I sent my last newsletter at the end of August, went on vacation, read a ton of books, became overwhelmed by the thought of trying to write about them all, got (somewhat) over it, and am now finally sending out the next edition (and have prepped the next few)! Phew!
Hope everyone is transitioning well into the fall season and you’re ready to read more about books I’m reading. And if you’ve read something interesting, please send along your thoughts and recommendations.
Love Lives Here by Amanda Jetté Knox
This is the story of a how one family supported the transition of two of its members. It’s written from the perspective of a member who did not transition, did not always do the right thing, but who loves all of her family members fiercely.
The story is about how a group of people who were related to each other became a real family through honesty, trust, and love for one another. Love in this book is not rose-coloured, easy or simple—this book is beautiful and sometimes funny, but it isn’t a romantic comedy. Love is the guiding principle of this family and sometimes it is gut-wrenchingly hard.
What I took away, is that in order to truly bond with the people who matter in my life, I need to be honest about who I am—but I also need to be loving and accepting of that honesty when it’s presented to me.
Knox shows what’s possible. She’s presented a model of what a not-perfect, but loving transition can look like within the bonds of a family. Transitioning doesn’t have to be a tragedy or a break from the people you love. It can be the glue that brings everyone closer together.
Extracurricular reading and watching:
Firstly, if you’re on Twitter I recommend that you follow Amanda Jetté Knox (https://twitter.com/MavenOfMayhem). She kept popping up in my feed for ages until I finally embraced her awesomeness, followed her, and then read her book.
If you like in the Ottawa area, consider attending this Writers Festival event on Oct. 27, 2019 with Amanda Jetté Knox. I haven’t read Rick Prashaw’s book (her co-presenter) yet, but I’m looking forward to reading it in the next year. https://writersfestival.org/events/fall-2019/modern-family
A great thread in which Amanda Jetté Knox explains some things about how she approached writing this book as a cisgender person: https://twitter.com/MavenOfMayhem/status/1179031061063487489
She tweets a lot about trans issues, but also other fun things. Here’s her Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe: https://twitter.com/MavenOfMayhem/status/1178365376763170818
Amanda Jetté Knox mentions the Danish Girl in her book and I liked that movie so I’m recommending it, though it’s apparently not on Canadian Netflix anymore. However, it has some issues, so here is a breakdown on that: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/danish-girl-has-emotional-hole-its-heart
I also want to share a documentary created by some of my former journalism classmates at Carleton University about a transgender woman named Lana Paulson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYIR2R0oiFs
Sabrina has read 42 books toward her goal of 75 books.