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Non-Binary Lives - An Anthology of Intersecting Identities

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What does it mean to be non-binary in the 21st Century? Our gender identity is impacted by our personal histories; the cultures, communities and countries we are born into; and the places we go and the people we meet. But the representation of contemporary non-binary identities has been limited, until now. Pushing the narrative around non-binary identities further than eve ...more
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Published April 21st 2020 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Jaidee
Thank you to Netgalley, the editors and Jessica Kingsley publishers for a copy of this book in exchange for a review ! This book was released April 2020.

This is my Pride Read of 2020.

I am choosing to not rate this book as it is a book of testimonials from individuals around their life journeys with regards to gender identity and expression.

As I am fairly well versed in queer politics, feminism and the various ways this intersects there was not much here that was news to me. I appreciated the hon
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unknown pokemon
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
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non-binary lives is a helpfull and important collection of essays about the non-binary experience(s). I found this book to be incredibly insightful as it tackled important subjects such as non-binary pregnancy,

My only issue is the overly biased point of view and opinions that were thrown into this book. I wished it focused more on the non-binary experience and less on politics, or the 'toxic binary'.

Loved how this book mentioned the language barrier and how we can't be seen,
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Kara Babcock
You’d think the pandemic would mean I have more time to read rather than less, right? But for some reason my reading speed has decreased rather than increased. I’m making more of a comeback, but it still took me a long time to read and review Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities. That shouldn’t reflect on the quality of this book. Similarly, I’m going to explain later that I’m kind of over these massive anthologies on subjects like this, but that isn’t a problem with this bo ...more
Janet
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

What does it mean to be non-binary in the 21st Century? Our gender identity is impacted by our
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Em Robinson
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I ordered this book in at the library but am going to have to get my own copy asap as there were so many bits i wanted to highlight and come back to. As a nonbinary person there were so many moments throughout this book that I felt so seen and happy, not something that often happens in our ciscentric world. I found myself smiling, nodding, hurting and nearly crying. These stories were so special to read and really covered a wide range of nonbianry and gender nonconforming experiences, discussing ...more
Fred Langridge
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, queer, trans
I am biased because I wrote a chapter of it!

The rest, though, is interesting and moving and engaging - a diverse range of non-binary gendered life experiences from around the English-speaking world.
Dom
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Non-Binary Lives - An Anthology of Intersecting Identities is a thoughtfully curated, boundary crossing collection of essays from non-binary authors. As a person who is also non-binary and who is interested more and more in what gender looks like on an individual level outside the binary, this collection both personally resonated with my own narrative and shed light on areas outside the realm of my own experience.

I feel people with a base level of understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community would be
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leo | 飛べ
Apr 18, 2020 marked it as nonfiction-tbr
Shelves: trans-enby-mc
I've been feeling all over the place for a few days, then I found out about this book. I need this like I need oxygen. ...more
Mandy
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found this book fascinating and thought provoking, and I recognised a lot of my thoughts and feelings in the accounts of other people. Well worth a read.
Siobhan
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Non-Binary Lives is a collection of personal essays by non-binary people on elements of their lives and identities. As a whole, the anthology considers the range of experiences of being non-binary in the modern day, and how gender identity intersects with race, class, disability, faith, sexuality, and more. The writers come from various backgrounds and the book shows a real range of narratives, showing that there isn't one way to be non-binary nor is there a typical non-binary person. The pieces ...more
Laura Hill
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Jessica Kingsley Publishers and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on April 21st, 2020.

An interesting collection of essays by and about non-binary persons. From wikipedia:
Non-binary is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine — ‌identities that are outside the gender binary.

Most of the authors are living and working in the UK, though a few were from other countries.
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Eli
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
NON-BINARY LIVES is a unique collection of personal narratives by non-binary people. It’s also a mix of things I don’t normally pick up—anthology, essay, and nonfiction. What drew me to this book was the idea that I could read a collection of experiences by people who had something in common with me.

I’m non-binary, and I don’t usually get to see myself in books, no matter what the genre. I’ve worried on many occasions that I’m faking my gender, that I’m as confused as some people say, and that I
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Dai Guerra
I tend to have a hard time reviewing books that are about real people's lives because these are personal stories and how do you decide if you like them or not. I focus a lot more on the style of the book and its structure to decide how I feel rather than the content when it comes to these types of writings.

I felt that the opening to the book read much more like a textbook than the rest of the book and that put me off. I skimmed through most of that section of the book and put it aside for a whil
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Kelsee
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer-books
I thought this book was a fantastic and very important read. I find it supremely important to read stories and listen to the perspectives of those different from and that challenge our own perceptions and views. And while I identify as queer, I am very much cis, and this book did just that. This book is a collection of essays from non-binary authors. In addition to telling their stories of being non-binary in a world that really likes it’s binaries, they also consider the intersectionality of ra ...more
Harri
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of writings by nonbinary people, about their lives as nonbinary and how their identities intersect. It is a very moving book, definitely worth a read. I am nonbinary, which made it a particularly emotional read for me, but I think everyone, cis or trans, binary or nonbinary, should read this book.

