booknotes index

Thena (napping with books)
Winter 2005
This page provides an index to all of the "booknotes" posts I've written and also other posts that are substantially about one or more published books.  If applicable, titles are followed by a notation of the post series which they are a part of (i.e. "reading the (lesbian) classics").

Note: Books marked "harpyness" link out to reviews I've done over at The Pursuit of Harpyness. Books marked "the corner" link out to reviews I've done over at the corner of your eye.

For all the posts on books, including those that are not specifically book reviews, please see all the posts listed under the "books" and "librarians" tags.

These are currently arranged by title only (alpha order a-to-zed). If I have a slow weekend at some point, lists by author and topic may be added.

Alphabetical by Title


The Accidental Feminist by M. G. Lord (July 2012) ~ the corner

The Act of Marriage by Tim and Beverly LaHaye (live-blog May-July 2012)

After Pornified by Anne G. Sabo (Aug 2012)

Alma Mater by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz (Dec 2012)

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (Aug 2010) ~ reading the (lesbian) classics

Aqua Erotica by Mary Anne Mohanraj, ed. (Oct 2012)

Arms Wide Open by Patricia Harman (June 2011) ~ early reviewer

Art and Sex in Greenwich Village by Felice Picano (April 2012) ~the corner

Ashes of Honor by Seanan Maguire (Oct 2012)


Bachelors and Bunnies by Carrie Pitzulo (Feb 2012) ~ the corner

Beebo Brinker by Anne Bannon (Jan 2011) ~ reading the (lesbian) classics

Best Sex Writing 2009 by Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor) (April 2010)

Best Sex Writing 2010 by Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor) (June 2011) ~ harpyness

Best Sex Writing 2012 by Susie Bright and Rachel Kramer Bussel (editors) (Feb 2012) ~ the corner

Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage by Nancy Polikoff (Dec 2010)

Bi Any Other Name by Loraine Hutchens & Lani Kaahumanu (editors) (May 2010)

Big Sex, Little Death by Susie Bright (June 2012) ~ the corner

Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin (Sept 2011)

Blackout by Connie Willis (May 2010)

Bloodshot by Cherie Priest (July 2011)

Bodies of Knowledge by Wendy Kline (April 2012) ~ the corner

The Body Politic by Jonathan Moreno (Oct 2011)

Bonk by Mary Roach (Sept 2008)

Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks (Nov 2012)

Born, Not Raised by Susan Lankford (April 2012) ~ the corner

Boston's Back Bay by Wilfred Holton and William Newman (Jan 2013)

Bourgeois Nightmares by Robert Fogelson (Jan 2013)

Brainstorm by Rebecca Jordan-Young (Oct 2010)

Breeders by Ariel Gore and Bee Lavender, eds. (July 2012) ~ the corner

Britannia's Glory by Emily Hamer (Jan 2012) ~ the corner

Brookline, Allston-Brighton and the Renewal of Boston by Ted Clarke (Feb 2012) ~ the corner

Butch is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman (May 2010)


Changed for Good by Stacey Ellen Wolf (July 2011)

Childism by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl (Feb 2012) ~ the corner

Christian America? by Christian Smith (Oct 2011)

The Clamorgans by Julie Winch (July 2011)

Clover Adams by Natalie Dykstra (Jan 2012)

College by Andrew Delblanco (Oct 2012)

Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence by Adrienne Rich (Aug 2011)

Confronting Postmaternal Thinking by Julie Stephens (July 2012)

Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whelan Turner (July 2011)

Contacts Desired by Martin Meeker (Aug 2011)

Curvy Girls edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (May 2012) ~ virtual book tour


Dare to Try ... Bisexuality by Pierre des Essientes (March 2011) ~ early reviewer

Days of Discontent by June Melby Benowtiz (Nov 2012)

Dear Friend by David Dietcher (April 2012) ~ the corner

Dear John, I Love Jane edited by Candace Walsh and Laura Andre (Jan 2011) ~ harpyness

The Death and Life of Main Street by Miles Orvell (Jan 2013)

Delirium by Nancy L. Cohen (Feb 2012)

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine (Nov 2010)

Deviations by Gayle S. Rubin (Jan 2012) ~ NetGalley

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (March 2012) ~the corner

Documenting Intimate Matters by Thomas Foster (Feb 2013)

Does Jesus Really Love Me? by Jeff Chu (April 2013)

Downtown by Robert Fogelson (Jan 2013)


Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (Jan 2010)

The End of Men by Hanna Rosin (Sept 2012)

Enlightened Sexism by Susan Douglas (May 2010)


