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A Year Without a Name: A Memoir
by Cyrus Grace Dunham

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English

Pages

177

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>From "an extraordinary new voice," a "passionate and clear-eyed and unputdownable" </b><b>meditation on queerness, family, and desire. (Mary Karr)</b><br /><b><br /></b>For as long as they can remember, Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body. Their life was a series of imitations--lovable little girl, daughter, sister, young gay woman--until their profound sense of alienation became intolerable.<br /><br />Moving between Grace and Cyrus, Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition, asking us to bear witness to an uncertain and exhilarating process that troubles our most basic assumptions about who we are and how we are constituted. Written with disarming emotional intensity in a voice uniquely theirs<i>, A Year Without a Name</i> is a potent, thrillingly unresolved queer coming of age story. <br /><br /> <b>Named one of Fall 2019's Most Anticipated Books by:</b><i><b>Time</b></i><i><b>NYLON</b></i><i><b>Vogue</b></i><i><b>ELLE</b></i><b>Buzzfeed </b><b>Bustle</b><i><b>O Magazine</b></i><i><b>Harper's Bazaar</b></i>
America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Hero...
by Gail Collins

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English

Pages

596

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p><em>America's Women</em> tells the story of more than four centuries of history. It features a stunning array of personalities, from the women peering worriedly over the side of the Mayflower to feminists having a grand old time protesting beauty pageants and bridal fairs. Courageous, silly, funny, and heartbreaking, these women shaped the nation and our vision of what it means to be female in America.</p><p>By culling the most fascinating characters -- the average as well as the celebrated -- Gail Collins, the editorial page editor at the <em>New York Times,</em> charts a journey that shows how women lived, what they cared about, and how they felt about marriage, sex, and work. She begins with the lost colony of Roanoke and the early southern "tobacco brides" who came looking for a husband and sometimes -- thanks to the stupendously high mortality rate -- wound up marrying their way through three or four. Spanning wars, the pioneering days, the fight for suffrage, the Depression, the era of Rosie the Riveter, the civil rights movement, and the feminist rebellion of the 1970s, <em>America's Women</em> describes the way women's lives were altered by dress fashions, medical advances, rules of hygiene, social theories about sex and courtship, and the ever-changing attitudes toward education, work, and politics. While keeping her eye on the big picture, Collins still notes that corsets and uncomfortable shoes mattered a lot, too.</p><p>"The history of American women is about the fight for freedom," Collins writes in her introduction, "but it's less a war against oppressive men than a struggle to straighten out the perpetually mixed message about women's roles that was accepted by almost everybody of both genders."</p><p>Told chronologically through the compelling stories of individual lives that, linked together, provide a complete picture of the American woman's experience, <em>America's Women</em> is both a great read and a landmark work of history.</p>
Bad Feminist: Essays
by Roxane Gay

Language

English

Pages

339

Publication Date

August 05, 2014

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em></strong><strong> Bestseller</strong></p><p>A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.</p><p><strong>鈥?lt;/strong>Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be <em>cool</em>, but it is pink鈥攁ll shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read <em>Vogue</em>, and I鈥檓 not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.鈥?lt;/p><p>In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (<em>Sweet Valley High</em>) of color (<em>The Help</em>) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (<em>Girls, Django in Chains</em>) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.</p><p><em>Bad Feminist</em> is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.</p>
A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir
by , Joshua Lyon

Language

English

Pages

281

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<p><b>A lively, intimate memoir from an icon of the gay rights movement, describing gay life in 1950s and 60s New York City and her longtime activism which opened the door for marriage equality. </b> </p><br /><p>鈥淎 captivating and inspiring story of a queer woman who believed in her right to take up space and be seen.鈥濃€?lt;b><i>BuzzFeed</i></b> </p><p>Edie Windsor became internationally famous when she sued the US government, seeking federal recognition for her marriage to Thea Spyer, her partner of more than four decades. The Supreme Court ruled in Edie鈥檚 favor, a landmark victory that set the stage for full marriage equality in the US. Beloved by the LGBTQ community, Edie embraced her new role as an icon; she had already been living an extraordinary and groundbreaking life for decades. </p><p>In this memoir, which she began before passing away in 2017 and completed by her co-writer, Edie recounts her childhood in Philadelphia, her realization that she was a lesbian, and her active social life in Greenwich Village's electrifying underground gay scene during the 1950s. Edie was also one of a select group of trailblazing women in computing, working her way up the ladder at IBM and achieving their highest technical ranking while developing software. In the early 1960s Edie met Thea, an expat from a Dutch Jewish family that fled the Nazis, and a widely respected clinical psychologist. Their partnership lasted forty-four years, until Thea died in 2009. Edie found love again, marrying Judith Kasen-Windsor in 2016. </p><p> <i>A Wild and Precious Life </i>is remarkable portrait of an iconic woman, gay life in New York in the second half of the twentieth century, and the rise of LGBT activism.</p>
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
by Amy Ellis Nutt

