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FICTION 1 The Wombat Strategy Claire McNab 2 On Our
Backs: the best erotic fiction volume 2 Diana Cage (ed) 3 Back To
Basics: a butch-femme anthology Therese Szymanski (ed) 4 Woman
in the Mirror Jackie Calhoun 5 Minus One Bridget Bufford
NON-FICTION 1 True Secrets Of Lesbian Desire Renate
Stendhal 2 Not Happy John! Margo Kingston 3 Making Waves:
attending to lesbian relationship violence Kassa Bird (ed) 4
Finding the Real Me Tracie O'Keefe & Katrina Fox (eds) 5 It's a
Family Affair: the complete lesbian parenting book Lisa Saffron
COURTESY OF THE FEMINIST BOOKSHOP
C an't Touch My Soul is an excellent book that crossed my
desk this month. Written by child and family counsellor
Donna Rafanello, it is a guide for lesbian survivors of child
sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is a huge issue in society, and
in the lesbian community. Childhood abuse has a continuing
impact on life and all relationships and many lesbians have
grown up in abusive dysfunctional families. Homophobia also
complicates problems relating to child abuse. In this
compassionate book survivors share their stories of abuse and
recovery. They describe how they learned to feel, trust, and
love again. The book ($32.95) is recommended by Ellen Bass,
co-author of the famous Courage To Heal.
Another very good read on the same subject is Dangerous
Families: Queer Writing On Sur viving edited by Mattilda
Bernstein ($34.95). Brave GLBTQ writers expose their pain, as
well as the courage and determination of their recoveries, which
have been many and varied. Laura Davis, the other co-author
of Courage To Heal recommends this one. She says that these
writers are taking us to the next generation of incest literature.
I found these true stories very painful but full of hope.
Staying in a therapy frame, Wild Desires And Mistaken
Identities next caught my eye. This is an academic but
interesting study of lesbianism and psychoanalysis written by
psychotherapists Noreen O'Connor and Joanna Ryan, US
trained and now in private practice in London. For lesbians in
therapy, or for those training to work in the field, this will be
a useful book. I'd also like to recommend it to many straight
therapists, who often unconsciously bring their own
homophobia into sessions with lesbian clients.
For a lighter lesbian read, Damn Straight by Elizabeth Sims
is a fun mystery, and I am mentioning it particularly as the
mystery takes place at the Dinah Shore Golf Tournament held
each year at Palm Springs. Those of you following The L Word
(and who wasn't?) will have seen this wild lesbian event featured
recently when Alice and the girls went there for the weekend.
Anyway, in this mystery, amateur detective Lillian Byrd heads for
Palm Springs and leaps into a romance with a top golf star. Her
new lover is being terrorised, and Lill has to go undercover to
uncover the truth. Thrills and laughs, $28.95
Local lesbians are also worth dipping into this month, and
if you believe poetry can be good for the soul, The Tincture
Of Salt by Queensland lesbian poet Alicia Bennett ($18.95) is
powerful, passionate and erotic. Likewise, Jenni Nixon's new
collection Café Boogie ($20). Don't miss her performance at
The Feminist Bookshop on August 14 if you are in Sydney.
Another Australian writer worth checking out is
Queenslander CC St Clair. In her latest book Morgan In The
Mirror ($33), Christen and Maddy are negotiating the usual
twists and turns of a new relationship, with the added
complication that Maddy is contemplating a transition from
female to male. St Clair's books may be hard to locate, but I
have seen them at The Bookshop Darlinghurst.
So many books, so little time! For lesbian readers
interested in a reading or book group, contact The Feminist
Bookshop for details as I've heard they are starting one soon.
REBECCA KAGAN TOUCHES UPON A
WEALTH OF WINTER READING.
SURVIVE AND THRIVE
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