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In the Dream House: A Memoir
by Carmen Maria Machado

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English

Pages

247

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><b>A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of <i>Her Body and Other Parties</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><i>In the Dream House</i> is Carmen Maria Machado鈥檚 engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.</p><p>And it鈥檚 that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope鈥攖he haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman鈥攖hrough which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.</p><p>Machado鈥檚 dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, <i>Star Trek</i>, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.</p>
The Ethics of Ambiguity
by Simone de Beauvoir

Language

English

Pages

164

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>From the groundbreaking author of <i>The聽</i><i>Second Sex </i>comes a radical argument for ethical responsibility and freedom.</b><br /><br /> In this classic introduction to existentialist thought, French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir鈥檚聽<i>The Ethics of Ambiguity</i>聽simultaneously pays homage to and grapples with her French contemporaries, philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, by arguing that the freedoms in existentialism carry with them certain ethical responsibilities. De Beauvoir outlines a series of 鈥渨ays of being鈥?(the adventurer, the passionate person, the lover, the artist, and the intellectual), each of which overcomes the former鈥檚 deficiencies,聽and therefore聽can live up to the responsibilities of freedom. Ultimately, de Beauvoir argues that in order to achieve true freedom, one must battle against the choices and activities of those who suppress it.聽<br /><br /><i>The Ethics of Ambiguity</i> is the book that launched Simone de Beauvoir鈥檚 feminist and existential philosophy. It remains a concise yet thorough examination of existence and what it means to be human.<br /> 聽
DEAD RECKONING
by Caitlin Rother

Language

English

Pages

445

Publication Date

August 27, 2019

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<b>Extensively Revised And Updated!</b><br /><p><br /><b><em>鈥淩other gives readers compelling insight to an unthink- able American nightmare. A gripping read . . . frank and frightening . . . it sizzles.鈥?lt;/em> 鈥擜phrodite Jones, host of True Crime for Investigation Discovery Network</b><br /><p>Tom and Jackie Hawks loved their life in retirement, sailing on their yacht, the Well Deserved. But when the birth of a new grandson called them back to Arizona, they put the boat up for sale. Skylar Deleon and his pregnant wife Jennifer showed up as prospective buyers, with their baby in a stroller, and the Hawkses thought they had a deal. Soon after a sea trial and an alleged purchase, however, the older couple disappeared and the Deleons promptly tried to access the Hawkses鈥?bank accounts.<br /><p> As police investigated the case, they not only found a third homicide victim with ties to Skylar, they also uncovered an unexpected and unusual motive: Skylar had wanted gender reassignment surgery for years. By killing the Hawkses with a motley crew of assailants and plundering the couple鈥檚 assets, the Deleons had planned to clear their $100,000 in debts and still have money for the surgery, which Skylar had already scheduled.<br /><p> Now, in this up-to-the-minute updated edition, which includes extensive new material, New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother presents the latest breaking developments in the case. Skylar, who was ultimately sentenced to death row for the three murders, transitioned to a woman via hormones while living in the psych unit at San Quentin prison. Recently, she legally changed her name and gender to female, apparently a strategic step in her quest to obtain taxpayer-subsidized gender confirmation surgery and transfer to a women鈥檚 prison. Combined with Governor Gavin Newsom鈥檚 recent moratorium on executions, this only adds insult to injury for the victims鈥?families, who want Skylar to receive the ultimate punishment for her crimes.
Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender...
by Abby Stein

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>The powerful coming-of-age story of an ultra-Orthodox child who was born to become a rabbinic leader and instead became a woman</b><b><br /></b>Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of eighteenth-century Eastern Europe, speaking only Yiddish and Hebrew and shunning modern life. Stein was born as the first son in a dynastic rabbinical family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews. <br /><br />But Abby felt certain at a young age that she was a girl. She suppressed her desire for a new body while looking for answers wherever she could find them, from forbidden religious texts to smuggled secular examinations of faith. Finally, she orchestrated a personal exodus from ultra-Orthodox manhood to mainstream femininity-a radical choice that forced her to leave her home, her family, her way of life. <br /><br />Powerful in the truths it reveals about biology, culture, faith, and identity, <i>Becoming Eve</i> poses the enduring question: How far will you go to become the person you were meant to be?
Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son
by Richie Jackson

