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Fingersmith
Sarah Waters - Oct 01, 2002
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No one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals. Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a "baby farmer." Mrs. Sucksby’s household also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.One day, the most beloved t...
Fun Home
A Family Tragicomic
Alison Bechdel - Jun 05, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father.Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her fathe...
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily M. Danforth - May 28, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they'll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.But that relief doesn't last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that fr...
Annie on My Mind
Nancy Garden - Feb 20, 2007 (first published in 1982)
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"If you don't put that ring on this minute, I'm going to take it back," Annie whispered in my ear. She leaned back, looking at me, her hands still on my shoulders, her eyes shining softly at me and snow falling, melting, on her nose. "Buon Natale," she whispered, "amore mio.""Merry Christmas, my love," I answered.From the moment Liza Winthrop meets...
Rubyfruit Jungle
A Novel
Rita Mae Brown - Jun 23, 2015 (first published in 1973)
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A landmark coming-of-age novel that launched the career of one of this country’s most distinctive voices, Rubyfruit Jungle remains a transformative work more than forty years after its original publication. In bawdy, moving prose, Rita Mae Brown tells the story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a dirt-poor Southern couple who boldly forges he...
When Katie Met Cassidy
Camille Perri - Jun 04, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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"A film-ready rom-com about finding love when you least expect it."--Elle "My favorite romantic book of recent memory." --Emma Straub"The delightful, sexy, queer rom-com of the summer . . . [with] all the makings of a Nora Ephron classic." --Vogue*One of NPR's Best Books of 2018**One of Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018*From the...
Tipping the Velvet
A Novel
Sarah Waters - May 01, 2000 (first published in 1998)
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This delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of Nan King, who begins life as an oyster girl in the provincial seaside town of Whitstable and whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer named Miss Kitty Butler. When Kitty is called up to London for an engagement on "Grease Paint A...
When Women Were Warriors Book I
The Warrior's Path (Volume 1)
Catherine M Wilson - Oct 01, 2008
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When she was a child, the author of When Women Were Warriors happily identified with all the male heroes she read about in stories that began, "Once upon a time, a young man went out to seek his fortune." But she would have been delighted to discover even one story like that with a female protagonist. Since she never did find the story she was look...
Under the Udala Trees
Chinelo Okparanta - Sep 20, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does. Born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. But when their love is discovered, Ijeoma learn...
Desert Of The Heart
Jane Rule - Jul 01, 2005 (first published in 1964)
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Two women meet and fall in love in Reno, Nevada. This classic of lesbian eroticism is Jane Rule's first novel.Set in the late 1950s, this is the story of Evelyn Hall, an English professor, who goes to Reno to obtain a divorce and put an end to her disastrous 16-year marriage. While staying at a boarding house to establish her six-week residency req...
Rage
A Love Story
Julie Anne Peters - Dec 28, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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A National Book Award Finalist offers an intense portrait of an abusive relationship.Johanna is steadfast, patient, reliable; the go-to girl, the one everyone can count on. But always being there for others can’t give Johanna everything she needs—it can’t give her Reeve Hartt.Reeve is fierce, beautiful, wounded, elusive; a flame that draws Johanna’...
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