Bisexual books, articles and such around the internet links

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The Bisexual Library: Non-fiction

Below is a very incomplete list of books which might be of interest to bisexuals

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Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner

takes a long overdue, comprehensive look at bisexual politics—from the issues surrounding biphobia/monosexism, feminism, and transgenderism to the practice of labeling those who identify as bi as either “too bisexual” (promiscuous and incapable of fidelity) or “not bisexual enough” (not actively engaging romantically or sexually with people of at least two different genders). In this forward-thinking and eye-opening book, feminist bisexual and genderqueer activist Shiri Eisner takes readers on a journey through the many aspects of the meanings and politics of bisexuality, specifically highlighting how bisexuality can open up new and exciting ways of challenging social convention.

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out edited by Loraine Hutchins & Lani Kaahumanu

No matter what “kind” of bisexual you are, read this book and you will find validation in it somewhere. This is the best book I have ever read on bisexuality. I didn’t relate to all of the people, but related to many of them. I was also surprised at the number of people who came out as gay first, then later realized they were actually bisexual and had to come out all over again! I never knew it happened that way until I read this book. I have a lot of admiration for the editors, getting so much into this book, so many different voices. Definitely required reading!!! Continue reading

The Bisexual Library: Fiction

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Love, Sex, and Understanding the Universe by Harrie Farrow

Jim first hears the word bisexual on the same day in the sixth grade that he realizes how intelligent he is. He embraces the label, but soon discovers how difficult his life is going to be. At age sixteen his formerly liberal parents turn born-again Christian. His boyfriend Rick, who is also bi and has a girlfriend, isn’t ready to come out of the closet, and if his parents knew what the two of them were doing in Rick’s basement apartment, they’d never let Jim stay there. In college, Jim takes on hedonistic girlfriend, Amy, but she doesn’t seem to want to know who Jim really is. After a traumatic breakup, Jim moves to San Francisco to finally be out and open but instead everything gets insanely complicated. Struggling to be true to himself in a world where no-one seems to want him to be who he is, Jim spirals into mental chaos, juggling living between two lies. Then he discovers that love finds its own way, and ends up with more than he’s sure he can handle.

Choice by A.J. Walkley

“Haley Fry and her twin sister, Jamie, have been compared to one another since birth. Haley is the quieter twin, a lover of music who prefers solitude to spending time with multiple friends. A prodigy on the saxophone, she dreams of a career as a musician. Jamie, on the other hand, is the athlete of the family who prides herself on her popularity and how many boys are after her.
The twins’ parents, Larry and Maggie, place more trust in Haley because of her calmer nature. They expect the unexpected from Jamie, but not Haley. When Larry and Maggie learn that sixteen-year-old Haley is pregnant, they are shocked. Surprising everyone, but mostly herself, Haley faces a life-changing decision: Does she abort the baby or become a teenage mother?
Choice presents Haley’s dilemma in a unique way. The first half of this novel narrates what happens when Haley chooses an abortion, while the second half reveals Haley’s life when she chooses to keep the baby. Told through the eyes of the entire family, Choice illustrates the tough decisions involved in a teen pregnancy.” Continue reading

The Bisexual Library: Memoirs & Biographies

Below is a very incomplete list of books which might be of interest to bisexuals

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Henry and June: From “A Journal of Love” by Anaïs Nin

This bestseller covers a single momentous year during Nin’s life in Paris, when she met Henry Miller and his wife, June. “Closer to what many sexually adventuresome women experience than almost anything I’ve ever read….I found it a very erotic book and profoundly liberating” (Alice Walker).

Herself Defined: The Poet H.D. and Her World by Barbara Guest

Far preferable to Janice S. Robinson’s H.D. (1982), poet Guest’s critical biography of Hilda Doolittle – “H.D.” – is continually clear-eyed, closely contextual, and attentive to H.D.’s striving works (“a vital background composed of limited organisms”). The landmarks of H.D.’s life here become a series of pirouettes in the small space of hyper-artistic consciousness – the posturings, the revelations, the achievements. There’s full, thoughtful discussion of: the early love affair with Ezra Pound, while still in Pennsylvania; his European molding of Hilda into “H.D., imagiste”; her au courant self-definition as a Greek goddess (in that milieu, “people enjoyed long conversations about purity and simplicity, their eyes fastened on the heavens where dwelt the Greek constellations”); her linkup with rich and nurturing Bryher; her many male lovers (D. H. Lawrence, Richard Aldington, and Cecil Gray, who sired H.D.’s daughter); her analyses with Havelock Ellis, then Freud. And Guest also willingly deals with H.D.’s poetry and prose – without divorcing it from such personal issues as H.D.’s physical beauty, her neuroticism, and her money matters. (Guest judges H.D.’s best prose to be that of the 1950s – especially Helen in Egypt, written when H.D. was past 60.) Occasionally, it’s true, Guest’s evocative, allusive prose takes a jazzy or cutesy false step. (“Like Mary Poppins arriving by umbrella from another world, the Quaker lady from London, Harriet Weaver, appeared. . . .”) But such slips don’t detract much from the shrewd literary/psychological/social portrait here – with an H.D. who truly comes across as the distinctive, rare cultural phenomenon she was: the tangent that illuminates the center by its small, off-angled light. (Kirkus Reviews)

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