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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 1st edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555834159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555834159
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,560,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lesléa Newman is the author of 65 books for readers of all ages including the teen novel in verse, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD; the middle grade novel, HACHIKO WAITS; the poetry collection, STILL LIFE WITH BUDDY; the short story collection, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK; and the children's books, A SWEET PASSOVER, THE BOY WHO CRIED FABULOUS, THE BEST CAT IN THE WORLD, RUNAWAY DREIDEL! and MATZO BALL MOON. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD was named an American Library Association 2013 Stonewall Honor Book, and A SWEET PASSOVER was named a 2013 Sydney Taylor Honor as well. A past poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, she is a faculty member of Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program. Her newest forthcoming poetry collection, I CARRY MY MOTHER is a book-length cycle of poems that explores a daughter's journey through her mother's illness and death. From diagnosis through yahrtzeit (one-year anniversary), the narrator grapples with what it means to lose a mother. The poems, written in a variety of forms (sonnet, pantoum, villanelle, sestina, terza rima, haiku, and others) are finely crafted, completely accessible, and full of startling, poignant, and powerful imagery. These poems will resonant with all who have lost a parent, relative, spouse, friend, or anyone whom they dearly love.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down again. It made me laugh out loud. The stories are cut out of real life, or at least I can identify myself with the different anecdotes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julia Starkey on June 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a funny and introspective look into the life of a butch/femme couple. Leslea (high femme extraordinaire) writes about the adventures she and Flash, her beloved butch companion, have wandering around Lesbianville, USA. The book is told through Leslea's funny, Jewish femme point of view. The essays deal with subjects such as a day at the mall (fun for femmes, trauma for butches), having a former nun as your girlfriend, dealing with traumatic parental visits and having a bat attempt to attack you when your butch isn't around. I recommend this book highly for queer and queer friendly people everywhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1998
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Lelea Newman's book is the first of it's kind in the it's ability to deal with a sexuality that is known for taking itself far too seriously. Ms. Newman's comments on her own life are touching and open, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and keep it there no matter what your sexual orientation.
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What's not to like? I have the hardcover that I gave to my wife when we first were seeing each other, and now I have found it for my kindle. Always makes me smile.
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