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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 1st edition (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555832555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555832551
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,196 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nicole T Buchanan on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a poignant analysis of the often dichotomized butch-femme roles within the lesbian community. Via a collection of independent writings, the work highlights an often stigmatized and misunderstood group--the femme lesbian. Through touching, and often sensual stories of love and the search for an identity as "a femme," this book allows a rarely viewed glimpse into the hearts, minds, and bodies of these women. Despite the quality of this book, I would have liked to see more explicit discussion of the lives of femme women of color. Sadly, their absence risks recapitulating the same "othering" that many women in this book discuss. The familiar arguments of feminist/womanist women of color--that we are largely absent from important discourse on women-- can be asserted with this text as well. Nevertheless, it is a powerful book and hopefully future editions will more directly address such issues.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "twilighttrauma" on April 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
The book was good and I don't regret buying it but I tried to sit down and read it all the way through and soon was bored and frustrated. There are some great essays in there about the butch/femme dynamic and what it means to be a femme in the lesbian community but theres a great deal of repetition and I started feeling like I was reading the same essay over and over.. and over again. It's a nice book, but I won't be re-reading it anytime soon. If I could recommend a book it would be 'Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear' instead.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hubbard on March 21, 2000
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I liked this book. OTOH, I've *loved* all the Leslea Newman books I've read. This work was not written by LN, but edited by her. It has some excellent moments, but if you want a great treatise about what it means to be femme, choose 'Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
i resisted my femme identity for a few years- then, i read this book. too often, in the lesbian community, femme women are dismissed as 'lesbians until graduation', 'six-pack lesbians', or dimissed as being straight. too often, we are ridiculed, oppressed, and negatively stereotyped.
for the 1st time in years, i feel proud and confident about my femme identity.
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