Nancy Manahan & Becky Bohan
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Nancy Manahan, Ph.D. & Becky Bohan, M.A.         

Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully: A Journey with Cancer and Beyond

This inspiring true story describes Diane Manahan, R.N.'s unusual cancer journey and extraordinary death, the care of her body by loved ones, her home funeral, and green final disposition. The book ends with stories of several life-changing after-death communications with family members and friends. A supplemental guidebook offers practical suggestions for dealing with a life-threatening illness or death. (Beaver's Pond Press, 2007, 237 pages.)

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  • A portion of the proceeds from Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully has supported organizations chosen by Diane for her memorials:

            Sibley Park in Mankato, Minnesota  
            Diane’s Corner in the Dept. of Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato
            Mankato YMCA
            Diane’s Hope, a Women's Cancer Group in Mankato.

    The book is printed on recycled paper. For every tree used in writing, publishing, and promoting it, we have planted three replacement trees in Africa, through the Green Belt Movement, an organization begun by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai; on our land in the Costa Rican cloud forest; and in our (and Diane's) home state of Minnesota.



Nancy Manahan, Ph.D.

Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence (2013)
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Out of print for years, this explosive international best-seller is back, with a new foreword analyzing the unprecedented impact of Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence on the lesbian community and on mainstream culture. In new afterwords, the co-editors reveal how the book came to be and what happened when, for the first time in history, a lesbian book from a small publisher went mainstream.

New Spinsters Ink edition with updated material.

Release Date: June 15, 2013

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cover lesbian nuns breaking silenceLesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence (1985)

This ground-breaking book, co-edited with Rosemary Keefe Curb, Ph.D., recounts the struggles and accomplishments of 50 lesbian former and present nuns, including the editors. Published in 8 languages, this best-seller was featured on the Phil Donahue and Sally Jessie Rafael shows and in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. Includes 50 photos, a glossary of terms, and an annotated bibliography.

Original Naiad Press edition, 1985, 420 pages.

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On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on Their Scouting Experiences
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Nancy’s second ground-breaking anthology contains funny, riveting, inspiring, and heart-breaking stories by 33 lesbian Girl Scout members, volunteers, camp counselors, and professionals. Highlights similarities and differences between Girl Scouts’ and Boy Scouts’ policies regarding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Includes 38 graphics, 58 photos, and a glossary of terms.

Madwoman Press, 1997, 288 pages.

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Becky Bohan, M.A.

Sinister Paradise

A suspense novel set in Greece, this gripping tale follows lesbian classics scholar Britt Evans as she inadvertently discoveres illegal activities on Santorini after a photographer plunges to his death from the island's steep cliffs. As the criminal investigation intensifies, so do Britt's feelings for Cassie Burkhardt, a free-spirited computer programmer at the archeological dig. When Cassie is abducted, her survival hinges on Britt's resourcefulness and courage.

(Madwoman Press, 1993, 222 pages.)

Out of print. Autographed copies available from Becky, $10, includes tax and shipping.

Fertile Betrayal

In a rural Minnesota town, lesbian veterinarian Nedra Wells tries to get to the bottom of a deadly virus in the cows on a struggling farm. Trouble looms on the home front as well, when Nedra's lover Annie Callahan wants to leave her high school teaching job and return to urban life. Both complications lead these likable characters --and the valuable livestock -- to an unexpected resolution. 
(Madwoman Press, 1995, 240 pages.)

Out of print. Autographed copies available from Becky, $10, includes tax and shipping.


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