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On Display at Clarkston: Display -- October 2011B

A guide for the content of Georgia State Unierversity's Perimeter College Clarkston Library's bulletin board displays.

On Display -- October 2011B

Featured Web Sites

""Perimeter College Reads." "
Southern Academy for Literary Arts and Scholarly Research
Defunct link to GP C Reads

Perimeter College Reads is a book club open to students, faculty, staff, and community members with the goal of connecting our community of readers with authors so that the discussions begun in the campus-based groups can continue right on through the authors’ visits.
Source: Defunct link to GP C Reads

Southern Academy for Literary Arts and Scholarly Research
Defunct link to Southern Academy

It is the mission of the Southern Academy to promote excellence in creative and scholarly writing, literacy and civic engagement through literary and scholarly endeavors.
Source: Defunct link to Southern Academy

Davis, Stan.
Stop Bullying Now!

As a culture, we are focusing new attention on childhood bullying and harassment. As we watch children being crushed by bullying, we often feel powerless. No more! There are ways to stop bullying, based on decades of research.
index.html provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.

Firefly Cloak

The Rapture of Canaan

Gracious Plenty Bitterroot Landing

Adolescent Mental Health

Offers a variety of links to articles about various aspects of adolescent behavioral health and adolesence in general.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer


A preventive health site for both teens and their parents. The site features extensive articles on nutrition, mental health, and safety. It is part of a larger site with articles on a variety of diseases and conditions.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer


Features readable articles on physical, mental, and social health for adolescents.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Dar Es Salaam

Bastard out of Carolina

Stone Butch Blues

Comfort and Joy

Goulart, Karen M.
"Trans 101."

Like gays, lesbians and bisexuals, members of the trans community must deal with a variety of real-world issues by virtue of living their lives openly and honestly. But unlike the sexual-minority community, the number and depth of the issues faced by the gender community can be daunting: health care, legal issues, civil-rights, employment, harassment, stigmatization are overwhelmingly part of coming out as transgender.


The purpose of these lists is to promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian and bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.Our lists and webpages provide opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Perimeter College Reads the Sweet In Between

This month, October 2011, G PC (now Perimeter College at Georgia State University) students, faculty, and staff can all be on the same page by reading The Sweet In Between by Sheri Reynolds. This display celebrates Ms. Reynolds' work and stories with similar themes, as well as books and web sites that deal with homosexuality, gender issues, bullying, andadolescence, and other social problems.

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Books by Sheri Reynolds

Reynolds, Sheri.
Bitterroot Landing. New York: Putnam, 1994.
Georgia State PS3568.E8975 B58 1997

Synopsis: A girl kills her mother for forcing her into prostitution and makes it look an accident. She becomes a vagabond and the novel follows her life of abuse at the hands of men, until she is rescued by social workers.

Reynolds, Sheri.
Firefly Cloak: A Novel. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2006.
PS3568.E8975 F57 2006b

Synopsis: Abandoned by their desperate mother, eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her brother, Travis, are left only with her favorite housecoat and the phone number of their grandparents, items that years later prompt Tessa Lee to search for what she has lost.

Reynolds, Sheri.
A Gracious Plenty: A Novel. New York: Harmony Books, 1997.
Georgia State PS3568.E8975 G72 1997

Synopsis: Disfigured by boiling water, Finch Nobles is so ugly people shun her. So Finch, who is employed as a caretaker in a cemetery, finds company in the dead who talk to her. Among her friends are the spirits of a beauty queen and of a homeless man.

Reynolds, Sheri.
The Rapture of Canaan. New York: Berkeley Books, 1997.
PS3568.E8975 R36 1997

Synopsis: Ninah Huff, the teenage granddaughter of the founder of an isolated religious community, causes controversy when she is discovered to be pregnant with what she claims is a holy child.

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Fiction Similar to The Sweet In Between

Allison, Dorothy.
Bastard out of Carolina. New York: Dutton, 1992.
Dunwoody PS3551.L453 B37 1992

Synopsis: Set in the rural South, this tale centers around the Boatwright family, a proud and closeknit clan known for their drinking, fighting, and womanizing. Nicknamed Bone by her Uncle Earle, Ruth Anne is the bastard child of Anney Boatwright, who has fought tirelessly to legitimize her child. When she marries Glen, a man from a good family, it appears that her prayers have been answered.

Black, Daniel.
Perfect Peace. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2010.
PS3602.L267 P47 2010

Synopsis: Black (The Sacred Place) explores the fateful decision of Emma Jean Peace to raise her seventh son, Perfect, as the daughter she has always wanted. Her plan, nutty as it is, works out until Perfect is eight years old and his blind older brother, Bartimaeus, makes an innocent discovery about his sister's body.

