The A udacity of a Kiss is an easy tale. It’s comfortable, like a crackling fireplace and a glass of wine on a cushy sofa. There are accomplishments here, told so that you really share the pride in them. Readers are shown the struggle that Cohen had, too, but experiences are well-framed by explanations of the times in which they occurred, with nothing overly dramatic - just the unabashed truth, and more warmth. Opening this book, in a way, then, is like accepting an invitation to own the recliner for an evening, and you won’t want anything else."
"Sealed with a kiss: Leslie Cohen discusses lesbian bars and becoming 'art'" by Gregg Shapiro
"Where the 'L' are the Women?" podcast interview with Leslie Cohen
"Where the 'L' are the Women?" podcast
"Leslie Cohen’s writing is bold, beautiful and brutally honest. She writes as she has lived, without fear or hesitation. I find my own story woven (like so many others...) through the fabric of late nights at Sahara and the blinding sunlight of 6:00 am on the upper East side. Somehow we all survived. I am honored to be part of this history."
Emmy Award nominated television producer and director - Brooke Kennedy
"I am thrilled to share a story of one of the greatest loves ever known, a story of bravery to dream of and then create a safe haven for like-minded individuals who wanted a place of their own. I can remember the panic that set in the first time I went to Sahara. On tour, I was new to the excitement of riding in a limo, seeing the reaction of people dancing to my music, then suddenly being told, 'This club is different.' I was unaware of what I was about to experience. 'This is a woman’s club! Wink. Wink.' There was fear, anxiety, and laughter. I didn’t know what to think, but in I went! Warmth, joy, happiness, and excitement greeted me at the door. My Dear Friends, still all these years later, that same warmth, joy, happiness, and excitement greets me each time we see each other. I cherish the times I spent, the lifelong friends, the celebrations, and the memories I will always hold so dear. Thank you, Leslie, for sharing your incredible story!"
R&B and disco singer - Linda Clifford
"Pandemic Pivot: Major museum digital exhibit for LGBT History Month," by J.W. Arnold
Lesbian News cover story with Leslie Cohen
"I remember Sahara as a spring in the desert of the time!"
"Leslie’s tribute to Sahara is testimony to the sanctuary we found in being together, feeling safe and enthralled by a sense of freedom. Whether you found that in The Duchess, Bonnie and Clyde’s or The Cubbyhole,this is your invitation to revisit. Little compared with the sense of anticipation you felt walking through the door and into the glances, stares or smiles of women and that the next few hours held countless possibilities."
gay rights and AIDS activist; former executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force - Ginny Apuzzo
Interview with Leslie Cohen
"Sealed with a Kiss: An Interview with Leslie Cohen"
"I promise you will not put down this book. Leslie Cohen has the gift of being a wonderful writer with the added blessing of having a profoundly significant personal story to tell. It's one of those books whose time has come."
author of Intimate Conversations with the Divine and Anatomy of the Spirit - Caroline Myss
The Audacity of a Kiss is very much a love story, but it is also a tale of a woman who was not by nature an activist as she found her way in the world of political and social change of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Cohen’s memoir is about how few choices there were for women like her when she was coming of age as a young lesbian in the ‘50s."
Addresses Project interview with Leslie Cohan
The Audacity of a Kiss excerpt in San Francisco Bay Times
"Cohen’s prose is honest and beautiful and many of us will find ourselves in her words. I love that past histories are finally being published and that these wonderful stories are being recorded forever. We can never allow our past to be forgotten and it is because of people like Leslie Cohen that we are able to live as we do today. The strongest message for me here is to once again see that liberation comes from both within and without. Cohen’s prose is honest and beautiful and many of us will find ourselves in her words. I love that past histories are finally being published and that these wonderful stories are being recorded forever. We can never allow our past to be forgotten and it is because of people like Leslie Cohen that we are able to live as we do today. The strongest message for me here is to once again see that liberation comes from both within and without."
"Out East End: Leslie Cohen, Author of ‘The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art & Liberation’" by Angela LaGreca
"This fast-moving memoir touches on many themes, including the proverbial trio of 'sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.'"
The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art & Liberation by Leslie Cohen
" Sahara was the only female place that I felt comfortable as I identified with the atmosphere and the women who patronized itfashionable, glamorous, and happy. I thank Leslie Cohen for her imagination and design for her creation. The only woman’s club that I continue to hold in my memory."
Emmy Award-winning costume designer, stylist and fashion designer - Patricia Field
The Audacity of a Kiss, Leslie Cohen is telling a neglected story that we all need to hear. Her club Sahara was a touchstone of feminist and LGBT history, and we're long overdue for a (re-)visit."
Professor of English, New York Institute of Technology, and author of Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito - Michael Schiavi
"Equality Pioneer to Publish Memoir" by Brian Kantz
"The Brave Life of Lesbian Trailblazer Leslie Cohen," by Ashley-Anna A.
Leslie Cohen Talks Memoir “The Audacity Of A Kiss” (AUDIO)
The Audacity of a Kiss is interesting and relatable. Well worth the time spent."
"Seeing Beth and Leslie’s love at a young age had a profound influence on me. I remember going to their beautiful house with my mom and feeling their love in their home. It definitely shaped me at a young age as to what I could have for myself as an adult."
former MTV star of Road Rules and The Challenge and founder of @rachelfitness - Rachel Robinson
"Anger, Love, and Memory," and Leslie Cohen
"I love Leslie’s book. It is beautifully written. The detail she gives is remarkable both about her relationship with Beth, the beginning of Sahara where I spent many an amazing evening, and even her days in Siena. Leslie brings it all back to life. Reading this book, I was brought back to the Upper East Side in the ‘70s. Leslie had a magnetic power, and it suffuses the pages of this book."
feminist activist, film producer, attorney, cofounder of Ms. Magazine - Brenda Feigen