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Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout | Laura Jane Grace
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"If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman/ My mother once told me she would have named me Laura/ I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her."-The Ocean A searing account of her search for identity and true self, TRANNY reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me! experienced in her quest for gender transition. Illuminated by Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, TRANNY is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction. Grappling with everything from sex, drugs, failed marriages, music, and soul of a punk rock star, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.
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TheJuj

“Of course, what no one tells you when you‘re young and arrogant is that you eventually grow up to become the thing you hate.”

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reading_rainbow
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hey guys! was wondering if i can get some help with something. my husbands not a reader so i want to get into audio books for our long drives together. What is the best way to go about that? how do u guys listen? do u use an app or do u buy the audio book directly on your tablet? what‘s better? help me please lol🙏🏽

xicanti You should check out your local library‘s website to see which audiobook catalogues they subscribe to! They‘ll have guides to help you get started with each service, including info about borrowing limits and which apps to download so you can listen on the go. 1mo
reading_rainbow @xicanti excellent idea thank you! 1mo
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RebL
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#24in48 prompt: favorite. My favorite is typically whatever I am currently reading. My favorite genre is memoir. My favorite music is punk. My favorite people are LGBT2SQI+ & their allies. I don‘t really have favorites, but I do enjoy all these things. I‘m not big on drugs or dangerous behaviors though because control is also my favorite, so... you know. To each their own.

IvoryLunatic Memoirs are my favorite too. What your most recommended memoir? 6mo
RebL @ivorylunatic This one, Tranny, is the memoir I‘m reading now. Usually my favorite memoirs are about regular old people. The the one that scooped me up is 6mo
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Literaturenut
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This was very good. Overall it was a good memoir of a punk who also is trans.

#FeaturesAMuscian #BooksForAllies #Booked2019 #WrittenByAMuscian #PopSugarReadingChallenge #36of65 #audiobook

MelissaSue81 I love her band, and thought this book was fantastic. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Way to double up your challenges! 👊🏻 8mo
Cinfhen Nice choice ✅ 8mo
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Literaturenut
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I‘m so excited to read Tranny. It‘s been on my TBR for a while now. #JuneTBR

ShyBookOwl Dawn is one if my favourite books. It was my first sci fi too! 8mo
JackOBotts Looking forward to reading your thoughts about 8mo
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jveezer
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The shift to outdoor reading, latte, cookie break has occurred...I guess you could say I‘m coming out in a way (pun intended, with all due respect to my trans friends)

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jveezer
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Got my punk on and went to a Laura Jane Grace show this weekend. I just discovered her with the new album and didn‘t know any of her backstory until I was checking out the merch. Came home with a tee and her BOOK. SCORE‼️

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Johanna414
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I‘ve been wracking my brain for a Birthday gift idea for my big brother for a few weeks now. Huge shoutout and thank you to @monalyisha for posting about this book at just the right time and reminding me that I wanted to buy it for him!

