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Nancy Manahan

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Retired college English teacher who has lived in Ghana, France, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the US. My ground-breaking best-seller Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence was published in 8 languages and 11 countries.

My wife, author Becky Bohan, and I split our time between Minnesota and Florida.

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Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence

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On My Honor: Lesbians Refle...

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“Struggles in a Boston Marriage" is so gripping I could hardly put it down. Ellen Levy brilliantly imagines life for a young lesbian couple with no role models and few friends but enough grit and love for each other to surmount every obstacle. The se ...more
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Gripping, impressively-researched, beautifully written

Because my book club chose this novel, I read it for the second time. I'm grateful, as it was even more riveted than my first reading. Who can resist the story of a Catholic nun falling in love w
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And Then They Were Nuns by Susan J. Leonardi
"This is an absolutely delightful novel about a maybe-abbey of mostly lesbian nuns in the California Sierras. This funny, insightful, and very well written book (I swear, I don't know the author) fascinated me.

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Lauren Coodley is a master at local and regional history. “Lost Napa Valley” is her latest tour de force. It is a charming read about a place that has changed drastically over time. But, as with all of Coodley’s great local histories, there is far mo ...more
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“Ironically groups of nuns or lesbians are often mistaken for one another today, since we often travel in female packs oblivious to male attention or needs. Eschewing the cosmetics and costumes of the commercially promoted feminine mystique, both nuns and lesbians are emotionally inaccessible to male coercion. Time and energy which heterosexual women devote to catering to men can be focused on private or communal projects. Despite similarities, a male-defined culture which moralizes about "sins of the flesh" and the pollution and evil of women's carnal desires sees both nuns and lesbians as "unnatural" but at opposite poles on a scale of female virtue.”
Nancy Manahan, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence

“I didn't know I was in love with her. I only knew that the chapel vibrated when she walked in, and my stomach lurched when she knelt soundlessly behind me. I longed for her touch.”
Nancy Manahan, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence

“Once she asked me to kiss her. I said, “No, I want to keep our friendship and give it back to God.” She agreed. We remained friends for over fourteen years.”
Nancy Manahan, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence




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