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Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America Paperback – February 21, 2012
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- Patricia Sarles, Mt. Sinai Medical Ctr., New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Odd Girls reverberates with the powerful voices of people speaking for themselves.... Faderman empowers her subject; instead of allowing lesbian lifestyles to be defined from the outside, her voice and those of other women transcend destructive stereotypes and misconceptions. Odd Girls offers a lucidly written and moving narrative of lesbian culture and community during its formative years.(The Village Voice)
Fascinating... poignant and moving... Odd Girls is full of facts and wonderful details that readers may not have encountered, things that are a pleasure to learn and that seem valuable to know.(Los Angeles Times Book Review)
One has to respect the tenacity of Lillian Faderman for making sense of the evolution of lesbian life in twentieth-century America.... This is a remarkable social history.... Her study attains the depth and evenhandedness of a scholarly classic.(Susan Brownmiller The Washington Post Book World)
An important and challenging work for lesbians and heterosexuals alike.... Odd Girls is a key work, the point of reference which all subsequent studies of twentieth-century lesbian life in the United States will begin.(San Francisco Examiner)
Faderman's sweeping, mesmerizing prose accentuates the magnificent scholarship in this definitive account of lesbian life in the past 100 years.... Faderman has combined her talent and experience to accomplish this wonder.(Barbara Grier Lambda Book Report)
Nothing odd about Odd Girlsit combines clear prose with meticulous research. This book is an important contribution to understanding America and its people in our time.(Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle)
A grand narrative synthesis of the cultural, social, and political history of lesbian life since the late nineteenth century.... Engaging and deeply moving stories.(New York Times Book Review)
A splendid, uplifting achievement.(The Independent)
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Top Customer Reviews
The woman who has spoken in interviews about her working-class Jewish roots and the fact that as a stripper she worked her way through college to a PhD from Berkeley at the age of 26 (not too shabby a feat in itself) and has three anthologies, four other books on lesbian history *and* a new book on the Hmong immigrant population in America notched into her no doubt still-lissome belt, now takes a keen look at the history of butch/femme emergence, struggle, culture and identity, and the actual *value* of butch/femme to lesbianism.
Faderman -- as would be expected of one with her background, her intellect, and her ongoing literary accomplishments -- is never afraid to tackle any subject, and do it not only with honesty but with a deft, sure touch, a style that has an unusual and very refreshing ability to make the academic not only accessible but enjoyable reading, and an even more unusual ability to empathize and yet remain objective. Never artificial and never superficial, neither apologetic nor smug, Faderman proves that butch/femme was and is just as difficult, wildly funny, complicated, fulfilling, ugly, beautiful, heart-breaking, and filled with both fear and its own gritty courage as is any other lifestyle -- lesbian or not.
I finished `Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers' with a real sense of loss. With this book, I've caught up on my reading of Lillian Faderman's works.Read more ›
It's a great mix of personal stories and objective history, so that the narrative never gets too dry but still does an excellent job of pulling back to show the bigger picture. It's incredibly well-researched and informative, but also funny and sad and poignant by turn, almost what you would expect from fiction.
The pictures included are amazing in terms of being able to see the march of progress in the faces of real people, as well.
I've re-read it many times since I was a teenager, and it's still fascinating. I keep meaning to read the author's other works, but somehow haven't managed it yet - but my battered old copy of this book has survived numerous moves and oh-god-I-have-to-get-rid-of-some-books moments because I love it so much.
I recommend this to GLBTQ folks who are lacking knowledge about our history, as well as people with an interest in women's studies and feminism. Good photos, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. I am reading it for a class and it is so interesting.Published 2 days ago by Taylor H.
This is a great book and gives history of gay and lesbian people in history.Published 8 months ago by Delilah Dugo
Although slightly outdated as it was published in the early 90s (very minor differences in some terminology) this book is a wonderful compilation of lesbian AND bisexual women's... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carolynej
Filled with a lot of information about early 20th century lesbian relationships and how so much was hidden because of society ideals. I used it for research.Published on May 26, 2013 by Darlene K. Bogle
Much water has passed under the bridge since this book was first published, and it still remains a fascinating read for those interested in "hidden history", in the communities... Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by If I was a tree
While this book is an asset in learning about lesbian history it is seriously lacking in connecting ideas and seperating fact from oppinion. Read morePublished on December 14, 2006 by Jessica M. Warters