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1Retzlar
mar 29, 2011, 5:48am

Hey..I just began looking into the lesbian book novels and stories and i was wondering if i could get some of your best recommendations to add to my reading list.

2Danneeness
mar 29, 2011, 1:00pm

Sarah Waters is my favourite: Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith are good places to start.

I also love all of Ivan E. Coyote's books.

Pages for You by Brownrigg is also interesting.

Rubyfruit Jungle is a classic for a reason.

Kissing the Witch is another favourite of mine.

I'll stop there, but you can check out my lesbian book blog (lesbrary.wordpress.com) for more.

3Retzlar
mar 29, 2011, 3:44pm

I just finished reading Pages for You. It left me wanting to read more lesbian books.

4books_for_a_dyke
maj 6, 2011, 2:39am

But how about poetry? I still am and will always be excited about Adrienne Rich's "Dream of a Common Language". And how about the wonderful erotic and dramatic "Love, Death and the Changing of Seasons" by Marilyn Hacker? Try it - it's great

57sistersapphist
maj 6, 2011, 10:54am

If you enjoy Hacker and 80's Rich, then you'll enjoy Beginning with O, by Olga Broumas. I've always had a soft spot for Edward the Dyke by Grahn, too.

6books_for_a_dyke
Redigerat: maj 6, 2011, 5:20pm

Thank you - I just ordered it and it's on its way to Germany :-)
I also enjoyed Edward the Dyke - I read it some years ago. There is also a good poetry anthology called Naming the Waves edited by Christian McEwen. I especially liked the poem This Space the Tiger by Caroline Griffin.
(Hope you understand my German-English...)

7Her_Royal_Orangeness
maj 19, 2011, 11:13am

Crocodile Soup by Julia Darling is one of my favorites. The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan is also very good.

And I'll second the recommendation for Rubyfruit Jungle - I read this book to tatters in my teens.

Jodi Picoult's new book, Sing You Home, has a lesbian protagonist, but I haven't read it yet, so I don't know if it's good.

8MarleysMomma1987
jul 29, 2011, 10:59pm

These are a few newer ones that I have read recently and liked:

The Big Bang Symphony
Red Audrey and the Roping
The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin (lesbian pirate adventure...fun and a bit silly but enjoyable)

Some not as new favorites:

The Blue Place
Ammonite
The World Unseen
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Hope these help!

9yesAna
aug 4, 2011, 6:31am

I haven't read many books classified as lesbians, but I can recommend Jeanette Winterson. She is a literary gem.
I'll back up the other girls on Rubyfruit Jungle, funny, moving, entertaining and free-spirited!
And lately I have read a marvellous, perfectly crafted book called the Summer Book by Tove Jansson. She was a lesbian, though this book has no lesbian characters it is a must. She has written other books with lesbian characters that I am looking forward to reading. hope it helps!
oh and a last one Annie on my Mind by Nancy Gardner, maybe more for teenagers but still sweet.

107sistersapphist
aug 4, 2011, 10:07pm

Thank you, yesAna. I'd never heard of The Summer Book or Tove Jansson. On my wishlist it goes!

11yesAna
aug 5, 2011, 3:27am

you're welcome! the bookseller at Gay's the Word here in London was so enthusiastic about this book, I am glad he recommended it.

12marietherese
aug 12, 2011, 1:28am

While reading the 'Bending the Landscape' series of genre short story anthologies, I came across Tanya Huff's Terizan stories, picaresque tales of a lesbian master thief living in a vaguely ancient-world/Middle Eastern magical fantasy setting. These stories are lots of fun-inventive, witty, and exciting, with a wryly humorous character at the center and some great secondary characters along for the ride. While I don't think Terizan has a single book dedicated to her, stories featuring her escapades can be found in Huff's collections Relative Magic and Stealing Magic.

13GabriellaWest
Redigerat: sep 3, 2011, 9:11pm

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I'd like to recommend my latest novel, The Leaving. It was published as an ebook this summer, and Kate Genet gave it 5 stars in a review in Kissed By Venus Magazine.

I grew up in Dublin and it's a semiautobiographical book about an adolescent girl in the 1980s figuring out who she is... and trying not to be like anybody else.

14DeniseDeSio
Redigerat: mar 20, 2012, 5:33pm

I'll agree with yesAna. Winterson is a genius, if not a little hard to read sometimes. Also, Stilettos and Steel by Jeri Estes is very gritty, and more of a memoir than fiction but worth the read from a lesbian historical perspective, if not for the hot sex. Oops, did I say that?

And then there's my book, Rose's Will, by Denise DeSio. Oops! Did I say that too?

15DeniseDeSio
Redigerat: mar 20, 2012, 8:27pm

Her_Royal_Orangeness,

I read Jodi Picoult's Sing You Home. Rather, I listened to the audio book. (Don't do that. Picoult's friend sings all the songs, not very well, in my opinion).

The book follows Picoult's usual format: Issue - Confllict - Trial. The ostensible issue is, who owns the harvested eggs belonging to an infertile couple, after the couple breaks up. Having read the book from a lesbian perspective, I found it to be more of a handbook for straight people, an education if you will, to savvy them up about how to deal with homosexuality. So to me, it sort of felt like preaching to the choir. But it's definitely a great book for Holy Rollers - if you could get them to read it - because of the conflict between the lesbian and her right-wing X-husband.

16GO.GOLIATH
mar 21, 2012, 4:03pm

Try Some Girls by Kristin McCloy, I really enjoyed this book, very insightful. I'll second anything by Tove Jansson, if anyone knows where i can get a copy of The Sculptor's Daughter from without breaking the bank let me know please.

17DanieXJ
mar 21, 2012, 4:59pm

Do you mean to read or to buy. Have you tried your local library or library branch. If they don't have it themselves, then they may be able to get it via ILL from another library.

18GO.GOLIATH
mar 21, 2012, 5:32pm

It may sound funny but i don't use public libraries, if i want a book i'll buy it or borrow it from a friend. If it's to read and pass on i'll get the cheapest copy i can, if i find a book that i love i'll buy a nice copy to keep. I've been looking for this title for months if not years and even old paperbacks go for $hundreds.

19DanieXJ
mar 23, 2012, 4:47pm

Any particular reason why? If you live in a city/town in the US and pay taxes you're already paying for it. May as well get some use of it.

I guess it also depends on what you read, newer stuff, or older (or quickly out of print) stuff.

20Morigue
mar 28, 2012, 10:14pm

Two more recent books that I adore are Jericho by Ann McMan and Branded Ann by Merry Shannon.

21ehough75
maj 9, 2012, 1:50pm

I also read Jericho by Ann McMan as well as Dust by Ann McMan. Both were pretty good and can be found on Kindle.