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1. Grief: A Novel
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4. ABC A Family Alphabet Book
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6. Child Of My Right Hand
7. The Lesbian and Gay Parenting
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8. Always My Child: A Parent's Guide
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9. And Then There Was Me
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10. Fatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional
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12. The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy
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14. Molly's Family
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1. Grief: A Novel
by Hyperion
Hardcover (06 June, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Afraid of the Subject Matter
This book appears at the right time - 25 years into the epidemic, addressing a subject that has been singularly overlooked.There has been so much focus on the dead and dying, little thought has been given the survivors.And yet, when I picked this book up, I hesitated and left it to buy another time when I might feel more brave.I'm trying to get past my grief, after all, not dwell in it.But on a second trip to the bookstore, perhaps feeling more confident, I bought it.I read much of it on DuPont Circle, where much of the action in the book takes place.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Gift to Literature
As we age, as we move beyond the terror of AIDS, what lies in store for us afterwards? For many of us, the 1980s brought a reign of horror in which friends died with the days, and the liberating lovemaking that defined us began to attack us. The immediacy of the pain of the now filled our hearts; but as the unnamed narrator claims in Andrew Holleran's new novel, Grief, it was for a time the disease du jour, and now we, as a nation, have moved on.
1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
After hearing the NPR review of this book I raced out to buy it.How disappointed I was when I read it.Although easy to read (Mr. Holleran has a lovely style) it was essentually empty of emotion.I felt nothing.I wanted to say to all of the primary characters "Get over yourself".All of the main participants were beautiful, clever, intelligent.Well, fine.Just come to grips with your lives.Stop whining. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. American Contemporary Fiction - Individual Authors +    2. College teachers    3. Death    4. Fiction    5. Fiction - General    6. Gay    7. Literary    8. Loss (Psychology)    9. Parents    10. Fiction / Literary    11. General & Literary Fiction    12. Literature of special Gay interest   


2. The Lost Language of Cranes: A Novel
by Bloomsbury USA
Paperback (14 April, 2005)
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Isbn: 1582345732
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Subjects:  1. Coming out (Sexual orientation    2. Coming out (Sexual orientation)    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - General    5. Gay    6. General    7. Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)    8. Parent and adult child    9. Real estate development    10. Fiction / General   


3. Heather Has Two Mommies: 10th Anniversary Edition (Alyson Wonderland)
by Alyson Books
Paperback (01 June, 2000)
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Isbn: 1555835430
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This handsome 10-anniversary edition of a minor classic presents the story of Heather, a preschooler with two moms who discovers that some of her friends have very different sorts of families. Juan, for example, has a mommy and a daddy and a big brother named Carlos. Miriam has a mommy and a baby sister. And Joshua has a mommy, a daddy, and a stepdaddy. Their teacher Molly encourages the children to draw pictures of their families, and reassures them that "each family is special" and that "the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other." In the afterword, the author (whose other children's books include Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book For Any Child's Library
I read this book through, and imagined reading it to my children when I finally have some and found it to be a wonderful read. Very well written. All children should have this book read to them whether they come from two mothers, two fathers, a mother & a father or a single parent home.

3-0 out of 5 stars Earnestly PC
Jean-Claude Van Damme uttered the immortal line: "I didn't make the world; I just live in it" (Cyborg, c. 1989).On one level, this book is useful for those kids thrust into non-traditional family situations like those in HHTM.You could do worse than have the facts of your own familial structure explained to you by a kiddie book as opposed to the schoolyard bully, d'accord?
2-0 out of 5 stars Creates more questions than it answers
The book's appearance and story line are both lighthearted and gentle with the underlying message that acceptance is the highest of all virtues. This approach will probably work for a typical 5 year old child in a Lesbian led household - especially a girl child. If the child is a boy and/or approachng 8 or 9 years old, the hard questions start coming and this book pretends these questions will never be asked.
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Subjects:  1. Children's Books/Ages 4-8 Fiction    2. Children: Kindergarten    3. Family    4. Family - Alternative Family    5. Fiction    6. General    7. Homosexuality    8. Juvenile Fiction    9. Lesbian mothers    10. Mothers and daughters    11. Fiction dealing with sexuality & relationships    12. Juvenile Fiction / General   


