Chernin, Kim and Renate Stendhal. Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit. lesbiansexualsurvival.com. 2014. $15.95. 162p. PB. 978-0615992365.
This self-help style book focuses on assisting lesbian couples in keeping their romance alive and their marriage intact. Each chapter contains an extended conversation between a lesbian couple as well as tips or advice to help the reader keep her romantic relationship on solid ground.
Written by two PhDs, Lesbian Marriage takes a humorous rather than helpful look at lesbian relationships. The chapters’ dialogs between two women in a relationship and the advice given at the end of each chapter are neither solid nor practical. The book’s comic-style cover contributes to the feeling of humor, making the book more appropriate for collections of humor such as Alison Bechdel’s comic anthologies. Lesbians seeking serious relationship advice might turn instead to Merilee Clunis’ Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships.
Jenni Frencham, Librarian
Cesar Chavez Middle School, Hayward (CA)