) or $30
for the unabridged CD.
If you’d benefit from a bit a cheerleading to get you through
December, turn to Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do, Pearl
Cleage’s marvelous tale of a recovering cocaine addict getting
her act back in balance while re-encountering the charismatic
leader of a single-mother’s movement going awry. Laugh-out-loud
funny, visionary, and never afraid to use the F-word, Cleage uses
a little magical realism to convert a crack-dominated African
American neighborhood into the kind of world it should have been:
a community where men are occupied with tasks, not standing around
bored, where sex is a pleasure and sexism isn’t an issue, and
where little girls are safe in their neighborhoods. It’s a necessarily
heterosexual tale (though a gay male character gets a hero’s role
toward the end), rich with Amazons both historic and contemporary.
Ballantine Books/One World, $23.95. My favorite scene in Cleage’s
first novel, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day,
is the bit where a thirty-something black woman is helping a young
teen cut her hair way-short and saying the words that give the
girl the guts to wear it proudly. $13, Avon.
writer Anita Mason, nominated for a Booker in the U.K for The
Illusionist, is a too-well kept secret in the U.S. – perhaps
because her novels are always exploring political tyranny and
social justice. But Spinsters Ink (that’s Spinsters Ink in its
Colorado incarnation under the direction of Sharon Silvas) is
out to change that by publishing an entire Anita Mason collection.
Angel, originally published as Reich Angel, began
as an attempt to write a fictional treatment of the career of
the German pilot Hanna Reitsch (1912-79), who was a test pilot
for the Nazi Air Force. Finding Reitsch to be a totally unsympathetic
character, Mason dropped the project, then later used the material
to invent a fictional character – a young woman who would grapple
with all of the complexities: her fierce interest in flying while
coming of age during Hitler’s rise to power, her attractions to
women, her disillusionment with all things military, and her own
discovery and growing awareness of Hitler’s systematic killings
of Jews and her own, inadvertent, compliance. An excellent and
haunting – but not easy – novel that makes me want to read Mason’s
- The Racket, her only other novel with a female protagonist,
is set in Brazil in the late 80s and looks at global corporate
greed devouring indigenous peoples in a web of crime, corruption,
temptation and terror.
- The more recent The Yellow Cathedral considers the “culture
clash” between the Indians of Chiapas and the government of Mexico,
where the real story is global capitalism’s craving for the oil
beneath Chiapas soil, and how that greed affects the lives of
real people and their reason for living.
- Perfection looks at religious fanaticism through the
lens of a group of Anabaptists in sixteenth century Germany.
All $14, from Spinsters Ink. Spinsters will republish The Illusionist
BTWOF doesn’t usually cover video: but we couldn’t resist mentioning
that Radical Harmonies, Dee Mosbacher’s wonderful documentary
chronicling the history of women’s music, is now available at people’s
prices. It’s a wonderful look at the women who decided to make
music for women – from Meg Christian to Ferron, from Linda Tillery
to Tribe 8 – and how they changed the world along the way. It's
the perfect flashback entertainment for New Year’s celebrations.
Put it on the screen and watch the reminiscences begin. Radical
Harmonies won the Best Documentary Audience Award at the 2002
San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $39.95
VHS or DVD. Check it out at your local bookstore, www.WomanVision.org,
or www.Ladyslippermusic.com, Or get your
local library or video store to order it for you.
Need something beautiful in your life? Consider Women Seeing
Women: A Pictorial History of Women’s Photography from Julia Margaret
Cameron to Annie Leibovitz – a collection of portraits of women
by women on four themes: social reality, the family, the female
body, and virtual reality. Subjects range from Virginia Woolf to
Hilary Clinton – as well as our good sister Anon. Compiled by German
collector and publisher Lothar Schirmer with an introduction by
art historian Naomi Rosenblum. 159 full-page photographs, some color,
$65 cloth, Norton.
