With one month off because of the July 4 holiday, it feels like forever since we’ve met. We’ve had extra time to read Bittersweet by Nevada Barr, who usually writes mysteries/thrillers. This one is a story in the old west, though. Come and tell us what you thought of it! (We meet the first Tuesday of the month to talk about books with lesbian content/issues/characters. All readers welcome.)
People have been asking for science fiction, so for this flashback month we’ll be reading and discussing Ammonite by Nicola Griffith. Griffith is well regarded in a few different genres, and we read a mystery of hers long ago (July 2014). Hers was the first mystery we read so it’s fitting that she’ll also be our first science fiction read for group. All readers welcome! (We meet the first Tuesday of every month to discuss books with lesbian issues/characters/storylines.)
It’s been a few months since we’ve done a classic, so we’re reaching back again with this one. We’ll be discussing the long censored Therese and Isabelle, by Violette Leduc. It’s been released in full. Come on and discuss with us! (We meet the first Tuesday of every month to talk about books with lesbian content/issues/relevance. All readers welcome.)
This month we’re doing something different and reading a book of essays. It’s our first, and one of the few memoirs we’ve read on top of that. It’s Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear by local author Kate Carroll de Gutes, and it won the Oregon Book Award for narrative nonfiction last year. (We meet the first Tuesday of every month to discuss books with lesbian themes/topics/characters/authors. All readers welcome.)
For the last book of the year we’ll be reading Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okpranta, which won the Lambda Literary Award for fiction and was named best book of the year by NPR, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Shelf Awareness, and Publisher’s Launch. (Whew.) All readers welcome, so join in the (usually critical) discussion!
This month we are reading and discussing Year of the Monsoon, by Caren Werlinger. Caren writes historical fiction, romance, literary fiction, fantasy, and probably more. We’re going to delve into her literary fiction this month, and see what we think. (Every first Tuesday we meet to talk about books with lesbian content/characters/issues at play. All readers welcome.)
This month we’re reading and discussing the book that started the genre known as lesbian pulp. Women’s Barracks, by Tereska Torres, was first released in 1950 and is based on Tereska’s own life in WW2. (We meet the first Tuesday of every month and discuss books with lesbian content/characters/issues. All readers welcome.)
Up this month is a contemporary read. Jae is one of the most popular lesbian fiction authors, and we haven’t read her yet, so it seemed like we should. Many of her books are super thick, but we found a slimmer one that has gotten good reviews. So, this month, we’re reading Departure from the Script, by Jae. Jae is German but writes in English (and sometimes does her own translation into German) and has won many many awards for her books. Let’s see what the fuss is all about! (We meet the first Tuesday of every month and read and discuss lesbian characters/issues; all readers welcome.)