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Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender

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Publisher Comments:

Honor Book for the 2012 Stonewall Book Awards in non-fiction 

The next-generation Stone Butch Blues--a contemporary memoir of gender awakening and a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.

Ambitious, sporty, feminine “capital-L lesbians” had been Nina Krieger’s type, for friends that is.  She hadn’t dated in seven years, a period of non-stop traveling—searching for what, or avoiding what, she didn’t know. When she lands in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, her roommates introduce her to a whole new world, full of people who identify as queer, who modify their bodies and blur the line between woman and man, who defy everything Nina thought she knew about gender and identity. Despite herself, Nina is drawn to the people she once considered freaks, and before long, she is forging a path that is neither man nor woman, here nor there. This candid and humorous memoir of gender awakening brings readers into the world of the next generation of transgender warriors and tells a classic tale of first love and self-discovery. 

Discussion Guide for Book Clubs, Classrooms, and Group Discussions

What did you know about transgender people before reading this book? How has your perspective changed?

Did reading this book make you think about your own body, gender, and identity? In what ways? 

How do you feel about the way Nina treats her parents? How about the way they treat her? How would you react if your child was transgender?

What role does Ramona play in Nina’s journey?

How do you envision gender—a binary, spectrum, galaxy…?

What are some of the benefits to our culture of gender? Some of the downfalls? How does the binary (man/woman) system help you? Hurt you?

How do you relate to Nina’s experience? In what ways is her story universal? Specific?

In what parts of your life do you feel you are “privileged”? Have your privileges changed over time? Has this impacted your worldview?

How is this book similar to other memoirs about gender? How is it unique?

How does the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder and its classification as a mental illness affect trans people?

What do you see as the main challenges for trans people in our society? Are these covered in the book, or are these from other sources and experiences?

What did you learn through The Boys? How are their gender expressions and decisions similar? Different? 

Where do lesbian and transmasculine (trans people on the male side of the spectrum like The Boys) communities overlap? Where is there friction?

What defines “women’s spaces” and in what cases, instances, or places should transmasculine people be included? Excluded?

Book News Annotation:

Krieger was born a girl but inside he was always male. It wasn't until he moved to San Francisco's Castro district that he was able to come to terms with his gender identity and make the physical transformation to match. This book is Krieger's memoir of his transition between gender identities and the social hardships that often accompany such transformations. This humorous and heart-warming story of self-discovery appeals to those dealing with gender identity issues as well as those engaged in gender studies. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Transgender people and issues have exploded into the mainstream media over the last few years, and there are few people today who haven't heard the phrase "born in the wrong body." Yet for all of the people who fit that phrase, there are scores more fighting for the right to inhabit both and neither, to pick and choose, to affirm the complexity of gender beyond the two strictly enforced bathroom options. "Nina Here Nor There" is the first memoir in 15 years to take readers beyond the standard "sex change" narrative. Picking up where Leslie Feinberg's best-selling "Stone Butch Blues" (1993) left off, "Nina Here Nor There" tells the story of the next generation of transgender warriors.

Taking readers to the front lines of gender and sexuality, this candid and humorous memoir of gender awakening is at its heart a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.

Synopsis:

The next-generation Stone Butch Blues--a contemporary memoir of gender awakening and a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.

Ambitious, sporty, feminine “capital-L lesbians” had been Nina Krieger’s type, for friends that is.  She hadn’t dated in seven years, a period of non-stop traveling—searching for what, or avoiding what, she didn’t know. When she lands in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, her roommates introduce her to a whole new world, full of people who identify as queer, who modify their bodies and blur the line between woman and man, who defy everything Nina thought she knew about gender and identity. Despite herself, Nina is drawn to the people she once considered freaks, and before long, she is forging a path that is neither man nor woman, here nor there. This candid and humorous memoir of gender awakening brings readers into the world of the next generation of transgender warriors and tells a classic tale of first love and self-discovery. 

Synopsis:

The next-generation Stone Butch Blues--a contemporary memoir of gender awakening and a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.

When Nina Krieger first moved to San Francisco, she aspired to be a "capital L Lesbian" and surrounded herself with affluent, sporty, feminine lesbian friends. But when she moves to the Castro neighborhood, Nina finds herself thrust into a whole different world, full of people she sees as weirdos and freaks--people who blur the line between woman and man, who identify as queer, who defy everything Nina thought she knew about gender and identity. Despite herself, Nina is drawn to this new world. Before long, all her notions about gender are thrown out the window as she forges a truer path toward self-discovery.

About the Author

Nick Krieger considers himself a dot-com poser, yoga jock, accidental activist, gender satyr, and one queer dude. He aspires to be a stay-at-home dad, with or without child. His writing has earned several travel-writing awards and has been published in multiple travel guides as well as in venues such as Curve, Town & Country, and PlanetOut. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

One Ta-Ta Tatas

Two Home

Three Binding

Four Middle Ground

Five Packing

Six Wings

Seven The Queer Birds and the Bees

Eight Homesick

Nine Roots

Ten The Good-Bye Wad

Eleven The New World

Twelve Mama’s Boys

Epilogue

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807000922
Author:
Krieger, N
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Krieger, N.
Author:
Krieger, Nick
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.43 x 5.47 x 0.62 in 0.6 lb

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Product details 216 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807000922 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Transgender people and issues have exploded into the mainstream media over the last few years, and there are few people today who haven't heard the phrase "born in the wrong body." Yet for all of the people who fit that phrase, there are scores more fighting for the right to inhabit both and neither, to pick and choose, to affirm the complexity of gender beyond the two strictly enforced bathroom options. "Nina Here Nor There" is the first memoir in 15 years to take readers beyond the standard "sex change" narrative. Picking up where Leslie Feinberg's best-selling "Stone Butch Blues" (1993) left off, "Nina Here Nor There" tells the story of the next generation of transgender warriors.

Taking readers to the front lines of gender and sexuality, this candid and humorous memoir of gender awakening is at its heart a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.

"Synopsis" by , The next-generation Stone Butch Blues--a contemporary memoir of gender awakening and a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.

Ambitious, sporty, feminine “capital-L lesbians” had been Nina Krieger’s type, for friends that is.  She hadn’t dated in seven years, a period of non-stop traveling—searching for what, or avoiding what, she didn’t know. When she lands in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, her roommates introduce her to a whole new world, full of people who identify as queer, who modify their bodies and blur the line between woman and man, who defy everything Nina thought she knew about gender and identity. Despite herself, Nina is drawn to the people she once considered freaks, and before long, she is forging a path that is neither man nor woman, here nor there. This candid and humorous memoir of gender awakening brings readers into the world of the next generation of transgender warriors and tells a classic tale of first love and self-discovery. 

"Synopsis" by , The next-generation Stone Butch Blues--a contemporary memoir of gender awakening and a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.

When Nina Krieger first moved to San Francisco, she aspired to be a "capital L Lesbian" and surrounded herself with affluent, sporty, feminine lesbian friends. But when she moves to the Castro neighborhood, Nina finds herself thrust into a whole different world, full of people she sees as weirdos and freaks--people who blur the line between woman and man, who identify as queer, who defy everything Nina thought she knew about gender and identity. Despite herself, Nina is drawn to this new world. Before long, all her notions about gender are thrown out the window as she forges a truer path toward self-discovery.

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