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Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir

by Lillian Faderman

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This woman led an incredibly interesting life...and she's not done yet....highly recommended...G. ( )
  Gemma. | Apr 26, 2013 |
This is a kind, decent, and deeply honest memoir by a lesbian scholar who did pioneer scholarship on lesbian lives, history and culture ("Surpassing the Love of Men, "Odd Girl Out and Twilight Lovers"). One grasps here the importance of her Jewish identity, the horror of the losses of the Holocaust, erotic and intellectual resourcefulness amid the repressions of the 1950s, and, above all, determination to succeed and a desire for "od hayim" (more life). Faderman endures rocky romantic turmoil and a stint as an exotic dancer on her way to getting her degree, and, eventually winds up in administration before returning to teaching. A tribute to the continued importance of biographies of notable--or unusual--LGBT lives. ( )
  corinneblackmer | Oct 4, 2011 |
A stunning memoir. The writing is like fine cut crystal. A joy to read. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Apr 10, 2011 |
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How could I not have spent years of my life lusting after the golden apple - the heft of it, the round, smooth feel of it, the curve of it in my small hand?
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Born in 1940, Lillian Faderman was the only child of an uneducated and unmarried immigrant Jewish woman. Her mother, whose family perished in the Holocaust, was racked by guilt at having come to America and left them behind; she suffered recurrent psychotic episodes. Her only escape from the brutal labor of her sweatshop job was her fiercely loved daughter, Lilly, whose poignant dream throughout an impoverished childhood was to become a movie star and "rescue" her mother. Lilly grew up to become Lil, outwardly tough, inwardly innocent, hungry for love and success. A beautiful young woman who was learning that her deepest erotic and emotional connections were to women, she found herself in a dangerous but seductive lesbian underworld of addicts, pimps, and prostitutes. Desperately seeking to make her life meaningful and to redeem her mother's suffering, she entered the University of California at Berkeley and worked her way through college as a burlesque stripper. A brilliant student, she ultimately achieved a Ph.D. At last she became Lillian, the woman who in time became a loving partner, a devoted mother, an acclaimed writer, and a charismatic, groundbreaking scholar of gay and lesbian studies.
Told with wrenching immediacy and great power, this is an extraordinary memoir: the nakedly honest -- and very American -- story of an exceptional woman and her remarkable, unorthodox life.

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"Born in 1940, Lillian Faderman was the only child of an uneducated and unmarried immigrant Jewish woman. Her mother, whose family perished in the Holocaust, was racked by guilt at having come to America and left them behind; she suffered recurrent psychotic episodes. Her only escape from the brutal labor of her sweatshop job was her fiercely loved daughter, Lilly, whose poignant dream throughout an impoverished childhood was to become a movie star and "rescue" her mother. Lilly grew up to become Lil, outwardly tough, inwardly innocent, hungry for love and success. A beautiful young woman who was learning that her deepest erotic and emotional connections were to other women, she found herself in a dangerous but seductive lesbian underworld of addicts, pimps, and prostitutes. Desperately seeking to make her life meaningful and to redeem her mother's suffering, she entered the University of California at Berkeley and worked her way through college as a burlesque stripper. A brilliant student she ultimately achieved a Ph.D. At last she became Lillian, the woman who in time would be a loving partner, a devoted mother, an acclaimed writer, and a charismatic, groundbreaking scholar of gay and lesbian studies." "Told with immediacy and power, this is an extraordinary memoir: the nakedly honest - and very American - story of an exceptional woman and her remarkable, unorthodox life."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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