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MidnightBookGirl
A Year Without a Name | Cyrus Grace Dunham
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Mehso-so

This memoir is a bit messy and feels like it ends too soon, but it's a story that needs to exist. Cyrus Grace grapples with gender and longing and feeling displaced. More gender queer voices in books can only lead to helping others on their own journeys, and Cyrus Grace definitely holds nothing back.
#NFNov @clwojick

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Michollio
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Mehso-so

There was some great info in here, but this book wasn't really for me. A lot of metaphors that didn't really work for me, a plethora of examples, and what seemed like a lot of repetitive info. I got the overarching message, which I appreciate, but I ended up skimming the last few chapters because it all seemed to be the same info. It's not a bad book, and I'm sure it would be a great resource for some people.

#BookishBingo: F/m Oct. TBR

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ReadingEnvy
A Year Without a Name | Cyrus Grace Dunham
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Pickpick

This memoir is an excellent capture of grappling with genderqueer identity. I've marked a bunch of places that resonate with experiences friends of mine have had, but I've never seen in articulated so well. It's a quick read and very worth reading. It comes out November 15, 2019 - I was sent a copy from the publisher.

I'm seeing how many memoirs I can read for Non-Fiction November - this is the first!

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underground_bks
A Year Without a Name | Cyrus Grace Dunham
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Mehso-so

Cyrus Grace Dunham, sibling to Lena, writes gorgeously and grippingly of their gender journey, but the overwhelming and graphic depictions of emotional pain paired with the seeming obliviousness to their privilege as a ridiculously wealthy and vastly supported person made this book a so-so for me. I‘m glad this exists because we need more representation on bookshelves but I can‘t wholeheartedly recommend it.

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QuoteQueen

Only a few chapters in and so much of this book is applicable to anyone, with or without a disability. The chapter on communication had a section on flirting tips which was excellent and encouraging. 😊💚

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QuoteQueen
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So at first glance this book seems informative but probably not a pleasure to read...however that is totally not the case. It‘s written with a sense of humor (just read “pun intended” haha), compassion, and a bit of empowerment. Love it so far!

(This is book 3 of my 3 book chapter rotation btw). 😜

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Daisey
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Pickpick

I‘m not going to say I agreed with all of this book, but it does express some good points. Often, and especially in the church, singleness is seen only as a stage of waiting. Yet, at some point that doesn‘t work and absolutely doesn‘t help. Sometimes, due to circumstance or choice, singleness is just the state of being, and this book acknowledges realities and positive aspects of that from a Christian perspective.

#audiobook #Hoopla #Christian

Daisey Thanks @MissKatie for bringing this book to my attention. 3mo
TheBookHippie Thanks for posting was just talking about this today. 3mo
Suet624 I haven't read this book but after three marriages I can tell you I'm finally happy to be single. :). Apparently it's what is best for me. My ex's are friends of mine and I have lots of company so it's all good. 3mo
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Scochrane26 The grouping of people in many churches around being married & emphasis on getting married bugs me a lot. Fortunately, my church hasn‘t ever been like that. 3mo
Daisey @TheBookHippie The way singleness is viewed in the church? This book is the most positive discussion I‘ve seen on remaining single. I would be curious to hear if you know of others. 3mo
Daisey @Suet624 It makes sense that it really is just the best for some, and I wish it were more widely recognized. I still don‘t know if that is really what is meant to be for me, but accepting it now is better than constantly waiting in frustration. 3mo
Daisey @Scochrane26 I personally feel very comfortable single in my church as well, but as time goes on this general view of only waiting for marriage annoys me more. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Daisey my very good friend was looking for a good book on this, we‘ve had no luck, she is single by choice and we‘ve never found one. She had just been told God didn‘t mean for man to be alone so she replied I am not a man 🤣. However she hates the I don‘t fit in the church structure feeling. It frustrates her. 3mo
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Verity
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Mehso-so

Interesting, but a little bit too out there in its expression for this solid (and boring ) Brit!

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BookAlongBlog
A Year Without a Name | Cyrus Grace Dunham
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Pickpick

4/5🌟This is one of the most intimate, vulnerable and unbelievable honest memoirs I have ever read!
This reads almost like diary form as Cyrus Grace Dunham writes so clearly and openly about their gender journey, family, desire, queerness and more. So many people will find this book a great comfort. And anyone who enjoys memoirs or has ever wondered about gender identity and queerness needs to read this book! Out Oct 15th! #bookstagram

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Krisjericho
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Pickpick

Fascinating. I don't agree with every conclusion that she draws from the data she presents, but this is thought-provoking and I learned a lot. There is some extra fluff that didn't feel necessary, and was at times distracting (why does she physically describe every person she interviews?!), but the stories and facts offer insight into our current ideas about female sexuality in the West and how they can be damaging to all people, not only women.