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Book of Hats

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Hats and fashion. Ida Velikowsky's family has been in the business since biblical times—for so long, they've created their own holy book. Centuries of lore carried from continent to continent. An ancient home and a springboard for new beginnings. When Ida studies the book with her father, its magic draws all her worries away. But being a transmasculine kid in a small town ...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Tiny Golem Press / Everything Goes Media
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Dave Schaafsma
“To hats!” Gluck said.
“To hats!” They drank.

“Ida Velikowsky came from a long line of hat makers. It might be said of her that she was raised by hats the way some are raised by wolves. But not only that: there were shoemakers and clothiers; designers of belts, holsters, and military uniforms; makers of retro garments and cloth for tents; dye-brewers who dug up roots, bled sap, soaked husks, crushed and boiled seeds and berries, peeled and scraped the bark off trees”—Dov Zeller

“Hats! Hats! Hats!”
Elyse  Walters
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Book of Hats”..... is MARVELOUS!
It’s bursting with richness....gorgeously written....heartbreaking....
often hilarious.

It’s a superb intimate, coming of age story about Ira. She’s trans-masculine.

The Velikowsky family has been in the hat & fashion business for many generations.

This a life story centered around Ida Velikowsky - ( coming of age ) - during the 1930’s - when little girls were expected to wear dresses - pretty clothes - not Pith helmets and over size boys clothes.

Author, Dov Zel
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a dream-like immersion into the world of Ida Velikowsky who, as a transmasculine child growing up in the 1930s, is rejected by her mother for being different. Ida flees to New York City where she is befriended by people like herself. She finds work in a factory during the war and is on the cusp of falling in love when life deals a staggering blow. She retreats further into herself and the reader experiences the world as Ida experiences it: disconnected from the body, but not entirely fro ...more
Eric Hausman-Houston
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read!

‘Book Of Hats’, is an entrancing, funny, heartbreaking, frightening, beautifully written novel! Tracing the life of Ida, a boy born into a girl’s body in the 1920’s, in a time before transgender was even a word, how does Ida become part of a world that doesn’t acknowledge the very core of her being? Shunned by even her mother, how do you not feel for someone so rejected for only being honest about who they are?

Ida finds escape within the pages of books; the ‘The Book Of Hats’, contai
Sami Perkins
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - I discovered it at my library, and decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. Ida was born female, but always felt more like a boy. (although she did not want to use the male pronoun, she is just "Ida"). Her family has a long history of making hats, and the family history is captured in "The Great Book of Hats and Fashion".

Her mother never accepted her, even as an infant, and always wanted her to be something she was not. I think that many of us can relate to that feeling,
This is a very well written book and felt like an experience rather than just reading a book. - Matt

I could see things were happening, but I wasn’t invested in either the events or the characters. - Laura

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Katie B
Sometimes a book just doesn't work for you but it doesn't necessarily mean the book is bad, it just wasn't right for you. I just never felt like I connected with any of the characters or their story lines. Indifference is a worse feeling to have than hating the characters because unlikable characters can be entertaining. I never felt invested in the story, even from the beginning. It's a shame though because it did have elements I normally enjoy in books but for whatever reason as a whole the bo ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
While a lot went wrong for me (which I'll get into below), I think that the absolute greatest part of the book was the prose - that in itself earned Book of Hats an extra star. Dov Zeller has a way with words -- the pages simply bleed with the despair that Ida feels, the spiral that she falls into. There is a line blurred between poetry and prose, and it feels like sheer heaven to read something so well crafted.

However, this is also what made this such a hard read. I felt so dark and helpless jo
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Queer, LGBTQIA+
I do not know if I liked Book of Hats. It has all the flaws you would expect of a self-published work and a few of them make it difficult to keep track of the story, especially when you think you've reached a break in the text but no, the page just ends higher for no apparent reason. Still, I've forgiven books for worse flaws.

What Book of Hats holds for me, however, is a genuine emotional connection that I did not expect. Oh, I felt for Ida and her hunger for her inheritance, the book of the sam
Joey Gremillion
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was fantastic until the last six chapters or so. The author completely lost me.
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