Fair Game by Patricia Briggs (June 2012) ~ the corner

Families Apart by Geraldine Pratt (April 2012)

Family Pride by Michael Shelton (Feb 2013)

Fast Girls by Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor) (Aug 2010) ~ virtual book tour

Fear by Corey Robin (Jan (2012)

Fear of Food by Harvey Levenstein (Dec 2012)

Feel-Bad Education by Alfie Kohn (June 2011)

Feminism For Real by Jessica Yee (editor) (series, June-Nov 2011) ~ harpyness

A Fragile Union by Joan Nestle (Feb 2012) ~ the corner

From the Closet to the Courtroom by Carlos Ball (Feb 2011) ~ harpyness

From Disgust to Humanity by Martha Nussbaum (Feb 2011) ~ harpyness


Gaga Feminism by J. Jack Halberstam (Feb 2013)

The Gay Metropolis by Charles Kaiser (July 2012) ~ the corner

Gender Shock by Phyllis Burke (April 2012) ~ the corner

A Gentler God by Doug Frank (June 2010)

God's Harvard by Hanna Rosin (Nov 2007)

God's Politics by James Wallis (June 2011) ~ $1 reviews

God vs. Gay? by Jay Michaelson (Feb 2012) ~ the corner


Hard to Swallow by Claire Hines and Darren Kerr (Feb 2013)

Hellbent by Cherie Priest (Oct 2011)

Hello Groin! by Beth Goobie (Oct 2010) ~ reading the (lesbian) classics

Helping Teens Stop Violence by Allen Creighton and Paul Kivel (Aug 2011) ~ early reviewer

Her Husband Was a Woman! by Alison Oram (July 2010)

Here Come the Brides! by Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort, eds. (July 2012)

Hey Shorty! by Joanne Smith, Meghan Huppuch and Mandy Van Deven (May 2011) ~ harpyness; tour

Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy (Oct 2011)

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (July 2011)

Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton (May 2012) ~ the corner

Hollywood's Censor by Thomas Doherty (Oct 2012)

How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart (April 2011)

Hound of Conscience by Thomas C. Kennedy (Feb 2012) ~ the corner

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (Nov 2009)


I Do, I Don't by Greg Wharton and Ian Philips, eds. (July 2012) ~ the corner

Inheritance by Robert Sackville-West (Jan 2011) ~ $1 reviews

In Search of Gay America by Neil Miller (April 2012) ~the corner

Inseparable by Emma Donoghue (Jan 2012) ~ the corner

In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker (April 2011)

Irresistible Revolution by Urvashi Vaid (Dec 2012)


Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery (July 2011)

Joining the Resistance by Carol Gilligan (May 2012) ~ the corner


Kingdom to Commune by Patricia Appelbaum (Jan 2012)


The Lavender Scare by David K. Johnson (Jan 2012)

The Lesbian Fantastic by Phyllis Betz (Dec 2011) ~ early reviewer

Letters to a Young Activist by Todd Gitlin (Nov 2012)

The Lives of Transgender People by Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin (Jan 2012)

A Local Habitation by Seanan Maguire (Oct 2011)

Love the Sin by Janet Jacobsen and Anne Pellegrini (July 2012)


Making Gay History by Eric Marcus (July 2012) ~ the corner

Making It Legal by Frederick Hertz and Emily Doskow (Feb 2011) ~ early reviewer

Making Sense of Sex by Michael F. Duffy (Sept 2011) ~ NetGalley

Making Sexual History by Jeffrey Weeks (Jan 2012)

The Mansion of Happiness by Jill Lepore (Oct 2012)

Meat Market by Laurie Penny (Oct 2012)

Men in Eden by William Benemann (Feb 2013)

The Mormon People by Matthew Bowman (Oct 2012)

The Morning After by Heather Munro Prescott (May 2012) ~ the corner

Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace by Kate Summerscale (Oct 2012)


A Nation of Outsiders by Grace Elizabeth Hale (Oct 2011)

The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman (May 2010)

Nixonland by Rick Perlstein (May 2010)

Nonviolence by Mark Kurlansky (Dec 2010)

Not a Swan by Michelle Magorian (June 2010)

Not in This Family by Heather Murray (April 2012)

Not Under My Roof
 by Amy Schalet (April 2012)

Now and Then by Frederic Beuchner (Nov 2012)


Odd Girl Out by Anne Bannon (Oct 2012)

One and Only by Gerald Nicosia (Dec 2011)

The Other Victorians by Steven Marcus (Dec 2012)

