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Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between
Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between | Amrou Al-Kadhi
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A heart-breaking and hilarious memoir about the author's fight to be true to themselfWINNER OF THE POLARI FIRST BOOK PRIZE 2020WINNER OF A SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARDAmrou knew they were gay when, aged ten, they first laid eyes on Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. It was love at first sight.Amrou's parents weren't so happy...From that moment on, Amrou began searching in all the wrong places for ways to make their divided self whole again.Life as a Unicorn is a hilarious yet devastating story of a search for belonging, following the painful and surprising process of transforming from a god-fearing Muslim boy to a queer drag queen, strutting the stage in seven-inch heels and saying the things nobody else dares to ....
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Twocougs
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So honest and thoughtful. We experience Amrou‘s pain yet also his enlightenment and acceptance of who he authentically is. Loved it!!!! And I really want to see his drag show now😉

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Soubhiville
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A heartfelt memoir about growing up in a Muslim household as a queer non-binary person. Amrou truly loves their parents and they love them, but their culture makes their coming out really difficult for all of them. Hearing how they grow and about their self discovery is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Things that will stick with me: their love for their mother, music, and their drag family.
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Soubhiville I thought this audio was great, read by author, but content warnings include- homophobia, racism, Islamaphobia, verbal and sexual abuse, bullying, and probably more. 4mo
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arlenefinnigan
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There aren't many books that manage to cover Islam, gay culture, marine biology and quantum physics, but this glorious memoir does. A brilliant, no-holds-barred account of their journey from realising they were 'different' as a child, their struggle to reconcile their sexuality and gender identity with their faith, and a heartfelt, moving recollection of their often difficult relationship with, and love for, their family.

arlenefinnigan I highly recommend the audiobook, but make sure your earphones are plugged in if you're listening at work. 5mo
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TorieStorieS
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I am running a bit behind on the #ReadAroundTheWorld challenge (in the move I have even totally misplaced April‘s book!), but my #Bahrain selection is on Audible! I don‘t know if I would‘ve picked this one up otherwise and I quite enjoyed Amrou revealing his own story from a childhood crush on an animated fox (haven‘t we all been there?) to growing up with challenging relationships to his family, his religion and even his own mind. Well-performed!

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kalivha
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I was amazed how relatable this book was! I am always keen to read books by nonbinary authors because I seek people I can relate to, and this time I felt like there was a connection beyond gender. Even apart from that, Amrou's story is really worth reading.

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kalivha
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Up next: this memoir I got in my #queerbookbox a few months ago. I've been following Glamrou on Instagram for a bit now and really look forward to this! #queer #nonbinary

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Ms_Gizmotronic
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Happy Pride!
I adored this memoir. So honest and introspective and beautiful. Deals with queerness, religion, race, culture and acceptance and I got a lot out of it. I changed my listening/reading habits because I couldn‘t stay away.

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