4. ABC A Family Alphabet Book
by Two Lives Pub
Paperback (01 February, 2001)
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Sales Rank: 99510
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, yet disappointing
I am pleased to see a children's book incorporating LGBT families as characters without presenting LGBT-specific issues as the central topic of the book. Kudos to the authors for choosing to depict a fair amount of racial diversity including interracial families. However, I was disappointed to see a lack of heterosexual couple representation. Heterosexual couples are overrepresented in children's literature generally, so I fear that the lack of representation in books like this contributes to a sense of other-ness: Non-traditional families do exist, but they are so different and separate from the mainstream that they all crowd together in the safety of their own book and are rarely if ever seen interacting with heterosexual families.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's About Time!
It is about time that LGBT families have books that reflect their lives in children's books without being hammered over the head with issues. This is a wonderful book and finally our kids can look at a picture book and see illustrations they can actually relate to.

5-0 out of 5 stars this book is beyond belief!
this book had one problem... to many animal shots. other than that this book really gave me a new out look on life.i've learned that some parts don't have to be hiden. my new found freedom has made me more popular than ever! im making new friends... i spend alot of time with my uncle i never knew! this is GREAT!i recomend this book to anyone who is struggling to find them selves... (my hockey coach recommended this book.. hi mr.Sroman) ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Children of gay parents    2. Children: Preschool    3. Concepts - Alphabet    4. Family relationships    5. Gay fathers    6. Juvenile Fiction    7. Juvenile Fiction / Concepts / Alphabet    8. Juvenile literature    9. Lesbian mothers    10. Alphabet    11. Children's 4-8    12. Families    13. Gay & Lesbian    14. Juvenile Nonfiction   


5. How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages
by Harrington Park Press
Paperback (October, 2004)
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Isbn: 1560234202
Sales Rank: 171973
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Quite Disturbed that this come up under Mentally Ill Parents
I've never read this book, but I'm very disturbed that it came up under a search of mentally ill parents.I think amazon should be ASHAMED to have classified homosexuality as a mental illness.I am SHOCKED!

5-0 out of 5 stars It's about time!
I loved this book.I found that it's something so new over the past few years, as far as something that people talk about.We've come so far relative to diversity, acceptance, and sharing our personal stories, that a book like this is a breath of fresh air.I'm happy that it talks about things from a child's perspective, and doesn't try to be too clinical or matter-of-fact.My children loved the book (they're teens....and I'm a gay dad) and it put all of the challenges, blessings, and difficulties into perspective for them.We're all walking a different path, and it's great to see what others (and their children have gone through.

4-0 out of 5 stars almost child friendly
i found the book a good read, but my young daughter has a little trouble with the words not being literacy friendly. she has trouble with adult words (the spelling). otherwise i enjoyed it. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Children of gay parents    2. Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Nonfiction    3. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    4. Family - Parents    5. Gay parents    6. Juvenile Nonfiction    7. Juvenile literature    8. Parent and child    9. Parenting - General    10. Psychology    11. Social Issues - Homosexuality    12. Personal awareness: family, relationship & social issues   


6. Child Of My Right Hand
by Sourcebooks Landmark
Paperback (October, 2004)
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Sales Rank: 199841
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A POWERFUL, REDEMPTVE STORY
Wow, what a book!Through all the craziness, Goodman elicits honest emoton from all his characters and writes with rich detail that won't let you put ths book down.Chld Of My Right Hand is an unforgettable modern tale of an American Family -gay son, gay father, cheating husband, bigots, hate crimes, jocks, drama, small town life, gay love, straight love - it's all mixed into this awesome book.
5-0 out of 5 stars Some enchanted evening...
This is the first Amazon review I've ever written but this novel moved me so much that I had to.
4-0 out of 5 stars Honest
Honest is the best way to describe "Child of My Right Hand", written by my friend's father. Candid, and honest, this novel seeks to portray the complicated relationship between straight parent and gay child from all angles - mother, father, and son. But it does much more than that: it explores the complexities of our unfaithful, scatterbrained human hearts, and shows off Eric Goodman's (whom I know as "Lizzie's" Dad's) intelligent - often shocking - wit.
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Subjects:  1. College teachers    2. Coming out (Sexual orientation    3. Coming out (Sexual orientation)    4. Fiction    5. Fiction - General    6. Gay    7. General    8. Literary    9. Parent and child    10. Teenage boys   


