Gender Queer: A Memoir
Gender Queer: A Memoir

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Annotation: This intense autobiography charts the author's journey of self-identity, including adolescent crushes, coming out to family, bonding with friends, and more.
Catalog Number: #209847
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Lion Force LLC
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 240
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-549-30400-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7604-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-549-30400-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7604-2
Dewey: 921
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
This heartfelt graphic memoir relates, with sometimes painful honesty, the experience of growing up non-gender-conforming. From a very young age, Kobabe is unsure whether to claim a lesbian/gay, bisexual, or even transgender identity: -I don-t want to be a girl. I don-t want to be a boy either. I just want to be myself.- Kobabe comes of age having to navigate expressions of identity such as clothing and haircuts, with fraught attempts at romantic and sexual entanglements. Eventually, Kobabe-s supportive sister concludes: -I think you-re a genderless person.- (Kobabe: -She knew before I did.-) Kobabe continues to explore the challenges of a nonbinary identity, including the use of alternate pronouns (in Kobabe-s case, e/em/eir), the trauma of cervical exams, refuting misplaced concerns from a loving relative who believes -female to male- transgenderism could be rooted in a form of misogyny, and learning that the term autoandrophilia actually applies -for me.- Intermixed are lighthearted episodes relating Kobabe-s devotion to LGBTQ-inspired Lord of the Rings fan fiction and hero worship of flamboyant ice-skating champion Johnny Weir. Kobabe is a straightforward cartoonist who uses the medium skillfully (if not particularly stylishly), incorporating ample cheery colors, with a script that-s refreshingly smooth and nondidactic for the topic. This entertaining memoir-as-guide holds crossover appeal for mature teens (with a note there-s some sexually explicit content) and is sure to spark valuable discussions at home and in classrooms. (May.)
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Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 7-12

2020 ALA Alex Award Winner
2020 Stonewall — Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award Honor Book

In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears.

Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

"It’s also a great resource for those who identify as nonbinary or asexual as well as for those who know someone who identifies that way and wish to better understand." — SLJ (starred review)

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