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Rubyfruit Jungle
Rubyfruit Jungle | Rita Mae Brown
The rare work of fiction that has changed real life . . . If you dont yet know Molly Boltor Rita Mae Brown, who created herI urge you to read and thank them both.Gloria Steinem Winner of the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award | Winner of the Lee Lynch Classic Book Award A landmark coming-of-age novel that launched the career of one of this countrys most distinctive voices, Rubyfruit Jungle remains a transformative work more than forty years after its original publication. In bawdy, moving prose, Rita Mae Brown tells the story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a dirt-poor Southern couple who boldly forges her own path in America. With her startling beauty and crackling wit, Molly finds that women are drawn to her wherever she goesand she refuses to apologize for loving them back. This literary milestone continues to resonate with its message about being true to yourself and, against the odds, living happily ever after. Praise for Rubyfruit Jungle Groundbreaking.The New York Times Powerful . . . a truly incredible book . . . I found myself laughing hysterically, then sobbing uncontrollably just moments later.The Boston Globe You cant fully knowor enjoyhow much the world has changed without reading this truly wonderful book.Andrew Tobias, author of The Best Little Boy in the World A crass and hilarious slice of growing up different, as fun to read today as it was in 1973.The Rumpus Molly Bolt is a genuine descendantgenuine female descendantof Huckleberry Finn. And Rita Mae Brown is, like Mark Twain, a serious writer who gets her messages across through laughter.Donna E. Shalala A trailblazing literary coup at publication . . . It was the right book at the right time.Lee Lynch, author of Beggar of Love From the Trade Paperback edition.
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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1) Black Buck; How The One Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

2) Books that have been on my bingo card for a few months - Black Buck and Practical Magic

3) Rubyfruit Jungle

@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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"Damn, I wished the world would let me be myself"

TW for fatphobia, racism

I enjoyed this. It is a quick read and the main character is spirited and a bit hardheaded in a good way. You will cheer for her. It is a dated book that many things did not age well in, fatphobia is throughout the book, and racism of all kinds and it doesn't get address well. Putting it in the time and place of the writing, and if was well done.

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TiminCalifornia
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Mehso-so

The things I liked about this book are roughly equal to the things I disliked, and that's pretty much how I felt about the main character, too, in this story about coming out as a lesbian in the 1960s. Molly Bolt was too pugnacious for me to like but she also had many admirable, even attractive, qualities. Longer review on GR:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3817753052

#lgbtq
#bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 9mo
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TiminCalifornia
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When you‘re reading merrily along and find the most random things funny. #RitaMaeBrown has been making me laugh and I‘ve needed that this week.

#lgbtq

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TiminCalifornia
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Tagged is my #bookspin and it‘s also the monthly selection for one of my book clubs so March is off to a good start!

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 9mo
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kgriffith
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From one seven sisters scholarship kid to another... 😂
#readathon #24hourreadathon

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kgriffith
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My popcorn equivalent tonight: pan-fried mushroom medley 🍄 How‘s everyone‘s #readathon going?? #24HourReadathon @DeweysReadathon

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kgriffith
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Hammock time for #24hourReadathon cramming of this one for queer book club tomorrow! @DeweysReadathon #readathon

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Amandajoy
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My #bookspin and #doublespin for August. They both look shorter, which is good - maybe I can catch up on June & July‘s!

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Bklover
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What do y‘all think? It‘s a good deal- anyone read it recently?

Amandajoy I have this on my TBR, it looks good. I‘m using it for a Book Riot Read Harder prompt. 1y
Bklover @Amandajoy I think it sounds good too! 1y
KathyWheeler I read it a very long time ago and remember liking it. 1y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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June (how is it already and only June) #bookspin pile. I knew this month was a no go for me on book spin. Hopefully can get back to reading in June.

Thanks @TheAromaofBooks!

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Nebklvr
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25%philosophy,75%sex. Well-written but not for the prudish.

