Transgender & Nonbinary Author Spotlight – Adult
Posted on September 8, 2021
Gender is a spectrum, and we love books and authors that celebrate this truth! Enjoy this list highlighting diverse books written by authors who are transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, or experience gender in one of the many other ways that defy a simple female/male dichotomy.
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She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy
By Jill Soloway
From the creator of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Transparent, a memoir of personal transformation set against the profound cultural upheaval and shifting power dynamics that continue to shape our society.
Gender Queer: A Memoir
By Maia Kobabe
A cathartic autobiographical comic, this journey of self-identity includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes and grappling with how to come out to family and society. Created to explain to family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity, what it means and how to think about it, for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.
By Nico Tortorella
Actor and LGTBQIA+ advocate Nico Tortorella’s narrative investigation of love, sex, gender, addiction, family, fame, and fluidity through the lens of their nonbinary identity. By expanding on themes explored on their popular podcast, The Love Bomb, Nico shares the intimate details of their romantic partnerships, the dysfunction of their loud but loving Italian family, and the mining of their feminine and masculine identities into one multidimensional, sexually fluid, nonbinary individual.
The Four Profound Weaves
By R.B. Lemberg
In this dark fantasy about a nomadic society, a nameless man struggles to embody his culture’s masculinity, after many years of performing the life of a woman, trader, wife, and grandmother.
By Jacob Tobia
A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it’s like to grow up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all the above.
By Catherine Hernandez
In this captivating dystopian novel, a larger-than-life drag queen and her allies rise up when a post-Trump regime rounds those deemed “Other” into concentration camps.
Something That May Shock and Discredit You
By Daniel M. Lavery
Lavery is known for blending genres, forms, and sources to develop fascinating new hybrids — from lyric rants to horror recipes to pornographic scripture. In his most personal work to date, he turns his attention to the essay, offering vigorous and laugh-out-loud funny accounts of both popular and highbrow culture while mixing in meditations on gender transition, relationship dynamics, and the many meanings of faith.
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
By Daniel M. Lavery
A collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales.
I’m Afraid of Men
By Vivek Shraya
A powerful meditation on the damaging effects of masculinity from a trans girl— a writer with celebrated indie roots and a knack for dismantling assumptions and challenging the status quo. As a boy, Shraya exhibited ‘feminine’ qualities. The men in her life immediately and violently disapproved. I’m Afraid of Men is a culmination of the years Vivek spent observing men and creating her own version of manhood. Through deeply personal reflection, she offers a rare and multifaceted perspective on gender and a hopeful reimagining of masculinity at a time when it’s needed more than ever.
Fairest: A Memoir
By Meredith Talusan
A heartrending immigrant memoir and a uniquely intersectional coming-of-age story of a life lived in duality and the in-between, and how one navigates through race, gender, and the search for love.
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