7. The Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook: Creating and Raising Our Families
by Perennial
Paperback (May, 1993)
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Isbn: 0060969296
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In the past, most children of gay or lesbian parents were born into heterosexual families that later broke up. Today, more and more lesbian and gay couples are making the decision to have and raise families together.Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and helpful
A wonderful and enlightening book, bringing some sense of normalcy to a perfectly normal topic. Effective parenting is about love, after all, and not about the sexual plumbing of the persons doing the parenting. I only wish that the authors had gathered a more comprehensive list of educational resources to help us present a balanced view of the world, and of history, to our kids. ...But overall, a splendid book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Overall, a great book!
This book was informative and an easy read.As a lesbian parent of a small child,I was really looking for a book on lesbian parenting. This book includes a great deal about becoming a parent so I would recommend this book to gay or lesbian folks who are thinking about becoming parents as the chapters on adoption, co-parenting, donor insemination, etc. were well written and seemed to cover just about every aspect that goes into the decision to be a parent and how to become one.Even though only 1/2 of the book covered actual parenting and some of it included the authors heartbreaking personal experiences, I found the information to be very helpful to me as a lesbian parent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for gay guys considering parenthood.
A great way to start the process on becoming a gay parent (there aren't many books/resources out there for gay guys considering parenting). I found the sections on the different ways to become a parent (international adoption, local open adoptions, birth parents, etc.) to be a very helpful starting point. The storiesfrom friends of the author really helped me and my partner through the concerns and jitters we had. I was especiallygrateful for the chapters on dealing with parents and others when letting them in on the news. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Child Development And Rearing    2. Children of gay parents    3. Family / Parenting / Childbirth    4. Gay Studies    5. Gay parents    6. Homosexuality    7. Lesbian Studies    8. Parenting    9. Parenting - General    10. Sociology    11. United States    12. Child care & upbringing    13. Gay & Lesbian studies   


8. Always My Child: A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning Son or Daughter
by Fireside
Paperback (24 December, 2002)
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Sales Rank: 159317
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Always My Child: A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning Son or Daughter
This is an honest and on the mark book for parents about LGBTQ children and teens. It addresses issues important to the LGBTQ son or daughter and gives practical advice to the parent about acceptance and understanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for EVERY parent
Kevin Jennings, Executive Director of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) has co-authored the definitive book on guiding, understanding, and - hopefully - accepting in love your GLBTQ child.It is primarily targeted toward parents struggling to help and deal with their questioning or coming out teenage child.
5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding resource
This amazing guide will help parents navigate the challenges of connecting with a GLBTQ child and becoming an integral and supportive part of that child's life. With chapters on school harassment, drug abuse, and depression, this book also addresses the negative and sometimes self-destructive behaviors of our youth, but gives hope and tools to help heal these wounds. "Always My Child" is especially notable for its chapters on transgender issues and multicultural issues that previous guides didn't include. I was also excited about the chapter on youth questioning their sexuality (straight and gay and in-between), and how parents can be supportive in that as well, because this isn't something many acknowledge. Jennings and Shapiro have created a marvelous resource that will help not only parents, but anyone interested in helping our youth, both queer and nongay, create positive lives. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Family & Relationships    2. Family / Parenting / Childbirth    3. Family relationships    4. Family/Marriage    5. Gay Studies    6. Gay teenagers    7. Lesbian Studies    8. Life Stages - Adolescence - Sexuality    9. Parent and teenager    10. Parenting - General    11. Parents of sexual minority you    12. Parents of sexual minority youth    13. Sexuality    14. Social conditions    15. Advice on parenting    16. Family & Relationships / Sexuality    17. Marriage, family & other relationships    18. Sex & sexuality   


