Home' LOTL : December 2004 Contents In Wild Girls ($59.95), well known biographer Diana
Souhami takes us into lesbian history through the lives of
wealthy American lesbians Natalie Barney and Romaine Brooks
(pictured top right) who lived together in Paris early last century.
They met in 1915 and their relationship lasted for fifty years.
Barney had arrived in Paris as a twenty-three year old to study
Ancient Greek, so she could read Sappho. She became a poet
and writer, but her greatest achievements were the salons she
held. She turned her home into a centre dedicated to Sapphic
art, poetry, and love. Brooks was a notable artist who produced
many beautiful portraits of herself, as well as of her lover and
their friends. All the famous literary and artistic lesbians of the
time including Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Colette, and
Edith Sitwell, were regular visitors to the salons.
This wonderful volume contains a good selection of
photographs and paintings, and superbly researched detail of
lesbian lives in a wild and passionate time. A most special
hardcover gift book by a biographer who has previously written
on Radclyffe Hall, Gertrude and Alice, and Greta Garbo.
More lesbian history in Women In Pants by Catherine
Smith and Cynthia Greig. Subtitled "Manly Maidens, Cowgirls,
and Other Renegades" this book goes back to a time when it was
a brave and revolutionary act for a woman to wear pants. The
photographs are stunning of these controversial cross-dressing
women who dared ... and what a bunch of dykes they surely
were. In the early 1900s women held mock weddings with
brides in veils and the full regalia, and women in suits playing the
roles of the blokes. Other stylish dykes in pants were on the
stage. How gorgeous they all look! A large format coffee table
book, hardcover only $88.
And last but not least, Horse Dreams: The Meaning of
Horses in Women's Lives edited by Jan Fook, Susan Hawthorne,
and Renate Klein, those brilliant women from Spinifex Press.
How many of you once dreamed of owning a horse? I know I
did, but it was never a possibility, except for my imaginary horse
Gypsy, who was always with me. Horse Dreams ($34.95) is a
collection of true stories about women and their horses. Women
of all ages and walks of life, horses of all descriptions, from stylish
race horses to stocky wild bush ponies. Even a sweet little
donkey gets a look in. For these lucky women the dreams
became real in many different ways -- some grew up with a
special horse, others found a horse companion in later years.
Every story is vivid, full of adventure, and expresses so much love
for these special creatures. It was a thrill to see some women I
know in this book, and a surprise to read their stories of living
on Women's Land with horses, of running away to join a circus,
women as gypsies, adventurers, dressage champions, farmers,
and jockeys. In one story a brave and intelligent horse saves its
young woman rider from an attack by a man. In another a horse
is rescued from the RSPCA. I loved Spinifex's previous two
books about women, cats, and dogs, but this stunningly
illustrated book is my favourite.
Have a wonderful holiday season and remember, no one
ever has too many books!
LOOKING FOR GIFTS FOR A SPECIAL
SOMEONE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? LOOK
NO FURTHER, HERE ARE THREE VERY SPECIAL
BOOKS. BY REBECCA KAGAN.
FICTION 1 All the Wrong Places Karin Kallmaker 2 Once Upon a
Dyke: Fairy Tales with an Erotic Twist Barbara Johnson 3 Wombat
Strategy Claire McNab 4 Dying of Delight Clare Sudbery 5 Not the
Only One: Lesbian & Gay Fiction for Teens Jane Summer
NON-FICTION 1 Memoirs of Moving On Dorothy McRae-
McMahon 2 Horse Dreams Jan Fook 3 How it Feels to Have a
Gay or Lesbian Parent Judith Snow 4 Can't Touch my Soul Donna
Rafanello 5 Box Lunch Diana Cage COURTESY OF THE FEMINIST BOOKSHOP
... SUPERBLY RESEARCHED DETAIL OF LESBIAN LIVES IN
A WILD AND PASSIONATE TIME. A MOST SPECIAL
HARDCOVER GIFT BOOK BY A BIOGRAPHER WHO HAS
PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN ON RADCLYFFE HALL, GERTRUDE
AND ALICE, AND GRETA GARBO.
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