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BOOK REVIEWS AND MENTIONS

The Advocate: LGBT magazine The Advocate lists My Butch Career among “The Best Books We Read in 2018: Queer History & Bios”

American Anthropologist: Special Book Review Section: Reviewing Mother Camp (Fifty Years Late)

The Bay Area Reporter: My Butch Career: A Memoir (Duke U.), details ‘[Esther’s] struggle to write, teach and find love’ while surviving a period of intense homophobic persecution."

Curve Magazine: “Newton is always questioning: her life, other gay and lesbian lives, what it means to be butch, the distinctions between butch and trans identities, femininity, masculinity, gender. It’s the proverbial whirlwind, and all of it feels as though it’s being told to us over the various courses of a delectable and complex meal. “

Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy: “Esther Newton's sharp insights into her developing consciousness are sometimes so precise and revealing that they take my breath away. Her wit gives her personal traumas in a hostile society universal meaning, making her pain and pleasure available to all, while her reflections on the interconnections of gender, sex, and feminism in love-making remain fresh. Capturing the multiple layers of identity and examining how social forces shape our lives, My Butch Career is absolutely unique in the way it explores women's desire as both personal and social. I know of no other memoir like it.”

John D’Emilio: “In My Butch Career Esther Newton takes her readers through her chaotic family history, the uncharted territory of coming to terms with an identity that is far outside the norms for her generation, and the transforming effects that new social movements had on her. Bringing personalities, scenes, conversations, and relationships to life, Newton has written a book that is powerful, gripping, and immensely readable.”

LITHUB: “Dirty Dancing belongs in the lesbian rom-com canon: Esther Newton Makes an Important Case”

NPR: “Newton is one of the few anthropologists who have focused exclusively on gender and gay culture.”