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Posted August 4, 2012
I love this book! It's a pretty short memoir but Justin Vivian B
I love this book! It's a pretty short memoir but Justin Vivian Bond writes so eloquently and powerfully, I am completely enraptured by the writing. I think V's strength and resilience is clearly expressed in this memoir. I couldn't get enough of V's story.
Mx. Justin Vivian Bond is branded as overly emotional by those in the family, which is something I can definitely relate to as well. I think Justin is very brave to write about the complex relationship with Michael and the slow path to self confidence and acceptance. There are so many people who don't achieve that, unfortunately. Yet V surpasses these obstacles.
I love how funny V is. I love how honest and bare V is in the most ugly and complicated moments. This is what a great memoir is all about. I hope there are much more books to come.
5/5 stars all the way.
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Posted October 11, 2011
Atlanta, Georgia- Singer, songwriter, and Tony-nominated performer Mx. Justin Vivian Bond* literally lets it all hang out in her book Tango: My Childhood, Backwards, and in High Heels.
The story delves to back to Mx. Bond's youth and her first sexual experiences and her continuous attempts in trying to fit in.
In a time when sexual identity boundaries were stringent, Tango holds nothing back as this coming of age story exposes all.
The title is a bit misleading; I originally thought it dealt with Tango dancing. However it does delve into the delicate dance that one has to take if you don't quite fit into society's standard shoes.
The dialogue is funny, touching, and raw as you peek into the life of this great American performer. Overall, this book reaffirms that regardless of what we are on the outside, we are all the same on the inside.
*Mx. / V is the preferable prefix in referring to Justin Vivian
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