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November 28, 2003

Librarians Want to Know...

Had Thanksgiving with a large group of librarians, and we finally focused on one key reference question: can anyone prove or disprove the story that Lynn Cheney wrote lesbian pulp fiction?

(Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

Posted by kgs at November 28, 2003 10:11 PM

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What's proven:

Lynne V. Cheney, wife of Vice-President Richard Cheney, wrote a book that was published in 1981 called Sisters. ISBN: 0451112040

According to OCLC, only 3 libraries in CA have it. Slate noted a bit of controversy over it: http://www.slate.msn.com/id/1007047

A small mention on PlanetOut: http://www.planetout.com/pno/news/feature.html?sernum=145

And there was a NY Times article on the book:

"Elaine Showalter, an English professor at Princeton University, was browsing a used-book stall in Paris in the early 1990's when she came upon an astonishing find: an Old West romance, replete with whorehouses, lesbian affairs and attempted rapes, written by an author whose name was all too familiar to academics in the humanities."

Bold Themes in a Lynne Cheney Novel
September 27, 2000, Wednesday,
Section A; Page 19; National Desk

She's not exactly a secret lesbian pulp writer, though ...

Posted by: Eli at December 7, 2003 08:29 PM

For a picture of the "Sisters" cover and some excerpts, see this link http://whitehouse.org/administration/sisters.asp

Posted by: Sis at March 18, 2004 11:34 AM