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  • By: Ivan Coyote
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  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Summary

Stonewall Book Award Honor Book winner

Ivan Coyote is a celebrated storyteller and the author of 10 previous books, including Gender Failure (with Rae Spoon) and One in Every Crowd, a collection for LGBT youth. Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving memoir told in stories, in which Ivan recounts the pleasures and difficulties of growing up a tomboy in Canada's Yukon, and how they learned to embrace their tomboy past while carving out a space for those of us who don't fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels.

Ivan writes movingly about many firsts: the first time they were mistaken for a boy; the first time they purposely discarded their bikini top so they could join the boys at the local swimming pool; and the first time they were chastised for using the women's washroom. Ivan also explores their years as a young butch, dealing with new infatuations and old baggage, and life as a gender-box-defying adult, in which they offer advice to young people while seeking guidance from others. (And for tomboys in training, there are even directions on building your very own unicorn trap.)

Tomboy Survival Guide warmly recounts Ivan's adventures and mishaps as a diffident yet free-spirited tomboy, and maps their journey through treacherous gender landscapes and a maze of labels that don't quite stick, to a place of self-acceptance and an authentic and personal strength. These heartfelt, funny, and moving stories are about the culture of difference - a "guide" to being true to one's self.

©2016 Ivan Coyote (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Superb

I laughed, cried, reflected, questioned and reviewed my own existence with this book. Beautifully written, expertly read. Gorgeous in its entirety. Thank you Ivan for your insight , sensitivity and skill in sharing the human experience x I would now go pay to see you live .

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Wonderful!

Absolutely wonderful, Ivan is so easy to listen to while they read the chapters of this book.Their voice is so calming that you can’t help but hang on their every word. Would 100% recommend this to anyone.

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