selections from S/HE
"Kisses" for Leslie from S/HE
with Minnie Bruce: "Femme, Poet, Activist"
S/HE stories in German
information for S/HE
Holly Hughes says, "This book is hot!"
The Village Voice (January 7, 1997)
"S/HE, by Minnie Bruce Pratt, is not just a favorite book, its several
of my favorite books. Pratt, best known for her poetry, is also the author of Rebellion,
a collection where the personal not only meets the political but they get married, break
up, then get married again.
I think of S/HE as a literary little black dress, perfect for any occasion. Last
election got you down? Apply Pratt to the appropriate pulse points. Hungry for beautiful
writing? Marinate yourself in these metaphors. Interested in gender and queer theory but
dont speak the language? In S/HE Pratt gives "theory flesh and
The book also works as travel writing; each story is a verbal snapshot of Pratts
journey from small-town Alabama, where she was mired down in whiteness and good-girldom,
to New York, where she became an acclaimed writer, antiracist activist, and lover of
Leslie Feinberg, author of Stone Butch Blues.
Did I fail to mention this book is hot? Suffice to say I ruined my first copy. So get
several; this is several books in one slender volume."
Other Praise for S/HE
"Whew. Check your assumptions at the front cover. Provocative reflections guarantee
that categories fall on every page."
"Pratt breaks traditions, restrictions, and taboos in what manysome with
shocked horror, others with fascinationwill find a high-risk book, almost sure to
become one of the hottest this season in and perhaps also outside the lesbian
Whitney Scott is a Chicago writer and artist.
From Q San Francisco:
"Another powerful life story is told by Minnie Bruce Pratt in S/HE, a
collection of short searing essays about an issue which confuses even the most liberated
among us: gender. What's she and what's he, where and why's the division,
what is it like to live and love across barriers? Pratt, a poet and activist as well as
essayist, thinks in print with welcome, clear-headed clarity about more than just butch
Richard Labonte is general manager of A Different Light Bookstores in San Francisco,
West Hollywood and New York
From Womens Review of Books:
"S/HE [is] a richly lyric memoir in which Pratt peels back daily life to reveal how
many fears, hopes, desires and expectations wriggle through our consciousness to coalesce
E.J. Graff contributes regularly to The New York Times and The New Yorker.
From Belles Lettres:
Among the best writing I have ever read about lesbian lives."
Deanna Kriesel is an editorial assistant at Triquarterly magazine.
S/HE: Finalist in the 1996 American Library Associations Gay and
Lesbian Book Awards
The awards, established in 1971 and sponsored by the ALA Social Responsibilities Round
Table (SRRT) Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Task Force, are awarded annually to authors of
books of exceptional merit published during the prior calendar year examining the lesbian,
gay and/or bisexual experience.
Nonfiction Award finalists were: Minnie Bruce Pratt for S/HE, published by
Firebrand Books; Linnea Due for Joining the Tribe, published by Anchor Books; The
Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage, edited by Claude J. Summers and published by H.
Holt; and Jonathan Ned Katz for The Invention of Heterosexuality.
The awards were selected from a list of 76 nominated titles drawn from a list of more than
800 fiction and nonfiction titles identified as having gay, lesbian or bisexual content.
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