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English

Pages

281

Publication Date

October 20, 2015

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER 鈥?The inspiring true story of聽transgender actor and activist聽Nicole Maines, whose聽identical twin brother, Jonas, and聽ordinary American family join her聽on an extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.</b><br /><b><br />Nicole appears as TV鈥檚 first transgender superhero on CW鈥檚聽<i>Supergirl</i></b><br /><br />When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But by the time Jonas and Wyatt were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt鈥檚 insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept Wyatt鈥檚 transition to Nicole, and to undergo a wrenching transformation of their own, the effects of which would reverberate through their entire community. Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this story and tells it with unflinching honesty, intimacy, and empathy. In her hands,聽<i>Becoming Nicole聽</i>is more than an account of a courageous girl and her extraordinary family. It鈥檚 a powerful portrait of a slowly but surely changing nation, and one that will inspire all of us to see the world with a little more humanity and understanding.<br /><br /><b>Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by聽<i>People聽</i>鈥⒙燨ne of the Best Books of the Year by聽<i>The New York Times Book Review聽</i>and聽<i>Men鈥檚 Journal</i>聽鈥?A Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction 鈥?Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction</b><br /><br />鈥淔ascinating and enlightening.鈥?lt;b>鈥擟heryl Strayed</b><br /><br />鈥淚f you aren鈥檛 moved by聽<i>Becoming Nicole,</i>聽I鈥檇 suggest there鈥檚 a lump of dark matter where your heart should be.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />鈥淓xceptional . . . 鈥楽tories move the walls that need to be moved,鈥?Nicole told her father last year. In telling Nicole鈥檚 story and those of her brother and parents luminously, and with great compassion and intelligence, that is exactly what Amy Ellis Nutt has done here.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br />鈥淎 profoundly moving true story about one remarkable family鈥檚 evolution.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>People</i></b><br /><br />鈥?lt;i>Becoming Nicole</i>聽is a miracle. It鈥檚 the story of a family struggling with鈥攁nd embracing鈥攁 transgender child. But more than that, it鈥檚 about accepting one another, and ourselves, in all our messy, contradictory glory.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩ennifer Finney Boylan, former co-chair of GLAAD and author of聽<i>She鈥檚 Not There: A Life in Two Genders</i></b>
The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World T...
by Judy Shepard

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English

Pages

300

Publication Date

August 29, 2009

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<b>鈥?lt;i>The Meaning of Matthew</i> is Judy Shepard鈥檚 passionate and courageous attempt to understand what no mother should have to understand, which is why her son was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming, in the fall of 1998. It is a vivid testimony to a life cut short, and testimony too, to the bravery and compassion of Judy and Dennis鈥擬atthew鈥檚 parents鈥攁s they struggle to survive a grief that won鈥檛 go away.鈥濃€擫arry McMurty, author of <i>Terms of Endearment</i> and <i>Lonesome Dove</i></b><br /><br /> Today the name Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but until 1998, he was just Judy Shepard鈥檚 son. In this remarkably candid memoir,聽Judy Shepard shares the story behind the headlines. Interweaving memories of Matthew and her family with the challenges of confronting her son鈥檚 death, Judy describes how she handled the crippling loss of her child in the public eye, the vigils and protests held by strangers in her son鈥檚 name, and ultimately how she and her husband gained the courage to help prosecutors convict her son's murderers. <br /><br /><i>The Meaning of Matthew</i> is more than a retelling of horrific injustice that brought the reality of inequality and homophobia into the American consciousness. It is an聽unforgettable and inspiring account of how one ordinary woman turned an unthinkable tragedy into a vital message for the world.
The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Strai...
by Alan Downs

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

June 05, 2012

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<b>A groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality, why it leads to shame over one's identity, and how to overcome it<br /><br /></b>In <i>The Velvet Rage</i>, psychologist Alan Downs draws on his own struggle with shame and anger, contemporary research, and stories from his patients to passionately describe the stages of a gay man's journey out of shame and offers practical and inspired strategies to stop the cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior. <i>The Velvet Rage</i> is an empowering book that has already changed the public discourse on gay culture and helped shape the identity of an entire generation of gay men.<b><br /></b>
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Ser...
by Audre Lorde

