"I suppose my parents tried to raise me just like other little girls, but it was soon apparent that I was different."
The act of "coming out" has the power to transform every aspect of a woman's life, family, friendships, career, sexuality, spirituality. An essential element of self-realization, it is the unabashed acceptance of one's "outlaw" standing in a predominantly heterosexual world. The collected reminiscences of thirty-one supremely talented writers, A Woman Like That is a literate, important, funny and profoundly moving compilation of lesbian and bisexual coming out stories, each richly colored by conflict and risk, and thrumming with the electric excitement of early sexual adventure.
These accounts -- sometimes heart-wrenching, often exhilarating-encompass a wide breadth of backgrounds and experiences. From a teenager institutionalized for her passion for women to the mother who must come out to her young sons at the risk of losing them from the cautious academic to the raucous, liberated femme-each woman represented here tells of forging a unique path toward the difficult but emancipating recognition of herself. Extending from the 1940s to the present day, these intensely personal stories in turn reflect a unique history of the changing social mores that affected each woman's ability to determine the shape of her own life. Together they form an ornate tapestry of lesbian and bisexual experience in the United States over the past half-century.
A Woman Like That is an unforgettable anthology of intimate tales that celebrate the courage of women who demanded to be visible, tales that illuminate this most complex -- and empowering-process of personal revelation.
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Although A Woman Like That is full of brave and often wrenching coming-out stories, with the expected emphasis on overcoming social and familial pressure (more than one of these writers describes involuntary stays in mental hospitals), the combined effect of these wonderful memoirs is more erotic than political--and more funny than erotic. In "Picture This," Cecilia Tan describes her suburban mother snapping up copies of Penthouse to send to friends and relatives because it contained Tan's first nationally published fiction. In "What Comes First," Holly Hughes refers in passing to a gay-bashing incident at her college cafeteria--someone threw a fruit cocktail at her--and goes on to recount her difficulty at attracting a lesbian lover. "It had been so easy with men," she recalls, "All you had to do was bend over at the bowling alley and something would happen." Judith Katz remembers a game called "Tom and Tom" that she used to play with two little boys on her street: "Tom and Tom ... were human cartoon characters who ran around together and got their genitalia caught up in all kinds of elastic knots and snags." For some, Desert Hearts; for others, Road Runner. --Regina MarlerAbout the Author:
Joan Larkin is a Lambda Award-winning poet and co-editor of three previous anthologies, including the groundbraking Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time. Her most recent books are Cold River and Glad Day: Daily Meditations for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People.
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Book Description William Morrow, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0380976986
Book Description William Morrow, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110380976986
Book Description William Morrow. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0380976986 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1056383