9. And Then There Was Me
by AdoptShoppe Press
Hardcover (April, 2002)
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Sales Rank: 329771
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars And Then There Was ME
This is a great memory book for same sex, adoptive, surrogate or other types of parenting models.I really like the flexibility the book gives us and think our child will be very happy to have something to look back on that truly represents his loving family.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
As a single parent, I was quite excited to order this baby book....but I was horribly disappointed when I received it. Since it is hardbound, it's difficult to remove the pages that are not relevant to me. In addition, the paper was poor quality and the printing looked as if it was produced on a home ink-jet printer. The screen printing on the cover looked as if it was also done at home.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Singles!!
As a single parent, I wanted to have a baby book for my son, but I didn't want it to have huge gaps when it came to questions about his father.With "And Then There Was Me" I can add or delete whatever information I want.I am able to keep an ongoing chronical of important events in his life up through age 18! I love this book and I think it is the perfect solution for alternative families. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baby Books    2. Blank Books / Diaries / Memory Books    3. Blank Books/Journals    4. Family & Relationships    5. Family & Relationships / Infants & Toddlers    6. Gay & Lesbian    7. Infants & Toddlers    8. Single parents   


10. Fatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional and Practical Guide to Becoming a Gay Dad
by Harrington Park Press
Paperback (June, 2003)
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Sales Rank: 96794
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book will be remembered...
REVIEWED BY: Francis A. Martin, Ph.D.
5-0 out of 5 stars Perfectly describing how I feel about kids
I not a big reader but I just got it tonight and finished it.I am touched by what he says in his book because it's how I am feeling. 5-0 out of 5 stars All You Need is Love
I'm not a big reader - can barely keep up with the newspaper and my work stuff. One reason I liked this book is that people like me can make time for it.It's short, to the point, and got me crying at least twice during the first three chapters.Like the author I'm a single gay guy still figuring out gay men, hoping for that monogamous never-ending relationship. This book showed that although being a father would probably be easier if part of a couple, the biggest qualification is a strong desire to be a father.Clearly not all men (gay or straight) are cut out for it, but Kevin proves that one's sexual orientation does not bear on his ability to be a dad.If I adopt I will pick up this book, probably cry again as I extract just the how-to parts, unable to avoid parts that choked me up.It's a great primer - one that doesn't overwhelm you with too much detail yet has all the necessities.Think of the barriers Kevin had - (1) gay, (2) single, (3) male, (4) adopting in a faraway developing country (5) doing it a second time.This man clearly has guts and, you'll see from all his preparation, was made to be a father - a role model.Through his story and guide, he makes easy what till now I would not have thought possible.Although the book's target is gay men, it's an inspiration for anyone contemplating parenthood. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. (Kevin P.)    2. Family & Relationships    3. Family / Parenting / Childbirth    4. Family/Marriage    5. Gay Studies    6. Gay adoption    7. Gay fathers    8. McGarry, Kevin    9. Parenting - Fatherhood    10. Parenting - Single Parent    11. Sociology - Marriage & Family    12. Advice on parenting    13. Marriage, family & other relationships   


11. Confessions of the Other Mother: Non-Biological Lesbian Mothers Tell All
by Beacon Press
Paperback (15 May, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 176766
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun fun fun!!
This book was really great. As a "other mother" myself, I was thrilled to hear about this book, and it is all it says it shouls be- funny, sad, cute. I loved reading it, and have telling friends to buy it! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Gay Studies    4. General    5. Lesbian mothers    6. Nonbiological mothers    7. Parental Memoirs    8. Social Science    9. Sociology    10. Specific Groups - Lesbians    11. Women    12. Social Science / Gay Studies   


12. The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself from Pre-conception through Birth, 2nd Edition
by Cleis Press
Paperback (10 October, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars good overall guide
This is about the only guide on the market that covers lesbian pregnancy from sperm choices to birth. I find it is a little too scewed toward lesbians in liberal metropolitain areas. On the other hand, it really is the only book and it does the job.

