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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This book does pretty well what it sets out to do even though it wasn't the most engaging read. If you read it -- a history of US trans social justice movements focused on 1950-2016 -- skip the 1st chapter. The book feels like a conventional work of history: it tells dry facts, lists names, etc. I found a lot of info interesting, like prior uprisings to 1969 Stonewall that aren't as widely known but most descriptions are brief and perfunctory.

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Suet624
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Here's an example of a book that should have been on the #TOB2023 shortlist. A wild adventure. Playing with diction/thoughts/events in a captivating, endearing, and propulsive way. Carlotta, a trans woman, is released from prison after 21 years following a wrongful conviction. We follow her for just a few days as she tries to reintegrate into a life after prison and follow the rules of her probation. Had me chuckling quite a bit.

RebelReader I was surprised this didn‘t make the shortlist along with 7d
squirrelbrain Fabulous review! I‘m really looking forward to this one and hope to get to it soon. 7d
Ruthiella I definitely going to read this one as well! 👍 7d
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Hooked_on_books I‘m excited for this one. I picked it up on audio but haven‘t gotten to it yet. At least we have some good longlist finds despite the lackluster shortlist! 7d
Cinfhen This was /is amongst my favorites!!! Such a great character😁 7d
Cortg This looks fantastic! 7d
Suet624 @RebelReader I'm still waiting for my library hold on Cyclorama. 7d
Suet624 @squirrelbrain @ruthiella I think you'll like it. It's a fun surprise. (Except when Carlotta's talking about some things that happened to her in prison.) 7d
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books I think it would be really fun to listen to this on audio. 7d
Suet624 @Cinfhen Like I said, why didn't this move to this shortlist? It seems like such a typical TOB contender - surprising, uncommon, a fresh approach to a story. 7d
batsy This sounds so excellent! I haven't read it yet but I'm also wondering why it wasn't shortlisted. It seems so fresh and unique. 7d
BarbaraBB I‘ve read only good things about this one. Adding it to the wish list! 6d
sarahbarnes Yes! I really liked this one too and think it should have made the shortlist! 6d
BkClubCare The audiobook is a terrific way to experience this 🎧💗 6d
Suet624 @BkClubCare I kept thinking this would be a great audiobook. I may try to grab the audio from the library and check it out. I think it would be a completely different experience. 6d
Suet624 @batsy The humor is what made some of the really sad moments easier to handle. It's a great story. 6d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I'm curious how it will be for you, considering the diction was sometimes difficult for me to catch. 6d
Suet624 @Cinfhen I still laugh when I think about some of the observations Carlotta made. Such a great character. 6d
BarbaraBB Thanks for warning me. That could be a bit of a problem indeed. 6d
Cinfhen Yeah!! Carlotta was HILARIOUS but also sad in so many ways!! I think you‘ll be ok @BarbaraBB your English skills are FANTASTIC 😘 5d
Cinfhen I did audio, which was AMAZING!!!!! 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks ❤️ it‘s not always easy though! 5d
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broughtyoubooks
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Bookfest Day 2: not as impressive a haul, but I'm happy with what I did find.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Really trying not to let the fact that Styker defines bisexual as attraction to two binary genders and polysexual / polyamorous as attraction to all genders colour the rest of my reading. This is a 2018 second edition!! Bi people, like especially bi trans people, have been rejecting that definition for a while!! And polyamorous is a relationship style of non-monogamy, not an orientation?! I am genuinely confused about how she fucked up polyamory.

IndoorDame The whole bisexual vs pansexual debate is a personal pet peeve of mine, but to misdefine polyamory that badly would actually put me off the book. It has a broad definition so it‘s actually not that easy to get wrong, and it‘s not even remotely a new term! I‘d have a hard time trusting this person as an expert. (edited) 2w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @IndoorDame Mine too. Either use a simplified definition like "attraction to two or more genders" for bi/pan/polysexual or do your research and use multiple / specific definitions used by those communities! Agreed, polyamory as a term is quite well known imho, even for monogamous people! Honestly might go back in the audiobook and make sure I heard right. 2w
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MoonWitch94 🙄😒😵☹️ What in the what now? THIS is an example of why the publishing world needs more Queer voices at the table. So misinformation has a better chance of never making it to print. I‘d give up reading it, but I suppose the overall point is more important 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @MoonWitch94 the author is a trans lesbian, so she is queer. She might be monogamous and non-bi but I'd still expect her to do her reseMaybe the editorial staff who worked on the book aren't LGBTQ+ 2w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @MoonWitch94 oops hit send by accident! Basically the author is not bi and presumably monogamous but I don't think it excuses her poor definitions! I agree, if many queer people at her publisher had worked on the book, they likely would have caught these mistakes 2w
MoonWitch94 @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I assumed the author was Trans (although, maybe I shouldn‘t, given how things are today) but that is very disappointing that someone in the community would be so out of touch. It‘s not surprising, though. Yes, more representation for Queer folks in high places would help iron out these misconceptions. 2w
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Suet624
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Oh boy…I know folks with this look…and I always want to wrap them up in a big hug despite their protests.

Megabooks This book 💯💯💯 should‘ve made the shortlist!! 2w
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Suet624
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My first chuckle of the day. I have to slow down when reading this book. The one-liners are so good I have to savor them.

sarahbarnes Yes!! 2w
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Kenyazero
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This comic is somewhere between a journal comic (which I love) and a graphic memoir. It felt unfocused because of that, but it was also interesting seeing what she wanted to deep-dive into. It was interesting seeing her struggle with her decision to suddenly re-track her life to draw comics. The pretty font style gave me a really hard time because I'm dyslexic, so it took me a while to make things out. #LGBTQ #Comic #GraphicMemoir #JournalComic

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Kenyazero
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My judgy cat frequently sounds like she's saying "wow" after something we say or do, so this made me laugh ? #Comic #Cats

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Robotswithpersonality
Gender Failure | Rae Spoon, Ivan E. Coyote
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So so much to partially identify with - just more proof that everyone's experience of failing gender is different.
I think Rae's journey resonates more with me personally, especially the retiring from gender and gender as narrative portions.
Ivan's journey to get and recover from top surgery told throughout is beautiful and emotional and funny, it feels like the backbone of the book. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality But if medical discussion of surgery/description of surgery recovery makes you queasy like yours truly, be aware it's included.

Also warning for eating disorder/disordered eating.

Ivan's Facilites and Danger chapters are particularly impactful, as much for the writing as the subject matter. I feel like highlighting every page.I am so grateful for how vulnerable these two NB people chose to be in sharing their experiences.
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Robotswithpersonality
Gender Failure | Rae Spoon, Ivan E. Coyote
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The whimsy! It's the moose (more Canadian than cows, I suppose) being beamed up that got me.