The pieces of writing are all very personal, it really feels like you're getting to understand the writers and their identities and lives. Some of the pieces occasionally take
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Rue Baldry
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating collection of autobiographical essays written by people who identify as being gender non-binary. There are many ages, ethnicities, levels of disability, religions and other intersecting human aspects represented.

Although there was some discussion of the different types of non-binary gender, I would have liked a lot more. One writer said they were agender and gender fluidity was mentioned in passing once, but, although varied in all other aspects of their lives, most of the
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The Resistance Bookclub
I am struggling to find the words for a review, the emotional reaction I had to this book is very difficult to put into more sophisticated terms than keysmashing (ajfjfbssjdj) and screaming (aaaahhh).
After already reviewing the wonderful "Trans and Autistic", this is the second account I'm reading this year of intersectionality and overlapping identities.
The editors have done a great job compiling amazingly touching essays on diverse topics within questions for gender and intersecting identities
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Mack
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
* I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *

I am struggling to find the words for a review, the emotional reaction I had to this book is very difficult to put into more sophisticated terms than keysmashing (ajfjfbssjdj) and screaming (aaaahhh).
After already reviewing the wonderful "Trans and Autistic", this is the second account I'm reading this year of intersectionality and overlapping identities.
The editors have done a great job compiling amazingly touching essays o
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Lauren
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an important book! Non-Binary Lives is an anthology of essays divided into sections of larger topics that impact the non-binary community. Each author is candid, passionate, and graceful in sharing their lived experiences being non-binary, whether that focuses on the relationship to themselves, to others, to their language, their appearance, their self-identity, etc. The scope of this anthology is quite diverse and it's clear the editors had a commitment to global, racial, lingual, and spir ...more
Monika
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-cis-authors
Non-Binary Lives is a diverse collection of personal narratives that encompasses a huge variety of perspectives, reminding readers that there are endless ways to be non-binary. There are so many identities and intersections in this book: age (including coming out at different ages), health, neurodiversity, sexuality, body size, family size (including pregnancy and parenthood), gender identity, gender assigned at birth, race, nationality, class, faith. 

I especially loved Fred Langridge's essay "N
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Gabriel
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviews
ARC given by NetGalley for Honest Review

Non-Binary Lives was such an enjoyable read! I'll be honest, it was so full and wordy that it did take me a while to complete, but I'm very glad I did. The essays were well written as well as captivating. I find that personal accounts on gender are much more exciting then the technical jargon we see in other lgbtq non-fiction. As someone who is non-binary I found that not only did this give many different perspectives, but the editors were focused on makin
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Ebb
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt-read
This was a great collection of personal stories by non-binary writers who describe how being non-binary has impacted their lives and relationships with family and friends. A great collection for anyone that is looking to learn more about what it means to be non-binary as well as anyone who is currently dealing with the struggles that often comes with living in the world as who you are meant to be.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an hones
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Caitlyn Barker
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, arcs, non-fiction
Thank you For sending me a review copy via netgalley.

I went into this book hoping to learn more about the experience of living as a non-binary individual, and I definitely got that out of this book.
These collections of essays were incredibly insightful, and taught me a lot about the effects that being non-binary and other minority intersections has on ones life.
It reminds you never to take people for face value and make assumptions.
Will definitely be making more of effort to read about non b
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Katherine Orr
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2020
This was a really diverse set of essays written by non-binary individuals. So many important and intersecting identities were represented. Some of the essays were more 'readable' than others. I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first. I particularly loved hearing the perspectives of the writers who were religious.

*I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in return for an honest review*
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Jaz
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. As a non-binary person I really enjoyed reading about other non binary folks' experiences and how they approach and present their gender. Not only this but the exploration of the relationship between gender with class, race and nationality added an interested diversity if experiences and views on 'what it is to be non-binary.' I encourage everyone to read this regardless of your gender identity! ...more
Emily
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
My friend Ali said this book is basically a non-binary therapist directory, and they are not wrong. A disproportionate number of the contributors seem to be therapists! My fave chapter was the one by Francis Ray White on fatness and non binary identity 🥰
Vreer
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good anthology for and by non-binary people from very different walks of life. UK based, which is nice for change
baked beans
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Some of the stories were hard for me to want to finish, some i didn’t finish. Mud Howard’s “Blood Deal” and Kimwei’s “Boy’s Haircut” were my favorite !
Cindy
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

It is always hard to review anthologies of real-life experiences. However, I really appreciated this book. Most of the stories are of individuals based in the UK, but I feel that their experiences are universal. The section that struck me the most was of NB individuals who work in the counseling sector. It was a different perspective I hadn't heard before, how their non-binary identity impacted their relationships with the
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Shilo Quetchenbach
I absolutely loved this book. The essays varied widely in content and topic and each one showcased a different way of being nonbinary. The editors managed to pull together the essays with common threads and weave a tapestry that shows many (not all) ways of being nonbinary.

Throughout, despite all the differences, I felt a profound kinship with each author and found moments in each essay where I felt seen and loved.

I have struggled all my life with being too weird, too different, too everything,
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