5-0 out of 5 stars USER FRIENDLY AND COVERS EVERYTHING!
Rachel Pepper's new edition of her Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians is a welcomed event.With her clear writing and pull-no-punches style, Rachel takes the mystery and fear out of this amazing and popular process.Lesbians deserve to be spoken to in our own language, and this book is accessible and smart in the best ways.Things I didn't know I didn't know are answered fully, informatively, and often with a lightheartedness that reaches across the page to the reader so we can understand what's going on.I would recommend this book to any single or coupled lesbians who are thinking of embarking on the baby journey.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh, timely edition of this indispensable book
Hooray! The second edition of this first-of-its-kind book has even more useful information and is totally up-to-date. The best thing about it is still the author's voice, which is strong and supportive -- and funny -- on every page. This book is infused with the wisdom of someone who's been through it all, back when there weren't any books about it, and is eager to shepherd others through the process.Equally encouraging are the many quotes from other dyke mamas (and mamas-to-be) describing their own experiences, from the just- thinking-about-it stage to actually giving birth.
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13. Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting
by InterVarsity Press
Hardcover
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly documented; somewhat convincing from a secularist standpoint
What I liked: The authors by and large do not rely on religious arguments. True, that does not automatically mean all of their arguments are convincing. However, I think their secular arguments will reach a larger audience. For instance, Section II includes a devastating analysis of broken families. The authors thoroughly footnote sources from anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, etc. and many of them are from top universities. All of this documented research in Section II alone may be worth the price of the book. Thus, anyone attempting to refute the writers has a good starting point: their sources. It will not suffice just to shout about how "marriage is only about love" or "aren't two parents just what every child needs?" The authors also handle the debate in a rather benevolent manner.
1-0 out of 5 stars Marriage natural?
If this author did his research he would know that marriage has changed throughout history and it is a social construct. A good book to read is "Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage". Look at history not the dogma that fits a moralistic perspective. , what are these people afraid of? Critical thinking?

5-0 out of 5 stars Common Sense
Highlights include... (My comments in parentheses.)
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Subjects:  1. Sexuality & Gender Studies    2. Religion    3. Religion - Socialissues    4. Religious aspects    5. Christianity - Christian Life - Social Issues    6. Christianity    7. Religion, Politics & State    8. Gay parents    9. Marriage    10. Same-sex marriage   


14. Molly's Family
by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Hardcover (07 April, 2004)
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Sales Rank: 244560
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars For family reading
This is a nice little book with a clear explanation for children of what makes a family unit. If you have this situation in your child's kindergarten, this is just the right book to explain mixed families. I'll keep it on the shelf and offer it to parents in my school as needed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why are two Moms always a problem?
Why are two Moms always presented as a problem? I have an 11 year old son and a 6 year old daughter.In Kindergarten neither of them even had the concept that having two Moms was bad or that one or the other of us was or was not their real Mom. I sure don't want to introduce those ideas thru a childrens book. Sure, kids have asked how you can have two Moms or do you have a Dad?But they are not so mean about it as presented in this book. Even though it all turns out well in the end, I wouldn't want to read the first half of the book to my daughter.It's time for a book for kids where there are two Moms, but that fact is just incidental to the story -- not the problem to be dealt with.

5-0 out of 5 stars True to life story for a two mom family
I bought this because my daughter will be in Kindergarten this Fall. She has already been in preschool for a year and a half, but Kindergarten will bring new friends at a new school. This story of an Open House and introducing new friends to a two mom family is very realistic and ultimately reassuring. She enjoys hearing the story and I enjoy reading it to her. I think it's a valuable addition for any two mom family or for anyone wishing to share family diversity issues with their kids. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Children's Books/Ages 4-8 Fiction    2. Children: Grades 1-2    3. Family    4. Family - Parents    5. Fiction    6. Juvenile Fiction    7. Lesbian mothers    8. Preschool Picture Story Books    9. School stories    10. Schools    11. Social Issues - Homosexuality    12. Juvenile Fiction / Social Situations / Homosexuality   


