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July 2023 Additions


With International Non-Binary People's Day happening every year on July 14, we thought this month would be a great opportunity to add two books that focus on non-binary experiences and voices. Luckily, while attending WisCon in May, our library organizers were able to do some shopping at A Room of One's Own bookstore's table in the dealer's room, and found two great choices amongst the many amazing books available.


The first we're adding is Life Isn't Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi. Alex was actually at WisCon and was kind enough to sign the copy the library is adding! The book is a reflection and call to move away from binary thinking in general and with regards to gender and sexuality specifically, revealing the ways that non-binary life and expression can help break down a lot of mental and societal barriers that get in the way of community and understanding. From the publisher:


"Much of society's thinking operates in a highly rigid and binary manner; something is good or bad, right or wrong, a success or a failure, and so on. Challenging this limited way of thinking, this ground-breaking book looks at how non-binary methods of thought can be applied to all aspects of life, and offer new and greater ways of understanding ourselves and how we relate to others."


"Using bisexual and non-binary gender experiences as a starting point, this book addresses the key issues with binary thinking regarding our relationships, bodies, emotions, wellbeing and our sense of identity and sets out a range of practices which may help us to think in more non-binary, both/and, or uncertain ways."


"A truly original and insightful piece, this guide encourages reflection on how we view and understand the world we live in and how we all bend, blur or break society's binary codes."


The second book is Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities, edited by Jos Twist, Ben Vincent, Meg-Jon Barker, and Kat Gupta. This book of essays explores what non-binary can mean to people and, what's more, the expanse of experiences faced by people across non-binary identities. It challenges assumptions people have about what it means to be non-binary while provided an inclusive and diverse look into a range of different lives through personal essays. From the publisher:


"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 ever before, this powerful collection of essays represents the breadth of non-binary lives, across the boundaries of race, class, age, sexuality, faith and more."


"Leading non-binary people share stories of their intersecting lives; how it feels to be non-binary and neurodiverse, the challenges of being a non-binary pregnant person, what it means to be non-binary within the Quaker community, the joy of reaching gender euphoria. This thought-provoking anthology shows that there is no right or wrong way to be non-binary."

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