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bibliobard
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One of the book‘s for this month‘s LGBT 🏳️‍🌈 Book Club that I am part of in AR. Once again I got to read a book that I never would have picked up on my own. This novel was really ahead of its time (it was originally published decades ago). A coming of age novel that tackles life as a woman trying to succeed as well as being a lesbian. There was a lot of humor and truth here. #lgbt #vhsreads #viloniareads

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bibliobard
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This is turning out to be a great read! 🌈 #lgbtlit #pridemonth #viloniareads #vhsreads

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bibliobard
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“I don‘t care whether they like me or not. Everybody‘s stupid, that‘s what I think. I care if I like me, that‘s what I truly care about...I can‘t like anybody if I don‘t like myself. Period.” pg. 33

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bibliobard
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This book is the June Book for my local LGBT 🏳️‍🌈Book Club! I just joined a few months ago and had to miss a few recent meetings, but I am excited to be getting back to it. We meet monthly at a local brewery and it is a pretty fun group of people. I am also starting this book while reading essays for the AP Lang exam in Tampa (because who travels without a book?). #viloniareads #vhsreads #lgbtreads

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MirrorMask
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“Oh great, you too. So now I wear this label 'Queer' emblazoned across my chest. Or I could always carve a scarlet 'L' on my forehead. Why does everyone have to put you in a box and nail the lid on it? I don't know what I am—polymorphous and perverse. Shit. I don't even know if I'm white. I'm me. That's all I am and all I want to be. Do I have to be something?”

A fantastic read that deserves its place in the 💯 must read book by queer authors!

AlaMich A bit ahead of her time with her “down with labels” attitude. 🙌 3y
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MirrorMask
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BookaholicNatty @MirrorMask great stack of books! Which book is your #LMPBC?? I‘m always curious what everyone picked!! 3y
kymmiesreads @MirrorMask Ash is soooo good! 3y
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Weaponxgirl
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A day late on the #riotgrams for queer fiction. A classic that I've not read yet but will do if my eye will heal up for me.

Itchyfeetreader I read this for book club last year. 3y
Weaponxgirl @Itchyfeetreader I hear it's a really fun read? 3y
Itchyfeetreader We really enjoyed it - it‘s not aged brilliantly in places but it was fun. 3y
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Moray_Reads
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Mehso-so

I loved the first part. Molly Southern childhood is hilarious and moving and her string-willed, self-assurance is the voice everyone needs in their own heads. And yet, as it went on the other characters became increasingly flat and Molly's strength so utterly impregnable that my belief in her melted away. It's a coming out novel with huge humour and confidence but end the lack of deeper character development left me disappointed overall.

ephemeralwaltz Oh I love this cover! 4y
Moray_Reads @ephemeralwaltz it is gorgeous. The quality of the property was noticeably poor though, not what I usually expect from Vintage! 4y
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Jabberwocky
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My Mom asked me to make some book recommendations for her. I mentioned that I‘d been reading a lot of #queerbooks lately. She asked why. My first response was anger that she would even ask that, and then I took a breath and said: ‘What if every book you ever read had a gay romance? Then, if you read a book with a straight couple, would you not say Finally, something I can relate to!‘

She thought about it and said, ‘I guess that makes sense.‘

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Blair_Reads
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I went 70s theme w my outfit for tonight, and since I bring a book w me everywhere I go I decided on this one. 70s, matches my romper, and is one of my favorites 💜🧡💛

Alfoster Cute!👏👏👏 4y
Jabberwocky So good! 4y
Johanna414 I‘m just jealous you live somewhere you can wear a sleeveless romper right now! I just about got frostbite putting gas in my car today... 4y
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Tianareadslgbt
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"Damn, I wished the world would let me be myself."
This book was as hilarious as everyone who has reviewed it before me said it would be. It was amazing reading a typical "coming of age" story from a lesbian's perspective, not to mention incredibly refreshing.

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mskayla07
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Mehso-so

Loved the writing, but I didn't really like the character and plot in the last half of the book. I gave this 3/5 ⭐️ on Goodreads. #bookreview

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ohyeahthatgirl
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"That's all I think I ever wanted, to go my own way and maybe find some love...but not the now and forever kind with chains around your vagina and a short circuit in your brain. I'd rather be alone."

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Itchyfeetreader
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Never shies away from tough topics; poverty, systemic homophobia and sexism, but is lifted from a potentially depressing story by the wit and humour of the sometimes frustrating but nearly always hilarious protagonist Molly.

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Itchyfeetreader
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For the first time since joining my book club I have finished my book before the day we meet! No finishing it on the tube for me this month! Molly is a strong and often hilarious protagonist even against a backdrop of great poverty and discrimination. Looking forward to discussing it

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Chessa
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#riotgrams / day 9 / #lgbtqpride

Some of my fave lgbtq reads from both the distant and recent past ❤️💛💚💙💜

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laurenanalepa
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#maybookflowers #fruit : bit of a theme there

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LisaJo
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Just listen to Rita Mae Brown. What a delight. #alabamabookfestival

saguarosally Is this a really great zoom lens or are you right next to the authors? 5y
LisaJo @saguarosally I am really that close. I am sitting in the third row. On the end. Nobody in front of me. It was a fantastic seat. 5y
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Zmeyche
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40 years after being published for the first time, this book still strikes at a soft spot for every woman who refuses to just be a house wife.

