Please join us for our new book group, "Literary InQueeries: NPL's LGBTQ book group for everyone." All are welcome to this group, where we will read and discuss books with LGBTQ themes. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month at Commune (located at 33 Pleasant Street in Newburyport).
This month's title is Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia.
From the moment a doctor in Raleigh, North Carolina, put "male" on Jacob Tobia's birth certificate, everything went wrong. Alongside "male" came many other, far less neutral words: words that carried expectations about who Jacob was and who Jacob should be, words like "masculine" and "aggressive" and "cargo shorts" and "SPORTS!"
Naturally sensitive, playful, creative, and glitter-obsessed, as a child Jacob was given the label "sissy." In the two decades that followed, "sissy" joined forces with "gay," "trans," "nonbinary," and "too-queer-to-function" to become a source of pride and, today, a rallying cry for a much-needed gender revolution. Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a bold blueprint for a healed world--one free from gender-based trauma and bursting with trans-inclusive feminism.
From Jacob's Methodist childhood and the hallowed halls of Duke University to the portrait-laden parlors of the White House, Sissy takes you on a gender odyssey you won't soon forget. Writing with the fierce honesty, wildly irreverent humor, and wrenching vulnerability that have made them a media sensation, Jacob shatters the long-held notion that people are easily sortable into "men" and "women."
All are welcome to this event. No reservations necessary. Please note that though this book group meets at Commune, it is run by the library. If you would like staff to put the book on hold for you, or have any questions about the group, please call us at 978-465-4428.