15. Now That You Know: A Parents' Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children, Updated Edition
by Harvest/HBJ Book
Paperback (June, 1998)
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Isbn: 0156006057
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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If the coming out process is difficult for gay people, it is often equally difficult for their parents.Confusion, anger, and fear frequently cause fathers and mothers of gay men and lesbians to disavow, strike out against, and even resent their children. For many parents, a child's coming out feels like the ultimate rejection--not only of their dreams and hopes but of their own heterosexuality. In Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Instead of this book, try....
In my April, 1999 review of this book (somewhere among the reviews listed here), I said there were better books now available. Several people have e-mailed me asking me to be more specific. 1-0 out of 5 stars This book is sadly out of date.
Upon the recommendation of others, I bought this book; however, many better choices exist for parents dealing with the new knowledge that they have a gay child. This book's information comes from the 70s. Even thoughthe book has been republished twice, the authors have done an inadequatejob of keeping up-to-date. I'm sure the book seemed heaven sent in theearly 80s, but not now.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly outdated for such an important book
This was a very important book in 1979 when it was first published, a book that I often recommended togay/lesbian students who wanted to inform their parents. But the authors have been very lazy and have barely changedit in the 20 years since the first edition. I was disappointed in thesecond edition (1989) because it was virtually unchanged from the firstedition except for an added chapter on AIDS and a minimally reviseddiscussion of the PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians andGays) organization. Read more

Subjects:  1. AIDS (Disease)    2. Family / Parenting / Childbirth    3. Family relationships    4. Gay Studies    5. Gay/Lesbian Nonfiction    6. Gays    7. Homosexuality    8. Life Stages - Adolescence - Sexuality    9. Parent And Child    10. Parenting - General    11. Parents of gays    12. Social Science    13. Sociology    14. United States    15. Gay & Lesbian studies    16. Marriage, family & other relationships    17. Sex & sexuality   


16. Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together
by Thunder's Mouth Press
Paperback (July, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Understanding and accepting your gay child
The 30th anniversary of PFLAG is a fitting time for this updated edition.Former national vice president of PFLAG, Robert Bernstein has chronicled not only his own journey to acceptance and support of his lesbian daughter, but also the founding and continuing growth of PFLAG.
3-0 out of 5 stars Great for parents who want enlightenment
And that's the problem with this book, if it's not read within its parameters. Robert A. Bernstein, inspired to write his book after his teenage daughter came out as a lesbian, has some wonderful examples of parental support of gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered children, and support for parents is the reason for the book. And the history of the parental group (P-FLAG) of such children is intriguing and informative. Certainly, just as gay and lesbian children need the support of their families, so their parents need their unique support systems. Unfortunately, parents who reject not only their childrens' "alternate" lifestyles but their children in whole, aren't likely to read Bernstein's book simply because they probably don't want to understand what they disdain for whatever reason. The real-life parent-child relationships posited here are wonderful, and it would be truly magnificent if all parent-child relationships could be as they are here. Additionally, the children in this book are older, not necessarily pre- and teenagers, thus exluding the parents of these age-specific issues. Further, many of the children cited here are usually on track toward personal and professional fulfillment, quite likely partly because of their parents' support. Unfortunately, a great many others, if not more, have either been fully abandoned by their parents and family or, if they haven't, don't have what could qualify as anything nearing a healthy relationship with their parents. By its title, Bernstein's novel is directed toward parents, and certainly they need support just as much as their children. But to conclude that all gay and lesbian children have their families' unconditional love and support would be a tragic mistake. Unfortunately, all too many parents, presumably affected by the fears and prejudices of homophobia, will likely never accept their childrens' alternative choices and will never have a need for a book like this. But for those parents who do, Bernstein's work is a wonderful beginning toward understanding.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for parents!
I just finishing reading this book. It was a good read but it is more or less for parents to read. Don't get me wrong, I learned some things: what parents go through, some things on society, history of p-flag, and such but it was not all that I hoped this book would be. Read more

