Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels

Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels

by Justin Vivian Bond
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Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels by Justin Vivian Bond

"Like Bond, the memoir is droll, pensive and filled with zingers teetering between funny and ferocious."—The New York Times

Hailed as “the greatest cabaret artist of [V’s] generation” in the New Yorker, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond makes a brilliant literary debut with this candid and hilarious coming-of-age tale.

Bond recalls in vivid detail how it looked and felt to first discover Mom's lipstick (Iced Watermelon by Revlon), and how dreary it could be for a trans/queer kid to join the Cub Scouts. Always haunted by the knowledge of being "different," Bond began to create intimate friendships with girls, and to feel increasingly at risk with boys. But when the bully next door wanted to meet secretly, Bond couldn't resist. Their trysts went on for years, making Bond acutely aware of how sexual power and vulnerability can be experienced at the same time. With inimitable style, Bond raises issues about LBGTQ adolescence, parenting trans/queer children, and bullying, while being utterly entertaining.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558617544
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 226 KB

About the Author

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a Tony nomination (2007), the Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2007), The Peter Reed Foundaton Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Artists.

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Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
dayzd89 More than 1 year ago
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.
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
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