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I am new to this thread but I am glad I was lead to it! :)
So here it is, I live in a very small town so me finding books with lesbians in it is EXTREMELY difficult. And the local library I work at doesn't list any of the books saying they have a lesbian character or anything, so I just kind of flip through and hope I get lucky. So...can you all give me some suggestions of books to read. I read any genre but I am not a huge teen fiction reader, I read that in middleschool and enjoyed it then. But now not so much...
I have read Rubyfruit Jungle, Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, Sing You Home, Wolfcry and a lot more right now I am reading The Diaries of Miss Ann Lister.
Help me out please :)
Does your town participate in a greater library network? That might help if you can easily ILL some stuff too...
Oh, and if you have some sort of keyword search or publisher search in the catalog look for ones published by New Victoria, or Bold Strokes Books, or Bella Books, or Regal Publishing (to just name a couple).
We do have ILL actually I work the ILL but I don't really want anyone I work with to see my reading materials first hand since it is a small town and very closed minded. Only two people I work with know my orientation and I want to keep it that way because I don't think anyone else would be so understanding if you catch my drift.
But I will for sure see if we have a publisher search...I don't think we do though...
I'll keep thinking too.... and, I get what you mean about the small town.
Kate Calloway? Has a bunch of numbered books, first...., second.... etc.
Diane Davidson? Deadly rendezvous.
(and if at any time you want me to stop I will.... :))
Carry The One by Carol Anshaw?
Some of Emma Donoghue's stuff is lesbian also.
Or Brendan DuBois' mysteries that are set in New Hampshire, the lesbian cop isn't a humongous character, but not a little one either.
J.A. Pitts, A trilogy, Black Blade Blues, Honeyed Words, Forged in Fire
Oh, and you might find some stuff by Katherine V. Forrest there too... she has a couple of different 'mainstream'ish serieses.
Last one before I go have dinner. There's always Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe Total classic, and I thought, tons better than the movie!! :)
We have some LGBTQ books but not a lot, I have read and watched The Hours I really enjoyed it.
The other library near us has some choices but I don't particularly like the librarians there they are very uppity.
For Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe I have seen the movie (Mary Louise Parker *wolf whistle* She is gorgeous) but I haven't read the book yet. I believe we have that.
I have read The Color Purple and scene the Broadway musical, I LOVED IT!!
Thank you for all of the suggestions! Please keep them coming!!
The great thing is the book covers come up on a "bookshelf" so it's rather like browsing at a library . . . of all books on one topic :) Then you can go to any that look interesting and see how many people have them, how they are rated, read descriptions . . .
We all have our favorites, but it's difficult to pick for someone else. Though I will second the Jane Lawless Mysteries by Ellen Hart!!
You might also browse the libraries of folks in this group. I have a Collection called "LGBT-Purple Bookshelf". In the real world it's a beautiful purple bookshelf in my purple room and it contains some, but not all, of my LGBT fiction. :)
I already know if I suggest it that I will instantly be treated differently and questioned almost as it were.
So I am left to having to purchase a lot of books and on rare occasions do an interlibrary loan for the books.
I have to say though, even in some bigger libraries, or middling sized libraries sometimes the LGBTQ representation isn't that great. Especially the gay men themed books, romance or otherwise. That topic seems even more taboo than the lesbian themed ones.
I assume that you've done a quick turn through the catalog in the teen section? I'm always hit or miss when it comes to the teen lgbt books since I'm not longer one and I read more adult books than teen ones when I was that age... :)
And definitely check out my tags/bookshelves (if you can figure them out mwahahahahaha ;))
So you get a book sent privately to your home for about 2.50 total. Nice deal. Unfortunately, books can only be sent and received within the USA. Sorry, everyone else.
Drop me a note if you have questions, anyone.
(What am I thinking, increasing competition for all the lesbian books? *slaps forehead*)
>14 Danneeness: My library doesn't have any books by Winterson, I already looked since I love her books.
I will look up all of these sites! If nothing else I can go to the used book store they don't have everything but I can always browse.
Anyway, there I go again, going on and on and I don't even know if you like comic books... I think there's also someone who's maybe bi in Watchmen and then there's also the Strangers in Paradise series by Terry Moore.
I also have a problem with book swap sites, although mine isn't that I have none to swap, it's that I use the library so much that if I want to own a book and buy it, there's no way I'm passing it on to someone else. :)
Especially if you are concerned that folks are going to balk at your choices, you can build your own library privately. Prices are very reasonable & it's usually free shipping.
I have read and seen the broadway of The Colour Purple...I loved it!
I have read Rita Mae Brown's books, we have those I only liked two of her books that were lesbian themed as it were.
And thank you >21 TinaV95: I have been using ebay but it gets expensive on there the last book I bought cost me 15 dollars for a paperback! But it was a great book and worth it, and I do prefer to go out and buy books which if I buy one and I don't like it then I can use that swap site! But yes I don't really want people to see my reading material because I don't want to have harassment or be treated any differently in my work place.
So again thank you guys for the suggestions!
If you're looking for better priced fic online (I don't know where you are exactly) but, Bella Books also has something called Scratch and Dent - http://www.bellabooks.com/Book-Scratch-and-Dent-cat.html I've gotten a few of older things Kate Calloway stuff for one.