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Does Your Mama Know?: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Redbone Pr; 1 edition (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965665909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965665902
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offered here is a collection of more than four dozen powerfully personal stories, poems, interviews, and essays describing the complex experience of black lesbians.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I love the story by Gale "Sky" Edeawo!
Ta'Shia Asanti
It is filled with short stories that are interesting and exciting and thought provoking.
Aisha
Thank you Lisa C. Moore for publishing such a wonderful book.
Lyrically Blue

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MsTisha1@hotmail.com on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for lesbians that are out, coming out, and people who wonder why the hell we are lesbians in the first place. It's so refreshing to read good literature about homosexuality that is presented from individual points of views and not someone's journal of statistics. Another great aspect is the authors' viewpoints from the true emotional, spiritual, and social soul of themselves, not just the sexual. Often gay and lesbian literature is so immersed in play-by-play sex that it can be paralleled to porn. This book and the support of my partner made it possible for me to cross that road with my mother, and though we are not where I would like to be as far as our mother/daughter relationship, we have come much further than I would have ever imagined possible. Kudos Lisa! I loved and so did all my friends.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "naseduck" on July 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Does Your Mama Know?" was worth the time and effort that I spent visiting four different bookstores and walking a total of four miles or so. "Does Your Mama Know?" is like "The Color Purple," "The Women of Brewster Place" and "Zami" but better. Similar to these books, Moore's book validated my experiences as a lesbian of color. Her well-chosen stories highlight almost every conceivable coming out experience. Although the book is VERY hard to find -- there are only 8,000 copies floating around the world -- I would recommend this to any black lesbian, regardless of nationality.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TANGELA JOYCE on December 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
THIS BOOK TOLD ME THINGS I ALREADY FELT INSIDE AND KNEW TO BE TRUE. IF ANYONE FEELS ALONE IN THEIR SEXUALITY OR IN COMING OUT THIS IS THE BOOK FROM ONE BLACK WOMAN TO ANOTHER THAT WILL LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NORMAL AND YOU ARE LOVED. NOTHING IS NEW ITS JUST DIFFERENT. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lyrically Blue on September 4, 2001
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Lisa C. Moore.... thank you, thank you, thank you. After reading this book, I am now convinced that there NOTHING wrong with me!!!Too many beautiful black lesbians go through the experience that I went through and it causes them to believe that they are not normal or a woman to love another woman. Well... this book ripped my eyes open to the fact that just because I feel alone, doesnt mean that I am alone. Every black lesbian can see a little of themselves in this book. I will never back down when someone says that being a lesbian is unnatural, because i realize that its as natural as breathing to me! I recommend this book to anyone who feels alone like I did because it will make you realize the need for smart, sophisticated, black, beautiful lesbians and just because your different doesnt mean your not NORMAL!!!!!! Thank you Lisa C. Moore for publishing such a wonderful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerdine Clarke on July 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book unites the coming out experiences of black women from different socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds.

This collection of 49 short stories/poems/essays and interviews offers an insight into the complexities and issues surrounding women of colour as they search for and claim their identities. The selections which are fictional and non-fictional, are personal, daring, honest, funny, moving and thought provoking.

In short, this is a powerful book which easily transcends the Women's Studies/African American Studies and the Gay and Lesbian arenas, making it the quintessential "must read" for all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Morris (dykewrtr@aol.com) on July 21, 1998
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How wonderful to finally have a collection of coming out stories by and for African-american lesbians! The stories are rich and varied - funny, touching, frustrating - all dealing with the unique experience of coming out within the context of our African-american culture. Thank you! Thank you, Lisa Moore and contributors!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ta'Shia Asanti on February 23, 2000
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As Managing Editor of Gay Black Female Magazine, I have read a lot of material by Lesbian writers. The material is this book represents some of the best the Black SGL literary world has to offer. Lisa C. Moore put her foot and whole body in this work. Salutations Sistah! Keep up the great work. I love the story by Gale "Sky" Edeawo! This is a book circle, coffee table, curl up in front of the fireplace and read, read, read kind of book. I really dig it! Ta'Shia Asanti
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
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Does your Momma Know will have you laughing and crying at the same time. The women who have shared their life stories in this book are courageous and a vital part of the Lesbian community. I recommend this book to anyone who is still "in the closet" or who is 'out". This book will make you proud to say I TOO AM A LESBIAN without shame or regret.
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