The glass ceiling is pretty much still there, to be queer is often embarrasing and brings rejection and every now and then a lesbian hears the "you don't look like a lesbian" line.

Book is for every woman who had to show double the qualities a man had to to deserve a spot.

Nevertheless, she persisted.

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Ubookquitous
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“Oh great, you too. So now I wear this label 'Queer' emblazoned across my chest. Or I could always carve a scarlet 'L' on my forehead. Why does everyone have to put you in a box and nail the lid on it? I don't know what I am—polymorphous and perverse. Shit. ... I'm me. That's all I am and all I want to be. Do I have to be something?”
― Rita Mae Brown
#awaking #marchmadness
This book, 30+ yrs ago made so much in my life make sense finally

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TirzahPrice
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THANK YOU @ApoptyGina69 for the wonderful Valentine's Day goodies! I am so excited to finally read Rubyfruit Jungle and How to Disappear looks amazing! Plus that bookmark is gorgeous, and I am in love with that tiny notebook and am already scheming about how I'll fill it. You rock! #cupidgoespostal @BookishMarginalia

MMenefee I love Rita Mae Brown! Happy Valentine's Day!❤️💖 5y
ApoptyGina69 Awesome!!! I am so glad you like them. It was fun to make the choices. Enjoy! 💖📚❤🤗I keep those little notebooks in my purse for notes on reading and vocabulary words when I'm out and about. 5y
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betta_c1309
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This book was a blast, I had so much fun reading it. There were hilarious parts and then serious parts, and I liked how they were balanced. Molly, the protagonist, is an explosive characher--I've barely finished the book and I already miss her adventures.

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betta_c1309
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The protagonist of this book is great, and she's still a child at the moment. After being given the role of Mary in the school play (while her rival, who wanted to play Mary, gets Joseph's role), hilarity ensues.

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betta_c1309
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Since the Italian edition is apparently out of print, I got this old copy for very little online.

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betta_c1309
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I'm now starting Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle. The dedication is hilarious!

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Blair_Reads
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Good morning everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week and new year!!

Zelma Right back at you! 😀🎉 5y
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Blair_Reads
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Starting my 4th book of the year 😁👏🏻👏🏻 So far my Women's Literature class books have all been good so 🤞🏻

bookishkai What other books are you reading for your class? 5y
quirkyreader That book just came in the other day along with a mass of Sneaky Pie stories. 5y
Sjo_m Wow 4th already?! Impressive! 🙌🙌 5y
Blair_Reads @bookishkris I'm reading: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Binti, The Warrior Woman, The Awakening, Black God's Kiss, Of One Blood, Miss Tillman's protege, A Witness For the Defense, Diving into the Wreck, Fun Home, and We Should all be Feminists 😁😁 5y
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Ubookquitous
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Read banned books! Celebrate Diversity! #bannedbooksweek fREADom

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SoniaC
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Truly enjoyed this book. Molly is a dynamic character who is inspiring at time aggravating at times and always unapologetically herself. I found the book captivating. Did not want to put it down once I started. It tackles some tough subjects poverty, sexuality, women's rights and still entertains.

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SoniaC
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Just a few pages before work ... Only 27 pages in and this book has already made me laugh out loud and brought me to tears. Kudos Ms Rita Mae Brown and the little spitfire Molly.

Chessa Loooooved this. Her early work is so good. (Her recent work notsomuch). 5y
SoniaC @Chessa so far this is an amazing book. The character of Molly is just snarky perfection. 5y
TheApesOfWrath I always put this is my June LGBT Book Month display! 5y
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Chessa Absolutely! Love Molly. RMB in recent years has taken a sharp turn toward libertarian rants in her fiction and it's jarring and off putting, to say the least. 😑 But this is great and her book Six of One is one of my fave books ever! 5y
SoniaC @TheApesOfWrath This is the first reading for me so I'm just completely enthralled with the voice of Molly. 5y
SoniaC @Chessa Thank you that's good to know. I'll stick with this and Six of One. 5y
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plath
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I read this whole book just today, and I think I'll probably have a lot of thoughts and feelings once I've properly processed it, but right now I'm just in awe of Molly's voice; her vitality, her tenacity, and her strength.