Please note that I have no connection with Artemis Press
other than having bought a number of books from them.
They are a very small publishing company that concentrates on lesbian and feminist books, they publish all their material electronically as well as on paper. I prefer to read electronic books so this suits me really well, as do the low prices (I live out in the country in Australia on a below-poverty income).
They have a mailing list that you can join if you wish to be advised via email of new books.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/artemispress/
(Please forgive if you read a variation of this post this in a number of communities, I'm crossposting because I think it's important we promote lesbian publishers where possible.)
I've only read a little bit of her work, but Rachel Pollack's book Godmother Night is one people who can tolerate fantasy should check out. It's not the elves and dwarves and shining swords kind of fantasy, as it's set in (essentially) our world with some magic elements. It's the story of a lesbian couple and their daughter and... Well. To tell much more would give it away.
Has anyone read any of her other books?
If anyone else has any suggestions, let me know, because the field is a desert. Kind of like I've come to feel, having read most of the books I've heard of and can get my hands on (not that many), about books for/by/about non-transsexual queer girls and women.
The only ones I've actually at least half enjoyed are:
Luna, which is a young adult novel about the relationship between a trans girl and her sister. It's told from the viewpoint of the sister... The main problem I had with it is that the trans girl's problems are solved really easily and suddenly at the end due to her massive class privilege and computer skillz, which, while it may be true to life for some people, seemed obnoxious for an ending to a book likely to be read by some transsexual girls from all backgrounds (due to the lack of other resources).
Choir Boy, by Charlie Anders, which I really liked, although I wouldn't call the main character a transsexual woman. The plot is that the main character is a choir boy who doesn't want their voice to change and siezes upon physical transition as an out.
Of course, I also write fiction about transsexual women and girls, but a) it is unpublished and b) it would be self-serving to go into any more detail and c) I cannot accurately judge its worth, I'm sure.;)
While this may come off as defensive, I'd like to mention that I am queer and a girl in addition to being transsexual, and I believe transsexual girls can/sometimes should/sometimes do fall under the heading "queer girls."
I finally got around to reading Rent Girl
by Michelle Tea.
I loved it.
To those who haven't read it, try it.
To those who have and loved it, recommend more reading, s.v.p.
This site rocks. Free books! Or mostly free, you just pay postage when you ship books to other people. The way it works: You sign up for FREE, and post all the books you've read that you'd like to swap. If you post 9 books, you get 3 free credits to start off with. Easy as pie. After that every time someone recieves a book they've requested, and you've sent them you get another credit. A credit is just a way of saying you get to request a book you want. All you have to do is pay the postage, usually $1.59, for the books you send out.
I just signed up and already 3 of my books were on someone's wish list which means when they looked for that book before no one there had it and they added it to a list of books they want, and now I have it, so they get notified and have 48 hours to decide whether or not they still want it.
Anyway, the point is, there aren't a lot of queer girl books on there, so I think some of you should join up so we can get some lesbian literature circulating out there. That is if you like to trade your books. :oD MODERATOR
: Sorry if this is considered 'spam.' I just think this is an awesome way to share books with people who love to read.
I've just finished this book. I loved Tipping the Velvet
by the same author and so looked forward to reading this one. I don't think it's as good as the other two but it's still a tale that will get you in and make you think. Like the other two it's set in the late 1800s.( Read my reviewCollapse )
i'm always, always looking for stuff to read of the queer girl variety that has a happy ending that isn't drivel. And I've been perusing depressing queer stuff lately for academic purposes, so if any of y'all have a notion for delightful things about the hijinks of queer girls that are well written that end nicely, I would be *thrilled.*
just to give you a drift of what i enjoy, I love all of Mabel Maney's Jane Bond and Nancy Clue parody novels, she's so fun, and I really like Tipping the Velvet (Fingersmith was a little slow, and Affinity was really sad) and my favorite Jeanette Winterson novel is Written on the Body, though I'm also really fond of Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and Art Objects.
Mabel Maney also doesn't seemed to get brought up much in this community, either, so if any of you gals haven't heard of her, I strongly recommend it. I like in a medium-sized medium-liberal college town and found them in the libray, so you probably have them as well.