What are the best memoirs written by lesbians?

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    #1Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir

    Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir

    Like every summer, 15-year old Maggie Thrash will spend her summer at Camp Bellflower, a girls-only camp where she has gone every year. Used to live a quiet life, she will question everything when she falls in love with Erin, a female counselor working at the camp that is also starting to develop feelings for her. 

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    Julia Medina
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I just recently came to terms with my own sexuality, and this book was truly a life saver for me. It was just so helpful to read about a character like me. The main character was really dealing with all the same issues and feelings I was having, and it was theraputic to read her story."
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    #2Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

    Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

    Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir is a nonfiction graphic autobiography beautifully told in black-and-white illustrations. This lesbian memoir tackles living in a family of secrets and its effects to the brain.

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    Jason Martinez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir probably isn't what most people would expect a memoir to look like. It's usually considered one of the most literary genres, but in this case, the experience is more graphic, which I think is beautiful and fitting the subject at hand. It really speaks to the creativity and willingness to experiment I think a lot of readers will appreciate."
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    #3Two or Three Things I Know for Sure

    Two or Three Things I Know for Sure
    Two or Three Things I Know for Sure is an nonfiction autobiography written by Dorothy Allison that lets readers look at her family's history and investigates how the gossip of one generation can be perpetuated by the next one.
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    Pamela Wong
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "As always, Dorothy Allison is provocative, confrontational, and brutally honest. I would recommend this book to anyone."
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    #4Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson is the true story behind her first successful novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. This is a nonfiction autobiography that tackles her quest for finding her biological mother.
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    Danielle Taylor
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I found this memoir pretty interesting. It's deeply touching and I would recommend it for a feel-good type book."
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    #5Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir

    Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir
    Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir is an autobiography by Lillian Faderman, a known writer of gay and lesbian studies. Faderman's memoir revolves around the temptation of destructive behavior.
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    Nicholas Curtis
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "i would surely like to read one of these"
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    #6Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir

    Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir
    Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir is a nonfiction autobiography of a lesbian Catholic woman named Michelle Theall. The story follows a woman who struggles between being a daughter and a mother to her son.
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    Dan Li
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This solution is adequate as it provides information regarding the topic of discussion. It specifically mentions that the book is a memoir of the author who is a lesbian. Nothing else is needed."
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    #7The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir

    The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir
    The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir is an autobiography that revolves around the pitfalls and triumphs of Staceyann Chin, a poet and an activist, as she struggles to be brave and fierce about her race and sexuality.
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    Julio César Cisneros
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir is a resilient tale about a subject that not many people are informed about. This memoir dives into the ecosystem of a family and the struggles they face revolving around Staceyann Chin's struggle to face the difficulties about her race and sexuality. This powerful read is for anyone looking for inspiration and motivation to face the difficulties in life. "
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    #8Happy Accidents: A Memoir

    Happy Accidents: A Memoir
    Happy Accidents: A Memoir is a nonfictional autobiography written by an American comedienne, singer, and actress, Jane Lynch. She gives us a glimpse of how she overcame her pitfalls and her struggle with her sexuality as a lesbian.


     
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    #9Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama is a nonfiction graphic memoir authored and illustrated by Alison Bechdel herself tackling her relationship with her father. This autobiography is a companion piece for her earlier book, Fun Home.


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    Tiffany Ortiz
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This isn't just about a woman dealing with her relationship with her father but also about a woman examining herself and the person she's become. It's an in-depth look at her relationships, her dreams and the paths she's taken in her life. I really liked this."
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    #10When We Were Outlaws

    When We Were Outlaws
    When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution is an autobiography written by Jeanne Cordova, an activist. This memoir revolves around finding self-identity, personal longings and political goals.


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    Victoria Andrade
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "When We Were Outlaws is a well written memoir written by lesbian Jeanne Cordova. She is an activist and the memoir revolves around finding her self-identity and personal longings. she was heavily involved in politics This book is enjoyable and will keep you interested throughout."
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    #11Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is an LGBT themed non-fiction book written by Alison Bechdel that tells the story of Alison's father. He is a closeted professional old man who had his own struggles but conquered all of it.
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    Arthur Vasquez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I was knew about novel little bit, I just share some words what ever i knew about fun home. This was basically written for most of the peoples want to read something about funny and entertain. If you guys are want spent their time with enjoyment, i prefer this."
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    #12The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

    The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

    The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas is a classic non-fiction biography book written by Gertrude Stein. This memoir is first published in 1933 by Vintage. 

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    Chirag Sengupta
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "an interesting memoir of Alice B. Toklas. good to add to your collection."
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    #13Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

    Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

    Zami: A New Spelling of My Name is a non-fiction novel written by Audre Lorde that tells the story of two women in love with each other. They will share their story in this book to inspire others.

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    Arthur Murphy
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Bought this on the recommendaton of a friend who read it during a women studies course. I found this book very well-written and engaging in that it kept my attention. It brought up some historical aspects I had previously been unaware of, and a perspective on an era I had not encountered before. So it was enlightening and absorbing reading. I highly recommend it."
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    #14Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story

    Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story

    Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story is a nonfiction biography book written by Jeanne Cordova. This nonfiction biography book was published on March 7, 1989 by Multiple Dimensions.

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    Jose Rice
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This was a riot to read. It follows the story of Jeanne Cordova as she first takes to the convent, all the way through finding herself accepting that she's a lesbian, an awkward place to be in a convent. The 1960s lead her to discover herself in new ways, and that often conflicts with her vows. A great read from a fun person. "
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    #15Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence

    Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence

    Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence is a nonfiction biography book written by Rosemary Curb and Nancy Manahan. This nonfiction biography book was published on March 1, 1986 by Grand Central Publishing.

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    Roger King
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Faced with a difficult choice this book explores the heartbreak of choosing between god and love. The story is courage and resonates with me in a ethereal way. I was drawn to this book and could not put it down."
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    #16Night Bloom: An Italian-American Life

    Night Bloom: An Italian-American Life

    Night Bloom: An Italian-American Life is an Italian nonfiction biography book written by Mary Capello. This Italian nonfiction biography book was published on October 10, 1999 by Beacon Press.

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    Judy Phillips
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I did not find that this solution answered the problem that I was interested in. Although the book was a memoir it did not tell me whether the author was a lesbian or not. I would not use this solution as a means to find a book that I wanted to read."

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Best What are the best memoirs written by lesbians
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Honor Girl: A Graphic MemoirBooks 36 Paid
2Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic MemoirBooks 33 Paid
3Two or Three Things I Know for SureBooks 32 Paid
4Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?Books 31 Paid
5Naked in the Promised Land: A MemoirBooks 28 Paid
6Teaching the Cat to Sit: A MemoirBooks 26 Paid
7The Other Side of Paradise: A MemoirBooks 24 Paid
8Happy Accidents: A MemoirBooks 22 Paid
9Are You My Mother?: A Comic DramaBooks 22 Paid
10When We Were OutlawsBooks 19 Paid
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