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Kelly Barth

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in Kansas City, Missouri, The United States




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Kelly Barth lives on very little money in a very small house with her partner Lisa Grossman in Lawrence, Kansas. She was a fiction fellow in the University of Montana’s creative writing program and has received fellowships from the Missouri Arts Council and the Kansas Arts Commission. Her work has been published in anthologies and literary journals, most recently Coal City Review, Literary Bird Journal, and Muse & Stone. My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus is her first memoir.

A highlight of my recent trip to Boston and AWP was hearing Jeanette Winterson speak and read from her recent memoir WHY BE HAPPY IF YOU CAN BE NORMAL. (I learned IMAGINARY JESUS is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle's Judy Grahn Award for non-fiction. My fellow contenders are Jeanette Winterson and Alison Bechdel. Oh well.) Winterson is an amazingly strong woman and moving writer. A favori... Read more of this blog post »
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My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus by Kelly  Barth
"A little slow-moving at times, but well-worth a read. Ms. Barth's honesty is incredible. A beautiful story of finding love and finding faith and combining the two, whether judged for it or not. I was often sickened by what the author went through..." Read more of this review »
My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus by Kelly  Barth
"This memoir was both funny and thoughtful. I enjoyed getting a look into what it was like for Barth to grow up in a fundamentalist faith, and come out as a lesbian. I especially liked how she was able to bring her faith and her true self together,..." Read more of this review »
My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus by Kelly  Barth
"My almost certainly real imaginary Jesus by Kelly Barth was a very hard book for me to read. Kelly's search for acceptance, her struggle to find people like herself was heartbreaking.

April 2013"
My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus by Kelly  Barth
"A very honest and straightforward account of the author's life as a Christian and a-trying-not-to-be-lesbian. Luckily, there is a happy ending for everyone-even Jesus."
Quiet by Susan Cain
" David wrote: "I'm looking forward to reading this now. I have certainly left more than one party/reception, etc., just for a little "solitude," as rec ...more "
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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
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Active Hope by Joanna Macy
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For those grieving from environmental crises–which the rest of the world seems ill-equipped to help us with and encourages us to ignore–this book offers deep honesty and the promise of healing. Years of pretending we aren’t worried, even despairing h ...more
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Mycophilia by Eugenia Bone
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This wonderful book is a funny, accessible, and, at the same time, highly intelligent exploration of all things fungi. Not quite plants and not quite animals, they’re inside of us, they’re around us, they can kill us, and they can heal us. Bone learn ...more
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Quiet by Susan Cain
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This is a user manual for the introvert in your life or for you, if you fall in that category. I felt particularly vindicated when she asks if the reader has ever found herself going into the bathroom during a party just to have some solitude. Where ...more
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Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin
Happy All the Time
by Laurie Colwin
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Happy though not sappy. What a pleasure to read about intelligent people who are slow to make decisions, but eventually make good ones in life, love, and career. A hardened 20th century reader, I kept bracing for the unpleasant turn. It never came. I ...more
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My Story is a Young Adult online LGBT book club featuring a LGBT author every month. Lambda Literary Foundation’s My Story Book Club, in association w ...more

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