Or, for a totally different look: Red Threads, two stunning
portfolios of work portraying the British Asian Queer experience
– L, G, B, and T, replete with dykes in suits, naked queers in
the streets, Bollywood drag queens, and garden variety dykes and
fags – as seen by two cutting-edge women photographers, Poulomi
Desai and Parminder Sekhon. You may recognize Sekhon’s work from
Butch and Femme and Nothing But the Girl. Plus
commentary by Sunil Gupta, Raman Mundair, and Cherry Smyth. $24.95,
Mainstream publishing has been rediscovering (and republishing)
pulp novels from the fifties and sixties – a trend launched by lesbians
and lesbian presses since early in the women’s movement: Think the
Timely Books leatherette-bound reprints of the Paula Christian novels
in the late seventies, the Virago’s reprints of the Dorothy Baker
novels in the eighties, and Naiad’s reissue of Ann Bannon’s Beebo
Brinker series and Valerie Taylor’s Erika Frohman series. As per
normal, dykes are so far ahead of the times that we get no credit
But, of course, mainstream publishing isn’t reprinting lesbian
pulps. They’re not even reprinting women’s pulps. But never mind,
sisters (are still) doing it for themselves:
Cleis has republished the Beebo Brinker series with nifty retro
covers. Beebo Brinker, Odd Girl Out, I Am a Woman,
Women in the Shadows and, most recently, Journey to
a Woman – in which Laura finds love among the lesbian bohemia
of Greenwich Village – await your reading pleasure. Out
Magazine describes them as, “Shameless tales of wanton dyke
lust unveiled!” All feature new introductions by Ann Bannon:
$12.95 each. Check out the original
The Feminist Press is launching a whole series, Femmes Fatales:
Women Write Pulp, to reclaim both lesbian and straight women’s
writing of differently gendered perspectives, new ideas about
women’s roles, and radical approaches to race and class issues.
Feminist Press, of course, includes introductions and afterwards
putting the novels in the context of their times and stressing
their innovations and value as literature. – Now you can read
pulps and feel righteous!
The Girls in 3-B (1959), a lesbian classic by Valerie
Taylor, offers a wholesome tale of three small town girls moving
to The Big City (Chicago). The widely read novel inspired a comic
strip by the same name that ran next to Dick Tracy in many
daily papers but which, golly gee, never got around to mentioning
the lesbian choice made by Girl Number Three. Taylor, who was
a life-long activist and organizer, pushed societal limits by
writing about sex, prenuptial pregnancy, careers, class, Holocaust
survivors, teen rape, incest, and (gasp!) lesbianism as a viable
option (at least for the sexually victimized). $13.95.
in a very Empire-State-Building-like tower, Faith Baldwin’s
Skyscraper (1931) marked the advent of the working-girl romance
and the characters who might actually prefer a career (gasp!)
to marriage. But what, I still want to know, was the godmother’s
relationship with that Miss Frank with whom she lived and shared
her holidays? $14.95
In a Lonely Place (1947) is classic noir: dark, dangerous,
and gritty. It’s set in postwar Los Angeles and the American Dream
is showing its seamy underside…. But it’s noir with a woman’s
twist: author Dorothy B. Hughes dissects All-American misogyny
and then lets us watch as the antihero is unmasked by two femme
fatales with brains. $14.95.
The Feminist Press reports that the pulps are outselling their
more “typical” titles by four to one and that, consequently, their
sales are up by 75%. History should always be fun and profitable.
And meanwhile, Kensington has been reprinting Paula Christian
novels as part of its lesbian fiction series. Packed two-to-a-volume,
the first set,
Twilight Girls, includes both The Edge
of Twilight and The Other Side of Love. The
just-published Another Kind of Love also includes Love
Is Where You Find It. Christian’s novels were cherished for
her characters’ active self-determination, their success in finding
“fulfillment” (that would be fifties-speak for sex and love),
and for (gasp!) happy endings. $15 each volume.
Pulps To Watch Out For
Kensington will publish the final set of Paula Christian novels
The Feminist Press will publish another Dorothy B. Hughes, Blackbirder,
in the Spring.
Cleis will publish Marijane Meaker (AKA Vin Packer and Ann Aldrich)’s
1952 novel Spring Fire in June.
For more on pulps and publishing, check out Meaker’s memoir,
Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950s, about her relationship
with Patricia Highsmith. $14.95.
With all this fiction being reprinted, surely someone could reprint
a few of the pseudo-sociological non-fiction pulps: We, Too,
Must Love (the first lesbian book I ever saw), We Walk
Alone, and the ever so much more cheerful, Take a Lesbian
to Lunch (all by “Ann Aldrich”) and that first (?) great lesbian
anthology, Carol in a Thousand Cities, which featured fiction,
autobiographical writings and, to make it legitimate, gruesome
articles by “psychoanalysts,” plus one, spirit-saving, essay by
Simone de Beauvoir.
Read more on lesbian pulps, cover art, or check out
an online exhibit at The Lesbian
Books to Make Time For
1. Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their
Circle – Lois Banner’s extensively detailed book is a mix of
too-much-information and fascinating revelations, such as Mead’s
belief – and stringent practice thereof – that women should have
both "romantic" (i.e., sexual) friendships with women and heterosexually
based families. Both Benedict and Mead were committed to free love
and held their relationship to a non-possessive ideal. (Why do I
think that worked better for Mead than for Benedict?) 450 pages
plus notes. $30, Knopf/Random House.
