Kickass Women in History: Audre Lorde
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Articles / November 9, 2019

This month our Kickass Woman is Audre Lorde, poet, librarian, and activist who is famous but not as famous as perhaps she should be. I recently read her book Zami: A Biomythography and knew I had to feature this amazing woman in our column. Audre Lorde was born “Audrey” in 1934 but as a child she dropped the ‘y’ because she liked the way ‘Audre’ looked on a page. Her parents came to New York City from the Carribean and settled in Harlem, where Lorde was born. Audre did not talk until she was four, at which time she began to talk, read, and write at the same time, assisted by glasses which allowed her to see clearly for the first time (she was severely nearsighted). She had a tumultuous relationship with her strong-willed mother. In Zami, she describes her mother with immense pride as a powerful woman in the community. However, these two strong-willed woman, mother and daughter, engaged in ferocious battles throughout Audre’s childhood and adolescence. Lorde was an “out” lesbian in the 1950s, and was politally active in the fight against McCarthyism and the execution of the Rosenbergs. As a lesbian, she was an outsider among Black…

Whatcha Reading? November 2019 Edition, Part One
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Articles / November 9, 2019

We have reached November! Many of us at SBTB HQ have been groaning about reading slumps. Is something in the air? Let’s get into what we’re reading now! Shana: I just started a bunch of novels in a moment of book hangover desperation. The one I’m enjoying the most so far is White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter ( A ). It’s a marriage of convenience plot between two super sexy moonshine smugglers in contemporary Kentucky. Tara: I’m reading Sweetest Thing by Natasha West, which is an f/f enemies to lovers romance that takes place against the backdrop of a British competitive baking show. It starts off a bit shaky, but then gets way better about a third of the way in and is very cute. A In audio, I’m listening to One Walk in Winter by Georgia Beers ( A | BN ). It’s great, which isn’t a surprise because she’s one of my favs. It has a meet cute opening, followed by the revelation that one of the women is the new boss of the other at a small resort in New York State. Also, there is a sweet dog named Walter who is clearly the best boy….