Lesbian Memoir/Biography

'Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me' by Ellen Forney

An association between artistic creativity and mental illness is something many of us take for granted without questioning which came first or why the two should be linked. In her new graphic memoir, cartoonist Ellen Forney tackles that question in light of its impact on her work as an artist with Bipolar I Disorder. … read more

'My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B' by Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke was a staple of the electric queer literary and performance art scene of the 90s, that pulsing circus of creativity and queerness and love and expression that we can only dream of today. During that period you could find Burke organizing badass poetry tours, tearing it up at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and appearing in countless anthologies over the years…. read more

'Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis'

Dreaming in French (University of Chicago Press) is a fascinating triple biography examining the effects of study abroad on three very different women. In a little over a decade, between 1949 and 1963, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis studied abroad in France. This unexpected combination of women, together in a single book, makes for an engaging read and a notable one for LGBTQ readers…. read more

'Amazons: A Love Story' by E.J. Levy

An exotic South American city, the soul and sensuality of Brazilian culture, an undying devotion to saving the rainforest—this novel’s pages are heavy with romance, written with the vivid urgency of a 20-something in the midst of finding herself…. read more

Lisa Cohen: Style, History, and Sexuality

Sometimes a writer does not choose their subject–their subject chooses them. Such could be said about Lisa Cohen’s stunning biography All We Know, a triptych portrait of three women, all part of a lively sapphic social circle in the early 20th century.

Cohen took time to talk to with Lambda about the path of her research, the negotiation between fact and fantasy, and the great Sybille Bedford, who provided both invaluable stories and friendship…. read more

'Tea Leaves: A Memoir' by Janet Mason

Tea Leaves (Bella Books), by Janet Mason, is a memoir that offers the reader an intimate record of  three generations of women in a working class Pennsylvania town. Moving back and forth across generations, Mason traces the paths of a grandmother, a mother and a daughter in a moving and poignant account of the lives of… read more

Chana Wilson: The Power and Fury of the Past

“…In Greenwich Village, we’d go dancing in lesbian bars, to raucous dyke parties heavy with pot smoke, and to poetry and music events at the women’s coffee house.”

Chana Wilson and her mother were both rescued from the claustrophobic 50s by the Second-wave feminist movement of the 70s. In Wilson’s Riding Fury Home (Seal Press), she writes an inspired account of how the burgeoning revolution directly and radically changed her and her mother’s lives…. read more

'All We Know' by Lisa Cohen

Lisa Cohen’s lush biography, All We Know (Farrar Straus and Giroux), is a staggering labor of love that offers a triptych of three women of a queer persuasion. Cohen sets this story in the early 20th century, giving her audience a catalogue of the largely forgotten life during that time. Her subjects–the great intellectual Esther Murphy, the celebrity connoisseur Mercedes de Acosta, and the fashion maverick Madge Garland…… read more



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