2. John D’Emilio’s American Book Award nominated Lost Prophet:
The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin reclaims the gay, pacifist,
civil rights leader from obscurity. Raised by a Quaker grandmother,
Rustin, went to jail for refusing to serve in WW II, studied Gandhi’s
use of non-violent resistance in India, taught those skills to
the young Martin Luther King, and organized the 1963 March
on Washington. So why isn’t Rustin a household name? Because he
was an openly gay African American man in an era that criminalized
homosexuality –his arrest on a “morals charge” was used to neutralize
his effectiveness for decades. It’s a piece of history we all
need to understand – and he’s a hero we need in our lives. Read
the biography along with Time on Two Crosses: The Collected
Writings of Bayard Rustin, edited by Devon Carbado and Donald
Weise. Lost Prophet, $35, The Free Press; Time,
$16.95, Cleis Press.
3. Nan Boyd’s Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco
to 1965 looks at the political, cultural, economic, and legal
contours of pre-gay/lesbian history to show us how bar customers,
workers and owners fought for the right to publicly assemble and,
in so doing, helped to launch a movement for LGBT civil rights.
Insightful and highly readable. $27.50, University of California
4. Women have disappeared from the front pages and editorial
sections of newspapers since September 11. Where did they go?
Susan Hawthorne and Bronwyn Winter found them and collected feminist
responses to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
in the anthology, After Shock: September 11, 2001: Global Feminist
Perspectives. It also includes feminist analysis of the American
– and global – responses since then. It includes articles that
were passed hand to hand and by email in the first days after
the attacks, including Robin Morgan and Arundhati Roy’s sanity-creating
essays, as well as insights from thinkers as diverse as Ani di
Franco and Mary Robinson, Rigoberta Menchu Tum and Barbara Kingsolver,
and women’s groups like Revolutionary Association of the Women
of Afghanistan, the Federation of Uganda Women, Bat Shalom and
many others. $18.95 US/ $27.95 in Canada. Published in the US
& Canada by Raincoast. Published in Australia by Spinifex.
5. For more thought from the always insightful Arundhati Roy,
turn to her essays in War Talk, which look at the global
rise in militarism, religious and racial violence, and the U.S.
government’s demands for an ever-expanding war on terror and question
the equation of nation and ethnicity. $12, South End Press.
6. Working under Carol Gilligan, Stephanie Wellen Levine spent
a year living in a Lubavitch community studying the lives of adolescent
girls. In Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate
Journey Among Hasidic Girls she tells of her surprising findings
– that these Hasidic girls seem to be more confident and to have
a greater sense of self than many of their mainstream peers. She
offers these insights: maturing in a single-sex environment supports
the development of vibrant, expressive personalities and living
in a community that believes that each person – girls included
– must attend to and nurture the divine spark within them. Look
for lively tales of girls who long for the lives of male scholar,
and rebels who visit strip clubs, smoke pot, and dream of high-powered
careers. $26.95, New York University Press.
What They're Reading at
Each issue BTWOF asks the staff at a different women’s bookstore
what they’re reading and what they’re loving. This issue we asked
Suzanne Corson, at Boadecia’s Books in North Berkeley, about her
current favorites. Every time I walk into her store she hands
me something I wouldn't have found without her.
The Way the Crow Flies is the long-awaited new novel by Ann-Marie
MacDonald, author of Fall On Your Knees. This new book is
a wonderfully long and engaging contemporary epic novel for the
baby boomer generation, informed by such things as the Cuban Missile
Crisis, JFK's assassination, and the 1960’s space race. Eight-year-old
Madeleine McCarthy's family is living on an air force base in Canada
when one of her classmates is murdered. Each family member holds
secrets which are in some way related to this event and which affect
their lives for years to come, including Madeleine's career as an
out lesbian comic. The Way the Crow Flies, HarperCollins,
$26.95; Fall on Your Knees, Scribner, $14.
author Karen X. Tulchinsky's first novel was the humorous novel
Love Ruins Everything. Nomi, Henry, and other characters
from that book are back in the sequel, Love and Other Ruins.
With Karen's trademark funny, sexy, and heartwarming style, this
story explores butch-femme dynamics, long-distance relationships,
parent-child stuff, and theories about the evolution of HIV and
AIDS. Press Gang/Raincoast $14.95 and $15.95.
Ayelet Waldman, the author of the Mommy Track mysteries (Death
Gets a Time-Out is the latest), has a new novel, Daughter's
Keeper, which is about a woman with an adult daughter who
gets into some legal trouble via the man she's involved with.