MelissaSue81 This is a great book! 1y
monalyisha Nice! Glad to have inadvertently helped! 😉🤗 1y
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monalyisha
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Punk rock is not a particularly feminine, open, or forgiving genre. So, when the lead singer of Against Me!, Tom Gable, announced that she was transgender, would be transitioning, & wanted to be known as Laura Jane Grace - all while continuing with the band & planning to stay married (with a daughter) - it was a story I followed on tenterhooks. Getting to hear her experience told in her own words was something I was really looking forward to.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/5: Being a fan - but not an UBER fan - of the band, I was less-interested in the early stuff: a rotating cast of musicians, album creation, label changes, etc. than I was in the expression of LJG‘s gender dysphoria (although I will say that the parts in which she interacts with Joan Jett & The Boss did make me geek out a little). (edited) 1y
monalyisha 2/5: There‘s a line in one of the last chapters in which Laura ceremoniously burns Tom‘s journals & basically says, “Goodbye, Tom! You were a real prick!”; I‘ve gotta say, I felt the same. 😅 Her unhappiness & depression with her own identity led to some real asshole moments. (edited) 1y
monalyisha 3/5: It speaks to the level of honesty, though, that she didn‘t always cast herself in a positive light, even when she knew that much of her story that *wasn‘t* ugly (just sad) would *already* be viewed as disgusting or repulsive. (edited) 1y
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monalyisha 4/5: Ultimately, my husband - who‘s deep into the music scene - loved the book so much that he‘s planning to buy a copy in print; I appreciated it for Laura‘s intelligent, nuanced understanding of what it means to be a woman. (edited) 1y
monalyisha 5/5: The degradation she had to go through to prove she was ready for Hormone Replacement Therapy, for instance, & her doctor‘s refusal to see her as “ready” until she traded her black t-shirt & black jeans for a dress, was one such example. “Tranny” is an often-blunt, sometimes-poetic memoir, in which LJG expounds on some of her own lyrics & invites the reader to, “c‘mon & ache with me.” (edited) 1y
Rachel.Rencher Oh my gosh I saw Against Me! live last year and they were amazing. I didn't know Laura Jane wrote a book! 1y
monalyisha @Rachel.Rencher I think it‘d be a worthwhile read/listen even for someone who‘s not a fan — so if you know who they are, I‘d definitely recommend picking it up! (We listened to a bunch of the albums after we finished reading; they‘re just so good! I wish some of the songs were on the audio. 😔) 1y
Gezemice Sounds very interesting, even though I don‘t know much about punk rock. 1y
Johanna414 I can‘t wait to read this! Definitely getting it for my brother who is a huge Against Me! fan 1y
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monalyisha
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“I bought women‘s clothes at Sears today. How embarrassing is it to be a closeted transsexual buying women‘s clothes at Sears? It‘s safe, though. No one will see me there. Who the fuck shops at Sears?”

Ddzmini You shouldn‘t have to do that you should be free to shop wherever you want like everyone else 😳 1y
monalyisha @Ddzmini It‘s a painful story... but also pretty brutally funny. 1y
Ddzmini It‘s sad the any person is restricted from shopping or doing as others... take for granted 😰 1y
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monalyisha
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1. Beer barn + moonlight + celebrating love = 💯
2. My husband‘s in a band called “Math the Band” & I see them pretty regularly but the last “real” show I went to was prooooooooobably “They Might Be Giants.”
3. I hit snooze a stupid amount of times in the morning. And, on a more book-related note, I dog-ear my pages.
4. Honestly...Jeopardy. 😅🤓
5. I‘m a mood reader...but I definitely see the tagged audiobook in my near future. 🔮

#humpdaypost

JamieArc I love seeing so many people watch Jeopardy! 1y
SMayWrites Love They Might Be Giants! 1y
LiteraryinLititz Math the Band is an awesome band name! 1y
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mklong I do the same thing with snooze bar! I know I should just set it for later, but I always go to bed thinking that tomorrow will be the day I get up early enough to read before work. I‘m doing it right now! 😂 1y
Crystalblu They Might Be Giants are one of our favorite bands! I even paid for my husband to get an image from his favorite tmbg tee tattooed on his leg 😜 1y
monalyisha @Crystalblu Ha! That‘s awesome! Mine claims he doesn‘t want a tattoo (but is at the same time considering a giant photo-realistic image of our pet rabbit on his thigh. 😂 Their love is real). I think the closest I can come to your level is that we once had two pet Pygmy frogs that we named John & John. We later added a snail & called him Marty. 🐸🐸🐌 (edited) 1y
Crystalblu Nice! We love our Johns! 1y
monalyisha @Crystalblu Which image did he get tattooed exactly? 1y
Crystalblu It is a Toney Millionaire print with a crow holding up a bird house and the top of his head is open. I wish we could comment with pictures 🤔 1y
monalyisha @Crystalblu It‘s cool; I‘m an expert googler (https://goo.gl/images/ZksuH9). It sounds fantastic! 🙌🏻 1y
Crystalblu That‘s the one! 1y
tonyahoswalt They Might be Giants would be awesome! 1y
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Mem_ugh
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This was a reread for me, or re-listen is more accurate, so I obviously enjoyed this one. I love LJG‘s explanation or elaboration on the punk ethos as a whole and just how bs it is sometimes. Having Laura narrate her book was a pretty great idea, it‘s rad hearing her emphasis on certain passages and how heartfelt the book is for her. 10/10 will read again

