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A Woman Like That: Lesbian And Bisexual Writers Tell Their

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  193 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The act of "coming out" has the power to transform every aspect of a woman's life: family, friendships, career, sexuality, spirituality. An essential element of self-realization, it is the unabashed acceptance of one's "outlaw" standing in a predominantly heterosexual world.

These accounts -- sometimes heart-wrenching, often exhilarating -- encompass a wide breadth of backg
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1999)
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Sep 05, 2010 Darlene rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in feminism or 'herstory'
Recommended to Darlene by: I can't remember it was so long ago.
Disappointing. That is the best adjective I can find to describe this book. I felt like I was reading a textbook, expected to highlight and take notes but didn't know what the test would be about. The first half of the book lacked personality. All the stories read the same. No passion for life; just dull. I don't know if the editor over edited, or if these women knew each other and had no defining style, but it was BORING!

The second half of the book seemed to lack that same editing flair. In fac
A Woman Like That is quite depressing. There are, admittedly, a few gems scattered throughout — stories that pierce the heart with a sense of recognition and a feeling of community with the writer, and exhilaration or empathy (sometimes both) for her trials — but too often there is a dull, relentless pain that permeates the tales of this anthology. Maybe this is the editor’s intention. Maybe, in efforts to exhibit the “full scope” of lesbian experiences, that continuous pain is welcomed, and the ...more
This book is hard to review, the stories are personal revelations by the authors, however they weren't particularly interesting. While I sympathize with the difficulty many of the writers had with coming-out, I can't put myself into their place so I think that is where the disconnect lies. I imagine this is probably on my bookshelf because of the story by Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins. I went to high school with her brother and remember him as one of the first boys I ever kissed.
Overall this book was a great read. A unique anthology that's worth reading again!
Although these stories were incredibly personal, I found myself unable to relate to several of them and even lost interest in a few as I wondered where the author was going with their story. However, it was an overall good read. The proof, I suppose, is evident from my markings throughout the book and my interest in the authors works beyond their contribution to this literary work.
Read this book years ago. I absolutely agree that some of the stories were difficult to follow and hard to finish, however, there were a few gems that made it worth it. Pat Califia has such a way with words... "coming out begins when we recognize, in a stigmatized Other, something of ourselves" *swoon*
Always reading to find myself. Maybe to figure out who I am. Each story was inspiring in its own way. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into queer life of earlier years.
great book-read it years ago.
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