New York: Star Distributors, 1979. First Edition. 8vo. 179,  pp. + 12 pp. advertisements. Cheap paperback, creased and used, front cover with ugly adhesive residue which formerly covered the face of the protagonist; three other stickers affixed. Worn. Fair. Item #4090
You don't have to buy this cheaply printed sleaze paperback, which by the way isn't even in great condition. However, if you're interested in Afro-American militant lesbian typesetters who engage in the occult, then this book might be for you. You would be hard pressed to find another copy to read, because there are no copies of it listed in WorldCat.
"Brown Sugar" is the title of the journal written by one Eve, a "foxy" African-American lesbian from New York City; in it she describes her many, many sexual experiences, as readers of lesbian sleaze would probably expect to find. But unusually Eve is a typesetter (!) for the newspaper of a militant women's separatist group, called "Move On Matriarchy" (MOM). We confess that we did not read the book in its entirety, although we were certainly impressed by one episode in particular: it involved an orgy which transpired during the ritualistic funeral of Eve's former lover Delissa. At the graveside, Eve and another woman Carrie begin to have sex and then tumble into the open grave; above them, at the edge of the grave, in the dirt, another woman Marta starts giving birth. Immediately after the baby is born, Carlotta tears apart the placenta with her teeth, and all the women present proceed to take bites of the membrane. Eve suckles at the breast of the "Moon-Mother" enraptured. In conclusion, Eve pronounces:
"We were beasts and daughters and warriors and women that night under the brilliant moon. And we knew that our struggle had just begun."
We are grateful to Rebecca Baumann for drawing our attention to this very curious book, of which there is a copy in her private collection, and where -- we are told -- it takes pride of place.