Subjects:  1. Family / Parenting / Childbirth    2. Family relationships    3. Gay Studies    4. Gay men    5. Homosexuality    6. Lesbian Studies    7. Lesbians    8. Parenting - Child Rearing    9. Parenting - General    10. Parents of gays    11. Social Science    12. Sociology   


17. Seasons
by Cavalier Press
Paperback (08 April, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic love story!A real page-turner...
Seasons is the first book I have read from Anne Azel and I look forward to reading more. This book is long but I enjoyed it all the way through. This story did not drag in any spots. It was a thrilling, romantic, heart-felt story with the touches of humor on every page. Seasons was an easy read and a novel that I will keep in my collection to read again! You will enjoy the main characters and all their little quirks. Family is what this book stands for. No matter how crazy your family is there has got to be a Williams family around somewhere to make yours seem normal! The added bonus of Indian Summer leaves you wanting more of the Crazy Williams clan and I hope there will be more to their story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful Novel - Romantic, Witty and a Mystery to solve!!
This story gives you everything you want in a novel. Great writing, wonderful characters and a terrific story. The secondary characters are as interesting as the main characters. The story is a real page turner but the characters are so endearing (and hilariously funny) that you don't want it to end. This isn't a lightweight romance. The characters suffer through some pretty serious tragedies, none of them gratuitous but all very well written.
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Subjects:  1. Fiction / Lesbian    2. Lesbian couples    3. Lesbian mothers    4. Motion picture actors and actresses    5. Romance - Contemporary   


18. From The Notebooks Of Melanin Sun
by Scholastic Paperbacks
Mass Market Paperback (01 October, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF MELANIN SUN
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I read this book in 1997.Unfourtantely, I lost my copy years ago, so I can't make specific references to what I loved about this book.But I did love this book very much.I have put it up there with some of the greatest books I've ever read, such as A Wrinkle In Time and Watership Down.I think Jackie did something really fantastic with this book, and I thank her for the experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good book on a worthy topic
For as long as thirteen-year-old Melanin Sun can remember, it's been just him and his mom. His father walked off before he was born. His mother never dated much. Usually after just two or three dates with a man she'd lose interest. Melanin Sun was happy with his life and family situation...until his mom discovered the pretty white lawyer named Kristin. Read more

Subjects:  1. Afro-Americans    2. Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General    3. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    4. Fiction    5. General    6. Juvenile Fiction    7. Lesbians    8. Mothers and sons    9. Social Issues - Adolescence    10. Social Issues - Homosexuality    11. Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism    12. Social Situations - Adolescence    13. Social Situations - Homosexuality    14. Social Situations - Prejudice & Racism    15. Juvenile Fiction / Ethnic / African American   


19. Gay & Lesbian Parenting Choices: From Adopting or Using a Surrogate to Choosing the Perfect Father
by Career Press
Paperback (30 April, 2006)
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Subjects:  1. Children of gay parents    2. Gay Studies    3. Gay adoption    4. Gay parents    5. Gender Studies    6. Lesbian Studies    7. Parent And Child    8. Parenting - General    9. Social Science    10. Sociology   


20. The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans and Other Stories
by Alyson Books
Paperback (01 May, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a must have for all families!!
I ordered this book for my newly adopted son, my partner and I read it to him almost every night! He absolutely loves it!Despite a few editing errors, it is a fabulous book with wonderful fairy tales including families of all different types.
5-0 out of 5 stars Matter-of-Fact Fairy Tales
My son loved these stories.They are fairy tales with magic boots, kings, queens, etc.but with various family constellations presented very matter-of-factly.They are not preachy but convey values that (...) (such as, being different does not mean you're bad) in a fun way. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Children's Books/Ages 4-8 Fiction    2. Children's stories, American    3. Children: Grades 1-2    4. Fairy Tales & Folklore - Anthologies    5. Fairy tales    6. Family - Parents    7. Gay parents    8. General    9. Juvenile Fiction    10. Social Issues - Homosexuality    11. United States    12. Fiction    13. Juvenile Fiction / General   


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