A Year Without A Name

A Year Without A Name

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"For as long as they can remember, Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body. Their life was a series of imitations--lovable little girl, daughter, sister, young gay woman--until their profound sense of alienation became intolerable. Moving between Grace and Cyrus, Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition, asking us to bear witness to an uncertain and exhilarating process that troubles our most basic assumptions about who we are and how we are constituted."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316444965
Branch Call Number: 306.768092 D917D
Characteristics: 171 pages ; 22 cm

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Jan 18, 2020

I found this book quite moving and relatable. There are interesting passages about not just gender identity but mental illness, friendship, love, how we relate to and care for each other, how to exist in a world that doesn't understand us or make a space for us. In some ways Dunham's experiences are quite different from anything I've ever lived, but in some ways I really saw myself in this work, in a way that made me feel like a valued part of a community.

I was particularly interested in Dunham's exploration of what it means to be transmasculine and anti-patriarchal at the same time. If you've had experiences that lead you to be suspicious of men, if you have doubts about masculinity and fear the ways in which male privilege harms people you truly care about, it's so difficult to embrace that aspect of yourself without feeling like you're in some way betraying your beloved friends and your own values. They don't offer any easy answers, but sometimes asking the questions is more than half the battle. This is a good read; strong recommend.

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