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I can‘t sleep and audiobooks are the best for insomnia. I think I‘ve read or listened to this book at least 4 times. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Against Me! was my fave as a teenager and I rediscovered them a couple of years ago. Laura Jane does such an amazing job outlining the way the band came to fruition and reminded me why I loved them so much. #teenageanarchist #laurajanegrace

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Tranny by Laura Jane Grace of the band Against Me! This has been in my #tbr pile for a while, but my uncle wanted to read it first. He says he loves it, says it‘s poignant & strong. I‘m really looking forward to this read! ❤️🙌📚 #laurajanegrace #reading #books #lgbt #memoir #autobiography #inspiration #litsy

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Finally starting this one, as a big fan of Against Me! and of Laura Jane Grace, I have followed her journey and story and all of her amazing work in the transgender community. I am also interested in the collaboration of this book with Dan Ozzi, who is one of my favourite music journalists.

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Mehso-so

This is a tough one to review, even as a fan. The feelings are raw and real but the book itself seems unfinished, the writing style rushed. I wish it had been written later, so that more time had passed to reflect. It did capture a really unique, in-the-moment snapshot of turmoil. I've found myself thinking very similar things when struggling with identity.

Also lots of Against Me! history for those who like the band!

#transbooks #music #memoir

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I was a huge fan of Against Me! before Laura Jane transitioned and have become an even bigger fan afterwards. Been looking forward to starting this for a while.

#lgbtq #transbooks #trans #memoir #againtme #music #punk #NonfictionNovember

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monalyisha Yes! This was one of the best-expressed, most eloquent parts, I thought. 1y
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I don't know how, but this book got buried in my TBR pile. So excited to dig into it now.

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A fascinating window into being in a successful band that got its start in anti-establishment circles. It reminded me of Carrie Brownstein's memoir. It's not your average transition memoir, since the bulk of the material has to do with Against Me before she came out. It's only really in the epilogue that she talks about being trans. There's an interesting essay by her defending the title: if you're curious it's pinned to her Twitter profile.

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Pickpick

This was an intresting audiobook listen.

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HaphazarMe
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I'm relatively newbie to Laura Jane Grace and her band, Against Me! But after hearing her interview on NPR, I became interested in her memoir. Listening to the audio book now.

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Vexingcircumstance
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This book wasn't what I expected but I did enjoy it. Laura Jane's very much the punk frontman that she always was and reading the story of her becoming herself was interesting. The story telling feels disjointed at times and I wasn't always sure the order of events occurring but with all the drugs and alcohol I'm not sure Laura Jane herself was either. So it works. I def recommend it. It adds a lot of depth to Against ME's music as well.

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My current read. #library #librarybooks.

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Loved this memoir! Raw, gritty, honest. Also brought me back to my punk teen years (without the drugs, because I was just a poser 😉)

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AimeeMarieCherie
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Laura tells her story so honestly; I found myself drawn to her and her story in so many ways that I couldn't even begin to imagine. A must read for any teenage anarchists like me.

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Thanks to my insomnia I read this in one sitting. I heard about this book when I saw Laura Jane Grace on The Daily Show. I had been familiar with the band Against Me! Years ago but unfortunately hadn't followed the band for some time. I found much of this book to be heartbreaking to read about how much she was suffering right in front of everyone and nobody knowing. Sex drugs rock n roll and a journey to self acceptance. Very good read!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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"There‘s a whole big world full of sensible balanced people, what‘s so goddamn inspiring about any of them? "

