A book by a trans or intersex author

Apologies for the late post today. Stuff happened and I need a vacation.

Woo! Education time! I was tempted to make this just by an intersex author, as being even more uncommonly read, but since these less well-known categories always end up with a lot of repeats of the best knowns, I didn’t want a list consisting of one book. And I’m exceedingly pleased there are some trans-masculine authors on here. Sadly there are no intersex authors listed, but maybe next time!
Oh, and you can almost certainly take it as a given that any of these authors count for “A book by a member of a marginalized group in your country” this year.

When They Call You A Terrorist
by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
I know Khan-Cullors is queer, but I’m not sure she’s trans? But the book does talk about trans activists, so that’s something.

2019 Categories
A book by a female author of color
A book involving a resistance movement (Black Lives Matter)
A book by an #ownvoices author
A subversive book
Complementary book: From #BlackLivesMatter To Black Liberation or They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement

Unquenchable Fire
by Rachel Pollack
Talk about a trans elder! Pollack is a 74 year old trans woman, and she had a two year run of Doom Patrol in which she dealt with issues of gender identity. Oh, and because it’s relevant to current Twitter discourse: she has never been a transmedicalist.

2019 Categories
A book involving a supernatural creature
A book by an #ownvoices author

Tomorrow Will Be Different
by Sarah McBride
I’m really happy that the Bidens were accepting of McBride but please, please don’t stan for Joe Biden. Dude’s got plenty of issues. But McBride acknowledges where she has privilege, and where she does not, and that’s good.

2019 Categories
A book with a subtitle
A book based on a real event
A book with no pictures on the cover
A book by an #ownvoices author

The Secrets of My Life
by Caitlyn Jenner
Look, if you’re going to read a memoir by a wealthy white trans woman, read McBride, not Jenner.

2019 Categories
A book based on a real event
A book by an #ownvoices author

Avi Cantor Has Six Months to Live
by Sacha Lamb
Oh thank gods, I was worried there wouldn’t be any trans-masculine folks on the list. Lamb writes YA romance about trans boys.

2019 Categories
Complementary books: Lamb has some recommendations for you
A book you can read in a day
A book involving a supernatural creature (it’s magical realism, at any rate)
A book you can read in a day
A book by an #ownvoices author (also gets Jewish credit here)

Redefining Realness
by Janet Mock
Autobiography of a trans woman of color. If you want a “safe” memoir of transness with some alignment with stereotypical narratives about trans women, here you go.

2019 Categories
A book with a subtitle
A book about a real event
A book by a female author of color
A book by an #ownvoices author

Ninefox Gambit
by Yoon Ha Lee
There are no trans characters in this novel. Lee finds writing about transness too painful, but it’s fascinating how he recognizes himself in his own unintended metaphor of the Cheris-Jedao system. Actually, I wonder if there are any #plurals who read my blog who have thoughts about this novel, as well?

2019 Categories
A book with your favorite animal in the title
A book with a confusing title
A book set on a different planet

Inkognitó
by Tibor Noé Kiss
This book is in Hungarian, which is yet another language I tragically do not speak. Machine translation mangles this person’s book jacket and Wiki entry so badly I don’t know what English pronouns are correct or anything, I just gathered that they are definitely trans and this is a memoir.

2019 Categories
A book based on a real event
A book by an #ownvoices author
A book you can read in a day

Blumen für ein Chamäleon
by Valeska Réon
And now German, which I also can’t read. Machine translation does a bit better with German than Hungarian, so I believe Reon is a trans-woman model and this book is loosely autobiographical.

2019 Categories
A book you can read in a day
A book with your favorite animal in the title
A book by an #ownvoices author
A book based on a real event

Nevada
by Imogen Binnie
No less than three people read this novel by transwoman Binnie. This may have something to do with her making her book available for free under a CC license. Even if you already have read the novel, that link has a link to other trans authors. Transception!

2019 Categories
A book with a place in the title
A book by an #ownvoices author

Peter Darling
by Austin Chant
Two people read this one, and I can see why. Peter Pan pastiche with Peter as a trans man who returns to Neverland after ten years and falls in frenemy love with Hook? That’s pretty imaginative and I encourage it strongly.

2019 Categories
A book by an #ownvoices author (Chant is a trans man)
A book you can read in a day
A book involving a supernatural creature

Black Tides of Heaven
by JY Yang
Non-binary representation! Yang is non-binary, and they created a world where no one is assigned a gender at birth. Everyone’s non-binary until they say otherwise. Which I think is how we should do things in the real world. It would be great.

2019 Categories
A book you can read in a day
A book involving a supernatural creature
Complementary books: The Red Threads of Fortune is the companion novel to this one.
A book by a female author of color
A book by an #ownvoices author
A book involving a resistance movement
A book with a place in the title

Being Jazz
by Jazz Jennings
Two readers for this one. Jennings was a teenager when she wrote this, and so if you really, really don’t want to listen to a teenager talk like an actual teenager, but still want to learn about the less common but hopefully becoming more common trans experience of identifying before puberty with a supportive family and decent doctors, see below.

2019 Categories
A book by an #ownvoices author
A book based on a real event
A book with footnotes or endnotes (lots of educational resources at the end)

I Am Jazz
by Jazz Jennings
This is the picture book version of the first entry. Jazz’s skin color is lightened (she’s Jewish and lives in southern Florida, so a bit on the tan side) and the gender norms are simplistic. On the other hand, you don’t have to listen to a teenager explore liking boys!

2019 Categories
A book with a three word title
A book by an #ownvoices author
A book with pictures
A book you can read in a day
A book based on a real event

Clover
by Charlie Jane Anders
This is a stand-alone follow-up to All the Birds in the Sky, answering the vitally important question of what happened to a particular cat. If you haven’t read the original novel, you don’t have to worry about spoilers, and you can still follow along.

2019 Categories
A book you can read in a day
A book involving a supernatural creature
A book with a plant in the title

All the Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane Anders
I just realized I failed to note Anders is a trans woman in the previous two posts where this book appeared. So that is now rectified.

2019 Categories
A book with your favorite animal in the title (bit broad but okay)
A book involving a supernatural creature

If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo
This is a fluffy YA romance about a trans girl, written by a trans woman, with a cis audience in mind. It’s simplified and easy to digest.

2019 Categories
A book by an #ownvoices author

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