A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships [NOOK Book]

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At no other time in history have lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) relationships and families been more visible or numerous. A Family by Any Other Name recognizes and celebrates this advance by exploring what “family” means to people today. The anthology includes a wide range of perspectives on queer relationships and families—there are stories on coming out, same-sex marriage, adopting, having biological kids, polyamorous relationships, families without kids, divorce, and dealing with the death of...

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A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships

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Overview

At no other time in history have lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) relationships and families been more visible or numerous. A Family by Any Other Name recognizes and celebrates this advance by exploring what “family” means to people today. The anthology includes a wide range of perspectives on queer relationships and families—there are stories on coming out, same-sex marriage, adopting, having biological kids, polyamorous relationships, families without kids, divorce, and dealing with the death of a spouse, as well as essays by straight writers about having a gay parent or child. These personal essays are by turns funny, provocative, and intelligent, but all are moving and honest. Including writers from across North America, this collection offers honest and moving real-life stories about relationships and creating families in the twenty-first century.

The fifth book in a series of books about the twenty-first-century family, A Family by Any Other Name follows How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, Somebody’s Child, Nobody’s Mother, and Nobody’s Father, all essay collections that challenge readers to re-examine traditional definitions of “family.”

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
05/15/2014
This engaging collection features 21 personal essays about families with LGBT members. Editor and contributor Gillespie (journalism, Wilfrid Laurier Univ.; coeditor, Somebody's Child) selects pieces that assert an understanding of family broader than the standard definition of a group of blood relatives. While brief (the longest entry is 24 pages), the essays are generally well written, as most of the contributors are teachers or professional writers and cover a range of topics including coming out, same-sex marriage, divorce, adoption, artificial insemination, and having a gay parent or child. Sometimes the writings feel insistently upbeat in tone, but for the most part they are moving nevertheless. The collection is not likely to leave a new impression or serve as particularly revelatory, but it may be useful for readers feeling oppressed by myths or prejudices about definitions of family. VERDICT A well-written, inspirational, and light read, recommended especially for those questioning how their queer or nontraditional family fits into society. Likely to appeal to anyone who enjoyed Patrick Merla's Boys Like Us.—Jessica Spears, Monroe Coll. Lib., Bronx, NY
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"A well-written, inspirational, and light read, recommended especially for those questioning how their queer or nontraditional family fits into society. Likely to appeal to anyone who enjoyed Patrick Merla's "Boys Like Us".&#8212Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781771510554
  • Publisher: TouchWood Editions
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 552 KB

Meet the Author

Bruce Gillespie is an award-winning Canadian writer and editor and an assistant professor in the journalism program at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. He has worked for Canadian Business and MoneySense, and his writing has appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers, including Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine, Financial Post Business Magazine, Applied Arts, Quill & Quire, and the National Post. He has received four honourable mentions at the National Magazine Awards and a Best Consumer Feature in the Rogers Media Best Of Awards in 2001. Bruce is the editor of A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships and was co-editor of the two anthologies Somebody’s Child: Stories About Adoption and Nobody’s Father: Life Without Kids. He was recently appointed editor-in-chief of J-Source.ca, a hub for news, information, and commentary about Canadian journalism. Visit Bruce online at brucegillespie.com and follow him on Twitter at @bgillesp.

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