Author

Katia Hetter

High school cheerleader Lois Lenz is torn between make-out sessions with her best friend and a future that includes the local junior college and marriage. Then her new guidance counselor sets her up with a job at a mysterious Bay City ad agency. In Monica Nolan’s send-up of 1950s lesbian pulp novels — there’s even evil reefer! — Lois discovers lesbian secrets and Communist conspiracies. Will Lois succeed as a secretary and find true love? Or will Communists destroy her chances for happiness?

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Long before tennis star Renée Richards broke ground for transsexuals in the late 1970s, Laura Dillon became a man in the ’40s. Pagan Kennedy’s The First Man-Made Man details the British aristocrat’s transformation. Dillon dressed like a man, took hormones, and underwent 13 operations courtesy of a plastic surgeon who had treated soldiers wounded in World War I. Michael Dillon then became a doctor, wrote a treatise on transsexuals, fell for a male-to-female transsexual, was exposed by the British tabloids, and sought inner peace in India.

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In Ali Liebegott’s The IHOP Papers, Francesca, a 20-year-old virgin, deals with coming out (and everything else) by cutting herself. She falls for her philosophy prof, follows her to San Francisco, and competes with a parade of male and female lovers. Fed up with the bi/lesbian drama, she moves out and gets a job at International House of Pancakes, where her adventures — which may turn you off flapjacks for good — become a fictionalized version of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed.

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