Brown, Rita Mae.
Venus Envy. New York: Bantam Books, 1993.
PS3552.R698 V45 1993

Synopsis: The risible title is arguably the best thing about Brown's latest comic novel, the tale of a woman who unwittingly comes out of the closet in midlife when she is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Under the impression that she is on her deathbed, wealthy North Carolina art dealer Mary Frazier Armstrong mails a series of brutally candid letters to her kith and kin, only to discover that she isn't dying after all.

Burd, Nick.
The Vast Fields of Ordinary. New York: Dial Books, 2009.
PS3602.U736 V3 2009

Synopsis: The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

Cart Michael Ed.
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity. New York: HarperTeen, 2009.
PZ5 .H7793 2009

Synopsis: Presents twelve stories by contemporary, award-winning young adult authors, some presented in graphic or letter format, which explore themes of gender identity, love, and sexuality.

Eugenides, Jeffrey.
Middlesex. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002.
PS3555.U4 M53 2002

Synopsis: Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparent's desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.

Feinberg, Leslie.
Stone Butch Blues: A Novel. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Books, 2003.
PS3556.E427 S76 2003

Synopsis: This compelling but uneven first novel follows the sexual travails of lesbian Jess Goldberg. At its start she is a girl who feels confused by strict ideas about gender and who wonders if she might be a "he-she" since people often ask whether she is a boy or a girl. Constantly searching, she quickly moves from trying on her father's suits to visiting bars and transforming herself into a full-blown "butch," complete with her own dildo.

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Gibbons, Kaye.
Ellen Foster: A Novel. Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1987.
PS3557.I13917 E4 1987

Synopsis: Having suffered abuse and misfortune for much of her life, a young child searches for a better life and finally gets a break in the home of a loving woman with several foster children.

Grimsley, Jim.
Comfort and Joy: A Novel. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1999.
PS3557.R4949 C6 1999

Synopsis: Question: What could be more terrifying than bringing your significant other home for Christmas? Answer: Bringing home your significant other of the same sex. From the start, it's clear that Jim Grimsley's vision of the holidays holds as much darkness as it does light.

Hinton, S.E.
The Outsiders. New York: Viking, 2007.
PS3558.I548 O87 2007

Synopsis: The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.

Horner, Emily.
A Love Story Starring my Dead Best Friend. New York: Dial Books, 2010.
PS3608.O764 L68 2010

Synopsis: : As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, seventeen-year-old Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend.

Kai, Tara.
Dar es Salaam. Bridgehampton, NY: Bridge Works Pub. Co., 2002.
PR9507.9.K35 D37 2002

Synopsis: Vacationing in Tanzania with her family, fourteen-year-old Tatum experiences an emotional awakening in the face of painful memories about divorce, abuse, and erotic fantasies, a situation that culminates in her obsession with an older Indian man.

Katcher, Brian.
Almost Perfect. New York: Delacorte Press, 2010.
PS3611.A7884 A5 2010

Synopsis: With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.

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McEwan, Ian.
Atonement: A Novel. New York: N.A. Talese, 2002.
PR6063.C4 A88 2002

Synopsis: In 1935 England, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses an event involving her sister Cecilia and her childhood friend Robbie Turner, and she becomes the victim of her own imagination, which leads her on a lifelong search for truth and absolution.

Monroe, Mary.
God Don't Like Ugly. New York: Kensington Pub., 2000.
PS3563.O528 G63 2000

Synopsis: Frightened and ashamed, budding teenager Annette Goode, a shy, awkward, overweight girl hides the devastating secret that her mother's boarder has been sexually abusing her, until her life is changed forever by the beautiful and worldly Rhoda Nelson.

Peters, Julie Anne.
By the Time you Read This, I'll be Dead. New York: Hyperion, 2010.
PZ7.P44158 By 2010

Synopsis: High school student Daelyn Rice, who's been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.

Vachss, Andrew, Frank Caruso, and Zak Mucha.
Heart Transplant. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2010.
Graphic Novels PN6727.V33 H43 2010

Synopsis: The gripping story of young boy's transformation from bullied 'outsider' to true manhood. Clinical social worker Zak Mucha offers the anchoring non-fiction essay, explaining in detail what the reader has just experienced.

Winter, Kathleen.
Annabel. New York: Black Cat, 2010.
PR9199.3.W513 A66 2010b

Synopsis: The author has said that Wayne [Annabel] is &qot;transparent," and he does seem a strangely blank, alien figure: a man who fell to earth, neither male nor female nor both. It's loneliness, not gender, that lies at the heart of Winter's novel – a confident, serious debut that, like the Labrador sun, never quite warms you through.

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Nonfiction that Addresses Themes found in The Sweet In Between

Bankston, Carl L. III and R. Kent Rasussen Eds.
Encyclopedia of Family Life. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1999.
Reference HQ534 .E53 1999

Synopsis: This five-volume multidisciplinary encyclopedia offers 452 alphabetically arranged essays addressing different aspects of the rapidly changing social institution of the family in the United States and Canada.