The book explores the complexities of setting and maintaining
boundaries; the juggling of career, love relationship, and parental
duties; and the simplistic cruelty of the so-called "war
on drugs." Sourcebooks, $24.
Susan Choi's American Woman is the story of "a radical
on the run," a Japanese American woman, who helps out a Patty
Hearst-like woman involved with an SLA-type organization. Great
explorations of politics vs idealism vs pragmatism. HarperCollins,
Final Girl is Daphne Gottlieb's latest collection of
poetry (see also Pelt and Why Things Burn). The
title refers to the final girl left in the last scene of horror/slasher
movies, and this collection explores gender in popular culture,
mass media, and interpersonal relationships. Soft Skull Press,
For a guilty pleasure fun read, try They Say She Tastes Like
Honey by Michelle Sawyer about a 40-something party girl who
is adjusting to major changes in her life, including falling in
love with a younger woman. Alyson Publications, $13.95.
Next on the "to read" list is Dear First Love
by Zoe Valdes (translated from the Spanish by Andrew Hurley),
about a woman in Cuba who tracks down her first love. This book
was nominated for the Ferro-Grumley Award. HarperCollins, $12.95.
Many thanks to Suzanne for making the time to talk books
during the busy month of December. Check out Boadecia’s web site
at www.boadeciasbooks.com. There's also
a current list of women's bookstores at www.litwomen.org/WIP/stores.html.
The Crime Scene
By Nan Cinnater
V. Forrest may not have invented the lesbian mystery, but she
is nevertheless the (grand) mother of the genre. When police detective
Kate Delafield first walked the mean streets of L.A. in Amateur
City in 1984, Forrest gave us a credible lesbian hero in a
strongly plotted thriller, thus paving the way for everyone from
Laurie R. King to Nicola Griffith. Kate Delafield is a sexy, tightly
wound, complicated character who's far from perfect (deeply closeted
when we first meet her, and ambivalent about her own lesbianism),
but who actually grows and develops throughout the series. Alyson
Press has brought the early Kate Delafield mysteries, originally
published by Naiad Press, back into print. They are: Amateur
City, Murder at the Nightwood Bar, Murder by Tradition,
and The Beverly Malibu ($12.95 each). The rest of the
series, published by Berkley/Prime Crime, includes Liberty
Square, Apparition Alley and Sleeping Bones. (The first
two may no longer be available from the publisher; Sleeping
Bones is $13.00). If possible, read all the books in order;
but if you have to choose just one, I'd go for Murder at the
Nightwood Bar, an unflinching look at a brutal murder, family
dysfunction, and the confines of the closet.
at Naiad Press, Katherine V. Forrest was Claire McNab's editor,
and McNab's hero, Australian Detective Inspector Carol Ashton,
is a worthy successor to Kate Delafield. In her fifteenth adventure,
Blood Link ($12.95, Bella Books), Ashton realizes that
a series of random deaths actually follow a pattern; all the victims
are distant kin to eccentric billionaire Thurmond Rule, who has
died without a will.
I was disappointed to discover that the "Serenity"
in Jacqueline Wallen's debut mystery, A Sudden Loss of Serenity
($12.95, New Victoria), was the name of a character. Nevertheless,
I was totally engaged by this slice of bohemian life in the Maryland
suburbs. Claire Winston is a bisexual single mom with a bi-racial
daughter, who is missing. Claire's friends are the kind of middle-aged
women who throw themselves "cronings" instead of fiftieth
birthday parties. The inventive but credible plot involves Buddhism,
graffiti tagging, teenage pregnancy, and the friends of Bill W.
What's not to like?
I've never been a fan of what are known in the trade as woo-woo
plot elements (occult or supernatural forces). However, if a family
heirloom passed down through women – a mysterious and powerful
amulet called "la voleur d'ames" (the thief of souls),
sought by everyone from hit men to Hitler – sounds intriguing
to you, you'll probably love Epitaph for an Angel
by Lauren Maddison ($14.95, Alyson). This is the fourth in the
popular series about crime writer Connor Hawthorne and her partner
Laura Nez. The previous three are Deceptions ($13.95),
Witchfire ($13.95) and Death by Prophecy ($14.95),
all published by Alyson. A strong cast of supporting characters,
including Connor's father, a former CIA agent, and Connor's dead
grandmother (yes, more woo-woo) give Connor plenty of help in
her struggle against evil.
did Brits get to be so hip? A premiere example of cool Britannia
is the Saz Martin mystery series by Stella Duffy. Saz, a London-based
lesbian private eye, is constantly jetting off to the States or
the continent or New Zealand to investigate a case, and her cases
often involve more than their share of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll.
