One Degree of Separation – Paperback


One Degree of Separation by Karin Kallmaker

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The Story...

  • Big city girl in a small town – Liddy Peel has culture shock.

    Marian Pardoo, Reference Librarian for the Iowa City Public Library, would be happy if the woman she’s loved for years wasn’t already married. Annoyed by the thoughtless out-of-towner Liddy Peel, she isn’t prepared for the seething passion that erupts when Liddy careens into her meticulously controlled life.

    Liddy Peel has run two thousand miles from a devastating love affair. Now the idea of spending the sweltering summer watching the corn grow is driving her mad. Finding herself lusting after Marian the Librarian seems like yet another cosmic jest at her hopeless love life. The only thing that keeps her sane is the coffee.

    In a town where everybody knows your name, the names of your exes, pets, and your third grade teacher, Marian is thankful that she and Liddy at least don’t have an ex-girlfriend in common.

    One degree of separation would be too close for comfort.

    Karin Kallmaker’s funny and affectionate novel of small town Iowa, a community of lesbian friends, and two women who ought to have nothing in common, celebrates the unique ties that bind together lesbians and love.

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Author's Notes
  • Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature. It's home to one of the truly independent bookstores where visiting presidents drop in to browse. Residents find time for pancake breakfasts, artisan craft shops and truly excellent coffee.

    Marian the Librarian supports The Freedom to Read, and so do I.

    This book would not be possible – indeed, information would not be ours for the asking – if not for the passion of librarians. Batgirl was a librarian, after all. She wore purple spandex, killer stiletto boots and rode a lavender motorcycle. My crush on Batgirl was one of my first, but real life supplanted it when, as a young girl, I watched a local librarian explain to a patron with great firmness, that he was not allowed to destroy the books he checked out no matter how offensive or profane he found them, and that the library did not allow censorship. That was a real life heroine and my admiration for the work of libraries and the steadfast support of librarians for the First Amendment continues to this day. There will never be a shortage of people who think they should decide what you or your kids can read.

    To all  my Iowa friends, I meant Hawkeyes. Really, truly, sorry that Huskies is what my fingers typed.


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