'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

'Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama' by Allison Bechdel

The title of Alison Bechdel’s novel riffs off P.D. Eastman’s book Are You My Mother?, an easy-reader many babyboomers who grew up on the Cat in the Hat reader series might recall. It features a baby bird who tumbles out of his nest, and spends the rest of the book asking a dog, a cow,… read more

'Riding Fury Home' by Chana Wilson

Spanning the breadth of her parents’ tumultuous relationship and ending with the aftermath of her mother’s death, author, therapist, and drum-beater Chana Wilson’s memoir, Riding Fury Home (Seal Press), relates her own—and her mother, Gloria’s—intertwined stories of sexism, homophobia, and liberation…. read more

Jeanette Winterson: It is the Imagination that Counts

“Everyone’s talking about the death and disappearance of the book as a format and an object. I don’t think that will happen. I think whatever happens, we have to figure out a way to protect our imaginations. Stories and poetry do that.”

Famed author Jeanette Winterson talks with Lambda about her new memoir, her writing process, and her thoughts about the queer community…. read more

‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’ by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson’s new memoir returns the scenes of her semi-autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, published when Winterson was twenty-five. Like the car crash you crane your neck to see, readers will once again encounter the harrowing insanity of her adoptive mother, Mrs. Winterson, “a flamboyant depressive; a woman who kept a revolver in the duster drawer, and the bullets in a tin of Pledge.”… read more

'Small Fires' by Julie Marie Wade

In Small Fires, Julie Marie Wade, who won a Lambda for her memoir Wishbone, considers family and memory with a poetic eye and unabashed tongue. With her carefully chosen words and a studied deliberateness, Wade proves unafraid to delve into her past—to skillfully reconstruct the events of her youth, from the horrifying to the sentimental to the self-conscious and beyond…. read more

'Happy Accidents' by Jane Lynch

Happy Accidents (Voice), Jane Lynch’s breezy memoir about her life and work as a post-Stonewall American actor, has something for everyone. It is an interesting mix of Americana as well as a cross-section of the history of stage and TV sketch comedy. Both narrative and nostalgia, Happy Accidents is fun with flair, a chronicle of… read more

The Banal and The Profane: Melissa Febos

“It’s a blessing and a curse, this business of writing about everything that challenges, confounds, or embarrasses me.  Contrary to how it must seem, it actually springs from an aversion to self-reflection. If I didn’t write about my life, I would never understand what the hell was happening.” “The Banal and the Profane” is a… read more