Blanco, Jodee
Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational Story. Avon, MA: Adamas Media Corp., 2003.
BF637.B85 B57 2003

Synopsis: The author shares the cruelty that was heaped on her by her classmates when she was labled a freak in high school, describing what it meant to be an outcast among one's peers, the realities and consequences of bullying, and her struggle to overcome the torment.

Bosman, Ellen, John P. Bradford, and Robert B. Ridinger Eds.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Literature: A Genre Guide. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.
Reference Z1229.G25 B67 2008

Synopsis: This addition to the Genreflecting Advisory Series fills a gap, focusing on popular literature with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters, themes, or authors.

Brill Stephanie and Rachel Pepper.
The Transgender Child. San Francisco, CA: Cleiss Press, 2008.
HQ77.9 .B75 2008

Synopsis: This comprehensive first of its kind guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising their children in every city and state. Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college.

The Transgneder Child Bullying, Peer Harassment, and Victimization... Encyclopedia of Family Life

Elias, Maurice J. and Joseph E. Zins Eds.
Bullying, Peer Harassmeent, and Victimization in the Schools: The Next Generation of Prevention. New York: Haworth Press, 2003.
LB3013.3 .B82 2003

Synopsis: This book presents enlightening empirical studies and reviews of the literature on peer harassment, bullying, and victimization. Designed to expand our knowledge and understanding of these topics, Bullying, Peer Harassment, and Victimization in the Schools: The Next Generation of Prevention documents the widespread nature of the phenomena both inside and outside the United States, identifies risk and protective factors, and provides practitioners with specific, evidence-based guidelines for effective preventive action.

Friedman, Lauri S. Ed.
Bullying. Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2011.
BF637.B85 B842 2011

Synopsis: Presents six "ViewPoint" essays on bullying. These essays appear not to be available on the Opposing ViewPoints database. The essays cover both playground and cyberbullying. There is also an introduction that addresses bullying in the workplace and model essays with instructions on how to write a critical essay.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

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Gwinell, Esther and Christine A. Adamec.
Encycopedia of Drug Abuse. New York: Facts on File, 2008.
Reference RC563.4 .G97 2008

Synopsis: The Encyclopedia of Drug Abuse provides detailed information on the medical, social, epidemiological, and policy facets of substance abuse.

Mink, Gwendolyn and Alice O'Connor.
Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004.
Reference HC110.P6 P598 2004

Synopsis: These volumes contain more than 300 entries on issues, events, debates, concepts, social and political movements, legislation, and more as they relate to poverty and social welfare.

Nelson, Emmanuel Ed.
Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2009.
Reference PS153.S39 E53 2009

Synopsis: This encyclopedia “seeks to offer a comprehensive and inclusive introduction to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer writing in the contemporary United States.

O'Brien Jodi, Ed.
Encyclopedia of Gender and Society Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, 2009.
Reference HQ1115 .E54 2009

Synopsis: Covering arts, popular culture, sports, biographies, crime and criminal justice, economics, environment, ecology, politics, public policy, social movements, science, research, education, and technology, the two volumes contain over 450 entries ranging in length from half a page to several pages, discussing such mundane topics as contraception and infertility as well as sensitive issues like compulsory heterosexuality and sadomasochism.

Simmons, Rachel Ed.
Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 2004.
HQ777 .O33 2004

Synopsis: Captures the inner life of a variety of adolescent girls who offer candid essays, poems, songs, confessions, and other writings that speak out on the pain they confront dealing with bullies, jealousy, popularity, cliques, and other hidden cruelties.

Stewart, Chuck Ed.
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2010.
Reference HQ76 .G724 2010

Synopsis: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues Worldwide consolidates and provides information not easily found elsewhere and does readers a valuable service by adding to our knowledge and awareness of LGBT issues and concerns.

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Sycamore, Matt Bernstein Ed.
Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press, 2006.
HQ77.9 .N635 2006

Synopsis: Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms.

Voors, William.
The Parent's Book about Bullying: Changing the Course of your Child's Life. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 2000.
BF637.B85 V66 2000

Synopsis: This clear, well-written, practical guide describes bullying and its impact. Most importantly, it offers a sensible how-to approach for improving children's self image so that they are more well-behaved when they go to schools, playgrounds, and day care. In addition, parents learn how to examine themselves in order to better model healthy, assertive, nonaggressive behavior.

Walsh, Mary Roth.
Women, Men, & Gender: Ongoing Debates. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997.
HQ1206 .W8748 1997

Mary Roth Walsh explores eighteen current controversies, presenting two opposing views on each subject, all from recognized experts representing psychiatry, sociolinguistics, education, sociology, law, and management science. Walsh provides an introductory essay, individual introductions to each topic, and more than 1,800 bibliographical citations.

Encyclopedia of Drug Abuse Atonement Encyclopedia of Gender Issues

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