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Deirdre on reading, writing and living

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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Date:January 1st, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
I read that book when it came out and she did a reading/signing at Barnes & Noble in Chelsea. I really enjoyed it.
Date:January 1st, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd seen her. I remember hearing about the book, but I read it for a class I take at Barnard on women's memoirs. I've taken the class for 4 years now and have heard about 30 memoirs from it.

Happy New Year, BTW.