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

January 04, 2012

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<b>Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, <i>Sister Outsider聽</i>celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. </b><br /><br />In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde-scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde's philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published. <br /><br />These landmark writings are, in Lorde's own words, a call to 鈥渘ever close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is...鈥?lt;br /><br />鈥淸Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware.鈥澛?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>New York Times聽</i></b>
My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up...
by Ryan O'Callaghan

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English

Pages

232

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p>"Football gave Ryan O'Callaghan a scholarship to Cal and the chance to earn millions in the NFL, but it also afforded him something far more important: a place to hide. As a closeted gay man, his helmet and pads became tools of deception...O'Callaghan, who retired in 2011 after four seasons, eventually found the courage to live his truth in retirement. His memoir offers an unsparing look at the nexus of sexuality and football."<br />--<i><b>Sports Illustrated</b></i></p><p>"O'Callaghan came out as gay in 2017 after retiring from the league in 2011. Fearing condemnation while hiding his sexual orientation during a football career that spanned six seasons, O'Callaghan said he had regular suicidal thoughts while growing addicted to painkillers and he had elaborately planned his own death for retirement. In <i>My Life On the Line</i>, co-authored by <i>Outsports</i> co-founder Cyd Zeigler, O'Callaghan...credits then-Kansas City Chiefs executive Scott Pioli and Dr. Susan Wilson for saving his life once he came out to them."<br />--<i><b>USA Today</b></i></p><p>"In a new book due out in September, O'Callaghan discusses his life story, including the treatment he received from former teammates after coming out."<br />--<i><b>Boston Globe</b></i></p><p>"Former Patriots lineman Ryan O'Callaghan spent his entire career hiding his sexuality from his teammates, his friends and his family. He is now sharing that battle in his new book, <i>My Life On The Line</i>."<br />--<i><b>CBS Boston</b></i> (WBZ TV)</p><p>"O'Callaghan believes the NFL is moving in the right direction with social issues, albeit slowly...O'Callaghan is part of that change. And that change saved his life."<br />--<i><b>Boston Globe</b></i>, feature on Ryan O'Callaghan </p><p>"As one of the few openly gay former U.S. players, O'Callaghan's goal became making it easier for future athletes to be open about their sexuality and gender identity well before they enter professional sports."<br />--<i><b>Reuters</b></i></p><p>"O'Callaghan is one of only a few openly gay former NFL players...In his upcoming memoir, <i>My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life</i>, O'Callaghan candidly discusses his addictions, mental health and struggles with his sexuality."<br />--<i><b>Washington Blade</b></i></p><p>Ryan O'Callaghan's plan was always to play football and then, when his career was over, kill himself. Growing up in a politically conservative corner of California, the not-so-subtle messages he heard as a young man from his family and from TV and film routinely equated being gay with disease and death. Letting people in on the darkest secret he kept buried inside was not an option: better death with a secret than life as a gay man. As a kid, Ryan never envisioned just how far his football career would take him. He was recruited by the University of California, Berkeley, where he spent five seasons, playing alongside his friend Aaron Rodgers. Then it was on to the NFL for stints with the almost-undefeated New England Patriots and the often-defeated Kansas City Chiefs.</p><p>Bubbling under the surface of Ryan's entire NFL career was a collision course between his secret sexuality and his hidden drug use. When the league caught him smoking pot, he turned to NFL-sanctioned prescription painkillers that quickly sent his life into a tailspin. As injuries mounted and his daily intake of opioids reached a near-lethal level, he wrote his suicide note to his parents and plotted his death.</p><p>Yet someone had been watching. A member of the Chiefs organization stepped in, recognizing the signs of drug addiction. Ryan reluctantly sought psychological help, and it was there that he revealed his lifelong secret for the very first time. Nearing the twilight of his career, Ryan faced the ultimate decision: end it all, or find out if his family and football friends could ever accept a gay man in their lives.</p>
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon

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English

Pages

976

Publication Date

November 13, 2012

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<b>From the National Book Award鈥搘inning author of <i>The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression </i>comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In <i>Far from the Tree, </i>Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.</b> <br /><br />Solomon鈥檚 startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter. <br /><br />All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. Whether considering prenatal screening for genetic disorders, cochlear implants for the deaf, or gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, Solomon narrates a universal struggle toward compassion. Many families grow closer through caring for a challenging child; most discover supportive communities of others similarly affected; some are inspired to become advocates and activists, celebrating the very conditions they once feared. Woven into their courageous and affirming stories is Solomon鈥檚 journey to accepting his own identity, which culminated in his midlife decision, influenced by this research, to become a parent. <br /><br />Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original thinker, <i>Far from the Tree </i>explores themes of generosity, acceptance, and tolerance鈥攁ll rooted in the insight that love can transcend every prejudice. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human.

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