Friday Fives | Books to Read by Transgender Authors

Posted November 18, 2022 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in friday fives / 0 Comments

I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.

Since Transgender Day of Remembrance is on Sunday, I want to honor those who have been lost to horrible acts of anti-trans violence, especially in the recent years. But I also want to honor transgender authors and the works they bring us. Hopefully with their work, others can see trans people as people.

This book has been in the news a lot due to people wanting to ban it (because the idea of just don’t read the book, never crossed their minds). It recounts Kobabe’s journey from adolescence to adulthood and the author’s exploration of gender identity and sexuality, ultimately identifying as being outside of the gender binary.

I first saw this book when I ordered it for the library I work at and immediately wanted to read it! A trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl–and how we might re-imagine gender for the twenty-first century.

This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach. Torrey Peters brilliantly and fearlessly navigates the most dangerous taboos around gender, sex, and relationships, gifting us a thrillingly original, witty, and deeply moving novel. The concepts in this book make it sound like an interesting read that I need to get my hands on it!

This was recommended to me by a friend that I still haven’t read (sorry Mark)! Wendy Reimer is a thirty-year-old trans woman who comes across evidence that her late grandfather—a devout Mennonite farmer—might have been transgender himself. Alternately warm-hearted and dark-spirited, desperate and mirthful, Little Fish explores the winter of discontent in the life of one transgender woman as her past and future become irrevocably entwined.

Light From Uncommon Stars is a sci-fi and fantasy story all about building a family and a new life. I mean how could I turn down a novel that is a blend of Good Omens and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. A defiantly joyful adventure set in California’s San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts.

Happy Reading Darlings!

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