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Stone Butch Blues: A Novel Paperback – Apr 1 2004


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 1 edition (April 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555838537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555838539
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By garrett hendriks on April 29 2009
Format: Paperback
Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues is a dialogue from a butch named Jess from behind a wall too tall to see over.

Walls are built to close things off, to protect - sometimes to keep whats inside safe, othertimes to isolate people within. The protaganist Jess, had them built up around by others for not being something they could understand, and by herself to stay hard enough to stay in a world that didn't want her in it.

Jess tells about about never having the words to describe how she feels or to create her own voice and make it fit. Its hard to fit when you're trapped by the world outside gender, outside sex, and stuck walled into yourself.

I swallowed this book in two days - a quote I once heard is drumming in my head, "to live and die properly we must take back our words."
This is one of the only things I've read that has given me new words, made old words have meaning again. When I finished I felt like something in me I didn't notice took form, and had a voice, as part of me.
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Format: Hardcover
I found Stone Butch Blues to be a truly amazing novel; I too had a hard time putting it down. As a heterosexual male from the SF Bay Area, I have been exposed to homosexuals, but have never really been "behind the scenes" of the struggle for gender equality. Stone Butch Blues was a gripping and consistently sad account of the life of a tough yet sensitive "butch" and I learned quite a bit from it.
Jess definitely had to "walk a difficult path" in life as was prophecized early on by her neighbors and caretakers. The ever present emotional and physical struggles involved in Jess' life were heartbreaking and most of the time she found herself "drowning in loneliness." It is interesting to read the literary talent on display when Feinberg describes the first time Jess sees Rocco, or Jess' first dance, or when she asks Theresa to marry her. Feinberg has the ability to clearly describe these characters, create memorable scenes, and simultaneously lift your heart rate.
I thoroughly enjoyed this eye and mind opening book and in the process gained an insight that formerly didn't exist.
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Format: Paperback
I have read "Stone Butch Blues" five times, and I still find new things to grab my attention and make me think. The first chapter admittedly starts out really slowly, but don't get discouraged! The second you start Chapter 2, there is no putting the book down. It is an amazing narrative about the human will to survive, come hell or high water (and believe me: Jess, the protagonist, confronts way worse). I know that sounds cheesy, but this novel is anything but! You don't have to be transgender or lesbian to appreciate this novel. Just human.
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Format: Paperback
I first read Stone Butch Blues in 1993, and was completely blown away. Eight years later, the emotion and complexity remain with me. One cannot come away from this book unchanged. Powerful, provocative, and deeply moving. A classic.
Leslie Feinberg weaves a fictionalized autobiography through the story of Jess Goldberg. At the intersection of gender, sexual orientation, and class we find Jess.
Growing up in upstate New York, Jess struggles with gender identity. Leaving a difficult home life, Jess stumbles upon the the underground butch/femme lesbian bar world, and finds a place as a stone butch. The need to earn a living leads Jess to blue-collar factory jobs, where passing as a man provides increased job security.
We join Jess on her turbulent (and sometimes violent) roller coaster ride through life. Yet Jess survives, even triumphs, and the journey to Jess's self-actualization becomes a part of the reader.
Set in the 1950s-1970s, this book contains a glimpse of lives and struggles that are too often forgotten or unknown. A crash course in the complexity of the human condition.
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By Amazon Customer on Oct. 25 2001
Format: Paperback
I first discovered Stone Butch Blues in college, and it was one of those transformative books that changed the way I looked at myself and the world around me. Leslie Feinberg, in hir life and hir work, gracefully hands us a slice of history, and explores the intersection of butch/femme culture in the 1950s and the way gender touches all of our lives and relationships. Deeply moving, true to life and full of love and triumph, this book is a true classic. It should be required reading for anyone interested in lesbian lives.
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Format: Paperback
this book rips your heart out, puts it back in, let's you heal a bit then rips it back out. This book is powerful and intense I couldn't put it down, I've loaned it out and my friend has loaned it out yet again, I doubt I'll ever get it back, great book, don't pass it up
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Stone butch blues is a touching story that attempts to explain the life of a young girl, Jess, and her journey into the culture of being different. From as long as she can remeber, Jess has never been like her peers, instead she is classified as the "other". The book describes her pain and hardship as she learns who she is and waht she is destined to be. Realising that she is a butch, a he-she.Through her experiences, both negative and positive, Jess finaly finds herself.This book draws upon various issues, such as discrimination and women's liberation, prividing an insightful experience in the life of a person who differs from the norm.
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