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God Loves Hair: 10th Anniversary Edition

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In 2010, Vivek Shraya self-published God Loves Hair, her first book; in the ten years since, Vivek has published six more titles including a novel, poetry collection, graphic novel, and children's picture book, while also working as an artist, musician, and academic.

God Loves Hair is a collection of short stories that follows a tender, intelligent, and curious child as the
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Arsenal Pulp Press
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya is a very impactful collection of short stories.

God Loves Hair follows an Indian boy navigating through growing up and standing out. He has to deal with gender, race, and religion.

I highly recommend God Loves Hair. This book teaches you so much in a short book. Shraya discusses many important topics some of which are not frequently discussed.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Vivek Shraya and she did a great job narrating. Having the author narrate this book r
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book. I loved this book, full of stories of Vivek's ideas snd experiences while growing up. It was thoroughly interesting and entertaining following her journey of self-discovery. ...more
Charlotte Jones
This is an autobiographical set of short stories or vignettes from Vivek’s life growing up questioning their sexuality and gender from a young age.

The introduction to the tenth anniversary edition by Cherie Dimaline was the perfect start to the book. I listened to this one on audiobook narrated by Vivek herself and though I liked the book, I would definitely have benefited from experiencing the illustrations alongside.

Vivek talks about everything from gender and the cultural expectations that co
Anne Logan
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve raved about Calgary author and artist Vivek Shraya on this blog before, so when given the chance to review the 10th anniversary edition of her first book God Loves Hair (previously self-published) I was excited to dive in and witness the evolution of her writing. Now that she’s a famous Canadian, it made sense to re-release this book with new illustrations and a lovely foreword by equally-famous Canadian author Cherie Dimaline. This book is technically written for a young adult audience, an ...more
Jennifer Mcniece
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was a great memoir that offers honest glimpses into the author's discovery and understanding of their own identity. It is at times funny (there is some shockingly lacking sex ed) and at time very moving. It is an exploration of the intersectionality of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, and gender identity lyrically presented for a YA audience, but as with many YA offerings, this one is really for everyone. ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an ALC of the tenth anniversary edition of this book!

This is a story about growing up Queer and Brown and Religious. About learning to accept yourself for who you are, and love the things about you that make you different.

I love the loving and accepting message of this story! And so easily accessible.

CW: homophobia, sexual content, sexual abuse.
Sophia Leakos
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a really nice collection of stories that would absolutely resonate with children learning to explore their gender and sexuality. The audiobook was great!
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A very simple and cute book touching on the heavier things that affect her as a trans woman trying to navigate through life. Read it for a course, but really enjoyed the simplicity of this little book. Also absolutely loved the animations for each short story.
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Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. She is the author of The Subtweet, Death Threat, even this page is white, The Boy & The Bindi, She of the Mountains, and God Loves Hair; and her best-selling I’m Afraid of Men was her­ald­ed by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel”. She is one half of the music duo Too Attac ...more

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