Language

English

Pages

176

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<p><strong>Chosen by <em>Town & Country</em> as one of the most anticipated books of the year | Named "An LGBTQ Book That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020" by <em>O: The Oprah Magazine</em></strong></p><p><strong>In this poignant and urgent love letter to his son, award-winning Broadway, TV and film producer Richie Jackson reflects on his experiences as a gay man in America and the progress and setbacks of the LGBTQ community over the last 50 years.</strong></p><p><em>鈥淢y son is kind, responsible, and hardworking. He is ready for college. He is not ready to be a gay man living in America."</em></p><p>When Jackson's son born through surrogacy came out to him at age 15, the successful producer, now in his 50s, was compelled to reflect on his experiences and share his wisdom on life for LGBTQ Americans over the past half-century.</p><p><em>Gay Like Me</em> is a celebration of gay identity and parenting, and a powerful warning for his son, other gay men and the world. Jackson looks back at his own journey as a gay man coming of age through decades of political and cultural turmoil. </p><p>Jackson's son lives in a seemingly more liberated America, and Jackson beautifully lays out how far we鈥檝e come since Stonewall -- the increased visibility of gay people in society, the legal right to marry, and the existence of a drug to prevent HIV. But bigotry is on the rise, ignited by a president who has declared war on the gay community and fanned the flames of homophobia. A newly constituted Supreme Court with a conservative tilt is poised to overturn equality laws and set the clock back decades. Being gay is a gift, Jackson writes, but with their gains in jeopardy, the gay community must not be complacent. </p><p>As Ta-Nehisi Coates awakened us to the continued pervasiveness of racism in America in <em>Between the World and Me</em>, Jackson鈥檚 rallying cry in <em>Gay Like Me</em> is an eye-opening indictment to straight-lash in America. This book is an intimate, personal exploration of our uncertain times and most troubling questions and profound concerns about issues as fundamental as dignity, equality, and justice. </p><p><em>Gay Like Me</em> is a blueprint for our time that bridges the knowledge gap of what it鈥檚 like to be gay in America. This is a cultural manifesto that will stand the test of time. Angry, proud, fierce, tender, it is a聽powerful letter of love from a father to a son that holds lasting insight for us all.</p>聽
Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition
by P. Carl

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English

Pages

239

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<b>鈥淎 memoir that is jolting, honest, passionate, and beautifully written鈥?(Claudia Rankine), <i>Becoming a Man</i> explores one man鈥檚 gender transition amid a pivotal political moment in America. </b><br /><br /><i>Becoming a Man</i> is the striking memoir of P. Carl鈥檚 journey to become the man he always knew himself to be. For fifty years, he lived as a girl and a queer woman, building a career, a life, and a loving marriage, yet still waiting to realize himself in full. As Carl embarks on his gender transition, he takes us inside the complex shifts and questions that arise throughout鈥攖he alternating moments of arrival and estrangement. He writes intimately about how transitioning reconfigures both his own inner experience and his closest bonds鈥攈is twenty-year relationship with his wife, Lynette; his already tumultuous relationships with his parents; and seemingly solid friendships that are subtly altered, often painfully and wordlessly.<br /> <br />Carl blends the remarkable story of his own personal journey with incisive cultural commentary, writing brilliantly about gender, power, and inequality in America. His transition occurs amid the rise of the Trump administration and the #MeToo movement鈥攁 transition point in America鈥檚 own story, when transphobia and toxic masculinity are under fire even as they thrive in the highest halls of power. Carl鈥檚 quest to become himself and to reckon with his masculinity mirrors, in many ways, the challenge before the country as a whole, to imagine a society where every member can have a vibrant, livable life. Here, through this brave and deeply personal work, Carl brings an unparalleled new voice to this conversation.
Bad Feminist: Essays
by Roxane Gay

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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>
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

193

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>
Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality (Routledge Inte...
by Routledge

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English

Pages

545

Publication Date

March 05, 2014

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<p>The <i>Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality </i>brings together important new work from 68 leading international scholars that, collectively, demonstrates the intrinsic interconnectedness of sport, gender and sexuality. It introduces what is, in essence, a sophisticated sub-area of sport sociology, covering the field comprehensively, as well as signalling ideas for future research and analysis. Wide-ranging across different historical periods, different sports, and different local and global contexts, the book incorporates personal, ideological and political narratives; varied conceptual, methodological and theoretical approaches; and examples of complexities and nuanced ways of understanding the gendered and sexualized dynamics of sport. It examines structural and cultural forms of gender segregation, homophobia, heteronormativity and transphobia, as well as the ideological struggles and changes that have led to nuanced ways of thinking about the sport, gender and sexuality nexus. This is a landmark work of reference that will be a key resource for students and researchers working in sport studies, gender studies, sexuality studies or sociology.</p>

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