Queers Gone By: Rec List!

Hello and welcome back to another rec list, this time for the amazing Queers Gone By summer reading challenge! If you have no idea what I'm talking about you can all the general information in this post here. If you've read the post (either just now or on Tuesday) you'll know that each of the hosts picked two queer women, mine are Helen Hull Jacobs and Alice Dunbar Nelson, and then came up with a bunch of prompts. To assist you all with said prompts we've also come up with a few recommendations for each one!




Helen Hull Jacobs 

1. Read a book written or set during 1908-1997

Carol - Patricia Highsmith. 
Tell It to the Bees - Fiona Shaw
Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley
Patience and Sarah - Isabel Miller

2. Read a historical fiction book set in WW2. Jacobs served as a commander in the U.S. Navy intelligence during World War II, one of only five women to achieve that rank in the Navy.

The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
Silver Wings - H P Munro
Aimee & Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943 - Erica Fischer

3. Read a book based around sport (either non-fiction / autobiography or where the characters are involved in sport). Helen was an american tennis player and won 9 grand slam titles.

Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Sport - Billie Jean King
Proud - Gareth Thomas
The Queen of Whale Cay - Marion Barbara Carstairs
The Life of Helen Stephens: The Fulton Flash - Sharon Kinney Hanson

4. Read a book that has been banned at some point in history or a book that broke tradition (i.e. Carol being one of the first f/f where neither woman dies at the end). In 1933, Helen became the first woman to break tradition by wearing tailored shorts at Wimbledon.

Banned/Challenged:
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel
I Am Jazz - Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
This One Summer - Mariko & Jillian Tamaki
Drama - Raina Telgemeier
The Colour Purple - Alice Walker

Broke Tradition:
Carol - Patricia Highsmith.

5. Hall of Fame: Read a book that has been highly praised - whether on bestseller lists or just twitter talking about it a lot! (a.k.a “bookstagram made me read this”). Helen was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1962 and into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.


Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli
The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
The Miseducation of Cameron Post - Emily M Danforth
Girls of Paper and Fire - Natasha Ngan



Alice Dunbar Nelson

1. Read a book written or set during 1875-1935.


Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang


2. Read a diary, or letter collection (e.g. Anne Lister). Alices diary was published in 1984 and detailed her life during the years 1921 and 1926 to 1931. As one of only two journals of 19th-century African-American women, her diary provided useful insight into the lives of black women during this time.

Give Us Each Day - Alice Dunbar Nelson
The Anne Lister Diaries - Anne Lister.

3. Read a book with an African American MC (preferably own voices author too).

Let's Talk About Love - Claire Kann
Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley
The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
Jam on the Vine - Lashonda Katrice Barnett


4. Read an anthology. Alice was the editor of two anthologies.

Proud - Juno Dawson
All Out - Saundra Mitchell
Toil and Trouble - Tess Sharpe


5. Read a book / anthology written or edited by Alice. Alice was an editor, poet, journalist, and political activist.

Violets and Other Tales - Alice Dunbar Nelson
A Carnival Jangle - Alice Dunbar Nelson
Mine Eyes Have Seen - Alice Dunbar Nelson
Laughing to Stop Myself from Crying - Alice Dunbar Nelson

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