Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ten top books about gender identity

Lisa Williamson is the author of The Art of Being Normal.

One of her top ten books about gender identity, as shared at the Guardian:
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

How’s this for a hook? A group of teenage beauty queens find themselves stranded on a desert island following a plane crash. This is the irresistible set up of Bray’s bestselling 2012 novel. Chapter by chapter, we get to know the twelve survivors behind the sashes and perfect white smiles. Gender stereotypes are turned on their head as Bray employs razor sharp satire to explore the unique pressures teenage girls face. With a diverse cast of characters (including a transgender contestant) and some killer one-liners, the results are smart and hilarious.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue