|Dec. 31st, 2008 11:19 am I Made it to 50!|
No, I don't mean my age. Yesterday I finished Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir by Cal State Professor Lillian Faderman. It was the 50th book I've read this year. (Full list to follow.)
When she says naked, it's no metaphor. Faderman put herself through school by posing for girlie magazines. Her story is compelling, touching and liberating. It was fantastic to watch the illegitimate daughter of a poor Jewish immigrant grow up to be a trailblazer in the Women's and Lesbian movements.
Along the way, she meets people from the least privileged layer of society, sex workers and addicts, is harassed by anti-gay cops, fends off the lascivious hands of certain men, struggles and strips her way through college, falls in and out of love, and comes to be a greatly respected academic.
A fast and enjoyable read.
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