Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

By | October 17, 2019
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family Author Amy Ellis Nutt
ISBN-10 0812995430
ISBN-13 9780812995435
Year 2016-06-07
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MENS JOURNAL ASTONEWALL HONOR BOOK IN NONFICTION FINALIST FOR THE LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FOR TRANSGENDER NONFICTIONThe inspiring true story of a transgender girl her identical twin brother and an ordinary American familys extraordinary journey to understand nurture and celebrate the uniqueness in us all from the Pulitzer Prizewinning science reporter for The Washington Post When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys they thought their lives were complete But it wasnt long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother Wyatt Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were supposed to like but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress up and playing Little Mermaid By the time the twins were toddlers confusion over Wyatts insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart In the years that followed the Maineses came to question their long held views on gender and identity to accept and embrace Wyatts transition to Nicole and to undergo an emotionally wrenching transformation of their own that would change all their lives forever Becoming Nicole chronicles a journey that could have destroyed a family but instead brought it closer together Its the story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and acceptance not ostracism and disapproval of a Republican Air Force veteran father who overcame his deepest fears to become a vocal advocate for trans rights of a loving brother who bravely stuck up for his twin sister and of a town forced to confront its prejudices a school compelled to rewrite its rules and a courageous community of transgender activists determined to make their voices heard Ultimately Becoming Nicole is the story of an extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself Granted wide ranging access to personal diaries home videos clinical journals legal documents medical records and the Maineses themselves Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this immersive account of an American family confronting an issue that is at the center of todays cultural debate Becoming Nicole will resonate with anyone whos ever raised a child felt at odds with societys conventions and norms or had to embrace life when it plays out unexpectedly Its a story of standing up for your beliefs and yourselfand it will inspire all of us to do the same Praise for Becoming NicoleA profoundly moving true story about one remarkable familys evolution PeopleFascinating and enlightening Cheryl StrayedExceptional Stories move the walls that need to be moved Nicole told her father last year In telling Nicoles story and those of her brother and parents luminously and with great compassion and intelligence that is exactly what Amy Ellis Nutt has done The Washington PostIf you arent moved by Becoming Nicole Id suggest theres a lump of dark matter where your heart should be Jennifer Senior The New York TimesExtraordinary a wonderful and inspiring story Minneapolis Star TribuneA downright necessary bookand a remarkable act of generosity by the Maines family BuzzFeedFrom the Hardcover edition

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