JoeStalksBeck This is fabulous!!!❤️❤️❤️😂😂😂 3y
kylienoele I love this! 😹 3y
PunksteR @GoodallBookHaul @kylienkylie Thank you! That's my fab kittie - screamer: Donnie, posing for the camera is just so exhausting for her 3y
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DebinHawaii Great pics! 🐱❤️ 3y
Vexingcircumstance I want to read this so badly. My library only has it as an audiobook and i can't do audiobooks. I think I'll have to put a request in for them to order it in print. 3y
PunksteR @Vexingcircumstance My library had a copy but I was the first person ever to show interest :) The book is great, I read another punk memoir before it from NOFX and at first was expecting something similar but it was a whole new thing (both are good^^) , very captivating and emotional. She writes from the heart and shares so much - it's really hard not to get attached hhh 3y
Vexingcircumstance The library has ordered most things I've requested/recommended including a huge list of movies. So I think the lady in charge of orders likes me or finds my arguments for things compelling or something lol. So maybe I'll have good luck with getting them to order it. Or maybe I'll find it during the library book sale this weekend. 3y
monalyisha I loved this quote & I adore this picture! 😅 1y
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PunksteR
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I'm on p272 and I decide that after 170 pages for the day,I can't bear the idea of finishing this book today.
Fast forward to day after,I'm about to finish my first beer and pick up the book again.
P287 and I already teared upped ones,I need another beer.
P291,I decide that I need a break..
3 beers in,I finish the book.
Record time for me - 3 days only.
I try to prolong it a bit by reading the "Acknowledgments"chapter, but it's only 2 pages long.

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Those remind me of myself 12 years ago, I just met a guy that is now my husband.
We were both in school, completely submerged in to art,music and each other. Trying hard not to disappoint.

"Just before she fell asleep in my arms,I whispered in her ear that I hoped I would never stop exciting her."

"She told me that Neurosis was the best show she‘s ever seen and that Lungfish is her favorite band. I will now commit every Lungfish song to memory"

Robothugs ❤️❤️❤️❤️ - to the quotes and the story. (edited) 3y
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"That's the punk mentality, always shooting yourself in the foot before even taking the first step. "

- In photo : Blackbird Raum, 2016. [Take note of the legendary AMPLIFIED WASHBOARD!!!]

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"I'll go there because I have nowhere and no one else to go to.
I'll leave because it will not be where I belong.
What once felt so right will now feel all wrong. "

Cortg Fun picture! 3y
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"Show spaces were supposed to be open to everyone regardless of age, race, class, sex or sexual preference, but for the most part it was just white kids oblivious to the privilege they came from."

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*About 'Smells like teen spirit'*

"...Frontman Kurt Cobain singlehandedly calloused a whole generation of tiny fingers with those opening notes..."

8little_paws Yaaaaaas 3y
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It was 1985 and I was five years old, still young enough to think the lyrics to Madonna's song "Material Girl" were "I am a Cheerio girl."

CouronneDhiver I don't even care... I'm still a cheerio girl. Lol 😂 3y
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PunksteR
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FINALLY ☻👯💚

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StephBengtson
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Today's #bookhaul ! The picture books and We Should All Be Feminists are gifts. I like to give that one out to my new mom friends!

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AlobelThee
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#prisma #recentnonfictionread I had offered some Against Me! tunes for my parents to hear; not happening yet for any interest, but worth steps for tries. It was best not to show the book title, now back at the library. - My life ponders do feel eased by wisdom in books and music (also, Mina Caputo 🎸) well on track with our #transbooks aware and supportive times. #marchintoreading

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I didn't know the band or Laura Jane Grace but You don't need to, to enjoy this book. A fantastic, heart felt and honest story. Following her struggles of growing up as a boy, delinquency, drug use while trying to become a successful punk band (against the back lash of militant punks that considered them sellouts) whilst fundamentally dealing with a lifetime of gender dysphoria. A remarkable story!

