Posts Tagged ‘self-fulfillment’

For Nights Like This One: Stories of Loving Women

April 20, 2010

Title: For Nights like This One: Stories of Loving Women

Author: Becky Birtha

Genre: Lesbian Literature/Fiction

Publication Date: 1983

Page Numbers: 107

Geographical Setting: Varies by story, set in the United States

Part of a series: N/A

Summary:  Becky Birtha has written a collection of thirteen short stories about lesbian relationships.  Birtha tackles such issues of interracial lesbian relationships (whether successful or otherwise), childrearing, and lesbian mothers and negative societal viewpoints.  She deals with the concept of loss in relationships, flashback, and the idea of “coming-out” to self and to society.

Subject Headings: Lesbian Love Stories; Same-Sex Parenting; Lesbian Monogamy; Short Stories; Gay/Lesbian Fiction; Gay/Lesbian Families.

Appeal: Character-centered; monogamy; love stories; lesbianism; mother/child relationships; tender; universal appeal; candid; fair; unassuming; interracial relationships; Caucasian/African American women; gentle characters; passionate characters; self-fulfillment; self-discovery; and encouraging.

3 terms that best describe this book: Unassuming, candid and lovely


  1. Does Your Mama Know: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories edited by Lisa C. Moore (African American Lesbians; women’s fiction, short stories; lesbian literature; coming-out)
  2. Trash: Stories by Dorothy Alison (lesbian relationships; short stories; lesbian fiction; class issues; interracial issues; struggle; perseverance)
  3. Grl2grl: Short Fictions by Julie Anne Peters (short stories; coming-out; lesbian relationships; romance; love; infatuation; lesbian fiction)


1. How it Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kid for Kid of all Ages by Judith E. Snow (lesbian parents; mother/child relationships; lesbian families; self-discovery; perseverance)

2.  Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in 20th Century America by Lillian Faderman (lesbian relationships; lesbian couples; romantic relationships; lesbian families)

3.  From This Day Forward: Commitment, Marriage and Family in Lesbian and Gay Relationships by Gretchen A. Stiers (lesbian marriage and family; monogamy; same-sex marriage; co-habitation)

Posted by Jillian M.

My Life in France

March 30, 2010

Author(s): Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme

Title: My Life in France

Genre:  Memoir/Cooking

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 333

Geographical Setting: Majority in France (Paris and Marseille), Germany, Norway, East Coast of U.S., California and various small American towns

Time Period: Late 1940’s through 1960’s

Series: Not part of a series

Plot Summary: Julia Child’s husband Paul, who is in charge of the promotion of United States culture throughout the world for the U.S. government, is assigned to work in Paris, France and Marseille for five years.  Julia doesn’t speak French, and really knows very little about culture outside of America.  However, Julia soon falls in love with French culture—the people, the landscape, the wine, and especially the food.  She quickly realizes that she must do something with her time, and decides to take cooking classes at France’s renowned Le Cordon Bleu cooking institute, and from there, Julia’s life takes off at full-speed.  This book is chock-full of the ups and downs associated with world politics during the 1950’s, including McCarthyism.  As the story progresses and Julia’s social circle expands due to her outgoing nature, we are introduced to such historical figures as Alice B. Toklas, the granddaughter of the creator of Benedictine liquor, Gary Cooper and legendary artist James Beard, to name a few.  We follow Julia throughout her life as she realizes her passion as a French cook, writes what is considered the most definitive cookbook on French cooking, her jet starter cooking show, and her beautiful romance with her husband, photographer Paul Child.

Subject Headings: France; Memoir; Romance; Cookery; Food and Wine.

Appeal: Quirky, sensible, appetizing, natural settings, countryside, sea side villas, easy-going, determined, love and romance, happy marriage, indulgence, culinary, linear plot, life-affirming, political, photography, celebrities, opulent dinner parties.

3 terms that best describe this book: Gastronomic, romantic and determined

Similar Authors and Works:

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

1. Julie and Julia: 365 days, 542 recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell

(Julie Powell cooks all of the recipes from Julia Child’s cookbook in one year; memoir; culinary; decadent recipes; dedication; passion.)

2. The End of Overeating: Controlling the Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler

(healthy living; well-being; appetite control; indulgence through moderation)

3. What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained by Robert L. Wolke

(cooking; science; technique; chemistry; temperature control; recipes)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

1. Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez

(cooking; love; self-discovery; food)

2. Blue Plate Special: A Novel of Love, Loss and Food by Frances Norris

(food; resilience; relocation; self-discovery; love)

3. The Feasting Season by Nancy Coons

(American in France; exploration of a new country; travel fiction; self-fulfillment; traditional French recipes)

Name:  Jillian