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The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir
by Ariel Levy

Language

English

Pages

225

Publication Date

March 14, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • A gorgeous memoir about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention<br /><br /><b>“Cheryl Strayed meets a Nora Ephron movie. You’ll laugh, ugly cry, and finish it before the weekend’s over.”—<i>theSkimm</i></b><br /></b><br /><b>Named one of the best books of 2017 so far by <i>Time </i>and<i> Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br />When Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true.<br /><br /> Levy picks you up and hurls you through the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed. Like much of her generation, she was raised to resist traditional rules—about work, about love, and about womanhood.<br /><br /> In this “deeply human and deeply moving” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>) memoir, Levy chronicles the adventure and heartbreak of being, in her own words, “a woman who is free to do whatever she chooses.” Her story of resilience becomes an unforgettable portrait of the shifting forces in our culture, of what has changed—and of what is eternal.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Rules Do Not Apply</i></b><br /><br />“Levy has the rare gift of seeing herself with fierce, unforgiving clarity. And she deploys prose to match, raw and agile. She plumbs the commotion deep within and takes the measure of her have-it-all generation.”<b>—<i>The Atlantic</i></b><br /><br /> “[<i>The Rules Do Not Apply</i>] is a short, sharp American memoir in the Mary Karr tradition of life-chronicling. Which is to say that Levy, like Karr, is a natural writer who is also as unsparing and bleakly hilarious as it’s possible to be about oneself. . . . I devoured her story in one sitting.”<b>—<i>Financial Times</i></b><br /><br /> “It’s an act of courage to hunt for meaning within grief, particularly if the search upends your life and shakes out the contents for all the world to sift through. Ariel Levy embarks on the hunt beautifully in her new memoir.”<b>—<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br />“I read it in one big messy gulp, because it is beautiful and heartbreaking and unruly and real. You should preorder it immediately so you can fall into her complicated, funny, and finely wrought world as soon as humanly possible.”<b>—Lenny.com</b><br /><br /> “A thoroughly modern memoir, the elements of <i>The Rules Do Not Apply</i> seem plucked not from the script of <i>Girls,</i> which has also been exploring reproductive issues of late, but <i>Transparent—</i>even <i>Portlandia.</i>”<b>—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> “Frank and unflinchingly sincere . . . A gut-wrenching, emotionally charged work of soul-baring writing in the spirit of Joan Didion, Helen Macdonald, and Elizabeth Gilbert, <i>The Rules Do Not Apply</i> is a must-read for women.”<b><i>—Bustle</i></b><br /><br />“Unflinching and intimate, wrenching and revelatory, Ariel Levy’s powerful memoir about love, loss, and finding one’s way shimmers with truth and heart on every page.”<b>—Cheryl Strayed</b><br /><br /> “Every deep feeling a human is capable of will be shaken loose by this profound book. Ariel Levy has taken grief and made art out of it.”<b>—David Sedaris</b><br /><br /> “Ariel Levy is a writer of uncompromising honesty, remarkable clarity, and surprising humor gathered from the wreckage of tragedy. Her account of life doing its darnedest to topple her, and her refusal to be knocked down, will leave you shaken and inspired. I am the better for having read this book.”<b>—Lena Dunham</b>
La mar astaba sarana (Spanish Edition)
by Pedro Pérez Rivero

Language

Spanish

Pages

Publication Date

November 22, 2017

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La docena de cuentos que reúne La mar astaba sarana nos acerca a la multifacética impronta gay en distintos momentos de la Cuba socialista. Tanta riqueza anecdótica se plasma clara y directamente, por lo que consigue una comunicación inmediata. Las tramas toman como contexto populosos barrios y playas de La Habana, además de algunos foráneos, visitados por otros personajes habaneros. Atrevidas historias, contentivas de un alto calibre erótico y satírico, desde lo extraordinario hasta lo absurdo, marcan la diferencia de este libro comparado con el realismo testimonial que prima en el tratamiento del tema, en los cuentos y novelas publicados hasta el presente por las casas editoriales cubanas.
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>“</strong>Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be <em>cool</em>, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read <em>Vogue</em>, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”</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>
Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts
by Robert Hofler

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<div>Dominick Dunne seemed to live his entire adult life in the public eye, but in this biography Robert Hofler reveals a conflicted, enigmatic man who reinvented himself again and again. As a television and film producer in the 1950s–1970s, hobnobbing with Humphrey Bogart and Natalie Wood, he found success and crushing failure in a pitiless Hollywood. As a <i>Vanity Fair</i> journalist covering the lives of the rich and powerful, he mesmerized readers with his detailed coverage of spectacular murder cases—O.J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers, Michael Skakel, Phil Spector, and Claus von Bülow. He had his own television show, <i>Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justic</i>. His five best-selling novels, including <i>The Two Mrs. Grenvilles</i>, <i>People Like Us</i>, and <i>An Inconvenient Woman</i>, were inspired by real lives and scandals. The brother of John Gregory Dunne and brother-in-law of Joan Didion, he was a friend and confidante of many literary luminaries. Dunne also had the ear of some of the world's most famous women, among them Princess Diana, Nancy Reagan, Liz Smith, Barbara Walters, and Elizabeth Taylor.<br /><br /><br /><br />Dunne admitted to inventing himself, and it was that public persona he wrote about in his own memoir, <i>The Way We Lived Then</i>. Left out of that account, but brought to light here, were his intense rivalry with his brother John Gregory, the gay affairs and relationships he had throughout his marriage and beyond, and his fights with editors at <i>Vanity Fair</i>. Robert Hofler also reveals the painful rift in the family after the murder of Dominick's daughter, Dominique—compounded by his coverage of her killer's trial, which launched his career as a reporter.</div>
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon

Language

English

Pages

976

Publication Date

November 13, 2012

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<B>From the National Book Award–winning 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’s 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’s 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—all 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.
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
by Amy Ellis Nutt

Language

English

Pages

313

Publication Date

October 20, 2015

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> NOTABLE BOOK • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>PEOPLE </i>AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>MEN’S JOURNAL</i> • A <b>STONEWALL HONOR BOOK IN NONFICTION • FINALIST FOR THE LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FOR TRANSGENDER NONFICTION</b></b><br /><br />The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for <i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn’t long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were “supposed” to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s 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 and embrace Wyatt’s transition to Nicole, and to undergo an emotionally wrenching transformation of their own that would change all their lives forever.<br /><br /> <i>Becoming Nicole</i> chronicles a journey that could have destroyed a family but instead brought it closer together. It’s the story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and acceptance, not ostracism and disapproval; of a Republican, Air Force veteran father who overcame his deepest fears to become a vocal advocate for trans rights; of a loving brother who bravely stuck up for his twin sister; and of a town forced to confront its prejudices, a school compelled to rewrite its rules, and a courageous community of transgender activists determined to make their voices heard. Ultimately, <i>Becoming Nicole</i> is the story of an extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself.<br /><br /> Granted wide-ranging access to personal diaries, home videos, clinical journals, legal documents, medical records, and the Maineses themselves, Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this immersive account of an American family confronting an issue that is at the center of today’s cultural debate. <i>Becoming Nicole</i> will resonate with anyone who’s ever raised a child, felt at odds with society’s conventions and norms, or had to embrace life when it plays out unexpectedly. It’s a story of standing up for your beliefs and yourself—and it will inspire all of us to do the same.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Becoming Nicole</i></b><br /><br />“A profoundly moving true story about one remarkable family’s evolution.”<b>—<i>People</i></b><br /><br />“Fascinating and enlightening.”<b>—Cheryl Strayed</b><br /><br />“Exceptional . . . ‘Stories move the walls that need to be moved,’ Nicole told her father last year. In telling Nicole’s story and those of her brother and parents luminously, and with great compassion and intelligence, that is exactly what Amy Ellis Nutt has done.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br />“If you aren’t moved by <i>Becoming Nicole,</i> I’d suggest there’s a lump of dark matter where your heart should be.”<b>—Jennifer Senior, <i>The New York Times<br /></i></b><br />“Extraordinary . . . a wonderful and inspiring story.”<b>—Minneapolis <i>Star Tribune</i></b><br /><br />“A downright necessary book—and a remarkable act of generosity by the Maines family.”<b>—<i>BuzzFeed</i></b><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
The Transgender Manifesto
by Ian Thomas Malone