This is cutting-edge crime fiction with a nicely satirical touch.
The Saz Martin mysteries, Calendar Girl, WaveWalker, Beneath
the Blonde (each $12.00) and Fresh Flesh ($13.00),
are all published in the U.S by Serpent's Tail.
On the even lighter side, there's Damn Straight by Elizabeth
Sims ($13.95, Alyson), the sequel to Holy Hell ($13.95,
Alyson). Lillian Byrd is a somewhat klutzy sleuth who can't seem
to stay out of trouble. In Palm Springs the weekend of the Dinah
Shore golf tournament, Lillian literally bumps into a top LPGA
star who is being terrorized by a stalker.
cranky private eye V.I. Warshawski has a really good reason to
kvetch in Blacklist by Sara Paretsky ($24.95, Putnam).
In V.I.'s latest case, Paretsky ties together the Communist witch-hunts
of the Fifties with Patriot Act incursions on civil liberties
today. Although V.I. is not a lesbian, she is the kind of tough,
independent (bordering on prickly) feminist that we love, and
she packs a strong political punch here.
Another non-lesbian sleuth, Aimée Leduc, is very much the V.I.
Warshawski of Paris, right down to the little black silk dress
which is continually ravaged by her adventures in the sewers,
rooftops, etc., of the City of Lights. Aimée debuted in Murder
in the Marais by American-in-Paris Cara Black, followed by
Murder in Belleville, Murder in the Sentier (all
$13.00, Soho Press), and Murder in the Bastille ($23.00,
Soho Press). About Black's latest paperback, Murder in the
Sentier, Marilyn Stasio wrote in The New York Times Book
Review: "Summoning up the air of breathless adventure
that always attends her action-filled narratives, [Black] dispatches
her fashionably punk sleuth to the racy Second Arrondissement.
. . . [T]he story provides a street map to this idiosyncratic
area, home to transvestites, tattoo artists, fashionistas and
scholars at the Bibliothèque Nationale."
African American author Charlotte Carter writes subtly subversive,
jazz-inspired (but, alas, not lesbian) mysteries. In addition
to her sassy series about sax player Nannette Hayes (Rhode
Island Red, Coq au Vin, Drumstick, and Walking Bones,
all available from Serpents Tail), we now have the non-series
novel Jackson Park (One World/Ballantine, $12.95), a deeply
noir story of interracial romance and murder. By contrast,
Paula L. Woods writes traditional but beautifully realized police
procedurals featuring L.A. police detective Charlotte Justice.
Inner City Blues ($6.99, Fawcett), Stormy Weather
($6.99, One World/Ballantine), and Dirty Laundry ($23.95,
One World/Random House) all use real events in L.A. to explore
African American history, racial dynamics and sexual discrimination.
Congratulations to the Toronto Women’s Bookstore and Giovanni’s Room (Philadelphia), both
of whom are celebrating their 30th anniversaries. And
thanks to Mary Ellen Kavanaugh for 15 wonderful years of My Sisters’
Words Bookstore (Syracuse), which closed in November.
Congratulations to Rochelle Hollander Schwab, winner of the Lambda
Literary Foundation’s first Self-Published Award for her novel,
Departure From the Script. It’s the story of a nice Jewish
mother who’s a bit startled to discover that her daughter’s intended
is a woman, but who still, with the help of her support group, plans
a blow-out of a wedding – and then begins to notice how attractive
women can be…. $14.95, Orlando Place Press.
Where are you reading BTWOF?
Email travels so easily: I’d been planning to run a contest for
the most distant or most outrageous location where anyone was reading
BTWOF when I got an email from Lucy Jane Bledsoe – in Antarctica
– saying she’d read the last issue there. So she gets the prize
for last month! (How many publications have readers in Antarctica?!)
How did you hear about it?
But, having won already, she’s disqualified for the next year,
and the contest is on again. One year’s free subscription to BTWOF
(or a gift subscription for anyone you choose), to the reader
in the most outrageous or most distant-from-San Francisco location
OR to the best, and most convoluted story of how you heard about
BTWOF. Send to Editor. Our esteemed
panel of judges is eager to hear from you.
Sinister Wisdom is publishing again. They’re looking for
contributions for a special issue - “exploring our passion for words,
the magic of language, and the power of lesbian literature to shape
the world. Deadline is January 1. Send a SASE for details and updated
deadlines: SW c/o Fran Day, PO Box 1180, Sebastopol CA 95473.