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Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Nonbinary - edited by Micah Rajunov and Scott Duane is a book that is emotional, educational, heartbreaking and thought-provoking all at the same time. While I firmly believe in letting people live their lives the way they want to as long as other people are not harmed by it, I did not know much at all about having a nonbinary identity. This book really gives an insight into how harsh life outside of the binary can be but also how fulfilling it can be to find your place in the world. This book brought me to tears several times but also made me smile on several occasions. I am glad I got to take part in this learning opportunity and recommend it to anyone who wants to have an insight into the feelings and experiences of living outside of the binary. There are 2 reasons I did not give 5 stars on this review. I wish the book was more consistent on trigger warnings - now, I'm not sure if these were given by the original authors or the editors but nevertheless, it would have been nice if it was more uniform in that sense throughout. I was also not a big fan of the experience that was told by the parent. All of the other stories were told by those that are nonbinary themselves, experiencing it all first hand, but this one was told by the parent of a nonbinary child. It did not fit in with the rest. While it would be interesting to read more experiences by parents, that should be its own book, but I think when those stories are shared, it should also say that they were shared with the child's permission. These things were very personal and it felt inappropriate to read it told by someone else.
I've been trying to read as much as I can to gain insight into issues and things I haven't previously known or understood completely. When it comes to nonbinary gender identity, I came into this book completely ignorant. This book is an anthology of essays and short pieces written by people who are nonbinary. I find that I really love this format for topics such as this. It provides a better preview into how people of different backgrounds - race, academic disciplines, socio-economics, etc. - perceive the topic. Most people connect better to people than to abstract ideas, so this is a great way to get your arms around these concepts. The book read much more casually than those usually published by a university press, too, so I believe it will appeal to a broad audience. I came away from reading this feeling much more empathy and understanding for those who do identify as nonbinary. I wouldn't have had this opportunity to learn about this perspective come up organically (living in the solidly conservative state of Utah). I highly recommend this book. Thank you to the editors, Micah Rajunov and Scott Duane, each of the authors, Columbia University Press, and NetGalley for providing me access to this book. As always, all opinions are my own.