Dyke Life: From Growing Up to Growing Old, a Celebration of the Lesbian Experience

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Karla Jay
Basic Books, 1995 - Social Science - 374 pages
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Written by lesbians of different ages, races and religions—and compiled by one of the gay movement’s best-known writers and activists—these original essays give vibrant voice to the diversity of the lesbian experience. Celebrating the many ways in which the lesbian experience is unique from all others, many of these pieces focus on specific lesbian concerns such as sexual practices, raising children and higher incidence of certain illnesses.Beyond pointing out these differences, the essays also provide a comprehensive view of the many phases of lesbian life by covering diverse topics like body piercing, coming out and work. Short narratives—“To Mother or Not to Mother,” “Confessions of a Lesbian Vampire,” “About Being an Old Lesbian in Love,” and more—complement and enrich the main essays, adding a unique personal tone to the collection. A mix of the serious and the irreverent, Dyke Life is an important contribution to gay and lesbian literature.

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This was part of my ramp up for Stonewall 25. Can't believe it was so many years ago. I was assigned to do a feature on LGBT books and publishing companies. This was one of the many comp books I received that spring. Read full review

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Karla Jay has written, edited, and translated nine books, the most recent of which are "Dyke Life" and "Lesbian Erotics". "Dyke Life" won the 1996 Lambda Literary Award in the category of Lesbian Studies. She is editor of NYU Press's series, "The Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature." This is the only lesbian studies series in the world from a university press. In existence since 1992, the series now spans some 20 books of original criticism, reprints, translations and recovered archival letters and manuscripts. Dr. Jay has written for many publications, including "Ms. Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, " and" Lambda Book Report". She is Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at Pace University in New York City. She is currently at work on two books, "Ten Decades of Struggle: Gay and Lesbian Life in the United States" (Oxford UP) and "Tales of the lavender Menace" (Basic).

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