Trans Like Me by CN Lester

THIS, Trans Like Me, is the book I'll be recommending to cis people who aren't ready for something as dense as Julia Serano's Whipping Girl. It's written on a 101 level without speaking down to the reader. I have mixed feelings about its tragic overtone, but overall I feel it's vital: Too many cis people have a tendency to focus on the advances they've seen, and either ignore or just don't get that there continue to be very real, current, everyday struggles that trans and nonbinary people face. Good exploration of critical thinking (they quote Ben Goldacre, so I was thrilled!), checking one's privilege, and listening to and learning from the lived experiences of marginalized people (they refer to and quote…

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The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle by Victoria Williamson

The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle is a middle grade novel that follows two girls as they begin to trust each other and develop a friendship. Reema is a Syrian Muslim refugee, and Caylin is a school bully with a difficult family life. They are united by the discovery of an injured mother fox and her newborn kits behind their apartment complex, as well as a shared talent for running. Difficult themes (war, death, bigotry, alcoholism, bullying) are treated honestly, in a manner appropriate for the book's somewhat narrow target age (10-12). It's a moving story told in Reema and Caylin's alternating perspectives, with the mother fox's perspective making periodic appearances in verse. 20% of the author royalties of…

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Mini Reviews: Recent Favorites by Trans & Nonbinary Authors

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders This was an incredible reading experience! I loved the writing, I was fully invested in the characters, and I felt like I was part of its world. The blend of the scientific and the magical, sci-fi and fantasy, was super cool. The plot was exciting, but Anders also took the time to flesh out deeper themes such as loneliness. I know others have complained about the ending, but I felt like everything came full circle in a lovely, very satisfying way. . The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Daniel Mallory Ortberg I read this in one day, pretty much straight through! I couldn't get enough and wish the…

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