Language

English

Pages

160

Publication Date

October 30, 2017

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Do you know who you are?<br />What lies beneath the surface?<br />Ever get the feeling that something<br />Deep down wasn't quite right?<br /><br />I did.<br /><br />Who are you to tell me otherwise?<br />The birthers, who think your external<br />Shell defines your whole identity, while<br />Pointing to the sky to show us the answers.<br /><br />We're out and we're here to stay.<br />Deal with it.
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellion...
by Jason Porath

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<p>Blending the iconoclastic feminism of <em>The Notorious RBG</em> and the confident irreverence of <em>Go the F**ck to Sleep</em>, a brazen and empowering illustrated collection that celebrates inspirational badass women throughout history, based on the popular Tumblr blog. </p><p>Well-behaved women seldom make history. Good thing these women are far from well behaved . . . </p><p>Illustrated in a contemporary animation style, <em>Rejected Princesses</em> turns the ubiquitous "pretty pink princess" stereotype portrayed in movies, and on endless toys, books, and tutus on its head, paying homage instead to an awesome collection of strong, fierce, and yes, sometimes weird, women: warrior queens, soldiers, villains, spies, revolutionaries, and more who refused to behave and meekly accept their place. </p><p>An entertaining mix of biography, imagery, and humor written in a fresh, young, and riotous voice, this thoroughly researched exploration salutes these awesome women drawn from both historical and fantastical realms, including real life, literature, mythology, and folklore. Each profile features an eye-catching image of both heroic and villainous women in command from across history and around the world, from a princess-cum-pirate in fifth century Denmark, to a rebel preacher in 1630s Boston, to a bloodthirsty Hungarian countess, and a former prostitute who commanded a fleet of more than 70,000 men on China’s seas. </p>
Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult
by Skylar Kergil

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<DIV>At the beginning of his physical transition from female to male, then-seventeen-year-old Skylar Kergil posted his first video on YouTube. In the months and years that followed, he recorded weekly update videos about the physical and emotional changes he experienced. Skylar’s openness and positivity attracted thousands of viewers, who followed along as his voice deepened and his body changed shape. Through surgeries and recovery, highs and lows, from high school to college to the real world, Skylar welcomed others on his journey.<BR><BR><EM>Before I Had the Words</EM> is the story of what came before the videos and what happened behind the scenes. From early childhood memories to the changes and confusion brought by adolescence, Skylar reflects on coming of age while struggling to understand his gender. As humorous as it is heartbreaking and as informative as it is entertaining, this memoir provides an intimate look at the experience of transitioning from one gender to another. Skylar opens up about the long path to gaining his family’s acceptance and to accepting himself, sharing stories along the way about smaller challenges like choosing a new name and learning to shave without eyebrow mishaps. <BR><BR>Revealing entries from the author’s personal journals as well as interviews with members of his family lend remarkable depth to Skylar’s story. A groundbreaking chronicle of change, loss, discovery, pain, and relief, <EM>Before I Had the Words</EM> brings new meaning to the phrase “formative years.” <BR></DIV>
You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery
by Dara Hoffman-Fox

Language

English

Pages

280

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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<DIV>Are you wrestling with questions surrounding your gender that just don’t seem to go away? Do you want answers to questions about your gender identity, but aren’t sure how to get started?<BR><BR>In this groundbreaking guide, Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC—accomplished gender therapist and thought leader whose articles, blogs, and videos have empowered thousands worldwide—helps you navigate your journey of self-discovery in three approachable stages: preparation, reflection, and exploration. <BR><BR>In <EM>You and Your Gender Identity</EM>, you will learn:<BR><li>Why understanding your gender identity is core to embracing your full being<BR><li>How to sustain the highs and lows of your journey with resources, connection, and self-care<BR><li>How to uncover and move through your feelings of fear, loneliness, and doubt<BR><li>Why it’s important to examine your past through the lens of gender exploration<BR><li>How to discover and begin living as your authentic self<BR><li>What options you have after making your discoveries about your gender identity</li></DIV>

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