Our Arcadia by Robin Lippincott (Sept 2012) ~ the corner

Outdated by Samhita Mukhopadhyay (Feb 2012) ~harpyness


Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (July 2011)

Passing Strange by Martha Sandweiss (Oct 2012)

Perfect Madness by Judith Warner (Feb 2011) ~ harpyness

The Perfect Summer by Juliet Nicolson (Jan 2011)

Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America by Elizabeth Fraterigo (Feb 2010)

The Pledge by Jeffrey Owen Jones and Peter Meyer (July 2011)

Portrait of a Marriage by Nigel Nicolson (June 2010) ~ $1 reviews

Pray the Gay Away by Bernadette Barton (Aug 2012)

Premarital Sex in America by Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker (Sept 2011)

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith/Claire Morgan (Aug 2011) ~ reading the (lesbian) classics

Public Vows by Nancy F. Cott (Jan 2013)

The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti (April 2009)


Queer (In)justice by Joey Moghul, Andrea Richie and Kay Whitlock (June 2011)

Queer Judgments by Bruce MacDougall (Dec 2012)


Radical Doula Guide by Miriam Perez (Aug 2012)

Reality Bites Back by Jennifer Pozner (Oct 2010)

Real Live Nude Girl by Carol Queen (April 2012) ~ the corner

The Reactionary Mind by Corey Robin (Jan 2012)

Recruiting Young Love by Mark Jordan (Aug 2011)

Red Families v. Blue Families by Naomi Cahn and June Carbone (Dec 2010)

Religious Right: The Greatest Threat to Democracy by A.F. Alexander (June 2012) ~ the corner 

A Return to Modesty by Wendy Shalit (July 2011) ~harpyness

Right by Jona Frank (April 2010)

Righteous by Lauren Sandler (Oct 2012)

The Right To Be Out by Stuart Riegel (April 2011)

River Marked by Patricia Briggs (April 2011)

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan Maguire (Oct 2011)


Same Difference by Rosalind Barnett and Carolyn Rivers (Jan 2011)

The Secret Lives of Wives by Iris Krasnow (Feb 2012)

The Self-Organized Revolution by Ron Miller (Feb 2011)

See Me Naked by Amy Frykholm (Nov 2011)

Serving LGBTIQ Library and Archives Users edited by Ellen Greenblatt (April 2011) ~ early reviewer

Sexing the Body by Anne Fausto-Sterling (June 2010)

Shaping Our Mothers' World by Nancy Walker (April 2012) ~ the corner

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (May 2010)

The Sixties by Jenny Diski (Jan 2011)

So Late, So Soon by D'Arcy Fallon (April 2010)

A Story Like the Wind by Laurence van der Post (April 2010) ~ $1 reviews

Straight by Hanne Blank (March 2012) ~ harpyness

The Straight State by Margot Canaday (May 2012)

Straight to Jesus by Tanya Erzen (Aug 2010)

A Strange Stirring by Stephanie Coontz (Feb 2011) ~ harpyness


Take Me There by Tristan Taormino, ed. (Oct 2011) ~ harpyness

The Taken by Vicki Pattersson (Nov 2012)

Tassajara Bread Book by the San Francisco Zen Center (Jan 2011)  ~ $1 reviews

The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel P. Maines (Jan 2012)

Ten Tea Parties by Joseph Cummings (Jan 2012) ~early reviewer

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (Oct 2012)

Trans/Love by Morty Diamond, ed. (May 2012) ~ the corner

Transitions of the Heart by Rachel Pepper, ed. (July 2012) ~ the corner

The Trouble With Nature by Roger N. Lancaster (Feb 2012)

The Truth About Boys and Girls by Carolyn Rivers and Rosalind Barnett (Aug 2011) ~NetGalley


Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell (April 2011)

Unhitched by Judith Stacey (July 2011) ~harpyness

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov by Paul Russell (Jan 2012)


Virgin by Hanne Blank (Jan 2010)

Virgins by Carolyn Rivers (July 2012) ~ the corner

Virtual Equality by Urvashi Vaid (May 2010) ~ $1 reviews


Well Met by Rachel Lee Rubin (Oct 2012)

When the Astors Owned New York by Justin Kaplan (Jan 2013)

When We Were Outlaws by Jeanne C√≥rdova  (Dec 2011)

Why Have Children? by Christine Overall (Nov 2012)

Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti (Oct 2012)

Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton (Oct 2011)

Who Are We by Gary Younge (Feb 2012) ~ the corner

Wise Parenthood by Marie Stopes (Aug 2010)  ~ $1 reviews

Women in Lust by Rachel Kramer Bussel, ed. (Nov 2011)