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Naked in the Promised Land
A Memoir
Lillian Faderman

"Funny, hip reconstruction of the making of a lesbian, from teen rebel to soft-porn model to high-class academic who never loses that entertaining chip on her shoulder."Frontiers

The daughter of an immigrant Jewish garment worker whose family had perished in the Holocaust, Lillian Faderman dreamed of being an actress. Instead she worked her way through college by posing for nude photographs and stripping. She discovered that her deepest erotic and emotional connections were to women. After nearly losing herself in a dangerous underworld of addicts, pimps, and prostitutes, she became a brilliant student, eventually earning a Ph.D. She became a loving partner, a devoted mother, a writer, and a groundbreaking scholar of gay and lesbian studies.

Named among the best books of 2003 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Advocate. (2003 hardcover edition was published by Houghton Mifflin.)

Lillian Faderman is the author of such acclaimed works as To Believe in Woman, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, and Surpassing the Love of Men. Among her many honors are Yale University’s James Brudner Award for exemplary scholarship in lesbian and gay studies, three Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association awards, the Monette-Horwitz Award, the American Association of University Women’s National Distinguished Scholar Award. She teaches literature and creative writing at California State University at Fresno.

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A Memoir

Spring 2004

368 pp.

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