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Laura's story is hearty and heartbreaking, on feminine strengths, in a very masculine world of punk rock, with greater complications than how things can appear, such as pressures for showing success while reality is a constant weight. I can't say enough how great it is to see Laura so open and speaking for the much needed support in *Trans awareness, helping youth avoid drugs and dangers. Emotionally heavy, but then lighter unburdened. #transbooks

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Laura's story brought me even deeper into the making of Against Me!'s album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. I'm so glad to see Laura keeping well and strong. ✊️ The struggles can get overwhelmingly rough, while so immensely helpful in learning / raising awareness for support. #transbooks

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After watching an interview with Laura Jane Grace and Trevor Noah, I immediately bought and downloaded this book. It's a compilation of journal entries and memoir detailing her career with the band Against Me! & coming out as transgender at 31 years old. She talks about her life-long gender dysphoria and the intense and pervasive shame and self-loathing she felt towards herself. It's not sunny, but harsh truths need to be confronted. Bravo 👊🏻.

AlobelThee I just finished reading ♥️ harsh and hope inspiring. I'm so glad to see Laura keeping well and strong. I really enjoy the Against Me! tunes. 3y
Johanna414 Against Me! is one of my all time favorite bands! I really need to read this 3y
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Reading early on brought me a curious, and rather secular, view and knowledgeable respect for positive Satanists. The Minnesota Trans Atheist Podcast had a great episode interview on Luciferians. - An old classmate of mine, still concerned for my soul, wanted me to get into Alex Jones. I am aware of Alex's T-word use, and think he misunderstands Crowley, in the way of blaming forces that religious listeners thrive on. - Anyway, some ponders there.

Autumnscribe Saw her in the daily show last week for the first time. She was so amazingly well spoken and articulate that I immediately wanted to read her book despite knowing nothing about her art or other work. 3y
AlobelThee @Autumnscribe I really enjoyed Laura's early talks on The Strombo Show. It's really great to hear more well spoken interviews are happening, with the book and another new Against Me! album. 🙂 3y
Yellowpigeon @Autumnscribe, I said the same thing about her interview. However, my husband said my tbr pile was making him very nervous so no more buying until I get this under control. She was so lovely. 3y
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News at the time of Laura's renewed start, made my discovery of 'Against Me!', as I got into the White Crosses album. I sure noticed the song 'I Was a Teenage Anarchist' in punk rock shops like Spencer's and Hot Topic. - The battle themed spirit, as brutal as Laura's story and journey tells, is a much needed inspiration above the hardships. The fight for better change, around fair treatment or hard tales of injustice, can learn a lot here.

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My work meet today was unresolved. They won't cover a late taxi, on top of help with bus passes. Being held at dish washing is pretty much my problem, until something better; a classier Resort hiring this Sunday, with reminders to wear a suit and tie. Perhaps they are a bit moody that the punk rock Hot Topic is also hiring. 😏 Options. #LitsyPartyofOne Shoutout to us introverts, with books and bookish friends, helping cope with any hardships. 📚💖

annkuch13 Sorry your meeting didn't resolve well today! Sending hugs and support your way! 3y
AlobelThee @annkuch13 Thanks! I'm losing half the night's pay in these cases, but hopefully will talk things out with the manager, either for a change of times, or dealing with it until other hires work better. 3y
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kspenmoll Sorry you are going through this. Hugs! (edited) 3y
AlobelThee @kspenmoll Thanks, Katherine! ((hugs)) 3y
Blueberry I saw this author on TV last night....either on Steven Colbert or Jimmy Fallon, I think. 3y
AlobelThee @Blueberry Awesome to hear! Hopefully I can find a replay sometime. I really enjoyed Laura's talk on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. 3y
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When I spotted Laura Jane Grace's book, standing on the 'new in' front shelf; automatically a photo and indeed taken for a my check out! -- I've watched Laura's Twitter chats at the time, on choosing this title, around the intent of owning and reshaping the harsh stigma. Laura's punk rock Against Me! album, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' is an album I've deeply enjoyed, as a go-to hearty inspiration for warrior spirits. 🗡🛡

ohyeahthatgirl They're sooo good in concert. I can't wait to read the book! 3y
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MelissaSue81
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Love Against Me! Love Laura. I am glad that I read this, because much as I tried I don't think I really understood how she felt before. This was surprisingly well written. Memoirs can be hit or miss on their interest level and I couldn't put this one down and read it in a day.