spring book club
Here at Not A Phase, we’re always looking for ways to enhance our community and today, we’re recommending some of our favourite books for trans+ authors that have been enjoyed by the Not A Phase team recently. We’ll be posting link to buy these books from ‘Gays The Word’, a queer bookshop based in London who ship across the UK.
Transitional – Munroe Bergdorf
“Transitional” by Munroe Bergdorf is a brave and moving memoir that invites readers into the heart of her transformative journey as a transgender woman. From her early years grappling with identity to the struggles and triumphs of coming out, Bergdorf lays bare the complexities of navigating a world that often doesn’t understand or accept gender diversity. With raw honesty and unwavering courage, she shares the highs and lows of her transition, offering insight and inspiration to those who may be on a similar path. “Transitional” is a testament to the power of self-love, resilience, and the beauty of living authentically.
Nevada by Imogen Binnie
“Nevada” by Imogen Binnie is a groundbreaking novel that explores the complexities of gender identity, self-discovery, and the search for belonging. Set against the backdrop of the punk scene in New York City, the story follows the journey of Maria Griffiths, a transgender woman in her mid-twenties who is struggling to find her place in the world. Binnie’s writing is bold, fearless, and unapologetic, challenging readers to confront their own preconceptions and biases. As Maria navigates the highs and lows of her transition, she discovers a sense of purpose and connection that she had always been searching for. “Nevada” is a powerful and unforgettable book that celebrates the beauty of difference, and the power of community to heal and transform. Published for the first time in the UK last year, it’s amazing to finally have access to this incredible book!
None of the Above – Travis Alabanza
“None of the Above” by Travis Alabanza is a poignant and personal memoir that offers a powerful exploration of gender identity, race, and what it means to belong. Through their own experiences as a Black, gender non-conforming person, Alabanza illuminates the struggles and joys of navigating a world that often fails to understand or accept diversity. With a compelling blend of vulnerability and strength, Alabanza reflects on the challenges of coming out, dealing with discrimination, and finding community in unexpected places. “None of the Above” is a must-read for anyone seeking to expand their understanding of gender, race, and the complexities of identity in our society today.
Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton
“Summer Fun” by Jeanne Thornton an epic, singular look at fandom, creativity, longing, and trans identity. Gala, a young trans woman, works at a hostel in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. She is obsessed with the Get Happies, the quintessential 1960s Californian band, helmed by its resident genius, B—-. Gala needs to know: Why did the band stop making music? Why did they never release their rumored album, Summer Fun? And so she writes letters to B—- that shed light not only on the Get Happies, but paint an extraordinary portrait of Gala. The parallel narratives of B—- and Gala form a dialogue about creation—of music, identity, self, culture, and counterculture.